Golden Retriever Dogs & Puppies for Sale

The Golden Retriever is a British retriever dog famed for its gentle and affectionate disposition and stunning looks. In the late nineteenth century, hunters used this yellow beauty to retrieve their game. However, these intelligent canines have found their place in many other roles throughout the years, including as sniffer dogs, guide dogs, and service companions.

The Golden Retriever is also one of the most popular pet dogs in the UK, almost as desirable as their cousin, the Labrador. They make excellent family companions as they are gentle, loving, tolerant with everyone and highly loyal.

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Meet the Golden Retriever

These medium-sized retrievers weigh between 55 and 75 pounds, with the males being noticeably larger. They usually reach their full height by one year old, standing between 22 and 24 inches tall. However, they can continue to grow and gain weight for another year.

These working dogs are powerfully built, with sturdy, muscular bodies. Their broad heads feature wide-set dark eyes, large black noses, and folded ears. Their cream-coloured double coat is their most unique feature, consisting of a dense, water-resistant outer coat and a thick undercoat.

Their fur can be either wavy or straight with lots of feathering. The majority is on the chest, thighs, and tail, but there will often be some on the underbody and front legs, too. Golden Retrievers can be any shade of cream, yellow, or gold. Interestingly, their coats become paler as they get older.

The Golden Retriever’s long, thick coat sheds significantly, especially in the spring and autumn. You’ll need to brush them every one to two days to prevent tangles and mats, and you should bathe them once a month or so, too.

Golden Retrievers are prone to ear infections like other floppy-eared breeds, so regularly checking and cleaning inside their ears is vital. They are generally a healthy breed that will live for 12 to 13 years, but this breed has a higher cancer rate than other canines.

The temperament of a Golden Retriever

The hallmark of the Golden Retriever is undoubtedly its friendly and gentle nature. However, it’s their mild temperament, tolerance, and adaptability that makes them a firm family favourite, especially those with young kids, as these pups are particularly fond of children.

Golden Retrievers are very social beings who crave attention from their owners and are super friendly towards strangers. They build strong bonds with their humans, who they will remain loyal to forever. They want to stay with their “pack” all the time, which, although cute, means you can never leave them alone for too long. In addition, they prefer to stay inside with the family, rather than outdoors on their own.

Goldens are among the most popular breeds, resulting in many inexperienced breeders pumping out these puppies. Unfortunately, their lack of knowledge and experience means many Goldens lose their gentle and friendly nature. Instead, they can be shy or aggressive due to bad breeding. This is why it’s essential to find a good breeder when buying a Golden Retriever.

Goldens can get over-excited when they see people and may jump up. While they do it to be friendly, you should not allow your pup to greet people like this. Luckily, you can easily teach them not to do it with simple obedience training. This is especially important if they are around children. While they are gentle, Goldens are pretty big dogs, so they could accidentally knock over a small kid if they are not well-trained.

As puppies, Golden Retrievers are super playful, and they mature slowly, maintaining this lively nature for a few years. They need daily walks and interactive play, and of course, fetch is their favourite game. Aim for between 40 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day. They also love playing in water, so if you live near the beach or a river, they will be in heaven there!

10 reasons to add a Golden Retriever to your family

  1. They are gentle beings - One of the most common reasons people choose this breed is their kind and trustworthy personality.
  2. They are incredibly loyal - If you involve your Golden retriever in family activities, they will repay you with endless love, devotion, and protection.
  3. They are social butterflies - They adore being around humans and are always happy to meet someone new.
  4. They are beautiful - Their thick, cream coats and adorable faces give these pups a gorgeous and elegant appearance.
  5. They become best friends with children - They are undoubtedly one of the best dog breeds for children.
  6. They welcome other pets - If you have other pets or are looking to create a house full of animals, a Golden Retriever will make an excellent addition.
  7. They are suitable for first-timers - Because this breed is friendly and easy to train, they are a popular choice for people looking for a canine for the first time.
  8. They will bring you your post - A Golden Retriever is most happy when they have a job to do, So, if you teach them to retrieve your post for you, they will find fulfilment every day.
  9. They make excellent giant teddies - Their thick fluffy coats and affectionate nature means you’ll likely spend many evenings snuggling with them on the sofa.
  10. They are incredible therapy dogs - Golden Retrievers can take many working roles. Still, one they excel in is as a therapy dog. These intelligent and loving canines can help their owners physically, mentally and emotionally.

Best homes for a Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are lively, confident dogs that thrive in a busy family environment. They don’t shy away from noise and activity and love to play with children and help their owners with their chores. They make excellent companions for children and other pets alike and don’t tend to experience jealousy of other animals receiving attention.

Because of their size and high energy, they need to be in a home with an enclosed garden. They also need an owner who will involve them in everything they do rather than close them outdoors. These social beings want their humans around often, so they will not be a good fit for a home where everyone is always out.

Frequently Asked Questions About Golden Retriever Puppies

Why should I choose a Golden Retriever from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
We’re proud to say that we have partnered with the most reputable and trusted Golden Retriever breeders with years of experience. This saves you the stress of hunting through breeders, trying to sift out the unethical ones. All our Golden Retriever puppies are raised in a family home with the mother dog and not kept in cages. As a result, they receive excellent care and socialisation and possess the beautiful qualities of this breed.
Is a Golden Retriever the right puppy for me?
Golden Retrievers are an excellent choice for many, including first-time dog owners and families with young children. These pups are friendly, gentle, and easy to train, so they are a joy to have around. However, because they are so social, they need to be in a home where someone is always around. Plus, as a big, active dog, you’ll need an enclosed outdoor space for this canine to burn off energy.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
It is not always easy to determine if a breeder is honourable because unethical companies can hide their corrupt operations. However, having years of experience in the breeding industry, we can spot the tell-tale signs and red flags straight away. The Pedigree Paws was born out of our disgust of the awful treatment of many breeding animals. We created our platform to help dog lovers like you find healthy and happy pups that come from a trusted breeder and a loving environment. We do this through our thorough application procedure and routine checks that allow us to sift out low-quality breeders.
Are Golden Retriever puppies from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Golden Retrievers are generally healthy, but they are at risk of some health issues, such as some forms of cancer. However, as a trustworthy matchmaking agency that works with the top breeders, we minimise the chance of something being wrong with your new pup. Every breeder must meet our strict health requirements, such as providing a DNA test of their Golden Retriever breeding dogs. Moreover, before advertising their puppies for sale, the breeder must provide a vet report that shows they do not have any genetic health problems.
When can I receive my Golden Retriever puppy?
All our Golden Retriever puppies stay with the mother dog for the first eight to twelve weeks of their lives. This period is essential for developing properly and growing into healthy dogs with outstanding Golden Retriever qualities. Unfortunately, puppies taken from their mum too early usually develop undesirable behavioural issues that can be challenging to train out. You can find the exact date your chosen Golden Retriever will be ready on the listing. If there is no date showing, contact the breeder, who will happily confirm this with you.
Can I see the parents of my Golden Retriever puppy?
Yes, we suggest you see your new Retriever before making payment, as well as their parents, if possible. It is important to know for yourself that both puppy and parents have good temperaments and look healthy. Plus, by seeing the character of the puppy’s parents, you can gauge how your baby Golden will act. Although the breeder may live too far away for you to meet them in person, you can always arrange a video call.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Golden Retriever?
You should always receive evidence of your new dog’s pedigree status, and it’s a huge red flag if the breeder refuses to provide this. So, you’ll be happy to know that all our Golden puppies come with registration documents from an official pedigree association, such as The Kennel Club. The breeder will register your pup before the sale and send the records along with your new fluffy friend.
Do your Golden Retriever puppies come from good breeders?
Animal health and welfare is always our primary concern, so we carefully select breeders to ensure we choose the best ones around. Every breeder must complete our extensive application procedure and meet our in-house requirements before listing their Golden puppies on our site. In addition to our policies, breeders must also prove their operations align with the guidelines of the top international pedigree associations. By being careful about who we partner with, we can proudly say we are among the most honourable pet matchmaking agencies in the UK.
Are these Golden Retriever puppies raised in a family home or breeding facility?
We’re happy to say that all The Pedigree Paws pets are born and cared for in family home environments. Here, they stay with the breeder and mother dog until they are independent enough to move to their forever home. A nurturing family home is the best place for puppies. They are less likely to develop diseases in this environment, and they grow into sociable and friendly pets. We strictly vet all our breeders to ensure none of our puppies come from puppy mills. All dog lovers should know that these commercial facilities separate puppies from their mums far too early. They also keep them in dirty, inhumane conditions, which is often detrimental to their health.
How can I help my Golden Retriever settle into its new home?
Golden Retrievers are naturally friendly and confident around people, so most will settle into their new homes quickly. However, their personalities vary, so if they seem a little shy at first, there are things you can do to help them adjust. First, create a relaxing environment by placing a comfortable dog bed in a quiet part of the house. Then if they are scared or over excited when they arrive, let them rest here until they are calm. But of course, if they seem okay, you can start playing with them straight away.