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History: In the early nineteenth century, hunting was a popular sport in
England and Scotland. This created the demand for a bird dog who could
move speedily both on land and in water. The setter, the water spaniel,
and the curly coated retriever were then crossed to create the golden retriever.
An excellent gundog, the golden retriever boasts superb abilities in outdoor
retrieving trials and in obedience training alike. The three chanpion dogs
at the first obedience training contest held by the American Kennel Club
in 1977 were all golden retrievers.
Body: The Golden Retriever has a strong, well-balanced body; a short, straight
back; a flat, wide skull; a wide deep muzzle of the same length as the
skull; dar brown eyes with a black outline; medum-sized drop ears set slightly
toward the rear of the head; and a natural long tail. The thick water-repellent
coat is soft, not quite "silky", but not rough, either, with feathering
on the chest, front legs, thighs, abdomen, and underside of the tail. The
coat color is beautiful, shiny gold, with the feathering slightly lighter
than the rest of the body.
Character: A gentle loving dog, with a tender intelligent facial expression,
the Golden retriever is good with children and other animals, and friendly
and loyal to its master. Well behaved and extremely intelligent, this breed
works widely as a rescue dog and guide dog.
Care: The double coat should be kept clean by weekly brushin and shampooing.
it needs to be thoroghly dried, or skin disease may result.
Exercise: At least two days of exercise a day is necessary, including occasional
Training: Puppies learn well if obedience
training is started about eight weeks after birth. Make sure that they
do not overeat abd give them as big a kennel as possible, to allow for
Puppies: Litters number from six to ten puppies. Newborns are shaded gold,
growing into the adults dark gold in ten to fourteen months. The coat color
may darken further between the age of fourteen months and 5 years.
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