Golden Retriever

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Friendly, faithful and versatile, the golden retriever is a popular and intelligent breed. While these dogs are extensively used by law enforcement agencies in search-and-rescue and drug detection, a golden retriever puppy is an ideal family pet and will provide years of loyal companionship.


Height: A male golden retriever dog usually reaches 22 to 24 inches in height at the withers, and a female is normally about 2 inches shorter.

Weight: Golden retriever puppies usually weigh between 7 and 13 pounds by the age of eight weeks, and healthy adult dogs are height-weight proportionate, usually ranging from 55 to 80 pounds.

Coat: The coat of a golden retriever dog is lustrous and sandy brown, yellow or mahogany in color. Golden retriever puppies and adults both have very soft fur, which grows straight or slightly wavy and hangs tight over the belly.

Ears and Eyes: The ears are short and flop down, hanging close to the cheek. This breed's eyes are alert, deep-set and brown in color.

Tail: The tail of a golden retriever is wide and strong at the base, then tapers and softens towards the end.


A golden retriever dog is an ideal pet for families with young children, unlike dogs with less predictable temperaments like the pitbull. Golden retrievers are gentle, enjoy playing and, like their Labrador retriever cousins, have the patience to tolerate poking and prodding. According to golden retriever breeders, it is not in this breed's nature to display hostility towards other dogs or animals. They make excellent additions to multi-pet households, but are poor guard dogs due to their trusting nature.

AKC Group: Sporting

Training: As golden retriever breeders have noted, these dogs have a sensitive temperament and must be trained gently. However, they are extremely intelligent, learn quickly and make excellent guide dogs for the blind.

Ideal Environment: Golden retriever breeders recommend these dogs be given plenty of room to exercise. They're best suited to rural environments and homes with yards, though dogs with a less active disposition can be happy in an apartment. With its thick coat, the golden retriever is most comfortable in temperate climates and less comfortable in hot climates.

Health and Care

Feeding: A golden retriever puppy should be fed a limited diet to get it used to eating modest amounts of food. These dogs can easily become overweight or obese in adulthood since they're not particularly active by nature.

Grooming: A golden retriever dog must be groomed weekly since its hair grows quickly and this breed sheds a lot. They also have two annual "blow coat" periods, during which they shed the majority of their fur.

Exercise: The classic image of a golden retriever fetching a stick in the water didn't develop by accident – these dogs love to swim. They're also excellent hunting and hiking companions.

Health Problems: All dogs face breed-specific health concerns, and golden retrievers are prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD), cataracts and cancer. This breed is also particularly sensitive to dog fleas.

Lifespan: Most golden retriever puppies go on to live for 10 to 12 years.

Finding Golden Retriever Puppies for Sale

Contact reputable local breeders to find healthy golden retriever puppies for sale. Expect to pay about $500 for a regular companion puppy and $1,000 or more for a show-quality dog. Avoid purchasing a pet from a puppy mill – while mills charge less for their animals, they are unethical and don't breed carefully from strong parentage.

Those looking to adopt an adult dog can start by visiting a local golden retriever rescue center, where animal control authorities match abused or stray dogs with loving homes.

Posted by chas stefanek on December 12,2012 at 03:22 PM
i have a 51/2 yr.old akc registered golden retriever that i am looking to sire.he has a great temperment and is wonderful around people.[actually he's a ham].i have at least a dozen orders for his pups ,so getting rid of litter is no problem.would really just want one of his off-springs.we live in northeast penna.we have wheels and are willing to travel.please help us out.sincerely yours me&my unkle.
Posted by Danielle Davis on December 05,2012 at 06:23 PM
In at least a year and a half i would like to find a golden retriever puppy in a reasonable price range please email me if you will have any litters ready. I have a five year old golden right now and i love her to death!
Posted by JS on June 26,2011 at 08:11 PM
We have a 8 yr old golden and we are looking for a reliable breeder in South Florida to get a puppy. Anyone?
Posted by madison on June 26,2011 at 03:12 PM
hi my name is madison i live in georgia i would love to have a nother goldenmymom has mine he is like two i live with my dad and 15 year old brother if any one is willing to giva a young puppie that waz reasently born i wolud love it but only in georgia email me any time this summer i will be looken thanks a lot
Posted by Lisa on April 21,2011 at 08:27 PM
I am looking for a golden that needs a home, have a goldendoodle now. We lost our beloved Cloe(golden) last summer and we are looking to adopted. We would like a dog that can keep up with our Maggie, she is 3 yrs old and very busy.....we have 2acres at our home winchendon and own a cottage on a pond in new ipswich, Nh. we wold love to give a golden a great home....
Posted by kim on June 19,2011 at 08:27 PM
I am looking for a home for my 2 3yr old male goldens i am a single mother of 3 children and unfortunatly i am no longer able to keep my active goldens, they need room to run and play. it breaks my heart to have to give them away but we all agree its for the best. if you r still interested please contact me
Posted by brian carson on April 13,2011 at 02:22 AM
I've been looking for a year now for an english creme golden retriever that is affortable for an average couple. Me & my fiance would love to buy one & could offer it the best home ever since we have no children. But we are not rich. If anyone knows of a reasonable breeder that is good we would very very much love to hear from you. Please email us at Thanks
Posted by Karen lee on March 30,2014 at 09:22 AM
look on face book for oak hills golden retreivers and Carolina goldens in nc great dogs great prices we have a one year old we got from oak hills goldens
Posted by Joan courtney on May 14,2011 at 11:27 AM
There is a lady in Janesville advertising a 4 year old female cream who is AKC but being retired as a breeding dog so they are asking 250.00 that you get the dog fixed and have her just as a family dog. Hope that helps you.
Posted by Amy on March 10,2011 at 01:49 PM
We have a 5 year old female Golden Retriever named Daisy and are looking for a new permanent home for her. Our lives have gotten so busy that we don't seem to have enough time to give the attention and caring that she needs. She is a bit over weight and so is in need of lots of exercise. She is free to the right home and would be best fit in a home without young children as she is sensitive to their poking at her. She is afraid of thunderstorms, but otherwise a great loving dog and loves, loves attention. We live in Northwest Indiana, if interested, contact me at
Posted by Amy on March 19,2011 at 07:53 PM
Sorry, we already found her a new home!
Posted by Tina Marie Spearin on March 03,2011 at 12:31 PM
HI, I am a 46 years old lady with CRS (Congential Rubella Syndrome) & Viral Labyrinthitis (balance disorder). I was born wtih it. I have noticed that my hearing aids are not helping me hear as much as I used to hear. I have hard time hearing my name being called or the phone ring or the alarm going off. So, I am asking anyone with a Golden Retriever pup that I can get trainto be a hearing guide dog for me. The training cost $20,000. It would be greatly appriciated. I live at Holden Beach, NC.
Posted by MAL C on February 09,2011 at 06:46 PM
Looking to rescue a golden retriever. I had my golden for only seven years and had to be put down because of cancer. I am a golden card holder for the humane society and I also babysit and walk many dogs. I am reliable and can train almost all breeds. I work in the medical field but so many people are calling to take care of their dogs . I just might cut my hours and take care of more dogs . I live around MASS any one interested in dog walking ,dog sitting let me know ref are available !!
Posted by caroline carcamo on January 21,2012 at 03:53 PM
I still have Moses a seven year old golden. We are looking for a home for him. He is free to a person who is patient and knows about dogs.
Posted by scott clouse on September 07,2010 at 03:17 AM
I am looking for a golden. I live in the Tiffin ohio area. I am willing to pay but would like a payment plan for right now. i had a golden that lived for 17 yrs and just lost my choc lab after 13 yrs. Would like another golden but hard to get the money together right now. If anyone has info that could help me please contact me . Thanks for your help
Posted by Caroline Carcamo on September 17,2010 at 09:06 PM
Hello. I have a Golden whose name is Moses. He is 7 years old. I've had him since he was 6 weeks old. I am trying to find a home for him because I live in very hot climate. I just had my second child and find it harder to take him out to walk and play. He was neutered about two years ago, but was a stud dog. For that reason, he is a very active dog. I would hate to give him away, but if I find a good, patient home who knows a lot about Goldens, it would be great. Please e-mail me and give me more info about yourself if you're interested.
Posted by carla on August 11,2010 at 03:48 PM
hi im looking for labrador puppy that needs love,i am very much an animal lover,my dog has past and im very sad he was my best friend to heart;i was hoping to fine a puppy to share my life with to love and love me.i dont have alot of money to spend but alot of love an happyness.i really miss an loved my dog he was apart of me and now i have to fine me a dog puppy that needs a best friend and love to carry on with my dog i have loved that passed away.
Posted by Day on August 11,2010 at 01:17 PM
I wish I could get a puppy. I want one so bad.
Posted by giselle on July 14,2010 at 10:26 PM
Posted by carly on June 24,2010 at 03:58 PM
I am looking for a FREE Golden Retriever for my kids. Email me back please. I am looking in British Columbia ONLY
Posted by Nia on May 13,2010 at 05:31 PM
I have a 9 monthold golden retriever ckc registered, Her name is Leah like princess leah in star wars thats how you pronounce it. She lives with me and my three kids a 15 year old dauughter, 5 yearold son, 12 year old daughter and 6 cats, a teddy bear hampster and a hermet crab our golden gets along with anybody and everybody.
Posted by J.C on May 03,2010 at 12:39 AM
im a family of six and were so happy with our golden retriever we have three years with him were actually looking for a female golden retriever to keep him company. if anybody knows of somebody thats selling or giving one let me know. you could email me. cant affort much were a big family, but our golden retriever is so good with my kids that i wouldnt get a different kind of breed.(would prefer a puppy please)....
Posted by jules Ehrenberg on March 30,2010 at 02:25 PM
hi i have a maltese and i am looking for a golden retriever i have 4 kids and cant afford much i have 1 daughter with autism who really wants one. i cant afford much but i will pay like $500 or less. i live in ny
Posted by Kae on March 19,2010 at 11:56 PM
Our Goldie (Baby) is 14! She is still going strong however she does have cataracts and her hearing isn't as good as it used to be. A year ago our 8 year old cat passed away suddenly. Since then Baby has started to show her age. When Baby was 1 she saved my life. I had a pulmonary embolism and she ran to our family members and made them follow her back to me. They said she started barking and seemed real excited. Just like Lassie used to do. Baby made the front page of the newspaper and was invited to be a guest on a national tv show. She has eaten my last bite ever since that day. Baby knows 38 tricks; some of which she showed me. Her most popular one is when you shoot her with your finger she lays down and plays dead until you praise her. If God blesses you with a Goldie consider yourself very lucky. Remember to nourish your dog with plenty of food and always have water available. Keep them up on their shots and other meds. But most of all give your dog lots of love. They deserve it. God is trusting you with one of his little golden angels.
Posted by giselle on July 14,2010 at 10:17 PM
hi im giselle my email is im 10 my bro is 5 and my sis is 1 my parents agreed to get free ones i want a female so it can have pups we all love dogs but dont have the money so we will only get free ones call me at 5513586154 i live at NJ north bergen 77 st 113 1st floor we love dogs reply or call plz i know goldens are kind loving strong and gentle and thats why we specificly want one thank you for your time by
Posted by stella on March 18,2010 at 08:28 PM
we have a male golden 4years,he is akc , avallable for stud
Posted by Kathy on July 10,2010 at 01:02 AM
Hi we have a 5 yr old female CKC she's already had one litter before we adopted her and is due to come into heat soon. Where do you live?
Posted by Joanne on March 24,2010 at 09:35 AM
we are looking to breed our molly pure breed golden, she is very healthy and loves to swim in our pool during the summer months........we would love for her to have one litter before she is fixed...................
Posted by Bayley on February 20,2010 at 05:50 PM
there so cute
Posted by Danielle on February 11,2010 at 08:33 PM
I have a almost 3 year old pure bred golden retriever that i want to breed. Unfortunately my parents have just gotten a divorce and we are having many problems. I wanted to help out by breeding my Golden Retriever (Lilly) but i cant seem to get enough money to breed her to a littler golden pure bred retriever. Whenever i do get money i have to use it on the house and food and clothes or gas for school, and its hard when your only 15 with just a permit and not old enough to get a job or a way there if i did have one. If anyone would be willing to help me out with the breeding i would be very grateful and pay you the amount of breeding from the puppies. Please contact me.
Posted by michael on May 17,2011 at 11:08 PM
still looking i have a stud dog for more info call 3305508128
Posted by nancy miller on February 08,2010 at 08:21 AM
please we had a wonderful golden thhat died last nov. .he was ten. we are looking for another one to ease the pain. my sons bday is this month. i am begging someone to help. we would love this golden like u wouldnt believe. please help.please e mail me at
Posted by ronnie on February 05,2010 at 12:31 PM
we have a female golden about 3 years n some months looking for a stud she is a light color golden champion petigree great temperment great with kids
Posted by Lindsey Pellett on August 26,2010 at 03:20 PM
are you still looking for a male retriever? where are you located?
Posted by giselle on July 14,2010 at 10:08 PM
hi im giselle i want a golden retriever if its free i can have it im 10 my bro is 5 and sis is 1 my parents agreed to only get them if they are free if she is great with kids she will be perfect we all love dogs please call me at 5513586154 thank you
Posted by stella on March 20,2010 at 02:00 PM
I am the owner of golden 4yrs old, AKC, I forget give you my email,
Posted by stella on March 18,2010 at 06:41 PM
we have a male golden 4 years, he is dark golden , akc, we live in chula vista, CA 91911. We hope that you live close by so we can get them together. Hope to hear from you soon, Stella
Posted by angel gonzalez on January 28,2010 at 11:21 AM
im looking for a puppy for my daughter she'll be 7 yrs old willing to pay 500 for one thats available can contact wrk 860 646-5600 name is angel thank you here til 5;30 p.m mon thur fri
Posted by Jason Congleton on March 07,2011 at 05:41 PM
We had a litter of 8 AKC Golden Retreivers on New Years Day ! I have two beautiful males left but my wife will only let one go . If you are interested you can give me a call at (252)702-3841 . Thank You , Jason Congleton
Posted by moebananas on January 22,2010 at 08:26 PM
love the puppie
Posted by shea on January 22,2010 at 04:54 PM
Golden retriever's rock!!!!!
Posted by Ty on January 03,2010 at 06:47 PM
We are a family with 2 boy's 10 & 13. We just had to euthonize our 7 year old golden "Buddy" due to cancer. Our family is deeply missing are buddy and the boys would like another friend to play with and love. If anyone has a puppy in the Oregon area that they would like to give to a good home please call or email. Thanks
Posted by SoccerGurlzRock on September 07,2009 at 04:24 PM
I have a Golden in real life!
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