Are you a Golden Retriever Person?

Find out if the Golden Retriever breed is right for you.

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Potential Golden owners should consider their preferences and needs before deciding on a dog and breeder. The split between field, show and obedience lines has created Goldens with marked differences in temperament, hunting ability and structure. The field Golden, who is bred for hunting, is generally leaner and less coated, often with a narrower head and a higher energy level. The Golden who has been bred to win blue ribbons in the show ring is typically heavier boned, with shorter legs and a noticeably broader skull. The show Golden is usually more laid-back and less intense, if intense at all, in the field.

However, even a show-bred Golden puppy can be a handful. His enthusiasm and zest for life can easily overwhelm a novice owner who is unprepared for the breeds natural vigor and vitality. Perhaps due to Goldens high public profile, many people are unaware that, while highly trainable, the Golden still requires training. He is more than anxious to please his person, but he needs to learn how to do that. Obedience training is the commonsense route to transforming an exuberant Golden into a well-behaved canine good citizen.

Golden rescue groups (breed organizations that rehome abandoned Goldens) routinely deal with disenchanted owners who give up their Goldens because of temperament and behavior problems. Quite simply, the dogs were never trained or poorly trained at best. Fortunately, many stout-hearted Golden owners who fail to train their dogs learn to tolerate and adjust to their Goldens unruly ways because they love their dogs. Most likely, one of those dogs lives just down the street!

Breed and breeder selection are weighty decisions and should be based on what's best for both you and your future dog. All this and more should determine whether or not you and a Golden Retriever could live happily ever after.

Next step: Golden Retriever Overview

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Golden Retriever © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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janet   bethlehem, PA

7/16/2010 4:15:44 AM

yep! I love Goldens!

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Renee   Culver City, CA

7/10/2010 3:10:46 PM

I am raising my second Golden. They are simply THE best of dogdom! Yes, it takes a couple of years for them to calm down, but once they get the hang of your desires (through training and reinforcement at home), they just do not know how to disappoint their human "parents". Both of mine are somewhat recalcitrant when it comes to vet visits or when they see the brush come out. Otherwise, I simply adore these dogs and highly recommend them. Perhaps not the best idea for first time dog parents.

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Andrea   Germantown, MD

5/9/2010 4:17:37 PM

i got a new G-retriever puppy, Bear, and he is just the best dog ever. he is soo smart, and loves to stand on his hind legs and hug my leg, hence his name. they are the best dog ever, even though he is a ball of energy he is easy to train and sleeps like a baby at night. Best. Dog. EVER!!!!

and to Bonnie from Bear Island Lake, yes, the golden retriever sounds PERFECT. try getting an adult, though, since they are usually calmer and will not be hurt by children :)

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Joy   Goldenville, PA

2/8/2010 3:02:45 PM

My Golden's registered name is (my last name)'s Pure Joy- and she is!!! Crazy outside, calm inside, always ready for play and/or cuddles. She's a bit skittish with falling objects, though, and she retrieves, but won't give it up. Typical?

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