Want to own one of the most popular family pets around? Love a dog that will fit into your families active lifestyle? Then look no further than the Golden Retriever. This dog has being winning the hearts of Americans since 1925. Known as a dog that doesn’t bark much, never has bad breath, loves to give kisses, and is easily trainable, this breed may well be the perfect family pet.
Housing Requirements: Although a large breed dog, the Golden Retriever can live in a variety of homes including apartments. As long as the dog is allowed lots of exercise. And thanks to their double layered coat this breed loves cold weather.
Appearance: Known for it’s golden color, the Golden Retriever can come in a variety of shades. Some Golden’s are very light while others are red, any shade in between in acceptable. All Golden puppies are born very light and slowly develop their individual shades as they mature. A good way to tell what color your puppy is going to be is to look at the fur on his ears. The Golden Retriever is a large dog who stands nearly 24 inches tall and can weigh up to 70 lbs. These dogs have a double layered coat, one for insulation and the other for water resistance. The fur of the Golden has a very feathers look from ears to tail.
Health: Life expectancy of the Golden Retriever can be 7-15 years. The Golden is a larger breed and therefore can suffer the consequences of bearing all that weight. Hip dysplasia, which is a break down of the cartilage in the hips, is a big problem with this breed. Cancer is also another big problem in many bloodline of Golden’s, so be sure to get your pup from a reputable breeder who has genetically tested their line for the common problems.
Grooming: The double layered coat of the Golden Retriever makes for a high maintenance dog who loves to shed. Daily brushing, and occasional grooming, will keep the coat from getting knotted and tangled. The feather fur can also bring the great outdoors inside, snow balls, burrs and even twigs can easily get caught up in a Golden’s fur.
Temperament: There is a reason this dog has been the number one breed in America year after year. The Golden Retriever has an amazing temperament. This breed is eager to please, loves to work, and gives more kisses than any other dog on the planet. In recent years an aggressive streak has popped up in some bloodlines of Golden’s so be sure to do your research when picking a breeder. The Golden is known to have a ‘soft mouth’. Golden Retrievers were bred to retrieve fowl and other game for their hunters without damaging the kill. Therefore these dogs can literally pick up a raw egg in its mouth without damaging it. Understand that this breed along with most breeds explore the world with their mouths. With some good consistent training this mouthiness will never be an issue.
Trainability: The Golden Retriever was bred to work. This dog longs to please his owner. This breed was the earliest breed in the U.S. to win obedience trials. Golden’s were meant to work, so they have lots of energy that needs to be channeled. Be in through agility, search and rescue, obedience, or outdoor sports, these dogs will excel and literally any task they are given. The Golden’s are truly a great breed of dog for any active family.
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