Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever description

On the 19th century, Sir Dudley Coutts Majoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, was interesting in breeding a good hunting dog. At that time, more efficient hunting guns had been invented so hunters needed a dog who could run fast enough to retrieve their preys. Sir Dudley Coutts Majoribanks had already some experience in breeding animals and he got the idea of breeding a Tweed Water Spaniel with a Retriever. The Golden Retriever breed was created by later breeding of the growing pups with Irish Setters.

In 1903 the England Kennel club accepted the Floats coat - Golden as a new dog breed and in 1920 the name of the dog breed was officially changed to Golden Retriever.

Golden Retriever characteristics

The Golden Retriever has a long-haired coat. The color of the coat is light or dark golden. The coat of Golden Retrievers is waterproof.

The average weight of a Golden Retriever varies from 24 to 32 Kilos and their size varies from 21 to 24 inches.

Golden Retriever grooming

It is a good idea to get your Golden Retriever puppy used to grooming as adult Golden Retrievers will need to be groomed regularly. If brushed regularly Golden Retrievers will not shed too heavily. The hair shed is often more important in Spring and early summer.

Golden Retriever temperament

Golden Retrievers are good natured dogs. They are very affectionate and are good with children. Golden Retriever puppies are also easy to train and their training should be gentle. They are eager to please and enjoy exercise. Before becoming family pets Golden Retrievers were bred to retrieve preys. Therefore Golden Retriever puppies need a lot of exercise and challenges. They will be happy with long walks and will enjoy any game which involves retrieving toys. When not given enough challenges, some Golden Retriever puppies adopt destructive behaviors, chewing furnitures.

Because Golden Retrievers are eager to please, they can be easily trained to perform a task. This makes them good working dogs. Nowadays, exceptional Golden Retrievers are trained as assistance dogs, guide dogs and are used for search and rescue.

Golden Retrievers also perform well in obedience and agility classes.

Golden Retriever food habits

Golden Retrievers need a good quality aliment, with proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates. It is important to find an aliment which can be easily digested to avoid your dog having an upset stomach. Golden Retrievers need a rich aliment responding to their level of activity.

When feeding your Golden Retriever with homemade food, it is important to fulfill all his needs so that he remains healthy. When considering feeding your dog with homemade food, it is recommended to consult the vet so that he can help you establish a healthy diet for your dog. Feeding a dog with homemade food give the owner peace of mind knowing that the dog is eating good quality food. It also help if the dog is fussy with food. On the other hand, it is important not to over feed a Golden Retriever with homemade food so that he does not become overweight.

Golden Retriever health

Golden Retrievers have now become very fashionable and sadly, some breeders give more importance to the lucrative aspect of breeding than the heath of the puppies. Therefore, it is important to find a responsible Golden Retrievers breeder who has checked the health of his dogs before breeding. This will give the new owner a better chance to get an healthy dog less likely to suffer from genetic diseases like elbow and hip dysplasia

The Golden Retriever breed is also very affected by cancers (being the first cause of death of Golden Retrievers) eye diseases (touching the retina and Cataract) and heart failure.

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