|Interesting Breed Facts:
||4th in 2008; with 34,485 registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).
|First recognized as a breed:
||Before 1912, all retrievers were lumped together in the same Kennel Club (English) grouping. The Golden was recognized as a separate breed by the American Kennel Club in the early 1930's.
||Height between 21" to 24" at the shoulder; weight ranges from 55 to 75 lbs.
||According to the AKC breed standard, the Golden is sound and well put together with a broad, slightly arched skull, a straight muzzle, slightly wider at the top than at the tip. Ears are short and close to the cheek. The Golden's coat is dense and water-repellent, with a fluffy undercoat. Lustrous golden color of any shade is permissible. He has a nobility of expression rivaled by very few other breeds.
|#1 preventable health problem:
||Skin disorders are the most frustrating for owners. Feed your Golden a nutritional dog food, use adequate flea prevention and give fatty acid supplements.
Guarding, play, and the companionship of a human.
||Willingness to please, noble countenance, playfulness, and ability to get along with children.
|Biggest challenge to owners:
||A Golden may reach his adult height by 8 to 10 months of age, but he is far from mature. This dog is active, so regular exercise is imperative.