The Golden Retriever – A Popular, Active and Friendly Dog
7 October, 2014
The Golden Retriever, with its intelligence and eager to please attitude, is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. This active and energetic dog can adapt easily to several different living situations, yet requires daily exercise. His water-repellant double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. With his friendly temperament and striking golden color, this breed is both beautiful to look at and a joy to own.
The Golden Retriever is a great family dog
The Golden Retriever is an excellent family companion. They are obedient, playful, intelligent, well-mannered, great with kids, and nice to strangers. Golden Retrievers are always at the top of their obedience classes and are often the champions of sporting competitions. Golden Retrievers need people and are best suited for large, active families. Although they’re gentle and trustworthy with kids, Golden Retrievers are boisterous, large dogs that can accidentally knock over a small child.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise, but not as much as other Retrievers and their activity requirements can be met with a couple of daily walks and tossing a stick in the yard. They enjoy pretty much any outdoor activity their people participate in, whether walking, running, hiking, biking, swimming or playing chase with kids. Though they are naturally even tempered and don’t need hours of exercise, their large size makes them unsuitable for apartments. They need a lot of room to move around, and confinement is unfair to a Golden Retriever. A typical Golden Retriever weight in at 55 to 75 pounds.
Goldens’ love to eat, and will quickly become overweight if overfed. Limit treats, measure out your dog’s daily kibble, and feed your Golden in regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train
Golden Retrievers are a breeze to train. They love to please their owners and will do anything for a bit of praise and some food. Goldens’ are them an excellent choice for first-time dog owners. Goldens’ should always be treated with a gentle hand, as they are sensitive creatures who don’t respond well to harsh tones and discipline. The biggest problem people have in training this breed is walking on a leash. They should be taught proper leash training during puppyhood otherwise they will invariably pull on their leash. Their trainability has made them a number one choice for service and therapy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are a social breed
Goldens are a social breed of dog who adores people and thrives on companionship. If left alone too long, especially without proper exercise, Golden Retrievers can develop Separation Anxiety which usually means destructive chewing. In fact, well-adjusted Goldens are big chewers, so they must be provided with plenty of their own chew toys and bones, otherwise they will run off with shoes, books, pillows and other household items.
As well as giving your Golden Retriever physical and mental exercise, you should also be prepared to include him in your family activities. The Golden Retriever is a family dog and needs to be with his family. Don’t consider getting a Golden unless you’re willing to have him in the house with you, underfoot, every day.
Golden Retrievers are so friendly that they aren’t great watch dogs.
Golden Retrievers are definitely not watch dogs. They might bark when strangers come around, but don’t count on it. Most likely, your amiable Golden will wag his tail and flash his adorable Golden smile.
Golden Retrievers are big shedders
Golden Retrievers shed profusely, especially in the spring and fall. Daily brushing will get some of the loose hair out of the coat, keeping it from settling on your clothing and all over your house. But if you live with a Golden, you’ll have to get used to dog hair. Just have your vacuum ready at all times and a bed that is just for your Golden.