Home | Dog and Puppy Finder | Golden Retriever

Dog & Puppy Finder

About you

Your home Select the size of your home. This will affect the type of dog we advise - some need more space than others to keep them happy!

Your garden Select the size of your garden. This will affect the type of dog we advise - some need more space than others to keep them happy and healthy! Note - pedigree do not advise keeping a dog if you don't have an outside space for them to walk and play.

Your area Select the type of area you live in. Your area will affect how often you can walk your dog and should dictate the type and temprement of dog you choose

Daily Exercise Time (mins) Select how long you will be able to dedicate each day to walking your new dog or puppy. Different breeds require different amounts of exercise to keep them healthy

Owned a dog before? Tell us if you have owned a dog before. Some dogs require more knowledge and experience than others.

Will under 16s walk the dog? Tell us if you have children under 16 in the household who might walk the dog often. This will affect the size of breed and temprement we recommend, as its important children can enjoy spending time with dog safely.

About your ideal dog

Size What size would your ideal dog be? If you don't mind then tick all options

Coat Length Which coat length would your idea dog have? Remember longer hair will require more frequent grooming and may trigger allergies. If you don't mind then tick all options

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever was first developed at the Scottish country estate of Lord Tweedmouth, during the 1860s, to assist in the retrieving of upland game and waterfowl.

Overview

Average lifespan

This extremely lovable dog usually lives up to 11 years of age, but with lots of love and attention and fed the right food Golden Retrievers can often live up to 13 years. 

Average size and weight

These animals should weigh up to 27kg for the females and reach 51cm in height while the males normally grow to 61cm tall and weigh up to 40kg.
Golden Retriever

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament

The Golden Retriever is an intelligent, affectionate dog, both active and powerful, with a kindly expression. The instinct to retrieve is still an important characteristic of the breed, however, the Golden Retriever's willing, adaptable nature and physical attributes make it an exceptionally versatile breed. It has been used in a wide range of activities such as gundog, guide dog for the blind, therapy pet, obedience and show dog. 

Compatibility with other pets

Excellent.

Care requirements

Although a longhaired breed, the Golden Retriever is easy to keep well groomed with regular brushing to prevent the hair from matting. Regularly check for ticks, fleas, grass seeds or any skin irritation while brushing your dog. 

They are very sociable dogs and need companionship; they are not happy left alone in the back yard for too long and may become destructive. Never allow your dog to roam free unsupervised. Basic training is an important part of responsible dog ownership. Your Golden Retriever will learn to be a better companion, establishing a stronger bond with you and generally acquiring the good manners and obedient responses that will make it a social asset rather than a nuisance. Both male and female Golden Retrievers are easy to house-train. 

The Golden Retriever, in common with most breeds, is subject to some problems that may be passed on from parent to puppy, including Hip Dysplasia (HD), some eye complaints and poor temperament. Consult your vet concerning any additional information about these and other health problems. A reputable breeder will have no hesitation in allowing an independent vet of your choosing to evaluate a puppy prior to purchase.
Golden Retriever

Decision time

Ideal owners

Families looking for a dog with a gentle and loving disposition.


Decision time (resources provided by 
Kennel Club):

Before making a decision on getting a puppy, here are some articles you might find helpful:

What do I need to consider when thinking of buying a puppy?

How do I find the right breeder, what should I ask them?

How do you check if the breeder is reputable?

What to ask your vet prior to buying a puppy?

Where to find dogs (resources provided by the Kennel Club):

Breeders

Adoption

Shelters

Find out about important information about purchasing dogs from pet shops and traders
Golden Retriever
Copyright © Mars 2012 PEDIGREE®, Trademark of Mars Incorporated and its affiliates Site Map Terms & Conditions Privacy International Note to parents Cookie Policy