Looking At A Golden Retriever?
Once you have decided to get a dog it is critical that you select the best pet for you and your family. All dogs look cute and adorable when you see them, but you need to make sure that the breed you pick is the best one for your situation. There are several hundred breeds of dogs for you to choose from, your options may seem unlimited. However, you do need to look at your living situation first. Do you live in an apartment? Do you have a yard for the dog to play in? Are there parks and paths nearby so that your dog can get some exercise and play with other dogs. Answering these questions will help you narrow down which breed will be best for you.
What Is A Breed?
The American Kennel Club categorized different breeds by groups. Each group will have distinguishing characteristics that are shared by all the breeds within that group. The Golden Retriever is in the Sporting Group, and we are concentrating on this group.
The Sporting Group is made up of some of the oldest and most popular breeds. Many of the dogs in this category were bred for hunting, although most people who own sporting dogs only keep them as family pets. However, the hunting traits that are found naturally in this group create some of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a Golden Retriever. Goldens are natural retrievers, this is obvious when playing fetch with them. They are happy fetching a tennis ball for what seems like forever without ever getting tired. Goldens are also blessed with outgoing personalities, making sporting dogs enthusiastic and responsive partners.
The Golden Retriever was bred to be tough and strong, their ancestors survived in the wild. Don’t let the happy, silly face fool you. While they can delight in lazing around the house or wrestling on the floor with your family, they are quite adept in the woods or in a field.
Golden Puppies Chew Everything
Golden Retriever puppies are full of energy and can chew almost anything quite aggressively. Make sure you direct your puppy’s need to chew to appropriate chew toys. Keep in mind that puppies aren’t fussy and will chew anything they can get into their mouths. A chair or table leg works as well for them as a rawhide chew. Goldens are very trainable, athletic, and good-natured. They have a keen desire to please and are very aware of what you are doing. You will find them coming into a room with tails wagging and eyes shining. Training them is usually easy and as a breed they are very good with children.
A Golden’s coat is generally light yellow to deep golden honey in color. The coat tends to get a little deeper in color after the first year. This coat is usually long and wavy, you will need to brush them often to avoid matting. Brushing will also help reduce shedding, Goldens will shed year round. Males are usually around 2 feet high (at the shoulders) when fully grown, females may be a little shorter.
This breed is a great choice if you have a bit of space for the dog. They are active and fun loving, train easily and are extremely loyal. You will love having a Golden Retriever.