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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Some kissing guidelines apply to basically everyone who doesn’t have a few very specific kinks. Don’t lick someone’s entire face in the manner of an excitable golden retriever. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 14 People How to Make Kissing Even Better," 28 Mar. 2019 Other exhibitors include As Good as Gold golden retriever rescue group, Lake Forest Kennel Club, Paws Chicago, Whispers of Love dog communication expert, and dog trainer Deana Noonan. Annie Alleman,, "Gortor Center Dog Day returns June 23," 13 June 2018 Their visit also involved a cute interaction between Prince Harry and a golden retriever. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Happy Thursday: Prince Harry Just a Kissed a Royal Fan," 4 Oct. 2018 Anybody who owns a golden retriever or Lab or Chihuahua is absolutely sure the pet that curls up with them on the couch is the greatest dog in the world. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "What to watch at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show," 10 Feb. 2019 Indeed, a row of golden retriever puppies, tucked into neon green bags and carried by the country's national police force canine unit, became a highlight of the parade. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Chile military parade offers a showcase for ... puppies?," 20 Sep. 2018 Dogs such as French bulldogs and golden retrievers — the show’s biggest entry, with as many as 57 competing Tuesday — have to best a crowd just to get past the breed ring. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "A breed apart: Rare Westminster dogs have ring to themselves," 13 Feb. 2019 Reilly was known for his gregarious personality, his Mardi Gras parties, and his ever-present golden retriever. James Sullivan,, "In a sentimental mood at Ryles," 27 June 2018 For instance, if research has shown that a mutation is associated with cancer in golden retrievers, that doesn’t necessarily mean the same mutation will cause cancer in a Boston terrier – but the mutation still shows up on the terrier’s report. Kim Kavin, The Seattle Times, "Don’t use dog DNA tests to make life-or-death decisions for your pet, experts warn," 30 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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