The golden retriever
Retriever pet care guide
The golden retriever is among one of the most popular breeds of all the retrievers with its rich golden long feathered coat of creamy to light brown. They are one of the most lovable and intelligent of all dog breeds and are excellent as pets and have a lovable temperament, the golden retriever makes an excellent pet for those families with children. The golden retriever is a loyal sweet natured dog who loves nothing more than pleasing their owner which makes them easier than certain other breeds to obedience train and housetrain.
The retriever as a pet
The golden will normally get on with anyone anything including other dogs however they lack in one thing, guarding, due to their amicable nature the golden retriever doesn’t make a very good guard dog. On saying this however they are very protective of their owner and family and will be very wary of strangers approaching if left with children and they will make their presence know though they will very rarely attack anyone.
The breed is not a breed that you should leave alone for long periods of time as they love nothing more than being around the family and can get up to mischief should they be left. They are a dog which does require frequent exercise and as the name suggests they love to retrieve anything and everything, from balls to Frisbees, in fact the dog will delight in chasing and retrieving whatever you throw for it.
Keeping your retriever happy and well
The breed does have a longer coat than some of the retriever breeds and this will need regular grooming in order to keep your dog in great overall condition. The coat is double and of medium hair length which is smooth and is very easy to groom and should be brushed with a comb and a firm bristle brush, with particular attention being paid to the dense undercoat. A dry shampoo should be used on a regular basis with a full bath only very occasionally as this can dry out the lustrous coat too much.
The retriever can be prone to hip dysplasia and also congenital defect of the eye, so when purchasing your puppy make sure you buy from a reputable breeder who have had the puppies parents checked and cleared. Von Williebrands disease and heart problems are also know in the golden so the puppy’s parents should also have been checked for these too.
Some retrievers are known to have problems with skin problems and skin allergies can occur, these should always be given immediate attention from the vet. On average the golden retriever will live for around 10 to 12 years and when fully grown they measure roughly 24″ in dogs and 22″ for bitches, the weight of the adult dog will be around 80 pounds and around 70 pounds for bitches.