Golden retrievers are a popular breed in the United States and it’s easy to see why. They are smart, loyal, and lovable dogs with a beautiful golden coat. But before you run out to get your very own Golden retriever, you should know a bit more about the breed.
In this quick guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about these wonderful dogs so that you can make the best decision for your home and family.
This is a somewhat larger breed, falling into the sporting dog category. Your Golden retriever will grow to a max of about 2 feet tall at the shoulders. Their weight when they are full grown will be somewhere between 55 and 75 pounds.
They have a thick coat which can be either wavy or straight. Often, there are some soft tufts of fur known as “fur feathers” on the chest, thighs, and tail. Their fur is always golden but it can range from very light to dark gold.
It was originally bred to be a hunting dog with more loyalty and a gentler manner at home than the Cocker Spaniels and Setters that were being used at the time. You can see this in the high level of loyalty and care a Golden retriever will show for its family.
They are significantly calmer and gentler than you might expect for a hunting dog. But they are also highly skilled hard workers. They are eager to please and enjoy being around humans.
Golden retrievers get along with children very well but some supervision is required around small children because the dog is big enough to accidentally knock a child over. However, you won’t have to worry about your dog becoming too aggressive or too violent with your children.
This is a fairly robust and sport breed but there are a few issues you should be aware of and a few conditions that you need to take steps to prevent:
To give your Golden retriever the care and love that he deserves, you should follow these basic guidelines:
Golden retrievers love to please and are very intelligent so training will be easy compared to many other breeds. We recommend focusing on positive reinforcement as your main technique but you can use moderate negative reinforcement (carefully and correctly) to stop bad behaviors like chewing up your socks and shoes.
Make training a fun and enjoyable experience. Your Golden retriever is already eager to learn.
This is an absolutely wonderful choice of breed for a family home. The Golden retriever loves to be part of a “pack” and will show your pack complete and total loyalty for life. However, you’ll have to be prepared to be as active as your dog needs to be (and you’ll have to get used to fur around the house and on your clothes).