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Golden Retrievers: the most honest advice you'll ever find about Golden Retriever puppies and adult dogs. Traits, characteristics, temperament, personality, behavior, buying, adopting, training, feeding, and health care.

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Golden Retrievers...
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By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013



Golden Retriever Dog Breed Review

Dog breed reviewWhat's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em.


The most honest dog breed review you'll ever find. Temperament, personality, behavior, traits, and characteristics. As an Obedience Instructor and Breed Selection Consultant for over 30 years, I give you my honest opinions about the breed – I hold nothing back.

Golden Retriever FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the traits and characteristics of Golden Retrievers.


Training Golden Retrievers

I'll show you how to teach your Golden Retriever puppy or adult dog to listen to you and do what you say. My training methods are based on respect and sensible leadership. No hitting, yelling, choke collars, shock collars, or clicker training.

Golden Retriever Health & Feeding

Learn about the best dog foods, vaccinations and booster shots (needed or not?), natural treatments for Golden Retriever health problems, spaying and neutering pros and cons, and more.

Buying or Adopting a Golden Retriever

Good breeders versus bad breeders – how to tell the difference. Adopting your Golden Retriever from a rescue group. Temperament tests for evaluating Golden Retriever puppies and adult dogs for sale or adoption.

Quick Tips about Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever Size
Males stand about 23-24 inches at the shoulder and weigh 65-75 pounds. Females stand about 21-23 inches and weigh 55-65 pounds. Some breeders do produce much larger Goldens.
Golden Retriever Colors
Ranges from reddish gold, to medium gold, to pale cream, to nearly white. No shade is more desirable or valuable than another, and the breed is always called Golden Retriever, no matter what the shade of the coat is.
Misspellings:
retrevers, retreivers