Vital Stats

  • Size: 21 - 24 inches
  • Weight: 55 - 75 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10- 12 years

About The Breed

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The Golden Retriever, a happy-go-lucky breed known for its lustrous namesake golden coat, is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. These kind, intelligent dogs are known for being obedient and loyal companions. Because Goldens are so easy to train, they are very popular for service dogs and search and rescue work. 

Golden Retrievers make great family dogs because of their loving nature and trustworthiness. They are also active companions. Like other retrievers, Goldens are a sporting breed, originally bred to be an ideal gundog. They were first created in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-to-late 19th century by a man known as Lord Tweedmouth. He was looking for a strong swimmer capable of retrieving wildfowl that had been shot. This is why most Goldens love to swim, play fetch, and spend time outside with their families. 



An adult Golden Retriever running through a field


Golden Retrievers are a medium breed. According to the AKC, the breed standard for Goldens is their height is between 23 and 24 inches for males and between 21.5 and 22.5 inches for females. Males generally weigh between 65 and 75 pounds, and females between 55 and 65 pounds. Of course, some Goldens will be larger or smaller than the breed standard. 

Energy Level and Exercise Requirements

Golden Retrievers are a moderate-to-high-energy breed with a zest for life. Because of their history as working dogs, Goldens need plenty of exercise to keep them happy and healthy. In addition to frequent walks daily, Golden Retrievers should also get plenty of exercise like swimming and playing fetch.

Goldens really enjoy spending time with their people and walks, jobs, and hiking are all great ways to spend active time with your pup. Because they can have a lot of energy, especially when young, most Golden Retriever owners find it best to take their dog out on a harness. 

Because of their history as working dogs with a sturdy build, Golden Retrievers are a strong breed that requires proper training with the right tools. For most Golden owners, the best and safest way to walk their dog is with a harness. Harnesses are a great way to retain control of your dog while training. 


What is the Best Golden Retriever Harness?

For an active and energetic breed, the best Golden Retriever harness is one that is comfortable for both you and your pooch. Goldens can have a lot of coat, so you want a fully adjustable harness that will give you a proper fit, making the harness escape-proof. You always want to look for a harness that will help prevent your active Golden from pulling. This will help keep you and your pup safe while out and about.

At Joyride Harness, we created our harness with Golden Retrievers and other active breeds in mind. Our harness has a specific three-ring design to stop your dog from pulling. Most customers attach a standard leash to one of the side rings to stop their Golden Retriever from pulling forward. For really heavy pullers, you can also attach a double-ended leash to two rings, giving you additional control.

The other benefit of Joyride Harness for hyper Goldens is our built-in handle. Handled dog harnesses are great for Golden Retrievers because it gives you the option to quickly grab your dog, even if you accidentally drop the leash! 

And the best part? If you have trouble keeping your Golden out of trouble, our heavy-duty harnesses are durable and easy to wash! They easily stand up to water, mud, and whatever kind of mischief your pup gets into. 


A Golden Retriever puppy sitting with its tongue out


What Size Harness Should I Buy for a Golden Retriever?

Most adult Golden Retrievers will fit in our XL dog harness, which is suitable for dogs between 60 and 85 pounds. Most customers choose this size as the best dog harness for their male Goldens. However, smaller females may find the Large to be a better fit, which fits dogs 40-60 pounds. For Golden Retriever puppies still growing, you can utilize our size chart to find the best harness to fit them at their current size. 

Joyride Harness for Golden Retrievers: Reviews

Are you looking for the best Golden Retriever harness? Here are reviews from real pet parents who think Joyride Harness is the best dog harness for their Golden Retrievers! 


⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Thomas T.

Riley’s experience with Joyride harness.

My Golden Retriever, Riley and I love using the harness.


⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Josh

Amazing harness

I actually found out about this product through an Instagram post and was surprised how durable the harness was. The golden was running very fast, rolling around in the grass and when he came back to the owner, there was no wear and tear on it. Our golden, Brady, is still in training and needs to be corrected. The top handle has been great while doing this and also makes it really easy when putting the harness on and off. What drew me to Joyride was the donation they made and that their harness goes on like a saddle, over the head, instead of like a pair of pants, one leg at a time, which with our dog wasn't easy/fun lol. This harness has made it much easier to train and get ready for walks. 10/10 and I will recommend this brand to all my friends. :)


⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Andrew A.

Best Harness I Have Ever Owned

This harness is absolutely fantastic! It is so simple to put on our dog Snowflake and adjusting the harness is so easy. She is quite the puller, and although we have not put in serious training time with the side rings, from the few instances that I did use them she pulled herself right in a circle. This is exactly as advertised. Snowflake is a very willful Golden Retriever and we have tried countless harnesses that never lived up to expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend this harness to any dog owner regardless of breed or attitude. The item shipped out within a day and was at our front door within three days from the order date. If you are looking for a dazzlingly simple harness that is well built and looks fancy on your pet then look no further.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Warren R.

Our Golden has 4 of these harnesses

Bentley is 90#’s and the sizing is right on. Adjustable. Easy slip on and snap off. Recommend getting the seat belt strap and use it with the harness at all times! Need a St Pat’s Harness.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Nicole P.

Awesome again!

This is our 3rd joyride harness for my little golden guy. Beautiful pattern for fall & the same awesome quality we’ve seen in his other joyride harnesses! Definitely the best harness we’ve used by far!!!