Golden Retriever FCI Standard
| • unsurpassed playfulness
• gentle with kids
• friendly with other household pets
• excellent trainability
• great gundog
| • regular grooming needed
• needs relatively intensive daily exercise
• prone to obesity
• keen on chewing things
Luckily enough the history of development of the Golden Retriever is well-documented in a journal led from approximately 1840 to 1890 by Dudley Marjoribanks in the Highlands, Inverness-shire, of Scotland. He adopted the single amber pup in a litter of dark wavy-haired retrievers in 1865 and nicknamed it Nous, which is translated from Greek as «wisdom». Eventually it turned into a stout dog with gorgeous golden hair. Nous was crossbred with the bitch of the now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel who gave birth to four yellowish puppies. This litter was used as foundational stock for the development of the new breed. In his subsequent breeding work Dudley Marjoribanks also used such breeds as the Bloodhound, Red Setter, Labrador Retriever and other specimens of the Tweed Water Spaniel. In several generations he developed a stable line of Retrievers with excellent working talents.
The Golden Retriever attracted attention of dog lovers in 1904 when the Marjoribanks’ dogs took premier place in the first field competition for Retrievers. In 1913 it was finally accepted as a separate breed under the name «Retriever – Yellow or Golden».
Its first specimens found its way to the United States in the beginning of the XX century. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognised this dog in 1925. Its number permanently increased in this country after the Second World and peaked in the 70s of XX century.
Currently the Golden Retriever serves as a hunting dog, guide dog for the blind, search-and-rescue animal and as tracking and scenting expert. It performs exceptionally well in obedience and agility competitions, in various trials as well as thrives at dog’s shows throughout the world. Winsome personality of the breed, its docility and elegance are primarily responsible for its popularity as a family pet.
The Golden Retriever likes striking up new acquaintances and usually cordially welcomes any guest in the house. The universal friendliness of this dog implies that it will make an awful guardian, which will eagerly let any intruder in without a second thought. However, the Mother Nature presented it with enough vigilance to become a fairly good watchdog. Be mindful that this dog is an avid chewer, so it would be wise to provide it with decent amount of chew toys and bones.
Thanks to its peaceable nature the Golden Retriever usually treats respectfully other canines. It will be pleased to share its existence with one or several dogs preferably with matching energy level. Being a proficient hunting dog the Golden Retriever specialises on delivering dead animals to the hunter so it’s not as bloodthirsty as majority of sporting breeds. That’s why it can be kept together with a household cat (and other non-canine pets) if it has been exposed to its presence since an early age.
• cancer (various forms);
• eye problems;
• elbow dysplasia;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• muscular dystrophy;
• skin disorders;
• subaortic stenosis.
Examine the ears of your pet every week and wipe them down with a soft cloth and a veterinarian-approved cleanser. Regular nail trimming is also essential for those dogs that don’t grind their nails off in a natural way. Cleaning of the dog’s teeth should be performed at least on a weekly basis.
There is a certain difficulty in teaching this dog to walk on a leash without constantly pulling so start introducing your puppy to leash etiquette as early as possible. Thanks to great intelligence and obedient nature of the Golden Retriever it’s often the breed of preference of police forces that use it for detecting explosives and drug on search and rescue operations.
Despite its even temper and tranquil nature the Golden Retriever isn’t the best choice for an apartment dweller as it needs plenty of space to move around. This dog can become highly destructive if it doesn’t get a regular chance to burn its excessive energy.