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.
Golden retrievers guide
There are many different types of retriever and they all make great pets and companions, of course one of the most common is the Golden retriever with its luxurious golden coat, but there is also the Labrador retriever with a smoother shorter coat, the Curly coated retriever and the Flat coated retriever all of which make excellent pets and are good for those families with children. The Golden retriever is the most popular not only due to its long wavy coat, but also for the fact that is has a delightful nature, however at the same time they are one of the larger breeds of retriever and can be quite boisterous, while they do make an excellent pet to have around children the excitability of this breed can mean that they could knock over a very small child. As with all dogs very small children should never be left alone with them.
The Golden retriever is one of the easiest breeds of dogs to train due to their nature and the way they love nothing more than pleasing their owner, however training should begin at a very young age to establish who is the boss, because due to their large size and their playful attitude a large dog can get out of hand. Although it has to be remembered that while the dog might look big it isn’t fully mature until around the age of 2 and in some cases the dog doesn’t lose its “puppy ways” until the age of three.
The Labrador retriever is another very popular breed among the retrievers and again has a very gentle nature; the Labrador retriever has a shorter coat than the Golden which of course doesn’t require as much grooming. The Labrador retriever is around the same size as the Golden and they don’t shed as much. The Labrador retriever is well known for its excellent temperament and is considered to be very gentle which makes them a suitable dog for those with children.
Although the Labrador retriever isn’t specifically a guard dog they can be very protective with members of the family and in particular when around strangers. The Labrador retriever is also known as an hunting dog and as such they love to please their master and are willing to learn and adapt very well to training which should start at a very early age due to their robust size.
The curly coated retriever is well known as a hunting dog but they also make for great and loyal companions and shouldn’t be overlooked when considering one of the Retriever family members as a pet and companion. Because they are hunting dogs they are very easy to train and are loyal, they are also excellent around children and have a wonderful temperament while at the same time having character, which sometimes shows through as being mischievous. They are however a very “lively” dog and they do require plenty of exercise and love being out doors so aren’t suitable for those who only have a small yard.
Finally don’t overlook the Flat coated retriever when choosing from the retriever breeds, it is devoted to its master and this makes the dog very easy to train. The same as the other breeds of retriever, the Flat coated retriever has a wonderful, gentle temperament which makes it an ideal and loving companion. Again this breed does require a lot of exercise and is not a dog to just lie down quietly in the corner of a room; it has what sometimes seems to be boundless energy and if left cooped up can become mischievous even to the point of destroying your belongings. While it does make an excellent pet this is a breed that does require a little more attention.