One of the most beloved breeds in all the world, the Golden Retriever is loyal, hard-working and downright friendly. This is an ideal candidate for a family dog, as this gentle breed takes easily to children. It’s also one of the most popular breeds in Australia, and PIA regularly provides Golden Retriever pet insurance for households across the country.
This line of retrievers was originally developed in Scotland in the mid-19th century as a game retriever for wildfowl hunters. In those days, what was needed was something of an amphibious retriever well-suited for water- and land-based activities. To achieve this, existing retrievers were crossed with water spaniels.
The Golden Retriever was bred out of necessity following the dramatic improvement of firearms. Hunters were able to down prey from farther away, and traditional pointer and setter breeds weren’t able to accommodate.
Also, given its specific breeding, the Golden Retriever has a naturally soft bite. This ensured that the ducks and pheasants carried back to the hunter would be unmarred by bite marks. But it also makes the Golden a lovely playmate, as it’s unlikely to bite too hard out of excitement.
Female: 51-56 cm
Male: 56-61 cm
Female: 25-32 kg
Male: 30-34 kg
Friendly, kind, confident, trustworthy, reliable, intelligent
Hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, sub-vascular aortic stenosis
Given their breeding for an active lifestyle, the Golden Retriever requires a fair amount of exercise, such as a long walk, jog or free time in the garden.
Water-repellent outer coat with a thick undercoat; some wavy and some straight
Golden, light golden, dark golden, cream
Ample grooming is necessary to keep the double coat from matting; not enough exercise may lead to barking and other forms of acting out.
Given its broad popularity, it should come as no surprise that so many people are interested in Golden Retriever insurance in Australia. This is one of the loveliest breeds in the world – intelligent, trainable and ever-so-gentle.
It should be noted that there are different variations of the Golden Retriever breed from the UK, the USA and Canada. The British type is most common in Australia, and it features a broader skull, muscular forequarters and a well-chiselled muzzle. Across the world, the breed features a thick double coat with a water-repellent outer layer.
Patience is one of the breed’s strongest virtues, as this was necessary for the sit-and-wait approach to hunting wildfowl in the countryside. These are also excellent candidates for obedience training, and many organisations rank them within the top five most intelligent breeds. But bear in mind: this is also a breed that loves to eat, so some regulation is required to avoid problems with obesity.
If you are interested in learning more about pet insurance for Golden Retriever dogs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Pet Insurance Australia. We offer a range of coverage options to ensure your retriever enjoys a long and happy life with the family.
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