Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Goldens
The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular pet dogs on the planet. Active, intelligent, and eager to please, a well-trained Golden is a loyal companion who expects to spend lots of time with its people. As the name suggests, the breed was originally developed to dive right into the water to retrieve waterfowl for hunters, and the result is an active energetic animal who loves to play fetch.
If you're looking for a chill pet who likes to kick back on the couch and watch TV, the athletic Golden may not be right for you. This dog is for active individuals or families who enjoy getting into the outdoors for lots of exercise.
Because of their alert, adaptable spirit and their good-natured personality which allows them to get along well with others in public, Goldens can be trained to serve a lot of important functions, from therapy dog to narcotics detection.
Appearance / health:
Often referred to simply, but lovingly, as “Goldens.” A sturdy, but lovely, dog with good proportions, having a medium length, “feathery,” water repellent outer coat and a dense undercoat; feathering should always be on the chest, legs and belly. A broad head; a powerful wide, tapering muzzle; black nose and sweet-natured brown eyes with darker rims; scissor-bite; clear frontal stop; medium-sized hanging ears; muscular in the neck and thighs; broad-chested; tail is long and should never be curled.
Because the Golden is considered an average shedder, it should be brushed regularly. It is recommended to use a firm bristle brush as well as suitable grooming tools necessary to pay extra attention to the undercoat. Only bathe when necessary, but it is acceptable to use a dry shampoo on a regular basis.
The Golden both loves and needs exercise. Daily walks, long and brisk, are an absolute necessity for apartment dwellers (though they are not recommended as an apartment dog). They will also enjoy trotting along side you as you bicycle, skate or jog. They truly do best with a large backyard or in a rural setting with sufficient space to run and be playful.
OFA and CERF certification are important in both the sire and the dam of a prospective puppy as they are prone to congenital eye defects (hereditary cataracts and extroverted or introverted eyelids) and hip dysplasia. Inquire if parent dogs have been screened for Von Willebrand’s Disease. Other health issues to be aware of are: skin allergies, heart defects, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). Due to the poor breeding mentioned above, which occurred as a result of their popularity, some inbreeding occurred increasing the risks of epilepsy and cancer.
Behavior / temperament:
The Golden is sweet, loyal and eager to please their people. Naturally charming, smart and well-mannered, they are quite easily trained due to their desire to please. Goldens are alert, responsive, and are a terrific family dog. They do need to be close to their people and leaving them alone for extended periods or alienating them is likely to result in destructive behaviors as they try to find a means of entertaining themselves.
There are many words to describe the temperament of the Golden: playful, easygoing, tolerant, trustworthy, gentle, serene, pleasing, friendly, sensible, and laid back, to name but a few; however, poor breeding habits have resulted in some that can be nervous and timid and these can, in some cases, be snappy. Always ask to see the parents and observe their temperament; ask to see pedigrees and do your homework in checking out the breeding lines. They can also be demanding in seeking attention from their people.
Goldens are rated as having a very high obedience level and medium level skills in problem solving. Due to their eagerness to please, they are easily and quickly trained and are known to excel in obedience competitions.
Considered to be average barkers, the Golden does make a good watchdog as it will loudly announce a stranger approaching. Though a good watchdog, the Golden is not at all inclined toward being a guard down and has very little guarding instincts.
goldens personality, good watch dogs, happy affectionate dogs, loving companions
irresponsible breeding practices, boisterous stage, hip problems, overactive tail, mouth oriented dogs
thick undercoat, canine scenting ability, tennis balls, Britsh types, english cream goldens
Smart, entertaining, well behaved
I adopted my dog when he was just over 1 year old. The only command he knew was sit and he was very hyper. He was still a pup, so the hyperness is to be expected. However, within less than a week I had him trained to listen to me. He may have been hyper, but he listened. I taught him how to lay down, shake, high five, and sit pretty [kind of he's a bit big for it but he tries] and he learned it all so fast. He is a very smary dog. He is now 3 and he has calmed down a lot, but he still loves to play! Especially, with his favorite ball. He absolutely loves to play ball. But he never gives it back, I think it is a golden retriever thing. But even though he loves to play, he is also knows when it is time to relax. As a student, I have to study a lot. And he will be content with just laying in the same room as me while I study. When I take him out in public he is also very good and calm. My golden absolutely loves people! He will walk up to anyone. He is also great with kids. He is so gentle with my younger cousins..
From Tabitha Wickett Jun 21 2018 4:10AM
Drug of choice for treatment of tapeworm infestation in dogs.
Droncit is given as a single dose. The tablet can be crushed and mixed with the food.
However no worming treatment can prevent reinfestation, so it is important to worm your dog regularly. It is recommended to repeat the treatment within 15 to 21 days after the first dose..
From L Perez 16 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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