When it comes to popular dog breeds, the Golden Retriever is definitely at the top of a lot of lists. But what do you know about this iconic breed?
Golden Retrievers are known for many things, including being loyal and loving dogs. These pups are friendly and playful, which can make them great family pups.
But there is more to these dogs than just that. And we have five things we think you might want to know before choosing a Golden Retriever as your next furry family member.
5 things to know about the Golden Retriever
- Average Life Expectancy: Typically, the Golden Retriever has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years according to the American Kennel Club. With larger dog breeds, they do tend to have a shorter life expectancy than some of their smaller cousins, but at the same time 10 to 12 years is a decent life span, and it is always possible that they may live longer than 12 years.
- Personality: As we mentioned before, these dogs are very loyal, friendly, and loving, but what else should you know about the Golden Retriever? How about the fact that these dogs are very eager to please, which means that they are very good at taking direction and being trained. And when it comes to their ability to get along with others, these pups are great with other dogs and with children, making them the real extroverts of the canine world.
- Size: So how big are Golden Retrievers? Well, in terms of weight, these pups can weigh 65 to 75 pounds for the males, while the females typically weight between 55 and 65 pounds. And when it comes to their height, a male Golden will typically measure between 23 and 24 inches, while the female is between 21.5 and 22.5 inches tall. These pups are considered to be a medium to large sized breed, although they are very muscular and sturdy.
- Coat: If there is one thing every Golden Retriever owner learns, it is that these dogs shed. And the reason for that is the fact that they have a double coat. Their golden coats are thick and even water-repellant, making it important to keep them brushed and groomed regularly.
- Exercise: Considering these dogs are part of the sporting breed, it makes sense that they need a lot of exercise. In fact, if they don’t get enough activity everyday, they can get themselves into trouble. In general, they are not the most demanding breed when it comes to their energy levels, but they are not at the level of couch potato either.
Honestly, if you like to get out and move and you want a family friendly dog that also gets along well with other dogs, the Golden Retriever is a great choice.