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Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Golden Retriever is worth its weight in gold, thereby making it the apple of the eyes of nearly all dog enthusiasts. The synthesis of an amiable, liberal attitude and a sharp brain makes it a magnificent family pet as well as an incredibly efficacious working dog.
Male: 29-34 kg
Female: 25-29 kg
This dog breed is best known for its serene and appealing nature. An industrious and faithful dog to the core, the Golden Retriever is a real delight to have. Its allegiance makes it leave no stone unturned to conquer the heart of the owner. Despite the fact that the breed is blessed with a pristine and noble character, a near-impeccable upbringing and training is imperative to do justice to its imperial traits.
Golden Retrievers are the descendants of the Russian sheepdogs bought from a circus. As a matter of fact, the breed saw the day of the light in Scotland, at the highland estate of Sir Dudley Majoribanks, later known as Lord Tweed mouth.
Golden retriever originated from SCOTLAND
Currently Used As:
Guide dogs for blind people, drug or bomb sniffing at airports. They can come in handy during the evacuation of people stranded in places affected by various natural calamities, including earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, etc.
Unlike many other breeds, training the Golden retriever is not a gruelling task. The retriever loves to be engrossed in outdoor activities.
This dog can fall prey to a number of diseases and disorders, like cancer, mast cell tumors, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand's disease, heart problems, congenital eye defects, skin allergies. Hence, they require veterinary attention from time to time. As they tend to become overweight and obese easily, surplus food should not be fed to the dog.
The Golden Retriever has to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, made to jog or run alongside you when you bicycle, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person leading the way forward (this is essential as loyalty towards humans makes dogs set great store by them). As the name suggests, they adore retrieving balls and toys of other kinds. Exercising this dog properly is quite indispensable for shielding it from the adverse effects of hyperactivity.
Brushing of the long double coat at regular intervals will keep it in a sound condition, but additional care becomes imperative when the dog begins to shed its dense undercoat. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, whilst paying particular attention to the dense undercoat. Dry shampoo regularly, but bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
These dogs bear a favourable and tolerant attitude towards the children. Hence, they do not mind withstanding the tail pulling, screaming, poking and other similar practices that kids indulge in while fiddling with them. However, one needs to err on the side of caution as this breed can knock a toddler over simply by wagging its tail. It is a genuine pleasure to train these dogs as they conduct themselves towards the trainers in a charming manner.
As they moult so much, it is advisable to spin a jumper from the hair twice yearly. Thereafter, hair will be scattered haphazardly over your carpets, clothes, wooden floors and the like. A pretty efficient vacuum cleaner is crucial to restore them to their previous position! For the optimum results, a fine clothes brush or lint remover should be utilized! The birds could make your cleaning task a lot easier as they prefer the hair of this breed for crafting their nests.