The one exception may be watch or guard dog training; few Goldens can be convinced the world isn’t all fun and games.
Goldens enjoy interaction of almost any kind – from socializing at the local dog park to family walks or backyard romps. Although gentle and typically good with children, Goldens aren’t meant to sit around; they thrive on exercise such as swimming or ball-chasing.
About Golden Retrievers
Should I get a Golden Retriever?
Terrific for a person who:
Wants a people-oriented dog who can make new friends
Is interested in training a dog for therapy work
Wants a dog that can be sporty enough to hunt but gentle enough to hug.
Think twice if you’re a person who:
Will be aghast if your dog asks for attention from strangers.
Takes life seriously and wants your dog to do the same.
Wants your dog to bark (at least once) when someone new shows up.
Golden Retriever Dog Grooming
Goldens shed quite a bit, daily brushing can reduce hair around the house and will help keep your Golden tangle free.
The Golden Retriever Standard Look
A powerful and active dog, the Golden Retriever should appear, eager, alert and confident. Males measure from 23 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 65 to 75 pounds, with females being somewhat smaller. The Golden Retriever’s dense, water-repellent coat comes in various shades of gold and can be wavy or straight.
Possible Golden Retriever Health Concerns
Hemangiosarcoma and Lymphoma
Ask the Golden Breeder
Should I Visit the breeder before I even plan to buy my Golden Retriever puppy?
“As with many popular breeds in high demand, there’s been some disreputable breeding of Goldens to make a quick buck, so potential owners should visit a breeder before they consider buying a puppy,” says Janet Peacock, corresponding secretary for the Golden Retriever Club of America. “Meet the dam if possible, tour the breeder’s home or kennels and ask an assortment of questions.” Additionally, notice what questions the breeder asks; good breeders care about their puppies’ potential homes. “Allocate enough time visiting to evaluate the level of care put into the breeding program,” Peakcock adds.
What health tests should be run on the parents?
“In the future, we may have advanced tests helping predeict and control cancern in the Golden, but for now, reputable breeders can only test for hips, elbows, heart and eyes,” says John Cotter, president of the GRCA. “Heredity is not conclusive by any means that the pup will live a long life, but potential owners should at least consider asking about longevity in their breeding lines.”