Golden Retriever

Growth Size

Golden Retrievers grow to a height of 55 – 65cm, and a weight of 30 – 40kg.


10 – 12 years.


Golden Retrievers are very happy dogs with beautiful natures. Always willing to please, they are on their best behaviour when meeting their owners’ friends.

Training Difficulty

Golden Retrievers are very intelligent dogs. They thrive on, and enjoy obedience training for mental and physical stimulation, as well as the opportunity to socialise with other dogs. Golden Retrievers are naturally very obedient, intelligent and quick to learn.

Recommended Owners

Golden Retrievers are sociable dogs and suited to all family environments.


Golden Retrievers were bred in Scotland in the mid 18th century, to retrieve wildfowl for wealthy sport hunters. Water spaniels and existing retrievers were crossed to create a breed that was more adept at manoeuvring through marshlands and water.


It is recommended that owners do not feed their Golden Retriever every time they ask to be fed. Two to two and a half cups of food per day. Like Labradors, they are prone to becoming overweight, so regular exercise is recommended.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


Golden Retrievers have a long coats that wisp out around their underbelly and back leg areas. Weekly grooming is important, as they tend to shed their coat and are prone to knotting. It is good to take them to a groomer every couple of months to keep their hair under control.


Golden Retrievers are sometimes used in pet therapy programs, and as guide dogs. Their gentle nature makes ideal for these purposes.