Perfect for families, a Golden Retriever will encourage everyone to get out and about in the sunshine. They love to play fetch and are a great first pet.14-golden-retriever

Golden Retrievers are known to be some of the most affectionate dogs around and could well be in the running for the title of Man’s Best ‘Best Friend’. Mostly honey-coloured and one of the world’s favourite family breeds, they are obedient, easy to train, gentle with kids and other pets. While they are mostly eager to please, Golden Retrievers can have behavioural issues if they are not led by a calm and confident pet parent.

A regular mental and physical exercise routine is necessary so get to know your local dog park. They also like to chew things when young, so keep away anything precious, or new, or both. Golden Retrievers make good pets for active families. A daily brisk, long walk or a run while you ride a bicycle makes for a good routine.

Fun fact: A Golden Retriever named Augie holds the record

for the most tennis balls in a dog’s mouth at once, with five!

Another named Charlie has the loudest bark ever, louder than a chainsaw.

As their name suggests, they enjoy retrieving balls and toys, so play fetch whenever you can. Their love for water makes them ideal swimming companions. A lack of regular physical stimulation could make them hyperactive and you, well, dog-tired. While Golden Retrievers tend to shed a lot, especially when seasons change, brushing once a week with a firm bristle brush is adequate. Bathing them once a month is sufficient.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. A Golden Retriever is relatively healthy but prone to bone problems and some eye diseases. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed weighing between 27-34kgs, with a height between 51-61cms.


Yard space is ideal for this active breed.

Energy Levels

They require a high level of exercise. Long daily walks and games of fetch will keep them happy.

Difficulty of Training

Your new pet will soon be learning lots of tricks.

Family Suitability

Best suited for a family.

Compatibility with other Pets

They love all other pets.

Need for Company

While not likely to follow you around from room to room, Golden Retrievers love attention.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?


Coat and Grooming Needs

They are moderate-maintenance. They have a medium long coat, usually in any shade of cream or gold. Red or mahogany is also seen. Brush your pet weekly and trim frequently to keep their coat looking healthy.


They are heavy shedders.

 Tendency to Bark

A Golden Retriever has a moderate tendency to bark.  

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