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Golden Retriever: Is it the right dog for you?

November 02, 2018

Golden Retriever: Is it the right dog for you?

When deciding whether to get a dog or not there are many things to consider. So I have decided to start a series about finding the right breed of dog (or mix) for you. Certain dogs exhibit characteristics that make them better for some people rather than others. Whether they are small, large, in between or need a lot of exercise or can deal with very little, lifestyle factors need to be considered before adopting a rescue dogs victoria
Now not all of this has specifically to do with breed. Within a litter you can have a lot of variation when it comes to personality type. For example, one of Rundle’s litter mates had the personality that he would make a great PTSD companion. While Rundle on the other hand would never be the right dog for that type of training. Also socialization and early exposure at a young age can have a huge impact on making sure your puppy becomes a well-rounded dog. 
So take this as general guidelines and things to consider when adopting a dog! 
First I am going to start off with one of the most universally known and I would say biggest in social media, the Golden Retriever. 
Fun fact that you might not know, the Golden Retriever was actually a breed developed in Scotland. Today it is the third most popular dog in Canada followed by the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd Dog.
 The Golden Retriever can weigh around 55- 75 pounds when full grown and has a life span of 10 to 12 years. So it is a medium to large size dog breed that is going to be in your life for over a decade! 
Golden's are very active and need around 40 to 60 minutes of exercise every day. They are not couch potatoes, but their size is no factor if they want to be a lap rescue dogs bc. They were originally bred as a sporting dog to work with people so they need to be stimulated. Activity level is a big point to consider, a bored dog is never good and can cause a lot of headaches and problems.
They are a very family oriented dog. They need to live indoors with their human “pack” and shouldn’t be left alone in the backyard all day. They are very gentle and but occasionally forget how big they are an can knock over items in your home, or small children.
Also, they have a long coat so they shed a lot! People are often surprised at how much a dog can shed, so if you are looking for at getting a Golden you are going to have to get used to the dog fur. 
All-in-all Golden Retrievers have a great disposition and aim to please their owners. They are sweet and calm, fairly easy to train and are quite intelligent dogs. They can be goofballs at times but they are all around a loving gentle dog.