Did you know that Golden Retriever Day is coming up February 3rd? This may be one of the cutest holidays out there. The Golden Retriever is one of the world’s favorite pups. In fact, this dog is currently the number 3 top dog, out of 197 breeds, but has won the top spot several times. A local vet talks about these ‘pawesome’ pooches below.
Friendly, loyal, and smart, Goldens 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 these happy, bouncy pooches 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 swimming area, get Fido a kiddie pool to splash around in.) Aside from swimming, Fido’s favorite pastimes include chasing squirrels, playing Fetch, going on rides, and collecting belly rubs.
The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized pooch with long fur that ranges from red to yellow. 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 in a ‘merry fashion.’ There are three types of Goldens: British, American, and Canadian. They’re all adorable!
It’s worth pointing out that Golden Retrievers are often confused with another beloved breed, the Yellow Labrador Retrievers. The main difference? The Yellow Lab has shorter fur.
Like the other sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers are very active. Fido will need lots of walks and playtime! These pooches can also make great companions for joggers, though you’ll need to get the thumbs-up from your veterinarian before taking your furry pal out for a run. Goldens are excellent at doggy sports, such as agility and dock diving. They are also wonderful at obedience and tracking.
Goldens have beautiful fur … and they are very generous about trying to share it with their humans. Fido will shed his coat continuously throughout the year. If you don’t want to find fur everywhere, you’ll need 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. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about caring for a Golden? Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance.