Margaret McAra

Liezel Mortimer

I joined Golden Retriever Rescue in 2012 after starting the rescue website to raise awareness and also to educate people about the breed.

I was motivated to do this after learning about a young Goldie who was euthanised for no good reason and not given a second chance with a home who better understood his needs.

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The Golden Retriever is a sturdy, medium-large sized dog. The skull is broad and the muzzle is straight, tapering slightly with a well defined stop. The nose is black or a brownish black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The medium to large eyes are dark brown. The relatively short ears hang down close to the cheeks. The tail is thick at the base with feathering along the underside. The water-resistant coat is dense with a firm, straight, or wavy outer coat. There is an untrimmed feathering on the underbelly, back of the legs, front of the neck and underside of the tail. Coat color comes in cream to a rich golden.

Golden Retrievers need to be a part of the family

They are a boisterous breed who loves to play and could bump into young ones, although the intention would not be to harm their mere size could mean a fall.

As with all dogs, interaction between young children and dogs should be supervised at all times. Make sure that the children understand that it is wrong to pull on tails or ears, never to approach a dog who is eating and also to never try and take a toy away from a dog. We should all be responsible when it comes to young children playing and interacting with dogs, educating our children and our dogs will go a long way in preventing unwanted behavior.

Although Goldens are good with children

Health Concerns:

Most of the health concerns listed are not particular to Goldens, most large breeds can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia etc. It is important to understand that no matter what dog (or cat) you bring into your family it is a lifetime commitment that you need to make. This will include medical costs, even though you could never encounter a debilitating disease or disorder you will need to make sure that your new pet visits the vet for vaccinations and regular check-ups.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more about Goldens and what you should know before adopting!


Goldens as Companions

“When I first got involved with Golden Retrievers about 30 years ago, I very quickly felt it was necessary to form a rescue to help dogs in need.

What really started it all off was when a friend & I heard of a poor bitch at breeding kennels in Pretoria, this breeder had all Labradors and only one Golden, who had never had a litter. Her name was “Tanner” and she was in a terrible condition and was miserable. The breeder was prepared to hand her over to us if we paid her more than the price of a puppy. A wonderful friend paid for her, we had her spayed and found her a loving forever home. This was the beginning of the Golden Retriever Rescue.

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