[13] Golden Retriever Facts for Kids

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Who doesn’t love golden retrievers? They are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

Their cousins, the Labrador Retriever, have held down 1st place as most popular dog for 28 years.

Golden retrievers are simply everything you could expect from a dog: loyal, friendly, playful and funny!

In this article, I’ll share awesome golden retriever facts that will make you go “wow!” many times

You will also learn a lot about these dogs and how to also care for them, if you already have one.

Ready? Let’s do this!

By Mila Bander.

Professional writer and researcher just as in love with dogs as the next girl. Has fostered/babysitted dogs for neighbors and loved every second of it.

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Golden Retrievers are Easy to Train

It’s easy to train a Golden Retriever. Do you know why? It’s because of their high intelligence and how they love treats, as well as their enthusiasm to please.

Research has also proven that Goldens are quick to learn commands and have a high level of obedience.

Golden Retrievers Can Help Humans Feel Happier

Golden retrievers are loving and eager to please, for this reason, along with the simple fact that they’re a dog, they can make humans feel happier. But how?

Just petting a golden retriever for 15 minutes can make you forget all the school assignments!

Their soft fur and cute smile will be there to remind you to smile too.

Golden Retrievers are Kind

Golden retrievers are gifts from God. They are naturally calm and kind. They enjoy being outside, running, swimming, taking naps, being petted and playing.

It’s very rare to see an angry golden retriever. They’re just so kind!

That being said, it’s important to also be really kind towards golden retrievers; there are things that can upset a golden retriever, too.

Some Golden Retrievers Have Jobs!

Some golden retrievers have jobs helping visually impaired people to go places; they guide these people. That’s how smart they are!

Goldens can also work as therapy dogs, helping people who’ve been through difficult situations feel better and happy. Isn’t that amazing?

Other golden retrievers work as hunters. They smell and track missing people and objects. How cool is that?

Goldens Need at Least 1-2 Hours of Daily Exercise

Golden retrievers are always ready for action, whether it’s a game of fetch, hiking, swimming, or other exercises.

Goldens are born athletes who excel in a wide range of sports. According to PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals), they need around 1-2 hours of good exercise every day! Can you keep up?

Golden Retrievers Are the 4th Smartest Dog in The World

Golden Retrievers are among the smartest dogs on the planet. They’re the 4th brightest dog breed in terms of obedience and working intelligence.

But it’s the golden retriever’s unique ability to communicate and interpret human emotions that distinguishes them as truly intelligent.

Golden Retrievers Love Playing Fetch

There’s a reason why golden retrievers are called that! They enjoy running and playing outside… They love water and will jump in whenever they have the opportunity… But they REALLY love playing fetch!

They’re known to chase just about anything and will expend a lot of energy if there’s something they can bring back (or retrieve!), such as a ball or a frisbee.

Golden Retrievers can Come in Many Colors

Did you know golden retrievers can have various colors?

Of course, you won’t find a pink or blue golden retriever.

But you can find golden retrievers in:

  • Cream,
  • Dark golden,
  • Light golden,
  • Red,
  • the Classic Gold.

Golden Retrievers Are Great Swimmers

Once they learn how to swim, golden retrievers become really good at it, and they also love to swim and to play on the water.

Swimming also provides good exercise for golden retrievers, even when they are young.

If they’re afraid of the water, jump in and swim with them for a few minutes to encourage them, but then let them learn and feel confident at their own pace.

Golden Retrievers Can Get Really Big!

According to AKC (American Kennel Club), when fully grown, Golden Retrievers stand around 22 inches height at the shoulders and weigh between 50 and 75 pounds.

Females are usually a little bit smaller than males.

The Golden Retriever Is One Of 6 Breeds of Retrievers

Labrador retrievers, Chesapeake Bay retrievers, curly-coated retrievers, flat-coated retrievers, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retrievers are all included in this category.

Golden Retrievers Love to Eat

Golden retrievers simply LOVE food.

62% of golden retrievers are overweight.

Sugar is required for the energy of dogs (and also humans). Their cells can trick them into thinking they’re still hungry as a natural response to the lack of sugar.

It’s important to limit the amount of food and treats they eat, while also giving them a healthy and delicious diet.

Goldens also love chewing toys, paper, crayons and shoes. Make sure to give them appropriate toys to chew.

Golden Retrievers Love Kids

Golden retrievers love to please and to make others happy; this makes them happy too!

Golden retrievers totally don’t mind being around kids who are running, screaming and playing. They might actually enjoy the company and the happy atmosphere of a home with happy children.

Photo by Chiemsee.