Golden retriever faqs
Retriever pet care guide
If you are thinking of buying a golden retriever puppy then you will probably have a lot of questions regarding the breed and if they are a breed suitable for you, there are numerous books available on the breed and websites specialising in the golden retriever but to get you started here are some of the most common questions that are asked about the breed.
Do golden retrievers shed a lot?
Due to the golden’s long feathered coat they do shed a lot more than most breeds do, this can be controlled to an extent by regular grooming but the dog will always shed constantly.
Are golden retrievers a good choice for a family?
The golden retriever has a wonderful kind nature and is usually excellent with children; however you should never leave any dog alone with a child particularly a small child. They are a large breed which can get very excitable and as such they can knock over a very small child but they are generally thought to be good around children.
How much exercise do they need?
Being a working dog originally they do need a lot of exercise as they do have a lot of energy, puppies under the age of 6 months while having what seems to be endless energy do need rest and should be encouraged to have periods of rest.
Are they a breed that barks a lot?
The golden retriever is not known as a barker but they are a very excitable breed and they can get a little carried away when playing.
Are golden retrievers easy to train?
The breed really loves to please and because of this they are generally very easy to train, of course training should begin at an early age and some dogs will be more stubborn than others. When the dog is going through its teenage years they can show dominance but if you are firm and patient with the training then you will usually be rewarded.
Which makes the better pet the bitch or a dog?
Both make equally good pets and usually its just a matter of personal preference, bitches can tend to be a little moody sometimes while the dog can be a little more independent and show some dominance particularly when younger. Both have the good and points so really it’s just a matter of personal preference.
At what age is the dog fully grown?
The golden retriever is usually fully mature by the age of 2 years however they can often act like puppies right up to the age of 3 years.
How big do golden retrievers grow?
The golden retriever is a medium to large dog with the bitch getting to around 22 ½ “and the dog around 24″.