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Golden Retriever

Group: Gundogs (Group 3)
Club: Golden Retriever Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Kim Houlden
Phone: 0418 525 118

About the Golden Retriever


Background The Golden Retriever was first developed at the Scottish country estate of Lord Tweedmouth during the 1860s to assist in the retrieving of upland game and waterfowl.  The English Kennel Club officially recognised the Golden Retriever as a breed in 1920. They were first imported and registered in Australia during the 1930s.

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Golden Retrievers live from between 10 to 13 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Golden Retriever is an intelligent, affectionate dog, both active and powerful, with a kindly expression.  The instinct to retrieve is still an important characteristic of the breed; however the Golden Retriever’s willing, adaptable nature and physical attributes make it an exceptionally versatile breed.  It has been used in a wide range of roles and activities such as gundog, guide dog for the blind, therapy pet, obedience and show dog. These dogs’ desire to please is legendary.

Compatibility with other pets Excellent.

Care Requirements Although a long-haired breed, the Golden Retriever is easy to keep well groomed with regular brushing to prevent the hair from matting. Regularly check for ticks, fleas, grass seeds or any skin irritation while brushing your dog.  Golden are very sociable dogs and need companionship, they are not happy left alone in the backyard for too long and may become destructive. It is your responsibility as an owner to make sure that your dog is never allowed to roam free unsupervised.  Basic training is an important part of responsible dog ownership. Your Golden will learn to be a better companion, establishing a stronger bond with you and generally acquiring the good manners and obedient responses that will make it a social asset rather than a nuisance. Classes ranging from puppy through to advanced obedience trialling level are available in most areas through local obedience clubs. Both male and female Golden Retrievers are equally easy to house train.

Please Take Note The Golden Retriever, in common with most breeds, is subject to some problems that may be passed on from parent to puppy, including Hip and Elbow Dysplasia , some eye and heart conditions. Consult your veterinarian or the Golden Retriever Club of Victoria concerning any additional information about these and other health problems. DNA testing is now available for a range of conditions.  As with any breed poor temperament can occasionally occur, please always check the temperaments of parents.  A reputable breeder will have no hesitation in sharing the health results of their breeding stock, and also allowing an independent veterinarian to evaluate a puppy prior to purchase. The National Golden Retriever Council has some useful information sheets. 

Ideal Owner/s Families looking for a dog with a gentle and loving disposition.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Golden Retriever and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, please contact the Golden Retriever Club of Vic Inc. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

Please beware of breeders asking for large deposits and/or holding fees for their puppies. Some are requesting non- refundable deposits which is against consumer law. The Golden Retriever Club of Victoria recommends that you meet the breeder/s and view the puppies before any deposit is made. Any contracts made between breeder and buyer should be in writing and signed by both parties. Registered Breeders of the GRCV are listed on our website 

Registered Breeders