History: The Golden Retriever originated from Great Britain as a cross between flat- and wavy-coated retrievers, red setters, and tweed water spaniels. They were originally bred as companions and have become an extremely popular companion dog. They are also used widely in a variety of work including, assistance work, hunting, and search and rescues.
Temperament: If you’re looking for an outgoing, playful, and friendly dog a Golden Retriever may be the one for you! They have a moderate to high activity level and would do best with a family who is active. Be sure to exercise them daily to avoid hyperactivity. Since they are typically an even-tempered and social dog, they get along with almost everyone including children and other pets. If you are a first time dog owner, a Golden Retriever is a great choice being that they are family friendly, smart and easily trained.
Health/Grooming: Because Golden Retrievers have a double coat of soft, thick fur, they do require upkeep on grooming to help with their shedding. Possible health concerns that may arise within the breed include: cataracts, heart disease, hip dysplasia, cancer, PRA. The most common health risk that Golden Retrievers face is hip dysplasia. If you are choosing one from a breeder it is recommended that you check to see if the dogs are OFA certified.