Golden retrievers are consistently among the top owned dog breeds. They are generally high energy, intelligent and very lovable! Originally they were used for hunting in
For that reason, registered dogs are typically in the sporting group.
The intelligence is really apparent as they are commonly used as service dogs They make great companions even if they aren’t used for assistance.
Being intelligent and energetic does mean they will require more exercise. They typically do best in homes that are active and can be active with them. Swimming, jogging, playing fetch are just a few of the activities that golden retrievers can enjoy. If you don’t find something to entertain them they may find ways to entertain themselves that are not quite as enjoyable for you!
On the medical side, there are a couple of conditions that Goldens seem more pre-disposed to when compared to other breeds. One thing to keep in mind is they do shed….A
brushing (or vacuuming) may be necessary. Food and environmental allergies are
also common in this breed. It may be something you will have to watch for
closely and manage throughout their life. Another, unfortunate predisposition
is certain types of cancer. There are some malignancies that can cut a golden
retriever’s life shorter than we would like. There is some hope though! An
interesting fact about Golden Retrievers is that right now there is a life time
study going on to see if we can link any of these conditions to procedures or
predisposing conditions and hopefully prevent them in the future. To learn more
about this amazing study click here