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BSK Breed Index: The Golden Retriever

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Height: 20 - 24 inches

Weight: 55 - 80 pounds

Litter Size: 6 - 8 pups

Temperament: Easy Going

Intelligence: High

Classification: Sporting

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Golden Retriever

Originated in Scotland in the 1800s, these dogs were bred for hunting, tracking and as bird dogs. Today they are one of the most popular breeds in the world and are used as guide dogs, companion animals, narcotics detection, search and rescue, as well as therapy dogs.

The breed was initially created by crossing yellow Flat-Coated Retrievers, Tweed Water Spaniels, Bloodhounds and Irish Setters.

Golden Retriever Fun Facts

  • Most Golden Retrievers love playing in the water.
  • As puppies these dogs tend to be high strung and rowdy.
  • The breed was originally called the Golden Flat-Coat and has since been renamed.
  • The breed was created by Lord Tweedmouth

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