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Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retriever is a large handsome bundle of energy. They mature slowly often not until 2 years of age and they require exercise, leadership, and lots of mental stimulation in the form of training to keep them from turning their intelligence to destructive habits. As a general rule they can weigh anywhere from 50 to 75 pounds and be 21 to 25 inches high. They are known for their rich golden color and that gold can range from a soft sun gold to a deep copper gold. They have been used for hunting, assisting the handicapped, leading the blind and of course being a loyal and devout family dog. Because of they have been bred to work with humans as both hunter and helper; they require a high amount of human interaction and are not suited for two career families. They need to be with their human and they crave human direction, praise, and companionship.

The Golden Retriever has a double coat that is water repellent and weather resistant. The outer coat is firm, resilient, and can be wavy or straight. The tail and legs are feathered with longer hair. The under coat is dense and soft in texture. The coat color is rich, lustrous, and varies in shades of gold. The Golden is a heavy shedder. If fur on the furniture, your cloths, the rug and in the car is an issue think twice before buying a golden puppy.

Because the Golden has a double coat he needs a daily combing and brushing. Bathing should only be done as needed and preferably not more than once a month. A gentle shampoo should be used followed by a conditioner. Towel drying should be done as it stimulates the oil glands to prevent dry skin and once dry a gentle combing out followed by brushing is needed. Monthly heart worm prevention is needed as is monthly flea protection both available at your DVM office.

Because the Golden Retriever has been bred to work with people it is one of the easiest breeds to train. They excel in obedience and are among the first choices for therapy and service dogs. They have been used in competitive obedience, narcotic detection, agility, and performing tricks. Of course your Golden can't achieve any of those goals alone. He requires YOU to spend the time energy and patience to teach him what is expected in tiny puppy steps. One careful step at a time. It is well known that "Slower is faster" when training a dog. For complicated service dog work it can take 3 years for a dog to complete training. For many dog sports a dog is 2 years old before he is emotionally able to deal with the stress of competing.

Golden Retrievers are lousy watch dogs. If you want a guard animal buy a big gray goose. The goose will be more intimidating than the Golden who will greet everyone with love and affection. They just don't know that there is such a thing as a bad human. They love everyone!

Over all the main points about Goldens are:

1. They are large dogs. They can knock you over, and unless trained will knock you over.

2. They shed, they shed a lot. Not for the fur phobic or those with allergies.

3. They are smart. They are so smart that if you don't get a handle on them early with training. They will get a handle on you and you will be trained before you know it.

4. They can't tell a burglar from your Uncle Bob. They're the golden haired love child hippie spreading love and peace. Want a sentinel? Get a goose. Or if allergic to feathers a well bred Rotty.

5. If you don't mind a big, active, fuzzy, intelligent, love the world kind of dog, then the Golden is for you. Drop us an E-mail and maybe we can match you up to one.

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