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A lovable, happy and eager to please breed that’s a kid at heart
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What Do You Know About The Golden Retriever?
Can You Pass This Golden Retriever Quiz?
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If you keep reading, you’ll get a quick rundown of some of the more important aspects you’ll need to know about the Golden Retriever.
Bred to be a more reliable and sociable hunting dog, Golden Retrievers combined several breeds into a dog that is an exceptional waterfowl hunter. Webbing between their toes makes them great swimmers, so they can go into the water after a downed bird.
Golden Retrievers live an average of between 10 and 12 years, but they are not immune to a variety of possible health issues. Some of the most common health concerns for these dogs include:
Dysplasia, both elbow and hip
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
These are not the only health issues that may plague your Golden, but they are some of the most common and many come with early onset.
A thick, water-repellent double coat means that Golden Retrievers need a fair amount of grooming. Daily brushing time helps get rid of the tangles they might pick up during their regular exercise, and helps to control the year-round shedding that comes with the breed. You’ll also want to arrange a bath at least once a month to keep down the dog smell. Their ears can be prone to buildup, so you’ll want to check them weekly and clean out any debris regularly. Monthly nail trimmings keep their toenails from interfering with their stride, and a weekly tooth brushing helps prevent dental issues. An annual visit to the vet can help catch any problems quickly.
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A: Golden Retrievers usually live for 10-12 years.
A: A Golden Retriever might look a little like a Labrador Retriever, but they are not the same. They are both retrievers, but a Golden is not a Labrador, and you can tell the difference at a glance-Labs have short, smooth coats.
A: Not only do Golden Retrievers shed, they do it all year long. Be prepared to build up some muscle running a brush through their seemingly endless coat.
A: Not only are Golden Retrievers smart, they are eager to please. That means they want to do what you want them to do, and work harder at learning tricks and good behavior.
A: Golden Retriever puppies start at $500, but if you want a papered pup with genetic screening to minimize the risks of certain diseases, you are probably looking at a low end of $1,200. Of course, you can always rescue an older dog and avoid most of the cost. Rescues typically charge a very reasonable adoption fee.
A: If you have an allergy to dogs, Golden Retrievers are not a great choice. The year-round shedding means that you’ll likely be running for the allergy pills. You can help minimize your reaction with weekly bathing and good grooming habits.
A: Any dog can display aggression. Some Goldens may be more aggressive than others. Learning to redirect aggression and avoid dominance displays starts when they are puppies. Lots of exercise, plenty of positive reinforcement and firm and steady guidance will usually give you a dog that is a great family pet.
A: A Golden Retriever usually has its full adult height by one year, and its adult weight by the age of two.
A: Some Goldens bark a lot, others rarely bark at all.
A: Yes, Golden Retrievers are nearly universally good with kids, though they are large, active dogs that can knock down an unsteady child.