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Meet the Golden Retriever

February 1, 2021

Did you know that Golden Retriever Day is February 3rd?  We’re delighted to see a day dedicated to the Golden Retriever. This cute pooch is definitely one of the world’s favorite pups. A local vet goes over a few facts about these ‘pawesome’ pooches below.


T  emperament

Friendly, loyal, and smart, Goldens are revered for being super lovable and easy to please. Honestly, you really just couldn’t ask for a better dog, or a more adorable one! These guys are jolly and active, and they love to run and play. Given the fact that they were specifically bred to retrieve waterfowl, it’s probably not a surprise to find that Goldens usually love water. (Tip: if you don’t have easy access to a pet-friendly swimming area, get Fido a kiddie pool to splash around in on hot days.) Aside from swimming, Fido’s favorite pastimes include being adorable, begging for bacon, playing Fetch, going on rides, and, of course, collecting belly rubs.


Basics

The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized pooch with long, pretty fur that ranges from pale gold to red. Their average height and weight top off at about 23 inches and 65 pounds for females, and 24 inches and 75 pounds for males. The Golden’s natural happiness is even noted in the breed standards: their tails are often described as moving with a ‘merry fashion.’ 


There are actually three types of Goldens: British, American, and Canadian. We think they’re all adorable! It’s worth pointing out that Golden Retrievers are often confused with Yellow Labrador Retrievers. The main difference? The Yellow Lab has shorter fur.


Activity

Like other sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers are extremely active. Fido will need lots of walks and playtime. These pooches also make great companions for runners, though you’ll need to get the thumbs-up from your vet before taking your canine buddy out for a run. Goldens are excellent at doggy sports, such as agility, and are also great at tracking. Because they are so smart and trainable, they’re also often found as working dogs. Of course, they make fantastic pets as well.


Grooming

Goldens have beautiful fur, and they are very generous about trying to share it with their humans. Fido will probably shed continuously throughout the year. If you don’t want to find fur everywhere, you’ll need to brush him regularly. The good news is that your furry bff will only need occasional baths. Regular nail trims are a must, however, as is good dental care. Ask your vet for specific care tips.


Do you have questions about caring for a Golden? Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance.

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