Golden Retriever Temperament

Golden Retriever
Temperament, Lifespan and Characteristics

Some Interesting Golden Retriever Facts

Avg Lifespan: 10 – 12 yrs
Avg Weight Male: 65 – 75 lbs (29.4 – 34.01 kg)
Avg Weight Female: 60 – 70 lbs (27.2 – 31.75 kg)
Avg Height Male: 22 – 24 in (56-61 cm)
Avg Height Female: 20 – 22.4 in (51-57 cm)
Coat: Straight or moderately wavy dense water repellant coat with a good undercoat
Color: Any shades of gold or cream
Temperament: Trustworthy, Reliable, Friendly, Confident, Intelligent, Kind, Biddable
Country of Origin: Scotland

Golden Retriever Temperament and Personality

The Golden Retrievers’ temperament is what really make them ultra special and unique and is described by standard as “kind, friendly and confident“. Golden Retrievers are very good family pets, particularly as they are patient with children. They are not “one-man dogs” and are equally friendly to both strangers and those familiar to them. Their friendly, gentle temperament has made them the 3rd most popular family dog breed in the USA, the 5th most popular in Australia, and the 8th most popular in the UK.

Not surprisingly, it lives up to its name as a great retriever, reveling in games of catch and carrying objects around in its mouth. They are highly regarded for their love of human companionship. Faithful and obedient, the Golden Retriever is also amongst the easiest to train. Its enthusiasm for learning new things and ability to quickly pick up on new commands makes the Golden Retriever a pleasure to train.

Golden Retrievers or Golden’s as many people know them, are versatile when it comes to the environment, but it’s a big dog that requires activity. The nice thing about Golden Retrievers is that they adapt anywhere. And while it enjoys its active time outdoors, the Golden Retriever is calm indoors, making it a great household pet for any type of family.

This is not a guard dog, unless the intruder hates getting licked to death 🙂 Their trusting, gentle disposition is what makes them a poor guard dog. Any form of unprovoked aggression or hostility towards either people, dogs or other animals, is considered unacceptable to the Golden Retriever and is completely out of character of the breed. A Golden Retriever should never be unduly timid or nervous.

Golden Retriever Temperament

Augie World Record Holder

The typical Golden Retriever is always calm, naturally intelligent and biddable, with an exceptional eagerness to please. Harsh training methods are unnecessary, as Golden Retrievers often respond very well to positive and upbeat training styles.

Their intelligence makes them a versatile breed and allows them to fill a variety of roles in society such as guide dog for the blind, therapy dogs, hearing dog for the deaf, hunting dog, detection dog, and search and rescue dog.

A few other special qualities about them is that they are one of the least barking dogs, they do not have bad breath and to top it off, they have what is called a “soft mouth“. Golden Retrievers have the ability to pick up two or three raw eggs at a time with their mouth without breaking them. Augie, a golden retriever owned by the Miller family in Dallas, Texas, USA holds the world record for the most tennis balls held in the mouth by a dog, namely 5!.

The person we have to thank for this beautiful pooch, is a guy called Lord Tweedmouth! His given name is Sir Dudley Majoribanks.

Lord Tweedmouth was an avid hunter and lived near the banks of the Lochness and it was there that he developed a dog in the 1860’s for a love of the water and a desire to retrieve.

The Tweeds really outdid themselves this time. The American Kennel Club registered the Golden in 1925, and the breed flourished through the 1930’s and 40’s and has never lost it’s popularity. If obedience is your thing, look no further, these dogs rock when it comes to good behavior.

Unique about the Golden Retriever is they were the first ever AKC Obedience Trial Champion. You don’t have to bother saying fetch to these guys, bred as hunters to retrieve fowl from water and land, they will run tirelessly, all day.

Physical Characteristics

The Golden Retriever is a big dog and is a bit longer than it is tall. The average male measure around 22 inches (56 cm) in height, and an average weight of 65 lbs(29.1 Kgs).

Webbed Feet

Webbed Feet

It’s strong, athletic build underlines it’s well-developed hindquarters and forequarters and gives the Golden Retriever a powerful, smooth gait. The Retriever is also characterized by its strong neck and a broad head. It’s coat, generally found in various shades of gold and cream, is dense and waterproof, and may be straight or wavy.

A puppies coat is almost always lighter than what it will be when it’s an adult. Looking at a puppies ears are a good indication of what color it will be when it grows up.

These dogs love to chew, jip it’s that soft mouth again, bred to carry water fowl during the hunt, but sometimes it goes a little to far. Some bad reviews pitch up here and there that take a bite out of their good reputation. Aggression is now a feature that pitched up in some lines, not the whole breed though, but you’ve got to watch out for it. And like it’s retriever the Labrador, it has webbed feet to aid in all that paddling it loves to do.


Grooming wise you’ll have to give attention to your Golden’s coat. To encourage turnover of the coat and minimize buildup of hair inside the house, it is best to routinely brush the Golden Retriever’s coat. Golden’s should be brushed at least 2 – 3 times a week, but preferably every day, and all the knot’s need to be taken out with a Slicker Brush. Although Golden’s could live outdoors, they are at their best when kept indoors with the family. In addition, it is important for the Golden Retriever to maintain a daily exercise routine.


Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysplasia

The Golden Retriever have an average lifespan between 10 – 12 years. With all that fetching and running the Golden Retriever is prone to Canine Hip Dysplasia(CHD), a joint disorder common to many large breeds. It’s cause by loss of cartilage due an abnormal formation in the hip. It could be quite painful, and requires proper medical attention. Console with your vet if your Golden shows signs of discomfort.

Some other minor health problems include hypothyroidism, sub-aortic stenosis (SAS), eye disorders, elbow dysplasia, mast cell tumors, and seizures. Osteosarcoma is also occasionally seen in Golden Retrievers. Other major health concerns for the breed include Lymphosarcoma (lymphoma), hemangiosarcoma, and skin problems. To identify these conditions early, a veterinarian may recommend heart, hip, thyroid, eye, or elbow tests during routine checkups.

Every Golden has it’s own unique personality and traits but in general Golden’s are born to run, have fun and please everyone. Keep that brush handy, don’t over train them, give them lots of love and attention and you’ve got a great family dog.

It’s in the Golden Retrievers’ temperament to have this huge zest for life and the only way to describe them is amazing. If you enjoyed this article about the Golden Retriever Temperament, please “LIKE” and “SHARE” it with your friends and family 🙂

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