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Golden Retriever

Breed Description
The Golden Retriever begins with great passion all sorts of objects, carries them around in the mouth and brings them back. This is why "to retrieve", which stands for "retrieve". Outside, he is very active, inside a rather quiet fellow. He is best known for his affection for his people.


Already knew?
Golden Retrievers are almost white as puppies. Their creme-colored to golden fur are only available from an age of about 2 years. On the ear, however, it is quite early to see which color they will have later.

Appearance
The Golden Retriever is very sporty and has a strong physique with muscle-packed legs. His movements are very powerful and soft at the same time.


History and origin
The history of the Golden Retriever is very well documented: at the end of the 19th century, Lord Tweedmouth crossed a yellow retriever in the Scottish highlands with a Tweed Water Spaniel, an old dog breed from Ireland, which is unfortunately extinct today. After that, other dog breeds such as the Irish Setter and Bloodhound were crossed. In 1913, the Golden Retriever was officially recognized as the British Kennel Club, the umbrella organization of British breeders.

... and where does the name come from?
The name "Golden" refers of course to the coat color, whereby there are also cream-colored dogs. "Retriever" has already been described in the breed description above. The Labrador Retriever is called the "Retriever" by the way for the same reason.


Health and Care
The Golden Retriever has wavy or smooth, medium fur. It needs regular care and should be brushed at least 1-2 times per week. Especially when the dog is out a lot. In the spring and autumn he is especially strong. All family members should be aware of this.

Rassetypical diseases
Hip dysplasia (malformation of the hip joint)
Ellbow dysplasia (developmental disorder of the elbow joint)
epilepsy

Note: Not every dog suffers compulsively from these diseases.
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