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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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DRAMA QUEENS Despite the breed's many attributes, golden retrievers are not perfect, say the breed's proponents.
Once you get into golden retrievers, you're stuck," Brad Mason said.
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Now many hunting and herding breeds are used, including golden retrievers, Labradors and even a border collie.
The participants include small lap dogs but golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers are the most popular.
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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.
I know she has two golden retrievers she's close to, and one of them had been ill,'' Morris said.

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