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Golden Retriever

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26 November 2021
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Edith at Spot Dog Walkers

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Introduction

Given their cheerful and friendly demeanor, beautiful golden coat, adorable smile, and unconditional loyalty to their owners, it’s no surprise that the Golden Retriever is one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in North America. This breed makes for a wonderful family pet, they are smart and well suited to working and learning. Originally bred for retrieving ducks and other fowl for hunters, Golden Retrievers thrive in agility and obedience training. Golden Retrievers require at least 2-hours of daily activity, but also rely a family connection. These are family dogs and they need to feel apart of the pack, so don’t consider this breed if you are not able to provide enough mental st#f9991eimulation to your new loyal sidekick!

History

As firearms improved in the 1800’s, the distance between the hunter and the downed fowl began to increase, leading to a greater number of lost birds when hunting. This led to the need for a specialist retriever that could track and retrieve downed foul in the Scottish wetlands. Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland in the 19th century by breeding existing Scottish yellow-colored Retrievers with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. The result was the Golden Retriever, an active and powerful breed capable of swimming and retrieving downed game in the marsh ponds and rivers of Scotland, but with a gentle mouth adapted for preserving the hunted game meat.

Appearance

Golden Retrievers can be spotted from a mile away! They are a large breed with a distinct long wavy golden topcoat. Their undercoat is soft and sheds in the spring and fall. Their golden coat is water repellent, and the color is a rich, radiant golden that ranges from dark yellow to light brown, and more recently some white and some red Golden Retrievers have emerged. They are bred to have a broad head, friendly eyes, and a loving expression. Golden Retrievers are sturdy and muscular, with a deep, well developed chest. They have medium sized round feet with round, compact, thick black pads. Golden Retrievers are symmetrical, powerful, and active with an enthusiastic, sharp, and confident stature.

Personality

The Golden Retriever is widely considered as one of the friendliest dogs! They are kind, gentle, enthusiastic, and want little more than to please their owner. These breeds desire attention and affection above all else, and will seek it from anyone, whether family or strangers. Goldens adapt easily to new environments, especially a people-filled environments!

Properly bred Golden Retrievers love everyone… which can lead to jumping up when meeting new people and hard pulling on the leash. Because these are large dogs, it’s important to start obedience training as early as possible to curtail their rambunctious (yet friendly in nature) behaviors. Fortunately, this breed is highly food motivated and very easy to train. Start training early and you will reap the benefits immediately, and for years to come!

Exercise Requirements

Golden Retrievers require at least 2-hours of daily activity and they love activities such as swimming, jogging, and of course, chasing! It’s best to spread their exercise out throughout the day, ensuring they have multiple opportunities to run each day. Access to a large off-leash park is crucial to Golden Retriever ownership so they can run and chase their favorite ball or frisbee. Because this is an intelligent dog breed, Golden Retrievers become bored easily, so don’t shortchange your Golden Retriever when it comes to their physical regimen!

While not sufficient to exclusively rely on Spot to walk your Golden Retriever, Spot’s on-leash dog walking services can significantly contribute to your Golden Retriever achieving their exercise requirements. Spot walks are all private and on-leash to ensure your Golden Retriever is always receiving the one-on-one attention they deserve. Dog walks are also conveniently available on your schedule, on-demand walkers are available with as little as 90-minutes notices, while a Spot recurring walker will provide consistency and can be booked on a weekly ongoing basis. So whether you need a dog walker every month or every day, Spot is always just a few clicks away.

Care

With their strong sense of smell and mischievous nature, it’s crucial to have a fenced backyard that is completely escape proof. Until your Beagle has very well-trained recall, on-leash dog walks are highly recommended to avoid running away, be sure your dog has a microchip and is always wearing their collar with ID tags… if a scent is attractive enough, your Beagle just might not be able to resist! If your dog is trained using positive reinforcement (the recommended method for Beagles) be sure never to leave the treats behind when out walking. As your Beagle ages, they might seem content with a reduced level of activity, but don’t let this fool you, Beagles are prone to obesity and require at least an hour of outdoor exercise per day, even in their later years.

Health

Golden Retrievers are naturally very healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 10-12 years, but have been known to reach the high teens. The oldest ever recorded Golden Retriever is still alive and just celebrated her 20th birthday! If the Golden Retriever you are considering comes from a reputable breeder, it will be screened for the most common health conditions such hip dysplasia, cataracts, pigmentary uveitis, progressive retinal atrophy, and certain heart diseases. Other major health concerns for an ageing Golden include skin problems, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma.

Grooming

With their wavy and waterproof golden topcoat and soft undercoat, Golden Retrievers require regular brushing and bathing. Their fur has the tendency to collect debris and mat if not brushed on a regular basis. Goldens shed throughout the year, but especially in the spring and fall. When it comes to Golden Retrievers, the more brushing the better, but don’t expect this to eliminate their shedding.

Written by:

Edith at Spot Dog Walkers

Hey i’m Edith! Originally from Etobicoke, Ontario, I moved to Calgary to follow my passion for dogs.

Ever since I was little, my family always had golden-doodles which sparked my desire to work with animals.

Now, working as a customer success specialist at Spot, my job is to help dog owners like yourself find all the resources necessary to care for your fur-baby!

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