The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the United States, thanks to its eagerness to please and gentle temperament. Like many other working breeds, it originated in the Scottish Highlands in the 1800s and was originally bred for hunting.
Today, its working ability makes the Golden Retriever an excellent choice for a hunting companion and its willingness to perform the task at hand has it excelling as a guide dog, assistance dog or search and rescue team member. The Golden Retriever is also highly adaptable, making it perfect as a family pet. Loyal, loving and beautiful, the Golden Retriever is an ideal large breed dog.
Despite their adaptability, Golden Retrievers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Golden Retrievers are prone to include cancer
; heart problems such as aortic stenosis; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia; eye issues such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy; and skin problems such as atopy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Golden Retriever inherits more than just a love for joining their family in the field and at home, you’re covered.