Golden Retrievers Five Things You Should Know

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The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. This breed is extremely friendly and sound, making him extremely popular as a family pet.

The breed's intelligence and trainability makes them a highly capable working dog as well. If you're considering a golden retriever as your next pet, here are five things that you should know.

Number five – the golden retrievers coat requires regular grooming to maintain its beauty and function. You should bathe your golden retriever monthly, they should be groomed weekly, doing a semi-annual shed, daily grooming is required. In addition, their ears should be cleaned on a regular basis.

Number four – the golden retriever was bred to locate, track and retrieve game for hunters. As a pet owner of a golden retriever, it is an excellent idea to engage these skills in the form of games. From fetching with your golden retriever to having him locate obscure items, this would do wonders in engaging your dog's mental and physical abilities.


Number three – The golden retriever is a very popular breed. The breed's popularity has led to clueless and reckless breeders churning out golden retrievers at an alarming rate. Many of these dogs do not maintain the sweet, gentle nature of the breed, so be sure to do extensive research and buy your dog from a reputable breeder or locate a healthy golden at your local shelter.

Number two – golden's love people, however this love can lead to excitement, which leads to jumping and other inappropriate behaviour when greeting new people. Be sure to obedience train and socialize your golden retriever. Golden's are easy to train, and you will reap the benefits of your investment, when your dog is full grown.

And number one – originally bred for demanding work, golden's are active dogs. They require sixty to ninety minutes of exercise daily. The most obvious exercise around the home activity for a golden retriever is a long game of fetch.

Like other retriever breeds, golden's are naturally mouthy, and they are happiest when they have something to carry around in their mouths.

Other sports with the breed are obedience, agility, and dock diving. Despite its wonderful and gentle nature, this is a working breed, and working breeds need a job. Absent of a job, activity or routine – you're likely to see bad behaviors out of your retriever.

And there you have it – five good things anyone considering owning a golden retriever should know.