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golden retriever,

breed of large sporting dogsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent—as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scenters—and their quarry is primarily game birds.
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 developed primarily in Scotland in the mid-19th cent. It stands about 23 in. (58.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 60 to 75 lb (27.2–34.1 kg). Its golden-brown, water-repellent coat is made up of a dense undercoat and a longer, straight or wavy outercoat that lies flat against the body. There is a moderate to heavy fringe, or feathering, of hair on the chest, back of legs, and tail. A dog of great endurance, the golden retriever was originally developed as a retriever of waterfowl. However, it has been widely used to hunt upland birds as well, and has been successfully trained as a guide dog. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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golden retriever

a compact large breed of dog having a silky coat of flat or wavy hair of a gold or dark-cream colour, well-feathered on the legs and tail
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Adopt a Golden Atlanta's fifth rescue flight of Golden Retrievers from Turkey arrives in December with 30 dogs landing in Atlanta.
I firmly believe that a golden retriever can go from the field to obedience to the show ring and be competitive in all," says Susan Lynch, whose dog Manny is a conformation champion, a master hunter that also has a field trial placement and has been the highest scoring dog in an obedience trial.
A moment of chaos reigns after a group photo as golden retrievers depart with their owners in tow at a dog reunion at Elijah Bristow State Park.
I want these Golden Retrievers to be happy and have a better life," explained Yasemin Baban, the lead shelter volunteer in Istanbul who was instrumental in helping Adopt a Golden Atlanta rescue the dogs.
The Foundation has five funds serving the health and well-being of the Golden population: the Zeke Cancer Research Fund which finances canine cancer research at major universities and cancer centers; the General Fund which supports the full range of Foundation grants including non-cancer health studies and operating expenses; the Rescue Fund which assists volunteer Golden Retriever Rescue organizations to care for and find homes for displaced Goldens; the April Fund which defrays extraordinary veterinary expenses incurred by individual Rescue dogs; and the Rachel Page Elliott Educational Fund which underwrites public education projects concerning Golden Retrievers and responsible pet ownership.
Fortunately, Adolph is not the jealous type and Sarah's actually a 10- year-old golden retriever, a well-trained therapy dog with a mission - visiting patients in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, day care centers and nursing homes around the Antelope Valley.
The "Yorkie" has overtaken the beloved Golden Retriever to become the second most popular purebred dog in America according to AKC registration figures.
About half the dogs - golden retrievers and labs - wash out, Henderson said.
Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are very popular due to their good-natured temperament," she explains.
Today's group includes 30 or more Alaskan malamutes, golden retrievers and Great Danes.
On any given day in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, hundreds of guide dogs - most of them golden retrievers - help blind people make it through the perils of daily life.
A lifelong ``dog person,'' Kridel said her two personal golden retrievers, Cinnamon and Surfer Girl, have graduated obedience school and pet therapy classes, in which dogs are trained to cheer people up.

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