The Golden Retriever is a large, balanced, well proportioned gundog breed that is very popular worldwide not only as a retriever but a family pet and companion. It is slightly longer than it is tall and possesses a great, natural working ability. It is characterized by a well chiselled, broad head with a wide and deep muzzle, well defined stop and black nose. It has dark brown eyes with dark eye rims offering an expression of intelligence and friendliness, a set of rather short ears that falls close to the cheeks, strong jaws with complete scissor bite, and a muscular neck that carries the head intelligently. The forelegs of the Golden Retriever are straight and well boned, balanced by equally straight, strong and muscular hindlegs with compact, medium-sized feet and thick pads for cushioning the Golden Retriever’s body from the ground. The well feathered tail is carried straight and level with the back without any curl at the tip. This breed has a double coat made of dense, water-resistant undercoat and a straight or wavy topcoat. The front neck, underside of the tail, and back of thighs are marked with heavy featherings while moderate feathering can be found on the back of the forelegs and undercarriage. The coat can be any shades of gold or cream.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Golden Retriever originated in the highland deer forest of Guisachan (“Place of the Firs”) in Inverness-shire, Scotland. It was developed by Sir Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks (pronounced “Marchbanks”), 1st Baron Tweedmouth. The development of the Golden Retriever was well documented, as evidenced by the breeding records of Marjoribanks from 1835 to 1890. The breed was a result of a cross between a yellow-coloured dog named “Nous” and a bitch Tweed Water Spaniel (which is now an extinct breed) named “Belle.” Nous was acquired in 1865 and the cross produced a litter which included four female pups in 1868. These four bitch pups would later on be crossed with other sporting breeds including the Red Setter, the sandy-coloured Bloodhound, the St. John’s Newfoundland breed, the Springer Spaniel, and two wavy-coated black retrievers. The result was an ultimate hunting dog, more dynamic and powerful than previous retrievers but gentle and highly trainable. The Golden Retriever was officially recognized as a breed by the English Kennel Club in 1911 and was entered in the stud book as “Retriever (Golden and Yellow), although they were first accepted for registration in 1903 as “Flat Coats – Golden.” The breed was officially named “Golden Retriever” in 1920 and was first brought to Canada in 1881 and registered with the AKC in 1894 and CKC in 1927. Today, the Golden Retriever remains to be one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.
The Golden Retriever is an energetic, friendly and happy breed known for its gentle temperament. It also goes along very well with other household animals. It is easily trained as it loves pleasing its master and it typically loves to learn new things. The Golden Retriever reaches its full height in about 24 months but is typically a slow-maturing dog, mentally speaking. It usually takes about three years or more before its puppy-like nature turns into patient demeanour. Though it is never aggressive, it will typically bark at strangers which make the breed a capable watchdog.
The Golden Retriever requires constant human companionship in order to be happy. It thrives on the affection given by its family and is quite a sociable and lovable dog which can be entertained through fun fetching games such as tossing a stick or a ball to retrieve.
.The double coat has moderate grooming requirements; brushing with a firm bristle brush twice a week should keep it in excellent form. This breed sheds on average and should be bathed only when needed.
The Golden Retriever has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Like other retrievers, it is also prone to certain hereditary diseases. Hip dysplasia is one common ailment in the breed. Certain types of cancer including the most common, hemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, mastocytoma and osteosarcoma accounts for the most number of deaths among Golden Retrievers. Cataract is the most common eye disease in the breed, along with progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, distichiasis, entropion, corneal dystrophy and retinal dysplasia. Several other medical issues affect this breed, including:
Haemophilia, genetic illnesses that impair the body’s ability to control bleeding.
Foods that contain wheat, corn, and poultry are ideal base diet for this breed. Limit the amount of beef as much as possible. Also, the Golden Retriever should be given a diet with the best sources of fatty acids (linseed-, corn- or wheat germ oil) in order to keep the coat in excellent condition.
This breed requires an active family and needs to be exercised on a daily basis. Daily long walks, a session of play in an open area, or running are some of the best exercises suited for this breed. It is not recommended for an apartment life because of its high energy level. It is more suited in a house with a large yard where it can run and play freely.
It is excellent with children and very tolerant of them, although it can be too boisterous for small children. This breed is well known for its affection for people and makes a great therapy dog.