Temperament: Golden retrievers have an outgoing, devoted, and friendly personality, making this type of dog a great addition to any family. They maintain a playful and energetic approach to life longer than some other breeds, so be ready to play lots of fetch with your golden retriever!
Training: Golden retrievers are also incredibly intelligent and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. Basic obedience and house-training skills, including potty training and not digging, should be taught when your golden retriever is a puppy. With more advanced training, golden retrievers can serve as guide dogs for the blind, rescue dogs, and hunting dogs.
Care and grooming: Golden retrievers need plenty of exercise; they love playing outdoors and swimming. As far as care, the golden retriever has a thick, water-repellent double-coat, which can be wavy or straight. Its coat needs to be brushed twice a week to help control shedding. Golden retrievers have strong, fast-growing nails that require regular trimming or grinding to prevent overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. Teeth should be regularly brushed with a dog-specific toothpaste.
Health: Golden retrievers are generally a healthy breed with a life span of 12 to 14 years. However, there may be some health issues, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease, and cardiac disease.
Food: Good nutrition, including proper food, is very important throughout a golden retriever's life. Typically, a male golden retriever's height should be 23 – 24 inches and weight between 65 – 75 pounds; a female golden retriever's height should be 21-1/2 to 22-1/2 inches and weight between 55 – 65 pounds. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas, depending on the size of your dog. The golden retriever is a large breed dog, so consider working with your veterinarian to determine the best diet to ensure your pet remains healthy.