Use: Because of the Golden Retriever dog breed’s intelligence and obedient personality, it does well on the farm as a bird dog, both in water and on land, and excels in hunting and tracking.
History: The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland in the 19th century by crossing a yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct). It was later crossed with other breeds to become the breed it is today.
Conformation: The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized, sturdy breed. It stands 23 to 24 inches tall and weighs about 65 to 75 pounds, with females being proportionately smaller. Golden Retrievers have a medium-length, dense undercoat and an outercoat that repels water. It comes in varying shades of gold.
Special Considerations/Notes: Golden Retrievers have a gentle, well-mannered personality that makes training them easy. It has plenty of energy and enjoys physical and mental exercise through activities on the farm. In addition to making a great hunting dog, it is an ideal family companion. The breed’s life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.