A watchdog barks and alerts its owner to when there’s a problem. A watchdog is a loyal and trusted pet.

Meet our monthly Featured Breed of WatchDog

WatchDog of the Month May 2014

The Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a sturdy, medium-large sized dog, with a broad skull and straight muzzle, which tapers slightly with a well-defined stop. Golden Retrievers have a black or brownish nose, which is black or a brownish black and dark brown medium to large eyes. The water-resistant coat is dense with a firm, straight or wavy outer coat, and an untrimmed feathering on the underbelly, back of the legs, front of the neck and underside of the tail. The coat of a Golden Retriever ranges from a cream to a rich golden colour.

Golden Retriever temperament

  • Lovable, well mannered, intelligent
  • Easily trained
  • Patient and gentle with children
  • Popular family dogs

Some of the Golden’s talents are hunting, tracking, retrieving, narcotics detection, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. These dogs also love to swim.

Dog golden retriever on green grassWhile unlikely to attack, Golden Retrievers make good watchdogs, loudly signally a stranger’s approach.

Energetic and loving, Golden Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters, so obedience training can be very rewarding. Friendly with everyone, including other dogs, the Golden Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts.

Golden Retriever origin

Originating in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s, the Golden Retriever was originally developed by Lord Tweedmouth, by crossing the original yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. Lord Tweedmouth later crossed in the Bloodhound, Irish Setter and more Tweed Water Spaniel. These dogs were named the Golden Flat-Coat. It was only later they were they given the name Golden Retriever.

Golden Retriever uses

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds known today. They are great family companions and also excel at obedience competitions, hunting and tracking, as a birddog on both land and in the water, narcotics detection, service dog for the disabled, a guide for the blind and as a therapy dog.