Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever

Looking for a friendly, intelligent, high-energy, and affectionate dog? A golden retriever may be the perfect dog for you! They are great with family, young children, and adults, and love to be around other dogs. Originated in Scotland, they are one of the most popular dog breeds that are great for being guide dogs, for fieldwork and hunting, and are great in need of rescue and search! They are also one of the most loving dogs you will ever meet and love to relax with their families. Goldens are very muscular dogs with a gold fur coating, which gives them their name. They are known to have friendly and intelligent eyes, a straight muzzle, and short floppy ears. Goldens are originally known as gundogs, which means that when they hear a gun go off, they know that they had to retrieve the bird either on land or in water. With goldens first originating as gundogs and being on land and in water, these are two activities that this breed enjoys doing in its free time. 

Everything to Know About Golden Retrievers

Types: English, Canadian, American

Standard Colors: Dark Golden, Golden, Light Golden

Size: Medium-Large

Weight: 55-75 pounds

Height: 21.5-24 inches

Lifespan: 10-13 years

Exercise: 40 minutes a day

Physical Appearance of Goldens

Golden Retrievers have a double coating and a medium-length coat of fur. With this being said they will most likely need to be brushed about once a week to keep their fur looking fresh. They shed a good amount and would have to go for grooming about once a month. They do not drool too much, but still be prepared for a little bit of drooling! 

A Golden’s Personality

One of the most playful dogs you will find! A very high-energy dog that looks forward to playing a game of fetch! They love meeting new people and being with people they already know. They are not shy around people, love to be petted by others, and will be up for anything you want to do with them! Training a golden retriever is not a hard thing to do, especially because they are one of the most intelligent dogs you will ever meet! Introducing them to new people and places at the ages of seven weeks to four months old can make them feel more comfortable about going outside when they are older. Now it is not necessary, but it could help to put your golden in puppy training! This will help them to fix any bad habits that they had before. Teaching golden obedience could help tighten the bond between them and another dog or even with their owner. 

The Health of Goldens

Goldens tend to be one of the healthier dogs. Although there are a few parts of them that should be checked weekly, such as their elbows and hips, their ears in case of infections, and they should be having their teeth brushed as often as possible. They will need plenty of exercise and if they do not get this exercise they will engage in undesirable behavior. You can take them on long walks, runs, and even alongside you on a bike ride! Before starting with any of these, it is highly recommended to double-check with the vet to make sure no stress is leading to the golden retrievers’ joints and bones. 

Pros and Cons of Having a Golden

Pros 

They are loving, calm, warm-hearted, and an all-around happy breed. Yes, they are a very loving breed around people, but also with other animals such as cats. They do not bark or bite much, which is great when they are around young kids. Do not worry about having trouble training a golden. With their size, speed and intelligence, they are a breed that is easy to train, and you will have fun doing it!

Cons 

If you are not into big dogs, a golden retriever may not be the best fit for you. They get around 55-75 pounds, depending on their gender, and are very hungry dogs. They need plenty of exercise and playtime for about 40-60 minutes a day. If not played with they can become lazy and overweight easily. Be prepared to clean your house daily. Goldens shed every second of every day, especially in the spring and the fall. Golden retrievers love being around people, so if you know you are not home for long periods of the day this breed may not be the best for you. 

Golden Retriever Conclusion

If you enjoyed learning more about golden retrievers, but still cannot decide if you want one, you should get one! They are always looking for an adventure or a simple game of fetch in the backyard. Even if you do not want to go outside, golden retrievers are the perfect dogs for cuddling as well! 

Written by: Christina Osmanski

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