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About Golden Retriever Puppy Dog Breed

Golden retriever is a medium sized dog breed. It is called retriever because of it's ability to retrieve game undamaged. These dogs love water a lot & enjoy playing in it, unlike some other dogs. When they grow big, their inner coat fur helps them to stay warm in winters. These dogs love to roam a lot & also can be used as a hunting dog, if trained to do so. So, they should be kept fenced & should be taken on a walk with safety only.

Beautiful Young GoldenRetriever

Beautiful Young GoldenRetriever

Golden Retriever is considered one of the most intelligent dog. It can play many roles like a hunting dog, detector, search dog, guide dog & many more. In fact it is used a lot in movies because of this quality. But, one outstanding thing about these dogs is that, it is very loyal & get's attached to people very quickly.

This dog is very popular in certain countries. To be exact, it's the 4th most popular dog of America, 5th most in Australia & 8th most in UK.

Basic Details about Golden Retriever-

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Temperament

Golden Retriever is one of the most well behaved & intelligent breed of dogs. They are known all over the world for their lovely & calm nature. They are one of the most preferred family dogs & are very energetic, charming & loving. Golden Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters so giving them a proper training could be really helpful for future. These dogs are also very friendly with everyone, including other dogs, the Golden Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts. Although these dogs are very unlikely to attack someone but Golden Retriever are also considered very good watchdogs as they are very good in signaling whenever it sees a stranger. Remember that this breed is also prone to lots of harmful disease which I have mentioned below. These dogs can be harmful & also distractible if they lack the basic mental & physical exercise. Be sure to remain this dogs firm, but calm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid behavioral issues. Some of the major talents of this breed are retrieving, tracking, obedience & performing wonderful moves & tricks. Also one important feature of this breed is that they love to swim.

Height

Males 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) Females 20 - 22 inches (51 - 56 cm)

Weight

Dogs 60 - 80 pounds (27 - 36 kg) Females 55 - 70 pounds (25- 32 kg)

Health Problems

This breed is prone to Cancer & also tumors. Other than tis, skin problems is also very common in this breed. Also this breed tends gain a lot of weight easily. So, you need to maintain a healthy diet for them & do not overfeed them. Rest details of the diseases common in them are explained below.

Group

Gun Dog, AKC Sporting

Breed Group

It is a breed of Sporting Dogs

Life span

About 10 to 12 years

Grooming

The 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. This breed is an average shedder.

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3 Weeks Old Golden Retriever Puppies

3 Weeks Old Golden Retriever Puppies

Some Important Highlights-

Highlights

This Dog breed sheds a lot of hair in spring season. So you need to keep care of your clothing & house also during that period. But if you want to pet this dog, you have to get used to this dog’s hair.

This dog breed are considered very friendly & love sharing family dogs & they love to be in your house spending time with you. Not outdoors sitting dull & alone. This can affect their health also.

You need to give your dog timely exercises, both mental & physical. You need to give them skills training, take them for a walk, teach them to control their biting activities (Use the link at last of this hub to learn Steps of Dog Training) etc. Training of 40 minutes-1 hour everyday would be sufficient.

I know that these dogs are very loving & also very rarely attack someone but these large dogs can accidentally attack a toddler. So you need to be careful with that.

Golden Retriever loves to eat a lot of tasty stuff. But you need to make sure that they get a controlled & healthy diet. Feeding too much can make them overweight. List of the healthy foods to serve them have been listed in other hub of mine whose link is given at the end.

Seeing the popularity of this breed, many people tend to use this dog as a money making machine. Seeing the high demand & value of these puppies many people try breeding there dogs. But remember, to get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.

Diseases which Golden Retriever may possibly have-

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Hip Dysplasia

This is a very harmful disease where the thighbone doesn’t works properly. There is some pain in hip joint. Some of the dogs even tend to show signs of pain & weakness on their legs, but the owner’s may not be able to detect this harmful disease. So you need to ensure timely checkups of your dog. (Atleast once a month). As the Golden Retriever becomes older, the problem of arthritis develops. Dogs facing hip dysplasia should not be breed. In case you are planning to buy a puppy of this breed, do ensure that the dog is free from all such problems. A very important detail for Goldens owner’s is that X-ray screening for hip dysplasia is done by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program.

Elbow Dysplasi

This is a heritable condition common to large-breed dogs. It's thought to be caused by different growth rates of the three bones that make up the dog's elbow, causing joint laxity. This can lead to painful lameness. Your vet may recommend surgery to correct the problem or medication to control the pain.

Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis

This heart problem is caused by a narrow connection between the left ventricle (out-flow) and the aorta. It can cause fainting and even sudden death. Your vet can detect it and prescribe the proper treatment.

Allergies

Golden Retrievers can be allergic to a variety of substances, ranging from food to pollen. If your Golden is licking his paws or rubbing his face a great deal, have him checked by your vet.

Hypothyroidism

This is a disorder of the thyroid gland that's thought to cause conditions such as epilepsy, hair loss, obesity, lethargy, dark patches on the skin, and other skin conditions. It's treated with medication and diet.

How to train a Golden Retriever? Just follow this link-

  • How to train your dog
    This hub tells you about the steps you should take to train your dog when it is small. Using these steps, you can teach your dog the tips on discouraging your dog from biting & also can teach him various other works. All the best!!!!!!!

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Best Dog foods for Golden Retriever-

  • Which dog or puppy food brand is best for your dog
    10 Best Dog Food buys for all breed of dogs. These healthy brands have lot of vitamins & energy in their dog foods which keeps your dog energized & is really good for health of your dog. So, don't wait, Just go to mall & buy this!!!!!!!!

A video on Golden Retriever-

That's it. Hope you liked this dog & his qualities. If you are planning to get a dog, make sure it's Golden Retriever. Thanks for the time you invested in reading my hub. Cheers!!!!

Comments

Claudia Smaletz from East Coast on November 24, 2017:

I'm a fan of golden retrievers and I learned something new with your mention of elbow displasia, good hub:)

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on May 19, 2013:

Thanks a lot sgbrown for such wonderful lines. I totally agree that this bree is very lovable & also very less aggressive. Thx for stopping by & your valuable feedback.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on May 19, 2013:

Great that you have a Golden Retriever Ed. Thx for stopping by.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 19, 2013:

I have always thought the Golden Retrievers are such beautiful dogs! I have always loved them, but have never owned one. They are number 1 on the temperament scale for being the least aggresive dogs. I understand they are extremely loveable dogs. Great hub and I love the picture of the puppies, makes me want to go out and get one! Voting this up, useful and interesting. :)

ahorseback on May 19, 2013:

Awesome hub , come see my golden , "Gus " ! he is one of those dogs that has to be touching someone ! Anyone !......Voted all up !...Ed

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on May 13, 2013:

Thx a lot teaches for the feedback. This breed is indeed very cheerful & small cute pups are very lovable.

Dianna Mendez on May 12, 2013:

My neighbor loves this breed of dog. She is currently training her new pup and plans to visit hospice patients to add a bit of cheer to their day. Great post and very educational.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on April 20, 2013:

Great to hear that this helped you. Thx for the comment.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 20, 2013:

Interesting hub on the Golden retriever. I have always thought they were a beautiful dog. Now that I've read your hub I know they would be a little to hard for me to handle right now, so I apreciate the information.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on April 19, 2013:

They really are very cute. Thx for the comment.

Susan from India on April 18, 2013:

They look so cute. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on April 18, 2013:

Thanks alekhouse. Great to know that you are planning to get another one.

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on April 18, 2013:

I adore Goldens. My last one died over five years ago....planning to get another one soon. They make the best pets; they're friendly, funny, smart, and loyal. Good article.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on April 17, 2013:

Thx for commenting & reading this hub.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 17, 2013:

Thanks for this view about the good and less-than-good about golden retrievers. Voted Up!

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (author) from Kanpur, India on April 17, 2013:

Even I love my pets a lot. My 1st pet was a Golden Retriever & he died last year. I made this hub specially for him. Thx for the feedback.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on April 17, 2013:

Let me just say that I have had the pleasure of being "buddies" with many of my pets and they ranged in a variety of breeds. The most love-able and easy-going disposition was through this breed. Such a wonderful yet boisterous dog. The Golden Retriever is one of my all-time favorites.

Great article.

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