Golden Retriever Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Golden Retriever Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: Families with young and older children, active lifestyle, companionship

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Heavy

Size: Large


The Golden Retriever's history dates back to the 1800s, when Lord Tweedmouth developed the breed. Lord Tweedmouth mixed a Yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel in the Scottish Highlands. Although the Tweed Water Spaniel is no longer in existence, it had an important part in the development of the Golden Retriever breed.

The retriever spaniel crossbreeding dog was then crossed with the Bloodhound and Irish Setter, and then with the Tweed Water Spaniel once more and the resulting dog was the Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is now known for being one of the most popular family dog breeds


Golden Retrievers are one of the best family pets you can get for your home. They're patient, gentle, and not prone to aggression, and are safe with almost any family member.

The Golden is known for his eager-to-please personality. They crave for love and will seek it out in strangers as well as his own family. Goldens are versatile and people-oriented, these qualities being among the reasons why people adore them.

Pros and cons to consider 


  • Highly intelligent and easy to train
  • Affectionate and friendly
  • Great with kids
  • Adaptable to new environment
  • Playful 


  • Not great guard dogs as they are friendly with strangers
  • Sheds a lot
  • May need a lot of attention

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