|The Golden Retriever a dog
in a long, reddish blond to light blonde coat who loves everyone. In
general Golden Retrievers are loving and devoted to their families,
and sometimes a little too friendly to strangers. They crave
affection from their owners, and will sometimes pester strangers.
well-socialized Golden Retrievers have the sweet, gentle disposition
that is so attractive in this breed. But is not necessarily true for
all Golden Retrievers. Temperament issues have become more common as
the breed has become more popular. The most common problem seems to
be shyness. This can be relatively benign or can take the form of
fear biting. Aggression, both to people and other dogs, has also
become more commonplace in the breed. A well-bred Golden Retriever
does not have strong guarding instincts and do not make good guard
dogs. Most Goldens will bark when someone approaches their
home, but it is only because they are announcing the approach of a
potential new best friend, not because they want to protect the
Golden Retrievers are happy
go-lucky, friendly, trustworthy and confident dogs. They want
to please you most of all. They love people! In fact,
they must live "with" their people (not isolated in a backyard) at
all times. Golden Retrievers who are relegated to a backyard
or a kennel. Golden Retrievers want to be where their people are.
Dogs isolated from people seldom thrive. Golden Retrievers are no
exception. They need to be members of the family. If you are an
outdoorsy person, your Golden Retriever will want to be with you. If
you are more of an indoor sort, your Golden Retriever will want to
be with you there, too.
Any dog isolated from people
and companionship will become bored and stressed. This produces
behavior problems such as barking, chewing and digging. In extreme
cases, these behaviors result in surrender of the dog to a shelter
A Golden Retriever's coat
can vary in color from dark red to very pale cream color. In
spite of what some websites say about the "rare white golden
retriever," a Golden Retriever of any color is the same. Just
because a Golden is very light in color (white is a
disqualification, by the way), does not make it a better dog.
Color is the last thing you should consider when thinking about
getting a puppy. Temperament is the #1 issue that should be
considered when you are looking to add a member of your family to
LIVING WITH A GOLDEN
1. Golden Retrievers
can adapt to city living under the right circumstances. However
their needs and instincts do not change. They need room to run,
exercise, and retrieve. They must have an outlet for their energy
and desire to work. Your lifestyle must be adjusted to meet their
needs. Are you prepared for brisk, daily walks in all kinds of
weather to provide your Golden Retriever with adequate exercise?
Unless your schedule permits many hours at home, leashed walks, and
visits to a dog park, a Golden Retriever may not be the dog for you
as a city dweller.
Suburb and country living
are ideal for a Golden Retriever. These dogs are hunting companions
by heritage. They greatly benefit from the space necessary to
exercise and stay fit.
Early socialization and
training can make a big difference in the way your Golden Retriever
handles itself in public and at home. You should plan to safely
expose your puppy to as many people, dogs, noises and experiences as
possible. Puppy training classes are a big help.
All dogs benefit from basic
obedience classes. Large dogs such as Golden Retrievers especially
need to learn how to behave themselves in public and at home. A 55
lb out-of-control Golden Retriever is not a beautiful sight and is a
hazard to all around it.
As the owner of a large dog,
you have a special obligation to be a good ambassador. Every time
you are out in public with your obedient, well-mannered Golden
Retriever, you are a positive image for large dog ownership.
Golden Retrievers are
known for their versatility and working dog abilities. There are
that they enjoy. These include
Many Golden Retrievers make wonderful therapy dogs as well.
3. You may enjoy a
very active lifestyle that you wish to share with your dog. If you
adopt a puppy, it is especially important not to force exercise
Golden Retriever puppies during their first two years. Bone growth
plates are still growing and might be injured during hard exercise.
Avoid jogging, biking, trotting behind a moving car or steep climbs
and descents with Golden Retrievers under the age of two. Swims,
daily walks on soft surfaces, and casual short hikes on flat ground
are great exercise for puppies.
If you are passive and
inactive, your lifestyle will need to be adjusted to meet your
Golden Retrieverís needs. Golden Retrievers are more active and
energetic than most people realize. While they can enjoy being couch
potatoes, they require a moderate amount of brisk exercise.
Most Golden Retrievers need
a job to do. They are known for their versatility and working
abilities. There are many performance activities that they enjoy.
Many Golden Retrievers make wonderful therapy dogs as well.
Most Golden Retrievers are
natural retrievers. Consider playing retrieving games with your
Many destructive behaviors
are a product of boredom and lack of exercise. If you are unable to
meet a Golden Retrieverís activity and exercise needs, this may not
be the dog for you.
4. Golden Retrievers
shed a lot! Golden Retrievers shed all year round.
Golden Retriever hair
will be all over the house -- on your floor and in your food.
Brushing your dog will help keep the hair under control, but Golden
Retriever owners definitely have to vacuum more.
5. People frequently
choose a Golden Retriever because they have heard they are great
with kids. Most Golden Retrievers are great with children - under
the right circumstances. The success of most relationships between
dogs and children depends almost entirely on the supervision by the
parents. Puppies naturally chase and bite. Children are often loud
and abrupt in their movements. Until both are taught to control
themselves, they should always be supervised. Otherwise, accidents
are bound to happen, and the puppy is usually blamed. Because of
their size, Golden Retrievers may accidentally knock over toddlers.
Strict parental supervision of all interactions between children and
dogs is essential. A successful dog/child relationship is more the
result of good parenting than the choice of breed or mix.
INFORMATION ABOUT GOLDEN RETRIEVERS, PLEASE VISIT THE GOLDEN
RETRIEVER CLUB OF AMERICA'S WEBSITE --