The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized breed of dog. They were historically developed as gundogs
to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties.
As such, they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve game undamaged and have an instinctive
love of water. The golden retriever has a dense inner coat that provides it with adequate warmth.
The outer coat is sleek and water repellent, and lies flat against the body. The official colour of the
breed is the varying shades of gold that are most often seen. The breed's intelligence and versatility
suit the dogs well for a variety of roles including guide dog for the blind, hearing dog for deaf people,
hunting dog, illegal drug detector, and search and rescue participant. Because of their loyal and gentle
temperament, golden retrievers are also popular family pets.