The Golden Retriever is a British dog breed which is listed by the FCI in group 8. The Golden Retriever, originally bred as a retriever for hunting, is considered gentle and balanced and is therefore a popular family dog.
With a height at withers of 51 to 61 centimetres and a weight of between 25 and 34 kilograms, the Golden Retriever, whose life expectancy varies between 10 and 12 years, is one of the large dog breeds. They have an excellently developed bone apparatus and strong musculature. Their chest is characterized by a pronounced curvature, while the belly is clearly tucked up.
Golden retrievers have a slightly longer, wavy or smooth coat with a dense undercoat, which makes the breed quite insensitive to cold. The colour of the coat is either cream or dark gold, although some white hairs may be present on the chest.
The Golden Retriever has an expressive facial skull with a distinct stop. Its medium-large ears attach at eye level and hang down approximately to the corners of its mouth. Eyelids, nose and lips are strikingly dark pigmented. Altogether, the facial expression of the Golden Retriever is extremely friendly and gentle.
Golden Retrievers are characterized by their amiable nature and are considered to be extremely trustful. A pronounced protection instinct is not present with this race. This is certainly one of the reasons why Golden Retrievers are best suited as family dogs.
Golden Retrievers are suitable for a variety of different activities. As hunting dogs they show their skills in tracking down and retrieving prey.
In addition, the Golden Retriever is suitable as a sniffer dog for police and customs, as a guide dog and as an avalanche search dog. Since he has the urge to please his owner, he generally represents an excellent companion dog for people with a disability.
If a Golden Retriever has no fixed task, it is important to employ and demand him elsewhere sufficiently.
Due to hereditary predispositions, the Golden Retriever is at least partially at risk of developing elbow dysplasia. The same is true for hip dysplasia, which this breed also often suffers from.
The best way to counteract the chronic joint diseases of the Golden Retriever is a balanced and needs-based diet.
This does not completely rule out hip and elbow dysplasia, but at least reduces the general risk and severity of the disease.
In addition to possible illnesses, factors such as age, weight and sporting activities should of course also be taken into account when feeding your Golden Retriever.
Bellfor's special breed feed promotes the well-being and health of your Golden Retriever from an early age.