Everything you need to know about a Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a large breed of dog renowned for its golden coat of fur, intelligence and graceful movement. They have an age span of 10 to 16 years, stand between 56-62cm tall and weight approximately 27-34kgs. Due to their mental capacities and health, the Golden Retriever can be used as a seeing-eye dog, in therapy, in competitions and as a swimming companion. While shades of gold and cream are the most common coats, this breed can also been seen in red and mahogany; the tips of their ears can often indicate what their final colouring will be. ‘Goldens’ are family favourites.
Considered one of the friendlier breeds of dog, the Golden Retriever is perfect to have around children as they’re gentle, caring, energetic, tolerant and playful. Loyal and eager to please, chewing is often the only behavioural issue to impact the home (they tend not to bark too often, unless there is good reason). Despite a happy attitude, they are a sensitive breed and have a tendency to worry if their environment is stressful. This means that even though they have a large build, security and guarding isn’t an occupation suitable to the Golden Retriever. These dogs enjoy both the outdoors and the indoors, and will do best in a combination of both to allow high activity and deep relaxation. Another common trait is their tendency to mature slowly, which means a Golden Retriever at four years of age may still behave like a puppy. This is a joy for children, but can often require further attention and playtime. If you’re living alone and in an apartment, this wouldn’t bode well; this breed are social and require companionship. Golden Retrievers are meant to be around people, whether that be as a pet, a friend, a helper or in competition. Training excites them, and their obedience makes this a delight.
Golden Retrievers are a healthy breed and favourable to many pet owners. Knowing the breeder will help you understand what to look out for; having health clearances for the parents of the pup allows peace of mind in terms of certain genetic diseases, and these are performed by Penn HIP and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Ask for screening certificates. These tests can check for eye issues, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and hypothyroidism. They are susceptible to cancers, skin allergies and epilepsy, so vet checks are recommended every few months to keep on top of any arising issues. Due to constant exercise and high agility, bone and muscle problems may become problematic in old age.
While a bigger size often means more food, a budget of $15-$20 per week is sufficient for an average Golden Retriever; they love to eat, and can become overweight if allowed to completely satisfy their hunger. Daily walking will ensure your pet is fit and burning off any excess weight. To keep the brilliant coat looking fresh, regular grooming is a necessity and will help control shedding around the house. They are discussed as ‘mouthy’ dogs as the ‘retriever’ name suggests, so it is best to invest in an array of chew and pull toys to keep them occupied; it is better that they use this attention on toys rather than furniture.
Golden Retriever Boarding Perth
Golden Retrievers are great to board at West Coast Pet Care Centre, as there is plenty of space for them to run around, especially when they are younger. There are also plenty of people for them to be around during the day. Contact us today at West Coast Pet Care Centre to board your golden retriever.
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