Golden Retriever Rescue -
“I am totally biased and wouldn’t have any other breed but and this is a big but, they are not suitable for everyone. They are loving, intelligent, biddable, soft natured dogs who are good with children, cats and other dogs. However they need to be part of your family and share your house with you. They want to be with you all the time! They get bored quickly so you need to keep them busy, otherwise they will dig your garden and chew whatever they get hold of.
It should never be forgotten that they were bred to work and as not everyone has the time to train their dog, you have to stimulate them in other ways. They are natural retrievers so provide them with toys.
I believe all dogs should go to obedience classes, this is for both you and your dog to learn. They also need regular walks, even if you have a big garden, how would you feel if you never went out anywhere? Most Goldens love the car as long as a trip to the vet isn’t the only reason for the journey!
Goldens shed a lot of hair so you must be prepared to brush and comb your dog regularly (regularly doesn’t just mean once a week), so he doesn’t get matted and to prevent all the loose hair around the house and on your clothes. Please don’t think you are doing your dog a favour by shaving him in summer, their coat acts as insulation and helps to protect them from the sun and being sunburnt. If you haven’t got time to groom them, then get a short haired breed.
When the weather is hot my dogs lie on the tiles and enjoy a swim in the pool to keep cool.”
Goldens LOVE digging up the garden -
Goldens eating valuables or clothing -
Goldens Shed: Although you may be diligent -
Yes they are the most amazing family dog but will they fit in to what your family want from a pet?
You should consider whether you have the energy and time to invest in the attention and time a Golden requires. In fact no matter what breed you plan on bringing into your family please do read some more about the breed and their behavior and needs before adopting.
If you want to sit on the couch and have a laid back companion at your feet, do not get a golden! They need attention and work otherwise they will get bored and take out their frustration and boredom on your garden, furniture or clothing.
You may have your heart set on getting a puppy but do not discount the advantages of getting an older companion.
Older dogs will already be house trained and will be easier to settle into a routine. Older dogs will also not be as prone to chewing and or digging.
Although some older dogs may need a bit more health care it should not be a reason not to offer them a second chance, we all get old right?
Some vets and or vet clinics who help animals in need.
Always find a vet that not only you trust but your dog does too.
Goldens are people orientated dogs and need to be able to have contact with their family at all times. If you are not willing to have your animals live in your house as part of your family then DO NOT get a Golden. Be prepared to ensure that your Golden has a safe (adequately fenced and secure) area. Make sure that you Micro chip your Golden so that in the event that you need to find your dog it is made easier with a micro chip.
Do not get two puppies from the same litter, they will bond with each other and not with you -