Characteristics of Golden Retrievers

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers - 1Characteristics of Golden Retrievers.

The characteristics of Golden Retrievers are unique from other breeds in many ways.

Aren’t they “just dogs”? Technically, yes. But that’s like saying the Mona Lisa is “just a painting.”

I don’t want this to be a “my dog is better than your dog” argument.  I’d just like to point out a few character traits that have helped make Gol
dens one of the most popular breeds in America today.

If you already own one, you know what I’m talking about.

If you’re trying to decide if this is the right breed for you, maybe I can help you with your decision.

Breed Standard Lists Characteristics of Golden Retrievers.

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers - Breed ListsEvery breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) has a breed standard.

The breed standard for Golden retrievers sets forth the unique Golden Retriever traits that make this breed different from all others.

Considerations include type of coat, color, conformation, size, temperament and several other attributes.

We’ll look at each of these, and give you a chance to see how your own canine companion compares with the standard.

We’ll examine the Golden retriever’s built-in instincts, such as hunting prey and retrieving. After all, it’s hard to imagine a Retriever who doesn’t like to retrieve!.

One of the Best Characteristics of Golden Retrievers — They’re People-Friendly!.

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers - People-FriendlyGolden retrievers are incredibly people-friendly, which tends to make them very family-friendly, as well.

They get along well with babies, children, adults and seniors.

Most Golden Retrievers have never known a stranger. They think everybody’s their friend!

A Golden retriever’s characteristics vary a bit with each developmental stage.

We’ll look at each stage, from puppyhood through adolescence and adulthood, to the senior years.

Goldens are just kids at heart and may take a little longer than some other dogs to settle into adult behavior. Don’t worry. Most of them grow up–eventually!.

Other Characteristics of Golden Retrievers —  Intelligence and Energy.

How smart are Goldens?.

Although intelligence is closely linked to (and confused with) trainability, we’ll take a look at both of these important characteristics.

Does your canine companion communicate with you? Absolutely!

We’ll explore all the ways your furry friend tries to talk to you, and help you decipher his lingo.

What about a Golden’s energy level? Again, there’s a great deal of variance here.

We’ll look at a few determining factors and help you decide how much doggie exuberance your family can handle.

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers Allow For Individuality.

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers -IndividualityWhile we can rely on many characteristics to be true of all Goldens, we also have to consider each dog’s individual personality and temperament (Read more about The Golden Retriever Temperament).

Just like people, each dog has his own quirks and idiosyncrasies.

That’s what makes him so special!

What can we expect in the way of a Golden retriever’s life expectancy?.

There are several factors that determine how long you’ll be blessed with your canine companion’s presence.

More Great Characteristics of Golden Retrievers — Senses and Sociability.

Golden retrievers possess amazing senses that allow him to react to and interact with his environment. Besides their extraordinary senses of smell and hearing, we’ll also look at their senses of sight, direction, taste and touch.

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers - SociabilityOne of the best-known characteristics of Golden Retrievers is their sociability.

This includes not only the family that dotes on them, but everybody they come in contact with, as well.

They also interact beautifully with other animals, if properly socialized and introduced.

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers — Make Them Very Popular.

Characteristics of Golden Retrievers - PopularGolden retrievers have been one of the most popular breeds in America for several years.

According to statistics, almost 65,000 Golden retriever dogs are registered in the U.S. every year, and about 8,500 in Canada. Many more are born that are not registered.

It’s no accident that this lovely breed is so popular!.

The unique and special characteristics of Golden Retrievers have brought the breed its well-deserved recognition.

It’s safe to say that once a person has owned one of these beautiful dogs, life without one is never the same.

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