Golden Retrievers The Golden Retriever was first developed in the British Isles, from crosses between a yellow Flat-Coated Retriever, light-coated Tweed Water Spaniels, other spaniels, setters and even the Newfoundland and possibly the Bloodhound. In fact the breed was first shown as a Golden Flat-Coat. The Golden is one of the world's foremost family companion dogs. Many of the top obedience competition dogs in the country are Golden retrievers. The Golden is also a hunting dog on both land and in the water. He has an excellent nose and has been used not only for hunting and tracking, but also for narcotics detection. Because of his great desire to please and capacity for learning, the Golden Retriever is also used as a guide for the blind, therapy dog, and service dog for the disabled The Golden Retriever is a beautiful, sturdy, well defined dog with a feathered, medium-length, cream to golden-colored coat. The outer coat is water-repellent and the undercoat is dense. The head is broad, with a tapering, but wide, powerful muzzle. It has a scissors bite and a clear frontal stop. The nose is black and the eyes are brown with dark rims. The ears are medium-sized and pendant. Its neck and thighs are muscular and the chest is broad. The tail is long, but not curled. Golden Retriever’s are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with a great charm. They are easily trained, and always gentle and patient with children. The Golden is confident, very loyal and eager to please. They are active and make outstanding family dogs. Golden Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters, so obedience training is a simple task. They excel in obedience and agility competitions. The Golden Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts. However Golden’s do make good watchdogs as they loudly signal a stranger's approach. This breed needs to be around people to be happy. Some of the Golden's talents are hunting, tracking, retrieving, narcotics detection, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks. These dogs also love the water. Golden Retriever’s will do well in an apartment if they are exercised daily. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with a medium to large yard. Exercise includes walking but they also like to retrieve balls and other toys.