The Golden Retriever: Man’s Best Friend

Golden Retriever History

The original line of Golden Retrievers were bred to be hunters by Dudley Majoribanks in Scotland. Retrievers were popular in the early 1800s, when hunting was both a sport and an important way to put food on the table. As fewer people needed to hunt for their food, the Golden Retriever was bred to be a lovable family pet with a happy disposition.

The Golden Retriever was officially recognized by the AKC in 1925 and was the first-ever AKC Obedience Trial Champion. No wonder these dogs are the third most popular dog breed in the United States!

Throw and They Shall Retrieve

Golden Retrievers live up to their name in that they love to “retrieve.” These large and active dogs love to play fetch, go swimming and hang out with their owners. Golden Retrievers will thrive in any environment with the right amount of exercise, socialization and attention. As a large breed dog, Golden Retrievers do need daily exercise, and without it they are prone to weight gain. A daily walk or playtime activity will help them release energy and maintain a healthy weight.

Golden Retrievers’ cheerful disposition and desire to please make them excellent family pets and service dogs. They are patient and playful with children and easily adaptable, making them great companions for an active and lively household. 

Keeping Your Golden Healthy

Golden Retrievers love to be active, and their health needs reflect that. Golden Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia as well as obesity due to their voracious appetites.

Banfield Pet Hospital lists these as some of the more common health conditions for Golden Retrievers:

  • Otitis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cancer

Along with semiannual visits to your vet, dog food that encourages chewing and helps support bone and joint health, like ROYAL CANIN® BREED HEALTH NUTRITION® Golden Retriever, can help your Golden Retriever maintain his active and energetic personality.