Did you know that Golden Retriever Day is coming up February 3rd? The Golden Retriever is definitely one of the world’s favorite pups. In fact, this lovable pooch is currently the number 3 top dog, out of 197 breeds. A local veterinarian goes over a few fun facts about these ‘pawesome’ pooches below.
Known for being friendly, loyal, and smart, Goldens are super lovable and easy to please. Honestly, you really couldn’t ask for a better dog, or a more adorable one! They are playful and active, and love to run and play. Given the fact that these sweet dogs were specifically bred to retrieve waterfowl, it’s really not very surprising that they love water. (Tip: if you don’t have easy access to a pet-friendly swimming area, get your pup a kiddie pool to splash around in.) Aside from swimming, Fido’s favorite pastimes include playing Fetch, scoring treats, going on rides, and collecting belly rubs.
The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized pooch with long fur that can range from pale yellow to gold to red. Their average height and weight top off at about 23 inches and 65 pounds for girls, and 24 inches and 75 pounds for boys. Their natural happiness is even noted in the official records and documentation about breed standards: their tails have officially been described as moving with a ‘merry fashion.’
There are actually three types of Goldens: British, American, and Canadian. They’re all adorable! It’s also worth pointing out that Golden Retrievers are often confused with Yellow Labrador Retrievers. The main difference between them? The Yellow Lab–also a popular pooch–has shorter fur.
Like other sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers are very active pups. Fido will need lots of walks and playtime. These pooches also make great companions for joggers, though you’ll of course need to get the thumbs-up from your vet before taking your pet out for a run. Unsurprisingly, Goldens are excellent at doggy sports, such as agility, as well as obedience and tracking.
Goldens very have beautiful fur, and they’re very generous about trying to share it with their humans. Fido will shed continuously throughout the year. If you don’t want to find fur everywhere, you’ll need to brush your four-legged friend regularly. The good news is that your pooch will only need occasional baths. Regular claw trims are a must, however, as is good dental care.
Do you have questions about caring for a Golden? Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance.