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The Golden retriever might have been born and bred in the cold country of Scotland but it is now America’s favorite breed. What’s there not to love about this active yet calm-natured dog? Whether you want him to play with your kids in the yard, go swimming with the family, or just cuddle on the couch, a Golden Retriever will always be happy to hang with you. He is easy to train, thanks to his intelligence and obedience, affectionate, playful, friendly, and oh so beautiful.
If you’ve interacted with this breed, you probably know that there are three types within it. These include American, British, and Canadian Golden retrievers. In this guide, we will zoom in on the last category. If you are looking to adopt a Canadian goldie, here’s everything to know about the variety.
1. The Coat Is Thin And Short
What distinguishes a Canadian golden retriever from his counterparts is his coat. Unlike the usual luscious and dense coat that is the breed’s signature, Canadians have shorter and thinner coats. The texture is also smooth compared to many short-haired canines out there. It’s not as silky as that of an Irish Setter either. The texture falls somewhere in between. With a somewhat dense and water-repellent undercoat, this variety can hold up to the cold pretty well. After all, Canada can get very cold in winter and fall.
The feathering is also very minimal in comparison to the other varieties. When you look at the back of the forelegs, tail, and neck, you are less likely to find a lot of feathering as is the custom with British and American varieties. The hair is way less in these regions.
2. Lean And Tall Canine
Like other Goldies, the Canadian type of Golden retriever is a muscular, sturdy canine of medium size. The average weight of an adult Canadian male golden is 65-70 lbs while that of females is 60-70 lbs. The height of males ranges from 23-24 inches and females 22-24 inches. Clearly, this variety is taller and thinner than the other two. Basically, the length from the breast to the rear maintains a ratio of 12:11.
3. Canadians Come In All Golden Colors
The Canadian breed accepts all shades of gold. There’s no mention of a specific cream being undesirable as is the case with the American breed standard. The coat is also much darker and has various shades. Most Canadian Golden Retrievers have lustrous golden coats with white hairs on the chest. However, those with further markings (unless greying and whitening due to age), are often faulted. Any black areas or any off-color is a quick disqualification.
4. Friendly Disposition
Canadian Golden Retrievers are friendly and social dogs. This is no guard dog as he tends to love and embrace all, including strangers. Human company is so important to him that he thrives so well with his owners. When you walk through the door, your Canadian golden will wag his tail and greet you the best way he knows how. He will take every opportunity to hang out with you, play with you, follow you around the house and just stay by your side.
Golden Retrievers are famous for being intelligent. The Canadian variety is not an exception. This type will blow your mind when it comes to the smarts department. You will absolutely enjoy training him. As a working dog, you can teach him to help around the house. He can learn to watch over the baby as they sleep, empty the washer, and carry out other small chores. The Canadian Golden Retriever is great at learning new skills in record time. If you are not a patient owner as far as training is concerned, this is the dog for you.
6. High Maintenance Requirements
Even with a thinner and shorter coat, a Canadian Golden Retriever is still a high-maintenance dog. He sheds a lot. If you cannot afford to have dog hair on your sofa, clothes, and surfaces from time to time, you have to try and keep shedding at bay. Grooming should be a daily thing for you. You have to brush the coat to remove loose hairs and keep its aesthetics intact.
Thanks to its density and texture, a Canadian Golden tends to attract mats, knots, dirt, and debris in his coat. Brushing and regular grooming takes care of the problem. Thankfully, there’s minimal feathering on the tail, back of the legs, and necks. That means less work for you. As a matter of fact, it is recommended that that the few hairs on these spots be left alone.
Besides grooming, Canadian Goldens also need frequent baths lest they smell and worse, harbor disease-causing bugs and microorganisms. You want to make the coat as inhospitable for small bugs, ticks, fleas, and other creatures that will cause an infection in the end.
7. High-Energy Dog
If you like an active dog, you will absolutely love the Canadian golden retriever. No doubt, this is no dog for inactive and lazy people. He needs both long-distance walks and sprints to be happy. Walks around the neighborhood on a leash just don’t cut it. You have to let your dog run around the yard, the park, or any other open space to fend off his energy. Families with young kids love this breed because he will offer great company during play. From playing fetch to swimming to Frisbee, trust a Canadian Goldie to play with you till the sun sets.
8. Affectionate Pet
While all dogs are affectionate towards human beings, the Canadian Golden Retriever takes it to a whole new level. This variety is so charming to be around that you will have such a hard time leaving him for work or errands. When life throws you curveballs, you can always rely on our dog’s happy and go-lucky character to lift you up. This breed will set a very high affection standard that you may value his friendship more than that of other humans. That is not necessarily healthy but you get the point.
If you have a family of young children, you have to be careful when selecting a dog to join the family. You don’t want to pose any danger to your adorable babies. Despite being strong and muscular, a Canadian Golden Retriever is a fantastic kid-friendly canine. From newborns to teenagers, to adults, and elderly people, this dog doesn’t play favorites. He is neither aggressive nor impatient—the two powerful characteristics of a good family dog. His calm and alert nature comes in handy when hanging out with kids.
10. Health Issues
Although there are so many positive sides of owning a Canadian Golden Retriever, there’s a bad side as well. Aside from high maintenance requirements, this variety is also prone to certain health complications like his counterparts. These include cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, and epilepsy. Of course, not all dogs from this breed will suffer these complications at one point in their lifetime. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to always keep this in mind and have your baby checked once every two years to catch anything early.
Looking for a Canadian Golden Retriever? You are in for tons of affection, activity, beauty, and intelligence in your doggie. This canine will certainly make your life a whole lot meaningful, fun, and rewarding.
Sable M. is a canine chef, professional pet blogger, and proud owner of two male dogs. I have been an animal lover all my life, with dogs holding a special place in my heart. Initially, I created this blog to share recipes, tips, and any relevant information on healthy homemade dog treats. But because of my unrelenting passion to make a difference in the world of dogs, I have expanded the blog’s scope to include the best information and recommendations about everything dog lovers need to know about their canine friends’ health and wellbeing. My mission now is to find the most helpful content on anything related to dogs and share it with fellow hardworking hound lovers. While everything I share is in line with the latest evidence-based veterinarian health guidelines, nothing should be construed as veterinary advice. Please contact your vet in all matters regarding your Fido’s health.