My Best Friend is a Golden Retriever who’s name is Hannah. I love her so very much. She is one of the best things that ever came into my life.
Today, I thought I would give out some factual information about this wonderful breed for those looking for a great dog! I decided not to embellish in this post, but instead just give you some clean and direct facts.
The Golden Retriever is One of America’s Most Popular family pets. They are devoted, intelligent, gentle temperament and excellent with children.
Because of their intelligence, these great dogs have played many roles in society. Guide dogs to the blind, search and rescue, hearing for the deaf, drug detection and hunting – to name just a few.
History of the Breed:
This dog was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, crossing the original yellow flat-coated retriever with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. The Golden originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s. They were recognized by the AKC in 1925.
They historically were bred as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl. Because of this, they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve the game undamaged. To this day, they are known for their softmouths and another reason they are so popular with families that have small children.
These dogs are sturdy and medium to large dogs. Their skull is broad, their muzzle is straight and tapering slightly. Their noses are black or brownish black. They have medium to large dark eyes. Their ears hang down close to their cheeks and when pulled forward – the tip of the ear should just cover their eyes. Their tail is thick at the base and feathering along the underside. They have a water-resistant coat with a dense, straight or wavy outer coat. Their color range from cream to a rich golden.
The males weight approximately 60 – 80 pounds and the females 55 – 70 pounds.
Their Life Expectancy is approximately 10 to 12 years.
They can be prone to cancer, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, heart problems and congenital eye defects. Skin allergies are common in Goldens and often require veterinary attention.
They will do fine in an apartment environment if they get sufficient exercise. They do best in an indoor active household with a medium to large yard. They need to be taken on daily, long walks. Jogging or running is an added plus for this breed.
They are friendly and eager to please. They are always patient and gentle around children.
They need to be around people who show leadership in order to feel secure and happy.
These dogs have a great charm and self-assurance. They are great with other dogs but truly lack guarding instincts. These dogs do not make for great guard dogs it goes against their happy go lucky temperment.
If you are considering bringing a Golden Retriever into your home, please be sure to talk with Reputable Breeders. Also, with the economy in the condition it is in, I know the Golden Rescue League visits various dog shelters and kennels to rescue these dogs. I personally rescued Hannah as a puppy from Animal Control. Sometimes you can contact your local ASPCA or shelter and find a grown dog that needs a loving home.
Never overlook this avenue. Especially if you are not into bringing up a puppy which can be hard work.
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