- Extremely Social
Golden Retrievers are known for their social and loving personalities. They have a high risk of becoming depressed, destructive or sad when left alone for long periods of time. Dog experts recommend you only leave this loving breed for a few hours at a time to avoid getting their spirits down from being alone too long.
- Destructive Tendencies
Golden Retrievers are a high energy breed. They can become destructive if they’re not given enough attention and exercise. They require daily exercise and lots of attention to keep their destructive tendencies at bay. Just as the saying goes: a tired dog is a good dog.
- Great Watch Dogs – Horrible Security Dogs
Since Golden Retrievers are so social, they are usually terrible security dogs. However, they are always on guard and will bark loudly at strangers who pass by the house. This makes them good watch dogs! You’ll always know when someone’s coming to the house. Once a Golden meets the person, they’re often too friendly to be great security dogs.
- Great Movie Stars!
Golden Retrievers are very easy to train. This is why you see so many of these Golden beauties on the big screen like in Air Bud and Homeward Bound.
- Webbed Toesies!
Did you know that Golden Retrievers have webbed paws? Their toys on their paws are joined together by web skin. The quality was bred into them to make them great swimmers when retrieving wild game back during their hunting dog days. This is why they usually love playing in the water as well.
- Double Coat
When you push your fingers through a mature Golden Retrievers fur, you’ll notice two distinct layers. This is the infamous double coat – a thick undercoat and a fine top coat. This dual layer fur helps keep them warm in the water and also helps them tread through water faster when they swim.
- Shedding, Shedding and more Shedding
We wouldn’t say a Golden’s shedding is anywhere near the shedding amount of a husky or malamute, but it’s quite a bit. They will still blow their coat once or twice a year since they have a double coat. Regular grooming will help and a good brushing once or twice a week.
- Ear Infections
Breeds with floppy ears are more prone to ear infections. We recommend keeping them dry especially after they swim. Excess water in the ears can cause nasty ear infections that are very uncomfortable for them. We recommend using ZYMOX Pet King Otic Pet Ear Treatment to treat your dog’s ear infection.
- Hip Dysplasia
The most common health ailments Goldens experience are hip dysplasia and loose knees. We recommend keeping them active and introducing joint treats like Zesty Paws Mobility Bites when they’re around 7 years or older.
- Positive Reinforcement
Since Golden Retrievers are very food driven, they will do anything for a treat. We recommend using positive reinforcement through treats or praise during training.