The Golden retriever was developed as a retrieving breed of dog in Scotland, something that many people do not know.
In fact although they look very similar to the Labrador there is a whole ocean separating their development.
Both the Labrador as well as the Golden retriever were developed at around the same time, although the Lab was more a product of chance than design while the Retriever was consciously developed.
The Golden retriever is actually not golden in color buy a very pale yellow that shines with a golden light when in sunlight which is where it gets its name.
There are dogs that are much darker in shade and you can even get a red Golden retriever although this coloring is not very common.
Golden retrievers are also very common and finding a breeder from whom you can purchase pups is not a difficult task.
The only problem with this is that if you are particular that you want a pedigree pup it is best to go with an American Kennel Club (AKC) registered breeder.
Many breeders are unscrupulous and will even sell mixed breed dogs as purebreds.
Even a mixed breed Retriever is still a dog and will be good for you.
This is especially true if they have been crossed with Labradors or Irish setters.
This is usually done so that you get different colors in the breed, although responsible breeders will let you know that the pups are not purebred.
Golden retriever puppies will look like small Labs when they are born and it is difficult to tell them apart.
Their coat however is just a little smoother and a tad longer.
The color of their coat too is the same as their adult color although it tends to fade with age.
Golden retrievers also do not have any markings on their coat and are solidly colored.
If you want a Retriever pup it is always best to identify a responsible breeder and register with them so that they will intimate you when the next litter is due.
This is much safer than compromising and going with some backyard breeder who will be using his dogs as a money making machine.
This kind of irresponsible breeding will impact the health of the dog and will result in your dog getting health problems that are not common to the breed as such when it is older.