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Meet the Golden Retriever

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Dog Portraits - Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Why am I writing about Golden Retriever today? As I look at my list of commissions for dog portraits, who ranks among the top requests? You’ve got it. The Golden Retriever who are #3 on the AKC dog registration. I just completed two dog portraits, Hank and Lily. They live in the same house, and look totally different to me. So now you get to see two of my most recent paintings. Enjoy


The Golden Retriever, with its intelligence and eager to please attitude, is one of the most popular breeds in the United States according to AKC® registration statistics. The working ability that has made the Golden Retriever such a useful hunting companion also make him an ideal guide, assistance and search and rescue dog. The golden-colored coat is the hallmark of this versatile breed, and can range from light to dark gold.

Dog portraits - Golden Retriever

Breed: Golden Retriever – © Jacobson 2014

Golden Retriever

Breed: Golden Retriever ©Jacobson 2014

Learn about the lifestyle of a Golden Retriever, its grooming needs, and more, here. Read More

Classified in the Sporting Group

A Look Back at the Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever - Lord Tweedmouth The Golden Retriever originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800’s and was used predominantly for hunting. The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, whose goal was to create a superb retriever suited to the Scottish climate, terrain and available game.

Golden Retriever - Tweed Water Spaniel

Tweed Water Spaniel – now extinct

He crossed his original “Yellow Retriever” with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) found on his estate. Later integrations of Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and more Tweed Water Spaniel produced the retriever we know today.

Right Breed for You?

This active and energetic Sporting breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise. His water-repellant double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. With his friendly temperament and striking golden color, this breed is both beautiful to look at and a joy to own.

Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1925.

Average size: from 55 to 75 pounds. Devoted companions, hunting dog. © The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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