Golden retrievers reach mature weight by their second year of age and their full height by their first full year of age. Male golden retrievers tend to be 58-59 cm tall and weigh 30-50 kg. Female golden retrievers tend to be 55-56 cm tall and weigh 25-35 kg.
Because Golden Retrievers were bred originally for hunting, and thus are use to the activities of retrieving prey for hunters, they are use to a standard of exercise they don’t often get. They need daily exercise. This could cover a variety of things including: running around in the backyard or fetch, fun at the beach and they love to swim so keep that in mind. They are a smart type of dog so keeping them busy mentally as well as physically are important. Give them tasks that require some thought. This could include competitive activities such as running with other dogs, retrieving sticks or balls, being the family alarm clock waking them up. It will keep them tired and more happy. Golden retrievers are also dogs that like to hang around with people, it is essential you let it hang around with your family all the time, letting it inside the house all the time. They are also not the greatest watchdogs in the world. Sure you’re dog might bark, but it will likely have no bite.
It is expected that a daily feeding amount includes two meals of 2-3 cups of dry food per day. But this depends on the size, age, shape, activity level and metabolism of your dog. Like people we are all different, thus we all have different needs including food quantity. The more energetic you are, the more food you need then say someone who lounges around a lot. The kind of food you purchase is also important. It is off a decent standard? You can never give your dog too good food. It will go along way to satisfying your dog by giving high quality food. It is recommended you never leave food out all day for it to eat and give your dog controlled portions of food twice a day. You can monitor your dog weight through a simple test. Look down at your dog and you should see its’ waist. Place your hands on his back with thumbs along the spine. Spreading your fingers downward. If you can’t feel his ribs without seeing them, it means your dog requires more exercise and less food. It is important you look after your dog. Between 4-7 months they grow very quickly, exposing them to bone problems so it is very important you look after your dog. Low calorie diets of high quality food suits them well and stops them from growing at a rapid pace.