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African American boy with Golden Retriever


Golden Retrievers are sporting dogs.
They were originally bred to retrieve water birds,
like ducks.
With Goldens helping them,
people long ago could find food to eat.

These days Goldens can work as assistance dogs for people with disabilities,
as search and rescue dogs, as retrievers in field trials, and more.

They enjoy agility, flyball, , swimming, rally, and competitive obedience.

Golden Retrievers can grow up to 24 inches tall and weigh between 55-75 pounds. Males are bigger than females.

These large dogs have a beautiful, light or dark, golden coat. The hair is thick and water-repellent (doesn't soak up water easily).

Golden retrievers can be dark golden color.
Some Goldens have straight hair
and some have wavy hair.


Spend time with your Golden. Two boy in this picture are having fun! 

Goldens are friendly, reliable, and trustworthy. They are not shy or nervous dogs, which means they are usually not afraid of things. Do you want a friend you can count on? A Golden can be a very good friend.


Goldens are cheerful, kind, and gentle dogs. They are playful and affectionate. Goldens are a lot of fun! They would love to play almost anything with you. They like to go places and discover new things.

Golden playing with chew toy!


Goldens need exercise quite often.

Goldens can run fast.

Golden Retrievers are muscular and strong. They are energetic and can play for hours. It would be a good thing to walk your Golden every day even if he has a yard. Goldens enjoy being active, playing games, and participating in activities like flyball, agility, tracking, and obedience.


Most Golden Retrievers are good swimmers. Many Goldens love the water so much that they will get their face wet no matter where they are. If you live near the beach, your Golden will be a happy camper. Or just turn on the hose and have a blast!

A Golden Retriever swimming.



Golden Retriever

Know Your Breed

Goldens love to put things in their mouths! They have to be watched very carefully when they are young so they don't eat anything that could be dangerous. They can also eat your sofa, so keep an eye on your rascal! There's one thing that almost all Goldens want you to know about them - they love to play fetch. Throw a ball and watch them run!

Because your Golden loves to chew so much, be sure to give him lots of healthy, safe things to chew when he's a puppy. He will also be teething (losing baby teeth and getting adult teeth) and his gums may be sore. If he has good things to chew, his mouth won't hurt so much.

Golden puppy chewing on a bone.


Boy hugging Golden Retriever.

Golden Retrievers are social dogs. That means they like people and other animals. Spending time with your Golden will make him a very happy canine! Goldens trust you to take good care of them. Goldens are loyal and affectionate.


Bathing your Golden regularly will help keep him clean and smelling good. Dogs are more fun to hug when they are clean.

Brushing him two or three times every week will help keep the hair in the brush and not on the floor. Brushing also feels good to your dog and helps keep his skin healthy.

Goldens are usually very happy, especially when they have toys.


Golden on couch

Golden Retrievers don't like to be left alone very much. They get very lonely when left in the yard with nothing to do. It's good to go outside to spend time with your dog, or to let your Golden in the house. If he has learned the house rules, everyone will be happy to have  him in the house.


Spend lots of time with your new pup from an early age so he is comfortable with you. Roll him over, touch his feet, look at his teeth, and brush him gently. This will help him get used to being handled and he will be a better companion when he is older.
For eight week old Golden puppies.
Young boy sits in chair with Golden Retriever puppy. It is important that your Golden start learning his manners when he is young. As he grows, he will get stronger and it will be harder for you to train him. You don't have to be harsh. Puppies learn through play. There are lots of games you can play with your puppy and he will be learning at the same time. Teaching him tricks will teach him how to learn. You both will have lots of fun.


When he gets older, you can start to take him places. Socialize your pup from an early age so he is comfortable in many different situations. Taking him places where he will meet other dogs and new people will help him be a better companion for you.
Boxer playing with a Golden Retriever.


You can train your golden to behave.

Goldens are alert, intelligent dogs. Goldens are very trainable. That means they learn quickly when taught with patience and kindness.They are very good at paying attention. This makes them fast learners in obedience. Teaching your dog obedience will help him become a good citizen and help him to have good manners. Goldens love you and they want to learn from you.


A Golden Retriever's coat has two layers: the beautiful golden hair you can see, and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat helps a Golden stay warm and dry while he's swimming or in cold weather.
Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts


Boy sitting next to a Golden Retriever.


 All About Goldens

(from their kids!)


"A good dog deserves a good bone." - American Proverb

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New Golden Retriever StoryStoryMy name is Katie and I am 13 years old. I began doing agility with my Golden Retriever, four-year-old Dusty Snickerdoodle, when I was 11. My parents gave me my own dog when I was 9, and I chose a Golden Retriever. I knew that I wanted to do a competitive dog sport with Dusty, but couldn’t find the right one. I discovered agility on Animal Planet. It is perfect for Dusty: He is fast, strong, and lives to please me. I knew that this was the sport for us.
Goldens can participate in Agility Competitions, equipment, poles, weave poles

I have been Dusty’s only trainer and handler for his whole life. I began his early agility training in the backyard when he was around 6 months old. I used anything I could find to make jumps and tiny obstacles. Using lots of food and hugs, I trained Dusty to go over the jumps happily. By the time he was a year old, he could run short jump sequences off-leash. I enrolled him in a group agility class shortly after his first birthday.

With the help of our trainer, as well as more food and hugs, I taught Dusty to soar over jumps, race through tunnels, climb over the A-frame, zoom across the dogwalk, and snake through the weave poles. He loved to do those obstacles, but he hated the teeter-totter. Our trainer and I tried everything: putting food at the end, pushing him up, helping him tip the board, racing ahead, calling him over. Nothing seemed to help. He would leap onto the miniature teeter in my backyard, but the big teeter at class scared him to death. Since the teeter and dogwalk look similar to a dog, he started avoiding the dogwalk as well. Finally, I discovered his love of whipped cream and squirt cheese. I would squirt piles of whipped cream and cheese up the teeter, and he happily licked it up. While he is still slow on the teeter, he always does it and he races across the dogwalk like he used to.

Dusty learned to run longer courses while on the leash. A few months after we began training, we entered a special show called a show-and-go in which we were allowed to use a leash. Although he was still having a teeter problem and I had to push him up the teeter, we both had a lot of fun. I started running him on a lighter leash, and finally off-leash. It was a slow process. We entered the more advanced class at our training center, and I began to hope that our trainer would allow us to compete soon.

Dusty’s first competition was in February 2002, a year after we’d begun training. He was doing very well at lessons, but in the show he ran off the course to “visit” people quite a few times. Most Golden Retrievers go “visiting” at their first show, but Dusty continued to visit at our second show. And third. And fourth. He still goes “visiting” occasionally if I do not stay right next to him.

Our first clean run (a perfect run) was in June 2002. He got a first place, and I was so happy! At the next show, all four of his runs were perfect. On July 28, 2002 (Dusty’s third birthday), we got our Novice Agility title.

Goldens can participate in Agility Competitions, A-frame, equipment

Dusty and I have always competed against adults, and we have done very well. He has won 14 blue ribbons and we have the following titles: AKC Open Agility and Agility Excellent Jumper; USDAA Agility Dog; NADAC Novice Agility and Novice Jumper; ASCA Regular Standard Novice and Jumpers Standard Novice.

Agility has been great for Dusty and me. It has made our relationship much stronger and taught me how to be a good dog trainer. My goal is for Dusty and me to be the first junior handler and Golden Retriever team to earn the USDAA and AKC champion titles. We are always working on running faster and being more accurate.
I would recommend doing agility to anyone with a dog. It is a lot of fun to train your dog to run the course. Competing is thrilling, although I always get nervous. There is nothing like the connection that I feel with Dusty on the agility course. Dusty is a real agility dog. Katie, age 13

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red pawI love to swim, play fetch, and go for walks with my dog,
Koa (Golden Retriever). He is getting old, but still as fun as when
he was a puppy! My dog loves to go to the Colorado river with me
and my sister! Anonymous, age 13, California USA

red pawMy dog is called Muska. My mom named him that because he was such a
mush. He's 11 years old and his breed is a Golden Retriever. I love him very
much. He's my best friend. He's special to me because he loves me and
I love him. Ben, Age 8, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, Asia

red pawI have a Golden Retriever, his name is Shine, and a Cocker Spaniel,
his name is Shadow. They can do a lot of things like sit, stay here, jump
over a fence. Also they are beautiful and intelligent dogs.
Juliana, age 14, Caracas Venezuela

red pawMax (Golden Retriever) is 9 months old. He likes to be in the house. He is getting
big, but still likes to get on my dad's lap. His favorite game is tug of war.
Jayden, Age 7, South Dakota USA

red pawI have a Golden Retriever puppy named Penny. She knows
how to sit, stay (for a long time), lay down, and my "Get up against the wall".
That is my favorite trick!! All I did to teach her that was to put a treat
on the wall and when she jumped up to get it, I told her "UP AGAINST
THE WALL, YOU'RE BUSTED!" Then I search her for a gun or drugs.
She has always come clean. Lacey, age 15, Louisiana USA

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red pawMy dog, Goldie (Golden Retriever) is great, because she accompanies me
when I'm alone, and knows when to sit quietly, and who to bark at.

I wouldn't exchange her for any dog in the world.
Dianne, Age 10, Subang Jaya/Selangor/Malaysia

red pawI love my dog, Mr. Bear. He's a Golden Retriever. He is a big baby and loves
to be rubbed. I love him a lot.
Zachary, Age 8, Tennessee USA

red pawMolly (Golden Retriever) is so lovable. She does not bark. She loves to beg
for food. She hates uncooked carrots and lettuce. She also love Christmas presents.

Rachel, Age 16, Kansas USA

red pawWe play hide and seek with our two dogs, a Golden Retriever and
a Cocker Spaniel, in a field of alfalfa.The grass and alfalfa get really high and
I hide in it while my mom holds them where they can't see me.Then she
tells them to find me and they run and jump all over in the field until
they find me. Many times they jump right on top of me to find me.
It's great fun. Keri, age 8, Nebraska, USA

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red pawI have an 8 week old Golden Retriever named Max. He can already beg, heel,
sit, and get my dad's newspaper. AND he plays for my basketball team, my football,
and my soccer! Jake, Age 13, Texas USA

red pawMy dog's name is Rusty (Golden Retriever) and he's a sweetie...he was named
after his color. Whenever someone's outside or someone comes to the door, he barks a lot,
but he's so friendly he would never bite anyone! He loves dog biscuits, being petted,
chasing after little lights, playing and chewing on his ball, and being lazy.
Mitchell, South Dakota USA

red pawI have a dog named Cookie. She is a Golden Retriever. She has a lot of energy
and I love her a lot. I love to play with her and teach her to do agility.
Jaimee, Age 13, Manitoba, Canada

red pawMy dog is a golden retriever, and he is VERY playful. Instead of guarding the house,
he would ask any stranger to play with him! As he is rather big, many people in the
neighborhood are terrified of him! Victoria, age 12+, Singapore

red pawI have two Golden Retriever puppies. Their names are Doo and Clay. When I first bought
them, they were 10 weeks old and I could hold them both in my lap. Now they are 18 weeks
old and they both fight over trying to sit in my lap. They are so cute. Their favorite thing to do
is wrestle together. They look like little teddy bears rolling around in the grass.
Dana, Age 14, South Carolina USA

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red pawMy dog is a Golden Retriever. He is so adorable. He is almost 10 years old. He has
arthritis, but he always is running around with me. We got him when I was born.
Elizabeth, Age 10, Pennsylvania USA

red pawWhen I get our new house I am going to get a new puppy but he'll be a big
dog pretty soon. He will still be a puppy for a long time. He will be a Golden
Retriever puppy. Pretty soon he will be a Golden Retriever dog. Samantha, Age 7, Texas USA

red pawMy dog is a Golden Retriever. She is the best dog in the world. She looks like
an Irish Setter. She's so funny sometimes. Kelsey, Age 9, Grosse Ile, Michigan USA

red pawMy dog, Jodie, is my best friend. She is a little silly sometimes, like when
people pretend to attack me. She bites me! She is a Golden Retriever. Let me
tell you, people mistake her as an Irish Setter! Jodie is the best (she likes me a
ton too)! I wish she would never die. Michelle, age 9, Missouri USA

red pawI love my dog, Sunny (Golden Retriever) because he is very cute and he
helps me by protecting me always. He loves to play games and is very good
and loves the world! Jodie, Age 12, Tilbury Ontario, Canada

There are many Golden Retrievers around the country without homes. Have your parents call a Golden rescue to adopt a warm, loving Golden just waiting for a home.

Check here for rescue information and an organization in your city.

A smiling Golden Retriever


  Rusty's Ridiculous Riddles!

Jami: I play chess with my dog every day.
Jessy: Wow, your dog must be very smart!
Jami: Oh, not really. I usually win!
 funny dog
Thanks to  Jessica, age 9, Illinois USA for this great riddle!


golden retriever
Visit these sites for available rescued Goldens:
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The Golden Retriever Club of America


Some Famous Golden Retrievers
Shadow, from Homeward Bound and Homeward Bound II
Liberty, the dog of U.S. President, Gerald Ford
Speedy, from the Drew Carey Show
Sun Dance, in Adam Sandler's movie, Click
Duke, from Bush's Baked Bean commercials
Comet, the Golden from the TV show Full House
Buddy, in Air Bud and all the Air Bud sequels
Brandon, the Golden of Punky Brewster


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Girls love to hug a golden retriever!

Visit our Golden Retriever Shop.

Click here to teach your Golden Retriever some tricks.

Click here to start training your Golden Retriever.

Click here to name your Golden Retriever.

Click here to add your Golden's photo to our Gallery!


Long line of golden retriever puppies.

 Here are some good books, videos, and DVDs about Golden Retrievers
or visit our Golden Retriever Shop .

Golden Retrievers by Stuart Callen
All about Golden Retrievers,written especially for kids ages 4-8. 

Owning a Golden Retriever by Sally Stewart
Owners who have just acquired a pedigreed pup, and dog lovers planning to purchase a pet, will value "Living With a Pet" books for their in-depth presentation of the special characteristics and needs of the breed being considered. These books give readers detailed understanding of the animal's daily needs, adaptability to training, physical and personality traits, specific strengths and weaknesses, ability to learn, susceptibility to health problems, and more. Books are filled with full-color photos and attractive sidebar features.

The Golden Retriever Handbook by D. Caroline Coile
An 11-year old reader writes: This one of the best book I've ever read about GR. It give me a good information on purchasing, training, feeding, health problem, and much more. I strongly recommended this book for those who want to buy a Golden Retriever and for those who wants information on Golden Retriever.

Train Your Golden Retriever by Liz Palika
Easy to read book with lots of color pictures of Goldens in everyday life. Helpful hints in blue boxes that catch your attention. Good first book for anyone interested in Goldens.

The Guide to Owning a Golden Retriever by Joanne P. Huxley
This book gives an understanding of the Golden Retriever - from practical information to care, love and nurturing.

Here are some more great books about Golden Retrievers:

A Guide Dog Puppy Grows Up by Caroline Arnold
from a reader from California: This book is filled with photos of puppies and dogs in training. The reader will identify with Honey from her birth in the kennels to life with her puppy raisers, her training in guide work and finally, being paired with her blind partner. The book is a great way to attract children's/students' interest in learning about disabilities. Ages 4-8
One Golden Year: A Story of a Golden Retriever by Coleen Hubbard
For one happy year, Caitlin and her mother raise and train a puppy to become a companion dog for the disabled. Albion, the loving, intelligent Golden Retriever, graduates from training and is given to a girl in a wheelchair who is Caitlin's age. Ages 9-12

Bailey Bymyside: Golden Lessons for Life by Patricia Burlin Kennedy
an Amazon reader writes: Anyone who reads this book will "feel" the connection that these four legged creatures have with us. You will smile, you will cry and hopefully, you will pause to think about these life lessons and promise to be a better person because of these reminders. Please buy this book for your children and encourage them to live by Bailey's example. Ages 9 and up


Air Bud dvd

Air Bud DVD

air bud - golden receiver dvd

Air Bud: Golden Receiver DVD

Air Bud - World Pup DVD

Air Bud: World Pup DVD

Air Bud-7th Inning Fetch dvd

Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch DVD

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound DVD

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco DVD


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