The Golden Retriever as seen by a dog trainer

Mario Hernandez on 04/08/2016


There are many legends for origins of this breed. The earliest solid information we have date back to 1952, when the registry of the famous Marjoribanks Kennel (that ranged from 1835 – 1890) were published.

It should be highlighted that the Golden Retriever is not a long-haired Labrador. The Labrador is squarer, it has a characteristic tail which is shorter and thicker than Golden. The Golden is related to the Flat-Coated Retriever as the have a common ancestry.

Physical Characteristics:

Although it is an excellent companion dog, we must not forget that the Golden Retriever is a hunting dog, that it is an active breed that likes to play. The Goldens are used as assistance dogs, guide dogs, as a detection dogs etc. It is a breed compatible with active people who like sports and long walks.


They usually have a friendly and easy-going temperament, they love family life, but like everything, this also depends on the education they receive.

Golden Retrievers are usually easy to train, obedient, able to understand quickly and well, and have a great memory. They are excellent companion dogs with a gentle, adaptable and friendly character.


Simply brushing, bathing and regular hygiene care.


The cost of maintenance is reasonable, the amount of daily food for this breed ranges from 500 g to 600 g. Of course, this also depends on their physical activity and their metabolism which, like in people, defines their tendency for obesity.


All dogs, regardless of their breed, need training, but for the Golden Retriever this is critical. As it is a strong, active and very friendly dog, many owners assume that it will just behave well. However, leaving all that energy and intelligence uncontrolled, usually turns into a mess at home, unbearable walks and etc. With proper training, we channel that energy and intelligence into strengthening the ties with our dog.


The Golden Retriever is a breed that needs daily exercise, therefore to meet their needs they will require long walks and a lot of time playing with them.

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