What is the difference between a male and a female Golden Retriever?

Both male and female Golden Retrievers make equally good companions.  The choice between a male or female is primarily a matter of personal preference.

In the Golden Retriever there are few differences between the sexes.  There are no specific male and female characteristics.  Temperament should be the same.

Both sexes are equally loving and devoted to their families.

The main difference is that of size and strength.  A male Golden Retriever is usually larger and stronger than a female.  A Golden Retriever male can be from 22 to 24 inches in height at the shoulder and can weigh up to 34 kilos.  A female can be quite a bit smaller from 20 to 22 inches at the shoulder and up to 29 kilos.

The male Golden Retriever is far less affected by sexual urges than most other breeds although males can be dominant with other males and will mark territory with urine.

If not desexed a female will come into season regularly and needs to be confined during this time to avoid an accidental pregnancy.  Undesexed females will show changes in personality when in season.  She may not tolerate males at this time.

Neither sex is more difficult to train or cleaner in the house.  Individual differences between dogs are just that. 

A friend once aptly described the difference between males and females in this way.

"Suppose a boy is throwing a ball for his dog ..

The male Golden Retriever will happily continue retrieving the ball until the boy tires of the game.

The female Golden Retriever will happily continue retrieving the ball until she tires of the game .."

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