By: Ed Gonzalez
The Golden Retrievers emanated from the Scottish highlands in the late 1800’s and they were created by Lord Tweedmouth. He was able to accomplish this by breeding the original Yellow Flat Coated Retrievers with the extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. The dogs were first given the name Golden Flat Coats and after a year paseed, they were renamed Golden Retrievers. These dogs are popular today not just because they are very good family companionsl but because they are well known for their skills in hunting, tracking service, obedience competitions. These dogs have very strong senses of smell and this is the reason why they are so useful in detecting drugs. They are great companions and exceptional guide dogs for blind and disabled people.
These dogs are strong medium to large sized dogs. Tthe heads of the Golden Retrievers are broad and their muzzles are erect and a bit small. They do have well defined stops. Their noses are black or brownish black. Their teeth meet in scissor bites ( their lower incisors are close behind the upper incisors ). They have medium to large eyes that are dark brown in color. Their ears are rather short and they are seen hanging down near their cheeks. If you pull forward the end points of their ears, it will cover their eyes. Their tails are relatively thick at the bottom parts. They have coverings of feathers on their undersides. Claws that are not touching the ground must be taken out. Their waterproof coats are thick and they have strong, straight and curving outer coats. The feather coverings on the underneath part of their bellies are untrimmed, likewise are the back of their legs, front of their necks and undersides of their tails. Their coat colors are usually cream and radiantly golden.
These dogs are loving, respectful and intelligent dogs. Golden Retrievers are known for their amiable and charming personal traits. They are easy to train and are rather composed with children. These dogs are perfect companions for family members who will take time out to be with them. They are not known as guard dogs but they do bark loudly when strangers come near to their owner's home. Owners must show their dogs proper leadership and if done so, their Golden Retrievers will give them their full loyalty. They must make sure that their dogs exercise regularly. Owners must be strong, moderate and dependable leaders. If they have these qualities, behavioral concerns will not be much of a problem. These dogs like doing tricks and are fine swimmers.
These dogs will grow and reach heights of 20 – 24 inches and they will weigh 60 – 85 pounds. They have a lifespan of at least 10 – 12 years.
Golden Retrievers need to have brisk and long walks. When walking them, their dogs must stay by their sides or at their backs. By doing it this way, owners are showing them that they are the leaders and that the dogs are their followers. The dogs like to bring back objects like toys and balls.
Their fine and medium hair double coats can be groomed without experiencing any difficulty. They must comb and brush these dogs with firm bristle brushes. Owners must pay special attention to their thick undercoats. They can use dry shampoo and bathe them when necessary. Golden Retrievers are not heavy shedders.
Golden Retrievers are liable to have: cancer, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, heart problems and congenital eye defects. These dogs are also proned to skin allergies and they must be checked regularly by their vets. They do gain weight rather easily and this is the main reason why they must not be extremely fed.
If these dogs are in good health condition, they will be your wonderful companion for a good length of time.