Golden Retriever Breed Characteristics
Golden Retriever Breed History
The Golden Retriever is one of America’s most beloved family dogs, consistently ranking in the top 5 most popular breeds, but that’s now how the Golden got its start. The origins of the Golden Retriever are easily and traced and well documented. As the popularity of hunting estates skyrocketed in Victorian England, the want for the “perfect” hunting dog increased. The ideal gun-dog was to have strong nerves, a powerful sense of smell, keen sense of direction, be easily trained, be a powerful swimmer, and have a gentle touch. That’s exactly what the breeds creator Dudley Marjoribanks achieved when he crossbred a Flat-coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel.
The blending of the two breeds resulted in offspring that is considered the forebearers of the Golden Retriever breed. The Goldens we are familiar with today originated specifically from two descendants of the original pairing. Though the breed has spread throughout the world, all bloodlines can be traced back to the English ancestors and Marjoribanks breeding.
Golden Retriever Personality
Considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds, the Golden Retriever is easily trained. However, an easily trained dog still needs to be trained. The intelligence of this breed means leads to a dog that desires mental stimulation. For this reason, and there desire to please their owners they do not do well in Kennels or left to be outside dogs. On the flip-side, that desire to please means there’s a great deal of jobs you can teach your Golden, which will make you both happy.
As for disposition, the Golden should be friendly, focused, and confident. Their affable nature makes them poor guard dogs, but wonderful companions. Their focused and confident personality gives them an inherent want to work, which if properly stimulated, leads to a happy member of your pack. Breed standards for the Golden state that they should show no signs of aggressive behavior towards humans or other dogs, but of course proper socialization goes a long way to ensure that’s a reality.
Does Golden Retrievers need a lot of grooming?
Most dogs need regular brushing, and the Golden Retriever is no exception. The beautiful golden locks of hair come with other complications and responsibilities though.
The Goldens coat should not be of excessive length and should have a thick water-repellant undercoat, a characteristic important for those who plan on using the dog for its intended hunting purpose. The water-repellency highlights the breeds love of water, which in turn leads to an increased need for grooming. The process however, is not difficult, though it may be frequent. Their love of water also goes for bathing, so if exposed at an early age, clean up should not be much of a chore.
The Golden is a notorious shedder. Regular brushing will help mitigate what you see on the floor, but don’t expect to keep a fur-free house with a Golden sharing your space. The length of hair makes clean up a bt easier than some short haired breeds, but also makes it more visible. The longer length may also trap more dirt and debris than other breeds.
In a nutshell, grooming and cleanup demands vary depending on your dogs activities. Know that you’ll likely spend more time cleaning up after your new Golden Retriever than other dogs, but the love you’ll receive in return will be unmatched.
Do Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise?
The purpose of breeding Goldens was to have a dog that could track, run, swim, fetch, and retrieve all day long, then get up and do it again the next day. That takes a lot of stamina and will. Those characteristics are ever present in today’s Goldens. Though they may be content with cuddling up after a long day of retrieving, they are better adjusted and happier with vigorous daily exercise.
While Fancy Puppy believes exercise is important for all dogs, it’s important to know that while a puppy grows there is such a thing as too much exercise. Goldens should avoid long runs/jogs, especially on hard surfaces at a young age. They are athletic dogs, but like all athletes, they need training and conditioning to perform well. A good family dog should stay active year round, while hunting dogs should begin training a couple months in advance of hunting season.
Are Golden Retrievers good family dogs?
The traits which made Golden Retrievers great hunting companions, also make them an ideal family companion. Hence the reason why the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. The popularity of Goldens in America can be traced back to the presidency of Gerald Ford, when his daughters dogs had puppies at the White House. Thereafter, popularity spiked and has been strong ever since.
The Golden Retriever is eager to please its master/handler, so children should be taught how to exhibit alpha characteristics with your new Golden Retriever puppy. Retrievers by nature like to pick things up with their mouth, and as a result, they can be nippy as puppies. Take great care in teaching young children not to physically retaliate. A loud “NO!” will often be sufficient in correcting the behavior, and with their superior intellect, your Golden should learn quickly what’s acceptable and what’s not.
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