Golden Retriever: the golden blond dog who loves everyone

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Golden Retriever, the true characteristics of the standard: enchanting, bewitching and seductive eyes that make him simply irresistible.

The Golden Retriever is an unsuitable dog if you are a sulky, loner type: when you go out for a walk, resign yourself to relating to most of the people you cross paths with.

A Golden draws everyone’s attention to him because “those eyes” and that golden mantle of his, attract everyone.

Add to this the fact that he is a dog capable of befriending and patiently tolerating any living thing including children (making him truly a hero): the blond really loves everyone.

What are the origins of the Golden Retriever

The idea was to obtain a retriever dog capable of retrieving prey in water and inaccessible and inaccessible environments during game hunting trips.

Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, the first Baron of Tweedmouth, Scotland, is credited with developing the breed whose progenitors are Nous, a Flat-Coated Retriever, and Belle, a Tweed Water Spaniel.


“Water Spaniel” painting by John Carlton (1864)

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a hunting dog that is part of the Retriever group; the breed is a cross between the Irish Setter and the Newfoundland; the Tweed Water Spaniel or Tweed Spaniel, is a breed of dog that has unfortunately been extinct since the 19th century.

flat coated retriever
Flat Coated Retriever

So, from the mating of Nous and Belle that took place in 1868, the basic strain of the “blond” breed originated.

What is the difference between American Golden Retriever and English Golden Retriever

The breed was registered by the Kennel Club of England in 1903 as Flat Coats – Golden and in 1911 gained recognition as a Retriever breed (Golden and Yellow).

In the United States, Golden Retrievers were recognized in 1925 by the American Kennel Club, and in 1927 the Golden Retriever Club of Ontario was founded in Canada.

The differences are purely cosmetic: the British Golden is generally stockier than the taller, slender American and Canadian.

American and Canadian Goldens also differ in the density and color of their fluffy fur, commonly thinner and darker than that of their English cousins.

A Briton can have a coat color of any shade of gold or cream but there are also variations of red or tending toward brown/cognac.

The black Golden Retriever does not exist: it may be, at most, a Flat Coated Retriever or a cross of black or brown Labrador with Golden Retriever; this cross, although not an officially recognized breed, is called Goldador or Golden Lab.

What Golden Retriever means in Italian

The name is derived from the union of the term
which means “golden” in English, and
, meaning “bringing back.” And indeed, the golden ones are outstanding and tireless reporters.

Patient, playful, gentle, affectionate, never aggressive, Goldens get along well with children, dogs, cats and all animals in general.

Welcoming and sociable even with strangers, they are not really suitable for guarding: if a burglar came into the house, they would cheerfully wag their tail at him, manage to get a cookie dropped and make him go away leaving a note of apology and without taking anything.

The character of the Golden Retriever

The “golden” is a dog that loves to participate in family life and seeks continuous social contact and viscerally loves its humans.

Extremely sensitive and highly intelligent, it establishes a symbiotic relationship with its humans; if neglected or ignored, it suffers terribly to the point of depression.

Although living in apartments, blondes need a lot of daily physical activity and to go outside several times a day.

For those, therefore, who have little patience, little willingness to commit, are simply lazy and not at all adventurous, the choice of a blond is wrong.

Diseases that affect blondes

Unfortunately, there are Golden Retriever diseases that it is good to know about in order to deal with or prevent them:

Your golden one’s health depends on physical activity, good nutrition, regular vaccine and parasite prophylaxis, and periodic check-ups from your trusted veterinarian from the time he or she is a puppy.

Contact the veterinary doctors on our staff to have your blond undergo routine checkups.

We would also like to remind you that Clinica La Veterinaria is always open h24 every day including holidays and with First Aid service from 8 pm to 8 am.

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