Golden Retriever Overview
Golden Retrievers Temperament
Golden Retrievers are considered one of the friendliest dog breeds. As long as they are well-socialized and trained, they’re known for getting along with just about anyone. They tend to be good with kids, other dogs, other pets, and even strangers. They’re even considered one of the kid-friendly dog breeds.
Goldens love attention and they bond closely with their families. They are affectionate with them, and also just about everyone else. Although they do tend to get along with everyone, they love being around their favorite humans the most. They will bark to alert you and can end up barking a lot if you do not train your dog to stop barking early on.
Golden Retrievers Adaptation
Golden Retrievers are highly adaptable dogs. They thrive in homes with yards where they can run. They can also adapt to apartment living as long as they get enough daily exercise, mental stimulation, and attention.
These dogs do well in just about any climate, but are sensitive to heat. As one of the most affectionate dog breeds, they are not at all happy about being left alone for long periods of time. Although super-friendly and attention-loving, Goldens can also be sensitive to their surroundings; make sure they feel included, but have a quiet place to go if things get too noisy or overwhelming.
Goldens are considered one of the best dog breeds for first-time owners. They are highly trainable dogs that pick up on things quickly and are eager to please. These traits make them a good fit for owners of all experience levels. It also helps them excel at obedience competitions.
As one of the smartest dog breeds, Golden Retrievers can get bored easily. Because they pick up things quickly, they can get bored with too much repetition in training. If your dog has mastered the command, move on to something more advanced or another activity. You can also enroll in puppy training classes for some variety in training and also some socialization.
Golden Retrievers have a long double coat that will shed a little year-round and will be heavier twice a year as the seasons change. Brushing a few times a week and daily brushing during seasonal shedding along with a bath as needed is usually enough for at-home care. You will want to go to the dog groomer for a professional trim a few times a year, especially as the seasons change.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Golden’s nails, ears, and teeth. Nail trims once or twice monthly keep nails from growing too long. Weekly ear checks, and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed, can help prevent ear infections.
Good dental care for dogs early and throughout your dog’s life can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life. Daily tooth brushing, along with cleanings at the vet when needed, is ideal. It’s a good idea to get your Golden Retriever puppy used to having their ears, paws, and mouth handled early on as this will make grooming much easier as they grow bigger.
Fully-grown Golden Retrievers usually stand 21-24 inches tall and weigh 55-80 pounds.
Golden Retrievers generally live for 10-12 years on average.
Did you know
With their intelligence, eagerness to please, and gentle disposition, Golden Retrievers are versatile working dogs. In addition to being one of the dog breeds that make the best service dogs, Goldens can be found working as emotional support dogs, certified therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, military dogs, police dogs, animal actors, and more.