Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are known for their friendly, playful demeanor. Check out all you need to know about these loving pups.

The Golden Retriever breed has been around since the early 1800s. These dogs were predominately used for hunting, specifically for retrieving wild fowl—hence the name retriever! Their hunting background makes the Golden Retriever an intelligent working dog that loves daily exercise.

Today, Golden Retriever dogs are known for their sunny disposition and loving attitudes. They’re the ultimate family dog—sweet, tolerant, and full of fun!

Why We Love the Golden Retriever Breed

  • Golden Retrievers are eager to please and incredibly intelligent. Training your Golden Retriever puppy is a breeze! 
  • They’re friendly, which means these pups are great with children and will warm up to unfamiliar company quickly. 
  • Golden Retrievers maintain their playful attitude long past the usual “puppy period”. This makes them great for active families—you can always count on them to make you laugh! 
  • They have an even temperament. Golden Retrievers adapt easily and live a happy life with their families when given proper exercise and space to play.

Things to Consider

  • The Golden Retriever breed is a working dog breed. This means your pooch requires daily exercise and mental stimulation. 
  • Golden Retriever puppies may be tiny, but they can grow upwards of 60 pounds. While they need to be inside with their families, Golden Retrievers should not be confined to small spaces like an apartment. 
  • Golden Retrievers are mouthy--they love to chew and carry objects in their mouths. Be sure your pup has plenty of chew toys! 
  • Unfortunately, that beautiful golden coat is prone to shedding. Regular brushing can help, and regular bathing is a must. Golden Retrievers should not be shaved—their double-coat is there to protect their skin.

Why Rescue?

The Golden Retriever breed is a favorite in the United States, which means these pups suffer from severe overbreeding. Like many overbred, medium-sized dogs, Golden Retrievers can suffer hip and elbow dysplasia. These pups are also prone to skin allergies and eyes issues (like cataracts). How do we stop these issues? Put an end to overbreeding. If you’re thinking about getting a Golden Retriever, help a rescue dog find a forever home with you!

Golden Retriever Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Golden Retriever puppy or an older pal, there are tons of rescues waiting to meet you. Here are just a few:

Friendly, gentle & obedient
Avg. Weight
55 - 75 lbs
Avg. Life Span
10 - 12 years
Golden Retrievers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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