Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is widely recognised as the ideal family friendly dog, and is one of most popular dog breeds in the gundog group. It's a large dog with a soft, silky coat in either cream or gold,

Golden Retriever Breed Group


Size of the Golden Retriever


Colour Varieties of the Golden Retriever

This popular friendly gundog is commonly seen in 2 colour variations in varying depths of colour:

  • Cream
  • Gold

Country of Origin

Scottish Highlands

Time of original development

Late 1800s

The Golden Retriever’s uses through History

This breed was created to produce an efficient working dog to retrieve game birds from both land and water on the shoot. It only became recognised as the Golden Retriever in 1920 and was previously know as the Flat Coat.

Golden Retriever Introduction and Overview

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.K. It is a large dog with a magnificent cream or golden silky coat with soft fine featherings on the chest, body, legs and tails. The coat can be either straight or slighty wavy. The dog has dark brown eyes.

This a breed that really can only be faulted by the various common health issues the breed is prone to and the fact it may be a little too big for dog lovers with limited space to offer this affable, much loved dog.

Golden Retriever Temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

Retrievers generally have an excellent reputation as good family dogs, and the Golden Retriever certainly lives up to that reputation. It loves being part of the family, adores children especially, and is normally good with cats and even smaller pets that many breeds could not be trusted around.

They love socialising with other dogs on walks and aggression is very rare. This breed of dog is just simply nice!

It’s a large solid dog that requires plenty of living space and access to good exercise facilities and open spaces if kept in a town or city.

The Golden Retriever enjoys its food and are not fussy eaters, so portion sizes should be monitored carefully to prevent obesity.

Golden Retrievers love to please, and enjoy the challenges of many dog disciplines such as agility, obedience and flyball. This breed is highly intelligent and often seen in professional working roles as guide dogs, assistance dogs, tracking and drug sniffing roles.

The Golden Retriever loves to swim, and the thick water resistant coat provides good protection against the elements.

Size and weight of the Golden Retriever

Height bitch 51-56cms

Height dog 56-61cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 27-32kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 29-34kgs

Exercise requirements of the Golden Retriever

High. The Golden Retriever requires a minimum of 2 hours of exercise daily, ideally off the lead.This is a dog with plenty an impressive amount of stamina and endurance.

Is the Golden Retriever a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, but any prospective owner must appreciate the very high exercise levels and mental activiity the breed requires, as boredom can quickly result in hyperactivity and unwanted behaviour around the home.

Golden Retriever coat length

Medium. The straight or wavy coat with its fine silky featherings, vary from dog to dog in length and thickness. Some heavy coated dogs may struggle in the heat in summer months.

Grooming requirements of the Golden Retriever

Medium.The Golden Retriever requires regular brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts. The feathers on this breed can grow very thick and long in some dogs and may need professional grooming to keep manageable. Golden Retrievers should be towelled down after walking in wet weather or swimming sessions.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection.


No. The breed sheds throughout the year and therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Golden Retriever

The breed is generally fairly healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Bloat
  • Eye problems
  • Cancer
  • Skin allergies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems
  • Heart problems
  • Von Willebrand’s disease

Average lifespan of the Golden Retriever

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of 10-12 years.

Approximate Golden Retriever pedigree puppy price

Puppies are normally available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £700-£800. Litters tend to be produce between 4-12 puppies. There were 6928 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Golden Retriever would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 35kgs requires 402gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £9

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £10

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average qualitycomplete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amounts of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Golden Retriever that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost of routine treatments over the year.