About Golden Retrievers

The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness Shire in Scotland.

Lord Tweedmouth bred Nous, a yellow Wavy-Coated Retriever to Belle, a Tweed Water Spaniel, and they had a litter of four puppies. Over the years he crossbred with black Wavy-Coated Retrievers, Irish Setters, and Bloodhounds to improve the breed. He wanted to create a strong, agile hunting dog that could gently retrieve waterfowl under conditions of extreme wet and cold. Initially, Golden Retrievers were registered as Flat-Coated Retrievers, but by around 1912, the breed was recognized as a separate breed, the Yellow or Golden Retriever and several years later Yellow was dropped from the name.


Golden Retrievers were first brought into the United States in the 1890’s and were first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1925.

The Golden Retriever Club of America was formed in 1938, and it is one of the largest parent breed clubs in the AKC with 5,000+ members.

Goldens physically mature in around 2 years and may take as long as 2-3 years to mentally mature.

They have a dense, water-repellent outer coat and a soft, wooly undercoat.

Males average 23-24 inches in height and 65-75 pounds while females average 21-22 inches in height and 55-65 pounds.


Many people don’t realize that there is a need for furry blood donors, but blood is needed to save the lives of injured and sick animals. Quality emergency and critical care cannot be achieved without the availability of blood. Wheatridge Animal Hospital operates Denver Veterinary Blood Bank, the only 24-hour, full service animal blood bank in the Metro Denver area. The demand for life-saving blood products continues to increase and Denver Veterinary Blood Bank is welcoming new donors to help meet these needs and save more lives.

To qualify as a canine blood donor, your dog needs to be between the ages of 1 and 7, weigh over 50 pounds, have a friendly disposition, be in overall good health, and not on any meds except Thyroid or heartworm/tick preventative. Each donation takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

To learn more about blood donation, visit the blood donation website for Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.

There are a number of GRFR Graduates who have had their lives enhanced by prosthetic limbs or braces.


Tulley came to GRFR with a severe deformity on his front paw. GRFR had a choice between amputation of the leg and a prothesis. GRFR chose to get him a prosthesis from Orthopets. Tulley received his artificial limb and is adjusting well. His forever family enjoys watching him become more athletic as he learns to bear weight on it.

YouTube video of Tulley at the beach:




McGyver, Hanney and Amber

Our earliest experiences with Orthopets were to provide braces in lieu of surgery for dogs that had problems with their joints. McGyver, Hanney and Amber – all adopted from GRFR have recently been helped with their various orthopedic issues by being fitted with orthotic braces from Orthopets. Orthopets is a local Colorado company.

McGyver, Hanney and Amber– all either currently in foster care with GRFR or adopted from GRFR have recently been helped with their various orthopedic issues by being fitted with orthotic braces from Orthopets. Orthopets is a local Colorado company. They have worked with animals with various orthopedic issues from all over the world. They will soon be working with another GRFR dog, Frankie from Wyoming . Frankie will be receiving an artificial limb after surgery was required to remove his rear paw due to cancer. What a great option for our much loved furry family members.

McGyver was found literally frozen to the ground after being hit by a car. The shelter he was taken to did not treat his broken leg and by the time he arrived in Colorado and came under the care of GRFR his injury was no longer surgically treatable. Orthopets was able to fit McGyver with a paw/hock brace that will support his leg. McGyver is also participating in swim therapy sessions at Colorado Rehabilation and Conditioning Group and is doing awesome. He was a little clumsy at first, especially learning to master going up and down stairs, but his foster mom says he is doing great now.

Hanney came to GRFR with a 6 inch long stick imbedded in her side and severe elbow dysplasia. Needless to say GRFR, with the help of Deer Creek Animal Hospital removed the stick and cleared up her infection which left us with a decision on how to proceed with her elbow dysplasia. Hanney was fitted with her first orthotic in February and is so much more confident now. She can maneuver stairs and has even been swimming several times with her brace. Hanney is a true inspiration for us all.

Amber was recently diagnosed with a partial tear in her ACL. Her adoptive family decided to forgo surgery in favor of an orthotic. So far Amber is still getting used to her new accoutrement but she is doing well. We hope that Amber can continue to progress and with other alternative forms of therapy will recover fully.

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