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The Golden Retriever, an exuberant Scottish gundog of great beauty, stands among America’s most popular dog breeds. They are serious workers at hunting, guiding the blind, and search-and-rescue, but they have an endearing silly streak.
See the fact file below for more information on the Golden Retriever breed of dog or alternatively, you can download our 21-page Golden Retriever worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- Golden Retrievers were developed in Scotland at the estate of Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, later known as Lord Tweedmouth.
- His breeding records from 1835 to 1890 show that he was aiming for a talented retriever with a superb nose, who would be more attentive to his human hunting companion than the setters and spaniels used for retrieving.
- The Kennel Club in England officially recognized the Golden Retriever as a distinct breed in 1911. In 1920, the breed name was officially changed to Golden Retriever.
SIZE and APPEARANCE
- Golden Retrievers come in all shades of gold, from light to dark gold, hence the name Golden Retriever!
- Golden Retrievers are double-coated. They have a dense, water-repellent outer coat and a thick undercoat. Some coats are wavy, some are straight. They also have fur feathers on certain body parts.
- The broad head, with its friendly and intelligent eyes, short ears and straight muzzle, is a golden retriever’s hallmark. In motion, it moves with a smooth, powerful gait and the feathery tail is carried, as breed fanciers say, with a “merry action.”
- Golden Retriever stats are:
- Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
- Group: Sporting dog
- Its strong, athletic build is emphasized by its well-developed hindquarters and forequarters. It is also characterized by its strong neck and a broad head.
- Goldens have no bad breathe and have soft mouths. Yes, an egg would not break inside its mouth!
TEMPERAMENT and HABITAT
- Like every dog, a Golden Retriever needs early socialization and exposure to many different people, sights, sounds and experiences. It helps ensure that the puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.
- The hallmark of the Golden Retriever is his kind, gentle, eager-to-please nature. He craves affection and will seek it from strangers as well as his own family.
- While it is excellent company, you cannot trust your Golden to guard your household!
- Goldens are outgoing, trustworthy and eager-to-please family dogs, and relatively easy to train. They are joyous and maintain puppyish behavior into adulthood. They are ideal as hunting companion, search and rescue, guide and service dogs.
- Goldens enjoy outdoor play. For a breed built to retrieve waterfowl for hours on end, swimming and fetching are natural pastimes.
- A Goldens’ webbed feet enables them to swim and fetch from muddy areas easily.
- They are versatile and can live in any environment, however, they are large dogs so they need space.
- Golden Retrievers have a very high tolerance for pain and can tolerate injuries that many other dogs can’t. That is part of why they make very good rescuers, police and hunting helpers.
- Do you know any famous Golden Retrievers? There was Buddy from the movie Air Bud, Shadow from Homeward Bound and the President Gerald Ford’s dog named Liberty.
Golden Retriever Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Golden Retriever across 21 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Golden Retriever worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Golden Retriever, an exuberant Scottish gundog of great beauty, which stands among America’s most popular dog breeds. They are serious workers at hunting, guiding the blind, and search-and-rescue, but they have an endearing silly streak.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Golden Retriever Facts
- A Golden’s Life
- Golden Paw
- Anatomy of a Happy Pup
- Golden Joy
- Sporting Pup
- Keepin’ Groomed
- Golden Fun
- To Sum it Up
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