I have good news and bad news about this page. When I changed jobs, I lost one of my ISP accounts, and I had a very small window of opportunity to move my pictures over from that server to the one they're currently sitting on. That means almost all of this set was lost. That's the bad news. The good news is that my art skills have improved dramatically since I first made the graphics for this page, and I'm almost ready to begin work on a new and much better picture for the Goldens. (As of April, 2003. I shall be working on a pastel, probably, within the next month so look for a new Golden Retriever background in mid-end of May.)
The Golden Retriever was developed in Britain by Sir Dudley Majoribanks, Lord Tweedmouth. Its ancestors include the Flat-coated Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel. They were first recognized by The Kennel Club in 1913.
Males should measure from 23-24 inches at the shoulder, and weigh from 65-75 lbs. Females should be slightly smaller.
Goldens tend to have excellent temperaments, which, in addition to their lovely fringed coat, has made them very popular. They are wonderful housepets, and excell at obedience work. They are frequently used as guide dogs for blind people because they are easy to train, friendly, and their coats are fairly easy-care.
They are also good at scenting, and because of this and their friendly nature and trainability make good Search and Rescue dogs. Some are still used as retrievers.
Goldens do need plenty of excercise, and should never be let to run in an unfenced area.
There is a high incidence of hip displaysia currently in the breed, so if you buy a Golden, be sure that the parents' hips have been xrayed and certified clear before making a purchase.
Created by Strawberry Dec 17, 1999 Last updated April 2003