The golden retriever (my favorite breed) is an intelligent and kind dog that is very eager to please everyone around him and his owner. It is highly popular in the United States and it makes an ideal guide/assistance, search/rescue and hunting dog. The golden retriever has a beautiful golden coat and is very active and energetic, but he can adapt to almost any living conditions. History: The golden retriever breed originally came from the Scottish Highlands in the 1880s and was primarily used for help with hunting. With time, the breed was mixed with yellow retrievers and water spaniels in order to create a fantastic retriever suited to the Scottish climate. Personality: Although they have a very loving personality, the golden retriever needs lots of attention and exercise daily. They love to go on walks and to swim. They highly fond the presence of humans but are not suited for people who do not have a lot of time to spend with them.Since they require lots of exercise, it is not advisable to get a golden retriever if you live in an apartment.Golden retrievers absolutely love to learn new tricks and skills. They make retrieving fun as you can play any type of retrieving game, such as Frisbee or long range tennis throws.They make great agility dogs too (for the ones who are into that!).But overall, their intelligence and willingness to please is what sets them apart from other breeds. They love children and they are quite forgiving of them (up to a certain point, common sense must always be used when having a child near a grown dog). Health: Golden retrievers have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. But like many other breeds, they do suffer from common health problems such as “cataracts”, “entropion allergies”, “cancer” and “hip displaysia”. Summary: If you are looking for a sweet, trusting, obedient and loving breed, then the golden retriever may be the perfect dog for you. Do you own a golden retriever? Let's all share more about this wonderful breed! Come on, I double-dare you to comment if you own one!