Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retrievers’ intelligence makes
it a versatile breed and allows it to fill a variety of roles – common ones being guide dog for the blind, hearing dog for the deaf, hunting dog, detection dog and search and rescue participant.

 

This lovable popular breed is well-mannered, intelligent and full of charm. They were bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and

were named retriever because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.

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The Golden Retriever is a large, strongly-built breed with a dense water-repellent wavy coat and as indicated by their name, their coats come in light golden to dark golden colours.

Good with children, Golden Retrievers are patient, gentle and easily trained. They enjoy pleasing their masters, making obedience training very rewarding and
they excel in competitions.

Their easy temperament has made this breed the third most popular family dog breed (by registration) in the United States, the fifth most popular in Australia, and the eighth most popular in the United Kingdom

Very friendly with everyone, other dogs included, the Golden Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts, and while unlikely to attack, they make good watchdogs, loudly signaling a stranger’s approach.

This breed needs to be around people who display leadership to be happy. The Golden Retriever may become destructive and/
or high-strung and distractible if lacking in daily mental and physical exercise. Be sure to remain this dog’s firm, but calm, confident pack leader to avoid behavioural issues.

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Golden Retrievers need to be taken on long, brisk daily walks or a jog where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog that the leader leads the way and that leader needs to be the human. They will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.

This breed is an average shedder and their smooth, medium-haired double coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, paying particular attention to the dense undercoat. Dry shampoo regularly, but bathe only when necessary.