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Meet the Golden Retriever

February 1, 2021

Did you know that Golden Retriever Day is coming up on February 3rd? The Golden Retriever is definitely one of the world’s most beloved–and most adorable–pups. In fact, this dog is currently the number 3 top dog, out of 197 breeds. A local vet goes over a few facts about these ‘pawesome’ pooches below.


Temperament

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


Basics

The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized pooch with long fur. Their coats can range from yellow 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. Fido’s natural happiness is even noted in the breed standards: Golden’s tails are often described as moving with a ‘merry fashion.’ 


It may interest you to know that there are 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

Just like other sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers are very active. Fido will need lots of walks and playtime. These energetic pooches also make great companions for joggers, though you’ll need to get the thumbs-up from your veterinarian before taking your pup out for a run. Goldens are also excellent at doggy sports, such as agility, as well as obedience and tracking.


Grooming

Goldens have beautiful fur, and they are very polite about trying to share it with their humans. Fido will shed continuously throughout the year. If you don’t want to find dog fur everywhere, you’ll need to brush Fido regularly. The good news is that your pooch will only need occasional baths. Regular nail trims are also a must,  as is good dental care.


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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