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5 Reasons I Love My Golden Retriever

Updated on June 6, 2012
The Duke.
The Duke.

About Goldens

The Golden Retriever was first bred in Scotland in the 1800s by Lord Tweedmouth. He achieved this by breeding a yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. The Golden Retriever became recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925.

Golden Retrievers tend to be medium to large sized dogs, around 22 inches tall and 70 pounds full grown. They range in color from a light cream to a darker, rich gold. These dogs are loyal, athletic, playful, and extremely affectionate and loving. Unfortunately they do have issues with cancer, heart problems, hip dysplasia, and eye defects.

Today Goldens are common family dogs but can also be used for tracking, hunting, service dogs, bird dogs, narcotics detection, and in agility competitions.


Duke is my AKC registered Golden Retriever (his “official” name is Duke’s Golden Reign). He was born June 4, 2005. When Duke was four he tried jumping off my sister’s bed but his leg was wrapped in her blanket. He ended up breaking his leg and has needed three surgeries to repair it. Despite this he is as energetic as ever and even more spoiled. He is also the proud father of two litters of puppies.

Why I Love Him

He keeps me in shape.

Golden Retrievers LOVE being outside and LOVE being active. Duke’s favorite activities include swimming, hiking, going for walks, and playing fetch. We usually go for walks at night and try to go swimming at the river or hiking on weekends. He has a lot of energy so he can make it on a longer hike.

Duke at the summit.
Duke at the summit.

He is a great 'model'.

I love taking pictures and I always have a camera with me. I don’t necessarily think I’m good at it, but it is something I enjoy. Duke is always photogenic and loves having his picture taken. Because of this I have hundreds of pictures of him and instead of the crazy cat lady I end up looking like the crazy dog lady. I am okay with that though.

He is protective.

Let me make it clear that Duke is certainly not a guard dog. He barks at our cats but probably wouldn’t make a noise if someone tried to rob us. Despite this I do think if someone ever tried to seriously harm someone he loves he would take action. Once a friend of mine was tickling me so I was screaming and Duke was not impressed with that. I think it would take a lot for him to actually try to hurt someone but he definitely brings out his big boy bark at times like that.

Duke greeting me at the door.

He is very sweet.

As I said earlier, Golden Retrievers are very loving and affectionate pets. Duke loves everyone he meets; men, women, children, cats, horses, it doesn’t matter. Whenever I am feeling down I know I can call him over and get a big fluffy hug and a kiss.

Duke with my mother.
Duke with my mother.

He has a great personality.

I always find it interesting how animals can have just as unique of personalities as humans, yet they have to find ways to express themselves without words. Duke has very intense eyes and eyebrows to express how he is feeling. You can tell by looking at his face if he is sad, tired, happy, bored, etc. He also has a variety of different barks, squeals, groans, and grunts that he uses to communicate.

Those are just a few of the reasons why I think I have the greatest dog in the world. If you are looking into getting a dog I hope you at least consider getting a Golden, they are the best!

He is a special boy for sure.
He is a special boy for sure.


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This is a beautiful story, Victoria. I felt the same way with my late dog, Buddy. This was such a heart-warming tribute to him. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Sally Branche 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      You have a beautiful big baby! Voted up and awesome! ;D

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      This was nice Victoria, I smiled while reading it. Thanks.

    • Victoria Anne profile image

      Victoria Anne 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thank you Pam!

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      Duke makes a great subject for your photos thanks for sharing your wonderful hub. take care pam.