While searching for an appropriate dog crate, consider how big you expect your Golden Retriever to grow. Dog crates usually show a strength rating based on weight of dog.
Average weight of adult male Golden Retriever = 65-75 lbs
Average weight of adult female Golden Retriever = 55-65 lbs
Make sure your dog crate is a few inches higher than your dogs height.
Average height of adult male Golden Retriever = 23-24 inches
Average height of adult female Golden Retriever = 22-23 inches
A little about the Golden Retriever:
Golden Retrievers were originally developed in Scotland during the mid 1800s. A popular pastime among the wealthy was to hunt wild birds. A hunter would shoot a bird and a good retrieving dog was needed. There were great improvements in firearms during this time. This allowed hunters to shoot birds from much greater distances. The retrieving dog would need to traverse these distances. The Golden Retriever seemed ideally suited for this job. Golden Retrievers love the water and could cross cold ponds and rivers with ease. They have a dense inner coat for warmth and an outer coat that lies flat against them. The outer coat provides a certain degree of water resistance. They are strong and can push though heavy vegetation. The Golden Retriever also has a talent for retrieving the game undamaged. One would imagine that this talent was of great relevance to the hunters and high on the list of reasons why they used this breed.
Dudley Marjoribanks is known for creating the Golden Retriever breed. He lived just north of the Scottish border. The origins of the Golden Retriever started when he crossed a yellow colored retriever named Nous with a female Tweed Water Spaniel. They produced four puppies, which showed great promise. His vision of the breed was to create a more powerful retriever that would still be gentle and trainable.
Some of these Golden Retrievers found their way to America by 1900. The AKC however did not register this breed until 1927.
The Golden Retriever is known to be gentle, good natured, devoted and obedient. They have gained huge popularity as a family pet in America. The Golden Retriever requires daily exercise and human interaction. They need daily mental exercise too.
Games, Obedience challenges and throwing a ball to retrieve works well.
Consider the level of mental and physical exercise your Golden Retriever needs when figuring out your crate training schedule.
Golden Retriever exercise requirements = 3 out of 5
(5 being the breed of dog that requires the highest level of exercise)
Average life span of the Golden Retriever = 10-13 years
Dog crates combined with dogs not getting enough exercise will result in behavior problems. The Golden Retriever needs their daily exercise for them to behave well at home. Dog crates work best when your dog is getting the exercise he needs. If you’re going to use a dog crate, make sure he’s getting that exercise.
Both you and he will be happier for it.