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Ease Of Training

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever Breed Notes

Temperament Its no wonder these dogs are the second most popular breed in the USA today They are affectionate, loving, loyal, and try hard to please their people. Aggression in well bred 'Goldies' is very rare. Their high intelligence makes them quick learners and they excel in obedience training

These dogs are people lovers who prefer to have as much human contact as possible and can tend to get themselves into trouble if they are frequently left alone.

Being forced from their family members for long periods can result in a very unhappy Retriever that could develop separation anxiety or other behavioral problems..

Their high level of intelligence enables them to excel in obedience training. They are often trained and used as service dogs to the blind and disabled. Their friendly and affectionate personalities also make them ideal visitors for retirement homes and allow them to be effective therapy dogs. Goldies are also considered to be an  ideal first dog for novice owners

Children:Outgoing and social this breed makes a great family pet,they have a patient and ever tolerant easy going manner which makes them ideal for families with children

 patient and gentle with children, puppies can be extremely boisterous, may knock over toddlers.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.


Ideal Golden Retriever Owners Are...

Active, affectionate, sociable and enjoys energetic walks, the 'Goldie' loves playing and training with the family.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle.  For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

The Golden Retriever was largely developed by Lord Tweedmouth during the late 1880s who bred a Yellow Wavycoated Retriever called Nous to a Tweed Water Spaniel called Belle and tproducing 4 puppies. Subsequent crosses with black retrievers , Setters  more Spaniels and even the odd Bloodhound  to eventually produced the recognisable ancestor of the modern day breed , a breed which was recognized as such in 1912.

Valued as hunting dogs , a few specimens made their way to America where they were recognized by the AKC in 1927, their all round  versatility and general  amazingness have made the Golden Retriever second only to the Labrador in Popularity

Golden Retriever

“Goldies” Are Biddable,Relaxed Friendly And Responsive

Friendly & Responsive

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