golden retriever


Definition of golden retriever 

: any of a breed of medium-sized retrievers having a flat moderately long golden coat

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Prince Harry's high-fiving was nothing short of aww-worthy, and the prince also buddied up with a friendly golden retriever. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were So Touchy-Feely at Today's Royal Engagement," 3 Oct. 2018 Numbers five and six, the labrador retriever and golden retriever respectively, won't shock anyone too much. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "most popular dog breeds on Instagram," 30 Nov. 2018 But, this golden retriever might be the most heroic pup yet. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Golden retriever bitten by rattlesnake protecting owner while on hike," 1 July 2018 Like, can a basic golden retriever really become a star? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "How to make your dog Instagram-famous, according to an agent for “pet influencers”," 6 Nov. 2018 There’s probably a golden retriever curled up on their couch. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Fluide's Gorgeous, Inclusive Holiday Campaign Is Dedicated to Chosen Families Everywhere," 14 Nov. 2018 Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths before they were retired during the event in an auditorium at the Chief Prosecutor's Office. Joshua Goodman And Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement," 21 Sep. 2018 The golden retriever was found in a garbage bag in South Korea with her legs bound and worn to the bone. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 Paula Godwin treated her golden retriever Todd to a hike Friday morning in Anthem, Arizona. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Golden retriever bitten by rattlesnake protecting owner while on hike," 1 July 2018

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of golden retriever

: a type of dog that has long yellowish-brown fur

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