The Golden Retriever is a sturdy, medium-large sized dog. The skull is
broad and the muzzle is straight, tapering slightly.
The medium to large eyes are dark brown. The ears hang down close
The tail is thick at the base with feathering along the underside.
The water-resistant coat is dense with a firm outer coat.
These are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with a great charm.
They are easily trained, and always patient and gentle with children.
Energetic and loving, Golden Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters.
They excel in competitions. Friendly with everyone, including other dogs,
the Golden Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts. While unlikely
to attack, Goldens make good watchdogs, loudly signaling a stranger's approach. This breed needs to be around people who display leadership to be happy. The Golden Retriever may become destructive and/or high-strung, over-exuberant and distractible if he is lacking in daily mental and physical exercise. Be sure to remain this dog’s firm, but calm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid behavioral issues. Some of the Golden's talents are hunting, tracking, retrieving, narcotics detection, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. These dogs also love to swim.