How to Adopt a Golden Retriever

If you are looking to adopt a Golden Retriever, here is some information to help you decide if this breed is right for your family. It's easy to find golden retrievers for adoption, as this is one of the most popular family pets in the world. A Golden is intelligent and easy to train. The breed is known to be excellent with children of any age and friendly with other pets and people. Like all working dogs, golden retrievers have a ton of energy. You'll need to keep them busy or they can take a toll on your home.

Breed Information
The Golden Retriever was initially bred during the 1800s in Britain for Lord Tweedmouth, who wanted a dog for hunting and retrieving in water, with an energetic, loyal and sweet disposition. Golden retrievers have a double coat that sheds often. They need to be brushed daily to keep their coats free of burrs and tangles. Dry shampooing over bathing is preferred, as they are susceptible to skin allergies. They will gain weight if they're overfed, so food should be allotted carefully.

Caring for a Golden Retriever
Daily exercise is necessary, and play is important for a Golden Retriever. They enjoy learning tricks and are obedient and easy to train. They make great service and therapy dogs, and are quite agile. Goldens will pursue squirrels and other small animals aggressively. They are natural swimmers that will charge into any water they can find.

Golden retrievers are working dogs. They benefit from regular human interaction and training. Without it, they can become depressed and destructive. Your Golden will want to be an important member of your family and a part of nearly everything you do, so avoid adoption of a Golden Retriever unless you're prepared to spend plenty of time with your pet.

It is difficult to crate train a Golden or to keep one in a small space. These dogs need room to run and play and plenty of time off their leashes.

Golden Retriever Health
Regular vet visits are needed for immunizations. Golden retrievers are susceptible to the common health problems of large breeds, including hip and elbow dysplasia. Cataracts are more common in golden retrievers than in other breeds, but these can usually be removed when the dog is young. Goldens have a higher risk of eye irritation caused by their eyelashes.

A Golden craves companionship and may become depressed if a family member or another pet moves out or dies. The dog will lack energy and may eat less during this mourning period. 

Is a Golden Retriever the Pet for You?
Golden retrievers are the most friendly and sweet dog breed known to man. If you have the time and attention to give the dog regular play and exercise, there is no better dog to choose as a pet for a family with children.

Shedding is something that you will need to deal with; if allergies are a concern, this may not be the right breed for you. A sturdy vacuum will be needed, and daily brushing cannot be emphasized enough.

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