Golden Retriever Breed Information
Intelligent, Loving, and Devoted
Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
Average life span: 10-12 years
The Golden Retriever is part of the Sporting group. They are a hardy, powerful canine of medium size, well known for their glossy coat of golden fur. The broad head adorned with kind and reasoning eyes, floppy short ears and straight muzzle, are part of the breeds signature look. They have a smooth powerful pace to their walk with tail flowing behind them.
Goldens are an outgoing breed they enjoy pleasing their family, and relatively easy to train. These dogs are full of life and are eager to exhaust their energy during playtime. And if you are a water lover this dog is known to taking dips for hours on end.
Caring For A Golden Retriever Puppy
When it comes to caring for your Golden their diet should match their age,to ensure they are receiving the proper nutrients. Some can be overeaters and become overweight, so pay mind to the caloric intake. Treats can definitely help in training but should be done in moderation. And human food isn’t always bad but we recommend learning about which human foods are safe for pups.
Grooming A Golden Coat
This breeds coat is beautiful and with proper grooming, you can keep them looking lustrous. They will shed their water repellent coat once or twice a year and shed moderately thought the rest. Brushing them with a slick brush once or twice a week will remove most of the dead hair preventing it from getting on furniture. Occasional baths are recommended and also help remove some of that dead hair.
Exercising This Sporting Breed
Like most sporting breeds, the golden retriever will require daily exercise. This, besides being good for their physical health, helps with mental health preventing undesirable behavior. They make for great companions on long walks, runs, and even bike rides. But no matter the breed veterinarian consultation is always recommended before putting your pup through high impact activities. Swimming can usually always be recommended for this breed, as it is low impact and allows them to burn off a lot of energy. For hunters, this breed can make for a great companion out in the field for their tracking instincts. They also enjoy other canine sports like agility and obedience courses.
Training A Golden Retriever
As with all breeds, early socialization is a great way to keep your pup friendly understanding of what is and is not a threat. Exposing your pup to a variety of people and places within the first four months ensures they will become well-mannered adults. Overall training should be quiet easy even for the first time dog owner. Training will also strengthen the bond between the dog and owner as this breed loves to please its family.
All in all the Golden retriever is a very affectionate breed, making for a great family dog. So if you are looking for an active companion who can easily adapt to new places and situations. The Golden retriever might be just the dog for you.