- powerful medium to large-size dog
- a thick double coat, both coats being somewhat water-resistant, especially the undercoat
- drop ears and soft mouths in order to gently to retrieve an animal or bird without damaging it
- an outgoing playful, eager-to-please dog
- even-tempered – friendly with even strangers, children, and other dogs.
- has an instinctive love of water
This breed tends to have a good deal of energy. An active owner or family is a good match for this dog. Some backyard space to roam is good too. You have to exercise a golden Retriever. Otherwise, you could have antsy, bored dog that chews everything in sight. The good thing is this dog is very flexible, so you can pick from a wide range of activities to keep him busy.
- Walks – Frequent, brisk walks are a good
- Fetch – Golden Retrievers love chasing, you should absolutely include this in your workout plan.
- Hiking – A great activity. If you and your dog are in shape, pick more challenging walks.
- Agility – a fun, mental challenge for this active and intelligent dog.
- Flying disc – like fetch, this is an activity you could quickly train your dog for, and he would enjoy it.
- Swimming – Golden Retrievers were bred to be in the water and they love it. If you are anywhere near a safe open body of water that allows dogs: lakes, ponds or swimming pools. Let him indulge his natural tendencies.
- Dog Parks – If your Golden Retriever is well-socialized, a romp in the park with some friends can give him a little workout.
- Running – these are hard working dogs and good for distance runs.
Suggested Exercise Plan
- 2x a day for 30-45 minutes each (optimal)
- 1x a day for 20-30 minutes (minimum)
A good routine: a 25-minute walk in the morning and a 15-20 minute game time in the evening.