Golden Retriever


The Golden Retriever was developed during the early 19th century when game hunting became popular in England and Scotland. A breed was needed to pursue game birds, both on land and water. This demand created a specialized sporting dog that could retrieve game from icy waters.

Setters and Water Spaniels were crossed with the St. John’s Newfoundland to create the Golden, Curly-Coated, Flat-Coated and Labrador Retrievers. The Wavy-Coated Retriever resulted from the successful crossing of the Gordon Setter and the St. John’s Newfoundland and is one of the known forbearers of the Golden Retriever.

Lord Tweedmouth was the first to develop the Golden as the breed we know it today. Careful, insightful breeding has produced a gentle, sensitive, intelligent and willing companion, both in the field and the home.


Size:Height 23-24 inches (males) and 21 1/2-22 1/2 inches (females)

Weight:65-75 lbs. (males) and 55-65 lbs. (females).

Color:Various shades of gold.

Eyes:Black or dark brown eyes with dark rims; friendly and intelligent expression.

Body Structure:Solid build with short back. A broad skull with rather short ears that hang flat against the head and fall slightly below the jaw. A powerful, active dog, sound and well put together.

Possible Health Problems:A healthy breed overall. Some dogs may develop hip dysplasia, skin disorders (hot spots, allergic skin disease, bacterial skin disease). Hypothyroidism, von Willebrand’s disease and epilepsy may occur occasionally.


The Golden Retriever is equal as a guide dog, hunting dog, obedience dog and companion. It is one of the most popular family pets and gets along with other pets as well.


Because of possible health problems, conscientious breeding is a must. Weekly brushing is needed to avoid problems with shedding. Exercise is a must.

Get in touch with us

Four great Veterinary locations in Sydney Australia
  • Alexandria
  • Dee Why
  • Kingsford
  • Marrickville

Shop 1/138 Botany Rd
Alexandria NSW 2017
Phone: (02) 9698 4120
Fax: (02) 9698 4125

815 Pittwater Rd
Dee Why NSW 2099
Phone: (02) 9972 2044
Fax: (02) 9982 2307

70 Gardeners Rd
Kingsford NSW 2032
Phone: (02) 9662 6703
Fax: Fax: (02) 9662 8829

402 Illawarra Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: (02) 9558 2500
Fax: (02) 9559 3410

  • Alexandria
  • Dee Why
  • Kingsford
  • Marrickville


  • Thank you for looking after our beautiful baby boy …” -Leo’s owner

  • Thank you so much for all your help to save our cats life…” -Oscar’s owner

  • Our heartfelt thanks to your devotion, caring & kindness to our dogs over many years….” -Misty’s and Lillie’s owner

  • Thanks for a great puppy school with all the other puppies …” -Buck’s owner

  • For many years the staff have shown kindness & concern too our dear little dogs and we have really appreciated it…” -Molly & Mitzi’s owner

  • Thank you for all your kindness & understanding …” -Xena’s owners

  • Whatever the reason our pet loves coming to see you, and thank you to the staff for showing genuine whatever the reason our pet loves coming to see you, and thank you to the staff for showing genuine consideration …” -Bronte’s owners

  • We would like to thank you very much for looking after us since we were little ones and we appreciate your help …” -Timmy & Zali’s owners

  • Thank you for saving our Prudence & our hearts…” -Kim & Mark, Matraville

  • From Roscoe the Silky Terrier with the lump between his toes. It is all healed thanks to the loving care……..” -Marquite, Pagewood

  • Thank you so very much for the love & kindness you gave our baby. You are the best. Remember no good ever goes to waste…”-Janette & Bruce, Maroubra

  • Thank you for the support & help in bringing Jemma back to health. Your service, advice & approachable..” -Maria, Rosebery

  • I would like to thank you for your wonderful service and because I’m happy I would recommend you to my friends…” -Patricia, Double Bay

  • Thank heavens for good vets…” -Ted, Vaucluse

  • Thanks for looking after Rickie in such an excellent manner. Always without fail, your treatment of him was kind, caring & considerate of both him & us…” -Evelyn, Randwick

  • Pro-active information – helps when you have just become an owner…” - Serina, Coogee

  • The staff are so competent & accommodating. I am grateful that my parents so highly recommended you…” - Nichola, Woollahra

  • Thank you for all your special care especially with Cosmos operation. He is feeling better each day…” - Recy, Eastlakes