Understanding Your Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is one of the loveliest breeds of dog. They make a wonderful addition to the family because they are so gentle with children and with people in general. They make great companions and are always eager to please.

If you are planning to adopt or purchase a golden retriever it is important to decide if this breed is right for you and your family? Understanding the golden retriever is important when picking which breed of dog to welcome into your home. You do need a dog that will blend in with your family’s lifestyle.

This retriever fits most people’s idea of the perfect dog. The breed loves attention and in return will smother you with loyal affection. However they are a very energetic dogs and may be a bit naughty at times – not that you can be cross with them when they gaze up at you with those adoring eyes.

They enjoy the company of people, so you must be prepared to devote plenty of time to them. Daily exercise is an important part of their daily lives and the golden retriever needs plenty of open space to romp around. An apartment is not the ideal home for such an golden retriever shedding breed.

Ideally you need to have a large garden, or to live close to a park so your retriever has space to play and learn to get on with other dogs. Golden retrievers enjoy long walks. They also enjoy swimming, and will smell water a mile off and make for it at a gallop! One of our retrievers would shoot off into the distance once he caught a whiff of the river, and when we eventually got to the bank he would be swimming around happily.

So a prospective owner needs to realize that this breed thrives on exercise, which means you will benefit as well. Golden retrievers also enjoy some mental stimulus, such interesting games to keep them entertained and prevent them from becoming bored. One our retrievers used to get bored very easily, and only had to be left alone for ten minutes before he started chewing everything he laid his eyes on.

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