Information about Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds worldwide. With their beautiful coat, loyal personality and family-friendly temperament, these dogs have made their way into our hearts.

Want to know whether a Golden is the right dog for you? Read our breed guide to see if Retrievers are the pet for you.

Golden Retriever breed information

If you’d like to get to know the breed a little more closely, here are a few key traits and facts about the Golden Retriever:

How long do Golden Retrievers live?

Golden Retrievers typically live to be about 10–12 years old.

How big do Golden Retrievers get?

Golden Retrievers are large dogs at maturity. Golden Retriever males stand at around 60cm tall and usually weigh around 30kgs. Females stand at around 55cm tall and usually weigh about 27kgs.

Do Golden Retrievers shed?

Golden Retrievers frequently shed large amounts of fur, so they need routine brushing. Thanks to their ancestry as hunting and waterfowl-retrieving hounds in the Scottish Highlands, their exterior coat is thick and repels water.

They also have a dense undercoat. Their coats can vary in texture from wavy to straight. Heavy feathering appears on their chest, the rears of their legs, and their tail.

Should I get a Golden Retriever?

Should I get a Golden Retriever?

Golden Retrievers generally suit owners and families who have an active lifestyle. They are often friendly and have a soft temperament with kids and other pets.

They usually need lots of exercise and attention, thriving while around people. Although large homes with yards are ideal, a Golden Retriever can adapt to smaller homes so long as they have their own space to move around.

Golden Retriever personality

Golden Retrievers are usually even-tempered, intelligent, and tender. They tend to be gentle with kids and get on well with other pets and strangers.

These canines are eager to please, which likely explains why they respond so well to obedience training and are such popular service dogs. They are often happy to work, whether it involves hunting or fetching items.

Taking care of a Golden Retriever


Golden Retrievers usually shed moderately in the winter and summer and heavily in the spring and fall. Daily brushing is ideal for preventing clumping and tangling in the dog’s fur. Regular brushing removes any dead hair before it gets annoying and ends up on your floors. Monthly baths help keep this dog breed looking neat and clean, but remember to dry their fur before brushing to prevent snags.


Exercise is an essential part of a Golden Retriever's day. They generally enjoy hunting expeditions, field trials, swimming, hiking, and jogs, as well as other canine sports like agility, obedience, and tracking.

A Golden that does not get enough exercise is likely to display undesirable demeanours like digging and biting. Mental challenges, such as learning tricks and playing with puzzle toys, appeal to Goldens, but it shouldn't replace physical exercise. Take it easy with exercise in a Golden Retriever's first two years of life, as their growth plates are still forming. Long, vigorous runs or hikes are preferred once the canine is completely grown.


Goldens tend to be overweight. Help your Golden Retriever avoid becoming overweight by ensuring that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size.

A calorie restricted diet could be a good choice if your Golden Retriever is overweight. A joint protecting supplement may make a good addition to their regular feeding schedule as your Golden Retriever ages because they might be susceptible to developing arthritis. 

Common Golden Retriever health conditions

Like most dog breeds, Golden Retrievers are susceptible to certain health conditions. Here are some examples:

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a hereditary skeletal condition seen in medium to large dog breeds. The condition creates a deformity in a dog’s hips as they grow, leading to reduced mobility and range of motion. Golden Retrievers can have a higher chance of developing hip dysplasia because of their genes. Early signs of hip dysplasia in a dog can be limping, abnormal walking patterns, and loss of muscle in the hind legs.



Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease, more commonly known as arthritis, is a progressive and chronic inflammation of the joints. Cartilage in the joint deteriorates so that cushioning that once protected the joint is no longer able to do its job. The resultant joint instability encourages the growth of osteophytes, or bone spurs in the joint. It generally affects knees, elbows, shoulders, and hip joints, but any joint can be affected. 

The cost of insuring a Golden Retriever

If you’re thinking about getting pet insurance for your Golden Retriever, factors like age and location could affect the cost of your premium. Everyday Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that helps protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.

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