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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

A joyful and playful companion, the Golden Retriever remains a puppy at heart throughout their lives. 

There are records for the Golden Retriever dating back to the early 1800’s in Scotland where they were bred as gundogs. Retrieving slain water birds, the breed retains a love of swimming and retrieving to this day. 

They are a large dog and can be up to 61 cm tall and weigh over 30 kgs. Females are usually a little bit smaller than males. Their size and natural physical strength means that early training is important so that your Golden is well mannered and doesn’t end up walking you!


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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics


Scotland, 1800’s 

Bred for

Gundog – retrieving hunted water birds


Male: 56 to 61cm; Female: 51 to 56cms

Weight Range

27 to 35 kgs



Life expectancy

10 to 12 years


Dense, wavy, medium coat, sheds  


Playful, friendly, loyal

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Active households, including families

Apartment Friendly

Not recommended


They make wonderful family pets, as they are friendly and affectionate. Their natural athleticism means they are well suited to active households and make great agility dogs. Socialising with other dogs, people and animals early in life will ensure your Golden Retriever is confident and calm as they mature.

Apartment living may not be ideal for a younger Golden Retriever who values regular play and exercise and who’s style may be cramped in a small apartment.

Socialising your Golden Retriever puppy from an early age means getting them used to other dogs, animals, people and different environments. This helps them grow up to be well adjusted adults. 


The trademark yellow coat of the Golden Retriever is dense and wavy and sheds all year round. Generally, brushing several times a week will help keep the coat in top condition and tangle free. 


When choosing a food for your Golden Retriever, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Make sure that you feed a large breed puppy food to your Golden Retriever puppy to give them the best start in life. Help your Golden Retriever avoid becoming overweight by ensuring that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. A calorie restricted diet could be a good choice if your Golden Retriever is overweight. A joint protecting supplement may make a good addition to your regular feeding schedule as your Golden Retriever ages because they are susceptible to developing arthritis. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available. 

Common health concerns 

The dense coat of the Golden Retriever may hide skin infections and allergies which are common in the Golden Retriever. 

Arthritis and Cruciate Ligament disease are also common as the Golden Retriever ages. Obesity can also worsen these problems, so keeping your Golden fit and lean throughout life is important.

The five most common reasons for a Golden Retriever to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2019) include:



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Skin Condition (including infection, allergy)








Ear Condition (including infection, allergy) 




Cruciate ligament disease







Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Golden Retriever names

  1. Charlie
  2. Bailey
  3. Archie
  4. Daisy
  5. Luna
  6. Murphy
  7. Arlo
  8. Ollie
  9. Willow
  10. Leo

Most popular female names  

  1. Daisy
  2. Luna
  3. Nala
  4. Willow
  5. Rosie
  6. Billie
  7. Honey
  8. Maggie
  9. Millie
  10. Bonnie

Most popular male names 

  1. Charlie
  2. Bailey
  3. Archie
  4. Murphy
  5. Arlo
  6. Ollie
  7. George
  8. Leo
  9. Buddy
  10. Alfie

Did you know?

Two Golden Retrievers, Bretagne and Riley, were among the incredible emergency rescue workers deployed to help search for survivors when the World Trade Centre collapsed on September 11, 2001. Bretagne passed away when she was almost 17 years old in 2016. 

Golden Retriever FAQs

How much does a Golden Retriever cost?

Depending on your place of purchase, a Golden Retriever can be priced as low as $35 from a shelter to as high as $3500 for a pure-bred dog.

How much are Golden Retriever puppies?

Golden Retriever puppies can range between $700 up to $3000 from a well-known breeder. You can also find a Golden Retriever puppy in a rescue for much less.

How much should I feed a golden retriever puppy?

From birth until six months old, a Golden Retriever puppy needs to be fed three meals, usually two cups of food in total, in a day. 

How much do Golden Retrievers shed?

Golden Retrievers shed moderately, it is best to brush their coats frequently and bathe regularly to avoid heavy shedding especially during the Spring and Fall seasons.

Where can I get a Golden Retriever?

Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 


  1. DogsNSW, Breeds Golden Retriever, Accessed on 20/10/2020
  2. American Kennel Club, Golden Retriever, Accessed on 20/10/2020
  3. Arnold, B, 2020 Remembering the Hero Dogs of 9/11, The Dogington Post, Accessed on 11/09/2020

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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