Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Barking: barks when necessary
Trainability: eager to please
Energy: medium energy, very active, this dog is active and energetic, and needs daily exercise
Temperament: Reliable, Friendly, Kind, Confident, Trustworthy, Intelligent
Health: generally a healthy breed
Grooming: a double-coated breed which sheds seasonally, regular brushing as a part of his weekly grooming
The golden retriever is an athletic, strong dog, capable of carrying heavy game over land and water. For this, it needs a broad, powerful head with strong neck and well-developed fore- and hindquarters. It is just slightly longer than tall. The gait is smooth, powerful and ground-covering. The water-repellant coat is dense, with the outer coat straight or wavy.
Everybody's friend, the golden retriever is known for its devoted and obedient nature as a family companion. It is an apt sporting retriever as well and yearns for a day in the field. Ignoring its active nature and powerful physique can lead to behavior problems, and it needs daily physical and mental exercise. It tends to be overly exuberant and boisterous, and its enthusiasm for everything often distracts it during training; however, it is eager to please and enjoys learning. The golden's achievements in competitive obedience are remarkable. It especially enjoys games that involve retrieving and loves to carry items in its mouth.