Fun Facts About Golden Retrievers
You’d have to from another planet not to be familiar with Golden Retrievers. This beautiful, exuberant, and loving dog breed is always among the most popular of family pets. Anyone who has been loved by a Golden knows what a devoted companion he is. But there’s so much more to know about this lovable breed.
Golden Retrievers are equal parts ball of energy,
laziness, and hyper-sensitivity, but they simultaneously bring out the best in us as well. What makes their best qualities possible? Let us count the ways! OSE FOXY FUR AND POINTED TOENESS Aside from their placements on the genetic food chain, Golden Retrievers share many of the same health-related characteristics as other breeds. Their stiff, chubby necks and chubby bellies are numerous traits shared by many purebred family dogs. These pit bull traits are especially noticeable in males, who sport the smoothest skin and shoulders of all breeds in the family. Their Nordic toeniness and foxy fur, along with their fine whiskers and bushy tails, make Golden Retrievers an enticing potential partner.
Training, Qualification, and Adoption Like so many other family pets
Golden Retrievers lack a ‘written’ set of rules. They show great adaptability and can learn tricks and commands very quickly. But because so many of these animals originate from working lines, they develop obedience tendencies from the start. They can make good left-handers but are woefully inefficient with their hands behind their backs. All Golden Retrievers come with some level of training. Most can learn to fetch a ball and play fetch fairly quickly, but they can also learn tricks of the trade that, again, we find in every breed of dog. For instance, they may be initiated to the benefit of the show-sitters by their owner and may even begin to fetch for strangers. But find yourself surrounded by Goldens who seem to live in perpetual adolescence? You’re not alone! Unfortunately, some Goldens can be quite aggressive toward other dogs and owners. Golden Retrievers may growl, bark, and bite if they feel like are being slighted or mistreated. Violence against owners is also quite common, often surfacing between two-year-old puppies who have yet to learn proper behavior. Shockingly, these aggressive tendencies tend to increase the longer a dog spends away from its family. Golden Retrievers don’t usually live with other Goldens, and as such, there is often not any shared experience with these family members. But when the occasion arises, large groups of these affectionate, ever-smitten dogs turn aggressive quite quickly, attacking members of their family and others nearby. If Golden Retrievers aren’t the first family dog that your prospective pet adopts, then start thinking about your changing household environment. As this breed is justifiably popular with families who enjoy spending time with each other, you and the Golden Retriever could soon become intertwined. Connection & Communication Golden Retrievers are playful and outgoing. They love to be active and social by playing fetch, jumping, and chasing each other around. Their natural curiosity about other dogs helps them learn to hunt in packs. With wit enough to break through the barriers of dense, human-created lawns, they can learn the art of dog communication. Golden Retrievers pick up on the constant and consistent meaningless vocalizations made by their family members and respond accordingly. Instead of showing abundant reserve towards the public on command, Golden retrievers understand when their owners mean to be social and where they can make themselves heard. Most Golden Retriever parents will bring a mostly outgoing puppy along for the duration of its stay with the household.
Golden Retrievers love to work, and working
dogs are especially suited for life in the hunting world. Golden Retrievers make excellent hunting dogs. We have a Golden at home now who actually has given it the working title of Golden Retriever. For those of you who’ve never seen one in the wild, these dogs are tall and have beautiful black-and-white markings that run across every white or orange spot of their bodies. Even the Golden Retriever’s ear flaps—which are mostly gray with black points, since they’re almost completely hairless—are actually color for identifying pups in the importance of chasing ball-and-chain and other yourding commands. Their necks are rather long tapering immediately behind the ears and they walk in a quiet, yet confident manner. As with all working dogs, Golden Retrievers also look for contact in all possible places, and will dig into yards and trample grass to make themselves heard. Golden Retrievers make fantastic family pets. Their ability to work off a flock of pups and distract their human family members from danger is a notable plus. And yes, when massaged, they will emit a comforting, purring laugh. Let’s Get Personal This particular Golden Retriever is a neighborly, pleasure-seeking, work-hating, service-focused beauty. We were excited to have this charming pup live with us, and as you can imagine, he made himself known by barking off-leash many times before we knew exactly what had gotten into him. He also bit Officer A! Fortunately our resident pup dealt with the situation quite well by purring quietly to himself, and dutifully fetching water from the fridge each time we asked him for it. Our Golden Retriever was also known to wake us up at 8:00 a.m. each day, this from the constant barking and sniffing at ungodly hours. It also seemed that he was an undiagnosed daddy’s boy, and loved to meow at us from far away while we prepared breakfast each morning. These traits certainly make this his favorite part of the day. But we must mention that all this barking, while it might be Jeff’s fault, really is Dr. Timm’s fault for allowing his pup to wander around uncontrollably outside his Fido-approved boundaries (in the same general area and in the same general house). Anyway, we’ve found with this male sun-kissed Lettie that the love of his life is to simply follow him wherever he goes outside and then bark once he gets to his destination. This gets the dog a “dad roll” as far as the younger children can tell.