in general are pack-oriented animals. They need to interact with
their pack on a regular basis to be secure. Goldens in particular
have been bred through the years to make an excellent companion
for people - whether it is to sit quietly in a duck blind until
it is time to retrieve or as a service dog or in any other capacity.
Because of this, they, even more so than some other breeds, need
to interact with their people. Goldens are particularly forgiving
dogs and will allow you to make many mistakes while still wanting
nothing more than to please and be acknowledged for it with a
scratch behind the ear. As a testament to their desire to please,
the first three dogs to obtain Obedience Trial Championships were
Goldens are such people-oriented dogs, it's important that they
live WITH their owners. A Golden relegated to the backyard while
his family is in the house is an unhappy Golden. It is imperative
that your Golden be regularly included in family activities. Once
fully grown, they are a robust dog and will enjoy many activities
with you such as walking, hiking, jogging, hunting, etc.
is common with the retriever breeds, this is a breed slow to fully
mature both mentally and physically. At a year of age, they will
have their full height, but their full weight will be another
year or two in coming. Mentally, they remain puppies for a long
time (up to two or three years of age) and many retain a very
playful and clownish personality for most of their lives.
of their kindly and easy going nature, Goldens are a popular breed.
Many people, in hoping to cash in on this popularity, breed Goldens
without regard to their temperament or other good attributes.
You should be very selective in picking out a puppy from a breeder.
Your best sources for Goldens are from a breed rescue organization
that carefully screens its dogs, or from a reputable breeder who
is dedicated to the overall improvement of the breed. The choice
you make now will be one you live with for the next decade, so