Golden Retriever Information

Golden Retriever Information

Golden Retrievers are the third most popular dog breed! They are friendly and intelligent, making them the perfect family pet.

Used as service dogs, Golden Retrievers are natural athletes. The breed excels in agility, competitive obedience, and all other dog sports.

Appearance

Golden Retrievers are athletic, powerful, symmetrical dogs. They give off a self-confident aura that comes hand in hand with an eager and alert disposition.

The breed comes in all shades of gold. Although white Golden Retrievers are bred, they are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Personality

Intelligence, loyalty, and a friendly temperament are trademarks of the Golden Retriever. The breed was bred to work with people, hard-wiring them with a pleasant disposition. That being said, early socialization and proper training are thoroughly recommended.

Care

Golden Retrievers are susceptible to specific ailments. Therefore, they should be taken to a veterinarian yearly for checkups. Because obesity is a common problem within the breed, Golden Retriever puppies should eat about three cups of food a day. Their adult counterparts should be fed anywhere from three to five cups a day, depending on the food and how active of a life the dog leads.

Nutrition

Your optimal food formula will differ depending on how big your Golden Retriever gets. Most dog food providers will have breed specific formulas.

Golden Retrievers are a large breed and have a lifespan of 11 to 12 years. Your Golden Retriever’s nutritional intake will be your best ally in increasing his or her lifespan.

Golden Retrievers must remain hydrated at all times. Provide lots of clean, fresh, cool water.

Grooming

Golden Retrievers need occasional bathing, regular nail-trimming, and daily teeth brushing. Their ears should be checked often to avoid wax buildups. If done properly, grooming can be the perfect bonding experience for you and your pup.

Exercise

Golden Retrievers need lots of exercise. This energetic breed loves to play outdoors, making them fantastic fetch partners. Their eagerness to please people makes obedience training easy. Furthermore, Golden Retrievers love to swim! 

Training

Here are three GR puppy training tips:

• Crate train your puppy. This will provide him with a home within your home (similar to you and your room). Never use this crate as punishment.
• Assume a constant leadership position. Dogs see themselves as members of a pack: You need to be the alpha.
• Consistency is key when training your puppy. Golden retrievers are highly intelligent, but a majority of what they learn will be in response to a repeated and consistent set of commands. 

Health Problems

Cancer was the main cause of death for 38.8 percent of the Golden Retriever population in 2004. Golden Retrievers also suffer from heart and joint diseases, among which include: subvalvular aortic stenosis (a form of blood flow blockage), cardiomyopathy patella luxation (disease involving the kneecap joint), osteochondritis (inflammation of bone or joint), and panosteitis (bone inflammation). 

Lastly, Golden Retrievers can suffer from skin diseases due to their heavy shedding. Allergies are the most prevalent skin disease that they obtain. Many Golden Retrievers acquire an allergic reaction to fleas.

Origin

Officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1925, Golden Retrievers were originally bred in Scotland to aid hunters retrieve downed foul. The breed is a cross between the Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and St. Johns water dog. 

Conclusion

Featured in movies such as Air Bud, Homeward Bound, and Cats & Dogs: Golden Retrievers are one of the world’s most beloved dogs. They are one of the lowest ranking barkers and contain a “soft mouth”. Soft mouthed dogs are gentle. This, along with the fact that they excel obedience-wise makes Golden Retrievers the perfect family dog. All in all, there’s a reason they make the “top three most popular dog breeds” list.