Did you know that Golden Retriever Day is coming up February 3rd? The Golden Retriever is definitely one of the world’s favorite pups. In fact, this adorable pooch is currently the number 3 top dog, out of 197 breeds. That’s pretty impressive! A local vet goes over a few facts about these ‘pawesome’ pooches below.
Friendly, loyal, and smart, Golden Retrievers are revered for being super lovable and easy to please. Honestly, you really couldn’t ask for a better dog, or a cuter one! These affectionate pups are playful and active, and love to run and play. They are also fond of swimming, which, given the fact that they were specifically bred to retrieve waterfowl, isn’t much of a surprise. (Tip: if you don’t have easy access to a pet-friendly swimming area, get Fido a kiddie pool to splash around in.) Aside from swimming and being adorable, Fido’s favorite pastimes include playing Fetch, begging for treats, going on rides, and collecting belly rubs.
The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized pooch with long, pretty fur. Their average height and weight tops 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 three types of Goldens: British, American, and Canadian. They’re all wonderful dogs! It’s also worth pointing out that Golden Retrievers are often confused with Yellow Labrador Retrievers. The main difference? The Yellow Lab has shorter fur.
Like other sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers are very active, and need plenty of exercise. Fido will need lots of walks and playtime. These pooches also make great companions for joggers, though you’ll need to get the official thumbs-up from your vet before taking your pet out for a run. Goldens are excellent at doggy sports, such as agility, and are also wonderful at obedience and tracking.
Goldens have thick, beautiful fur, and they are very generous about trying to share it with their humans. Fido will shed continuously throughout the year. If you don’t want to find fur everywhere, you’ll need to remember to brush him regularly. The good news here is that your pooch will only need occasional baths. Regular nail trims are a must, however, 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.