Golden Retrievers are a very well known breed of dog. Even if you don’t own a Golden Retriever, we believe you know a lot about them. We’ve singled out 10 facts we think you haven’t heard yet.
1.There are three types of Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers today can be divided into three types – English, Canadian, and American!
- Fourth most intelligent dog breed
Golden Retrievers are known for their smarts, and in one study are the fourth most intelligent breed of dog. Above them are the Border Collie, Poodle, and German Shepherd.
- Golden Retriever fur darkens with age
Your blonde Golden Retriever puppy will not stay blonde, his fur can darken up as the puppy ages.
- Golden Retrievers can suffer from separation anxiety
Even if they are social dogs, they can struggle when kept apart from their owners.
Some Golden Retrievers even can be in a condition known as separation anxiety, where the dog becomes distressed when being alone.
- A Golden holds the record for the loudest bark
At an incredible 113.1 decibels, the loudest barker in the canine bunch is Charlie the Australian Golden Retriever.
- A Golden Retriever can hold five tennis balls
Augie, one special Golden can hold 5 tennis balls in his mouth. He holds the record in that discipline.
- Lots of Golden Retrievers are obese
Sadly, due to inappropriate diets, many Goldies weigh more than they should, which can affect their health.
One study found more than half of the Golden Retrievers are heavier than they should be
- Golden Retrievers have webbed toes
The toes on their paws are joined together by thin webs of skin. Because of this, they are very good swimmers.
- Golden Retrievers were sporting dogs
Sometimes known as gundogs or hunting dogs, Goldens were created to work cooperatively with their owners to bring food.
- Golden Retrievers come in lots of shades
From the white Golden Retriever, through the English Cream and all the way to the dark red Golden Retriever.