Golden Retriever

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Life expectancy

The Golden Retriever has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 20 and 22 in
Male Between 22 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 53 and 62 lb
Male Between 62 and 71 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Long Wavy
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Golden Retriever costs between £820 and £1000

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More details about the Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever: Origins and history

Originally from Great Britain, the recognition of the breed is quite recent since it dates back only to 1931; but we know practically nothing of his history. Only legends are known: the most famous one says that in 1858 Lord Tweedmouth bought a couple of Caucasian Shepherds that he had seen working in a circus. Eventually, he kept only the golden puppies to fix the recessive personality of the parents. Another theory argues that the breed originated from the cross between a sandy-coloured dog from St. Hubert (Bloodhound), and a Tweed Water Spaniel that’s now extinct. Other authors still argue that the ancestor of the breed was a yellow dog born from a cross between this water Spaniel and a Flat-coated Retriever.

FCI classification of the Golden Retriever

  • Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

  • Section 1 : Retrievers

Training a Golden Retriever

The Goldie is very easy to educate since he will want and need to please his master. Due to his docile nature, he will be eager to learn if the methods employed are respectful of the principles of positive education.

Education should be initiated in puppyhood. Throughout his first 20 weeks of life, his brain will be super-busy. He will need to learn and be stimulated so that his natural abilities develop.

Instinctively, the Retriever puppy will look for a person to count on, which is a role that his owner should fill in order to guarantee the beautiful balance of this breed.

Golden Retriever: Purchase price

The price of a Golden Retriever varies depending on his origins, age and gender. An average of £1000 is to be counted for a dog registered with the Kennel Club. 

The average monthly budget ranges between £35 and £45. This includes food and care.

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  • elliesanderson
    Golden Retrievers are the best! Sorry not being very objective here as I am the proud mum of a Golden Retriever, but they truly are amazing animals.
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