Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in the nation for good reason. Loyal, enthusiastic and intelligent, Goldens make well-rounded family pets and working dogs. As part of our ongoing breed profile series, here is important information for current and potential owners.
Personality: Golden Retrievers are generally considered a happy and loving breed. They are loyal to their owners and are well-suited to families with children, as well as other pets. However, because this breed loves social interaction, being left alone for prolonged periods of time may induce anxiety or destructive behavior.
Exercise: This breed is high energy, requiring a large amount of exercise to maintain physical and mental fitness. Daily walks and vigorous outdoor play are great ways to support an active lifestyle.
Nutrition: The Golden Retriever is classified as a large breed and should be given food formulated for that body size. Specific dietary needs and restrictions may apply to your individual pet. Please consult your veterinarian.
Lifespan: Typically 12-14 years.
Health Concerns: While considered a healthy breed, Golden Retrievers are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease and cardiovascular disease. The breed is particularly affected by a type of tumor called hemangiosarcomas, which generally grow on the spleen and in the heart. They are genetic and can be dangerous depending on the tumor’s location. Surgery is the preferred method of removal.