Golden Retriever Info & Golden Retriever Breeders
The Golden Retriever is a large dog breed. They were bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot water fowl such as ducks and were named retriever because of their ability to retrieve game undamaged. Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of water, and care should be taken to ensure their safety when any form of water is nearby. They are easy to train to basic or advanced obedience standards.
The Golden Retrievers' intelligence makes it a versatile breed and allows it to fill a variety of roles including as guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, hunting dog, detection dog, and search and rescue.
The temperament of the Golden Retriever is a hallmark of the breed - "kindly, friendly and confident". They have a level disposition and because of this is an ideal dog to have as part of the family, particularly as they are patient with children. They adore children and love to be involved in all family matters, whether indoors or outdoors. They are not "one man dogs" and are generally equally amiable with both strangers and those familiar to them.
Golden Retrievers are the third most popular family dog breed (by registration) in the United States, the fifth most popular in Australia, and the eighth most popular in the United Kingdom. Golden Retrievers are well suited to residency in suburban or country environments. The breed needs a good amount of outdoor exercise.
The breed ranks fourth in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs – following the Border Collie, Poodle, and German Shepherd – as one of the brightest dogs ranked by obedience-command trainability.
They are also known to become excellent surrogate mothers to different species. Kittens and even tiger cubs from zoos are well taken care of by them. In some cases, a retriever may produce milk for her adopted young, though she may not have been pregnant or nursing recently.
Golden Retrievers have long coats, with a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors. Their outer coat lies flat against their bodies and repels water. The breed requires regular grooming and an occasional bath. Their coats shed somewhat during the year, but are known to shed profusely twice a year. They also need to have their ears cleaned regularly, or ear infections might occur.
If you choose your puppy from parents which have both been hip-scored and eye-screened with favourable results, the likelihood of your Golden being susceptible to the hips and eye problems is then greatly reduced. As puppies, without careful exercise management, they can be prone to OCD. In general, Goldens are a healthy breed.