Golden Retrievers are known for their gentle well-mannered temperament, making them easy to train and loyal companion dogs, because of this they make a wonderful addition to any family. They were bred to work as retrievers for hunters, a task that requires lots of energy and endurance. Although hunters very rarely use them these days they still have a super high level of energy to burn and require lots of exercise!
If you lead a busy life and would have to leave Your Golden Retriever for long periods then they are not the dog for you. They also eat a lot of food, so be warned. Golden Retrievers are a large athletic type of dog breed, but are slightly longer than they are tall. Being a kind, affectionate and beautiful dog they love nothing more than being in your company.
Golden retrievers are very laid back and friendly to everyone and all other dogs. They are not a dog that barks all the time, which is convenient for you and neighbours, but do bark when startled. Although they are more than likely to defend their loved ones in a life-threatening situation, they are not by nature suspicious of strangers or protective, which makes them unsuited to any sort of guard work.
Golden Retrievers tend to be worriers and great care should be taken during training; ensuring you are sensitive to their needs at all times. Because of their intelligence they are easily trained, also due to Golden Retrievers athleticism and desire to please their handlers they generally excel in obedience trials. They are also very competitive in agility and other performance events.
A well-bred Golden Retriever is gentle, kind, loving, loyal, happy, confident and outgoing. Your Golden retriever will love nothing more than going for long walks, and being a playful pet they will enjoy the usual games of fetch and frisbee catching etc. Their intelligence allows you to teach them tricks that will not only astound you but bring delight to your children and family as well.
Care and maintenance is Important and regular brushing helps to promote a shiny, healthy coat and decreases shedding. Matting can occur regularly so search and destroy through brushing to help keep them at bay. It is important to brush them regularly, at least 3 or 4 times a week and this will help in reducing shedding. Golden Retriever's have heavy sheds twice a year, but they do shed all year long.
All in all you can't go wrong with a Golden Retriever by your side. They are the type of dog that will give you more pleasure and loving obedience than you could ever repay them with.
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