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A golden retriever... a companion who is there for you through all your troubles.
A breed of dog... that won't let you down. They are a beautiful yellow/gold colour. They shed some of their hair in the summer. But they do not have greasy skin like some other dogs.
Golden retrievers used to be used as hunting dogs but not so much now. Their intelligence is now used for a variety of very important jobs like:
* Guide dog... they can help the blind with their impeccable feel for direction and they are extremely easy to train, they listen and are patient and loving.
* They can be used to detect illegal drugs
* They are fantastic pat dogs for example, in nursing homes
My golden retriever is 9 years old. We found him a bit of a handful when we first got him... like any other puppy. But retrievers are known for being a little bit mischievous at a young age when they are unused to their surroundings. When we were teaching our retriever...Sammy to learn to sleep by himself downstairs rather than howling like other breeds of dogs when he was scared he would tear up the carpet. This proved to be rather pricey by having to keep re-carpeting the floor but he eventually grew out of it... I'd say it is best to leave them in a tiled floor room where they can't do that!!
When Sammy was a puppy we were told to feed him things like rice pudding (his favourite which we now give him for treats now and then) and weetabix with milk. But now he just has ordinary dried dog food.
From 8 months onwards we had taught him with little training to sit by the door when he needed to go out into the garden and how to sit, lie down, roll over and to give us his paw. He also learned by himself how to open doors (this might be his guide dog qualities shining through).
Now he is 9 years old, I can't remember not having him around, he is such great company and he bounds towards you so happy to see you when you come in the front door... a lovely welcome home.
However Sammy is certainly an exception in the Golden retriever checklists:
1. He hates water! Whereas most owners cannot stop their retrievers from bounding in the sea.... You only need to watch the dvd Marley and Me with Jennifer Aniston to see this. However not many retrievers are as hectic or half as badly behaved as Marley in the film. It is a shame Sammy doesn't like water and very peculiar because we live right on the coast and have a beach that we have taken him to since he was a puppy. We always encourage him into the water as well, but once a wave comes towards him he legs it back to the sand.
2. Sammy also does not really live up to his breed's name... Retriever! I think in the whole 9 years of his living I have seen him retrieve a ball we've thrown about 10 times. Once we have thrown a ball or a toy he usually just stares at us as if we are mad and there is no way he could be bothered to run after the ball and collect it to bring it back (which is quite a shame because we have a lovely large garden perfect for him to play in).
Sammy must be one of the biggest golden retrievers I have ever seen and by the look on people's faces when they walk in the door they also think the same. But he is not a scary dog... he'd only lick you to death.
As he has gotten older though he now has arthritis which is progressively getting worse, but unfortunately golden retrievers are known for getting this because of their large size. They need a lot of exercise, at least two long walks a day.
The only bad quality I can think of Sammy is his terrible bad breath!! We have even got him a dog's toothbrush which he doesn't seem to like too much as well as the pedigree daily chews which are supposed to help his bad breath.
The best quality about Sammy is that you can lie beside him watching tv for hours and he won't move, he loves my company as much as I love his. If ever I am sad or frustrated with something he is the best soother, he comes over to me and puts his head on my lap or he'll stand beside me and put all his weight on me (which is a lot of weight believe me... but he has my best interests at heart!)
If you are looking for a friendly, calm, soothing, caring, patient and overall loving dog... then this is your match! You won't look back and you definitely won't regret him or her!
I think golden retrievers are the best dogs ever ,we brought our golden retriever from a breeder when she was eight weeks old. She gave us the best seven years of our lives, it was so sad to lose her to cancer she was part of our family not just a dog.
We could trust her so much with anything or anyone. And right up till the last few weeks she would run around like a puppy.
When we went to see her for the first time she was outside in a shed with her mother and her sister it was evening time so they brought them in to see us I knew which one I wanted straight away she came running up to me and started to chew on my coat, her mum was such a lovely dog with such a nice temperament we just knew we was doing the right thing.
We was allowed to take her home that day Driving home in the car my two daughters asked if they could have her in the back it was as if she could understand them she scrambled through the seats to get to them.
That night she wouldn't settle so we gave her one of our fluffy toys she calmed down straight away and went to sleep.
Training her was so easy the first thing we taught her was the command sit, we only needed to show her a few times and she soon remembered and started to do it every time we asked her. After that we taught her to stay we told he to this was needed because if she could get to the door when the children went out to school she would chase them up the road and think she could play chase in the street. It wasn't long before we could leave our door open and she would just sit and watch them, until they got to the gate and gave the command for her to come to them.
Toilet training her was easy, we thought this would be a bit harder than normal because she had been brought up in a shed, we only had a couple of accidents. She loved it when we got up to let her out at about four in the morning she would run around the garden thinking we would go out to play. As she got older we trained her to toilet in one small place in the garden making it nicer for the children and easier for us to clean up.
We decided she could sleep downstairs to my daughters disgust, they would call her up when we wasn't looking she knew she wasn't meant to be upstairs, so when we went to find her she would be hid in with the soft toys she wouldn't move until we were out of the room.
She loved going out and so much loved her car rides with us, she didn't like it when we put her in the back and used to try to jump over the seats so she could sit with the children this was easy to sort out there are lots of things you can buy to separate them in the back.
Going to the beach was her favourite she loved to swim and would spend hours in and out of the water.
Everybody loved her, if you asked the children about her they wouldn't talk about her as if she was a dog they would talk about her as if she was a sister. They used to dress her up in cloths then take pictures of her she. This didn't bother her at all in fact she rather enjoyed it she would run around wagging her tail she was so happy. Golden retrievers are a best friend for life.
Feeding her was never a problem she liked most foods and would eat as much as we gave her, we had to watch the amount of food we gave her and the children gave her because it is so easy for a dog to put on a lot of weight.
She got on very well with any animal even our bird, when our cat was just a kitten she was so good with him she would play with him so gentle and just touch him with her nose.
Whenever we felt upset or ill she would know and come up to us and put her head on our lap and look at us with those big eyes to try her best to make us better.
Whenever we returned home she would greet us at the door with a toy, the funny thing was she would even great us with a toy if she had been out with us, she would run in first a grab a toy so she could greet us.
She wasn't always perfect when she was very young she chewed our wall and dug holes all around our garden, we would go out to fill the holes in and she would dig us another, she even pulled an apple tree up that was planted the year before. But as she got older she became the most perfect dog anyone could ever want.
Golden retrievers do moult a lot I found myself hovering twice a day in the summer months also our cloths were always covered in her hair but that is the only thing I would say was a disadvantage to getting a golden retriever rather than a low shedding dog.
Golden retrievers are very trusting loyal dogs they just want to make you happy trying to learn all the new commands and tricks you teach them.
Our children were still quite young when we brought her so we did a lot of research on the best dog to get with children, I know we made the right decision, and there wasn't another dog that could have been better for our family.
I would recommend anyone to get a golden retriever if they are at home most of the day and have time to take it out and play they do love to spend time with you and get sad if they are left on their own for too long.
The worst bit is when they pass away you haven't got that friend to greet you in the morning and when you arrive home it is so hard, because they become part of the family, everyone's best friend.
We all miss her so much.
To buy a puppy you should expect to pay about £600 pounds, you could get one for around £400 but the parents may not have been health tested. A common problem with these dogs is hip dysplasia; if the parents have been tested and are fine then your puppy has a much better chance. Ask the breeder to see the paper work to say the test results.
These dogs are rather large so feeding one will cost about seven pounds each week. a girl dog can grow up to 56cm and weigh 32 kg and a boy 61cm and 34 kg.
The average life of a golden retriever is about ten years but they can live up to about 16, although the most common death of one is cancer, I lost mine at only 7 years. They can also suffer from skin problems, mine spent many months with a cone on her head that the vet gave us because she used to scratch her face so much.
The temperament of this breed is probably the best, they get on so well with everyone and anyone I would not buy one of these if you want a guard dog they want to be friends with everyone.
I think golden retrivers are the best breed of dog. Saying this i have little experience of other dogs, but Goldren retrivers are simply so friendly, playful, obedient and look fantastic.
My experience with Golden retrievers began with asking my parents for a dog. This had happened my whole life and both parents were dead set on not getting a dog. Then one christmas morning, my parents walked in with the cutest Golden Retriever in the world! It was amazing.
We named her Moussie (don't ask), and she was the best dog you could hope for. She was beautiful, obedient, funny and had a great personality. Many people said she was the nicest dog they had ever met. We bred from her when she was about 2, getting 7 puppies! They were also adorable.
After selling the puppies we decided to get another one because we thought that she needed another dog to play with, as she was always so playful. After getting another golden retriever, Moussie sadly died. She had a neurological disease that meant she could eat or drink. This was so rare that vets didn't know what to do.
We had to stop her eating and drinking and she had to be fed through a tube. This was horrible and eventually, vet bills added up too much and we had to have her put down, especially since there were no signs of her getting better. This was so hard, being so young too it felt so cruel.
The new dog Minnie is also very nice like the Moussie was. We have bred from her too, and some people who came around to look at the puppies, decided they were not ready for puppies then, but they have left a deposit for her next litter because they loved Minnie so much!
All in all i think Golden retrievers are a great dog. They are simply so playful! But they are so great that losing one is horrible, and my eyes got a bit teary writing about her before.
I've had my Golden Retriever for 6 years now, so I got him when I was around 11, his name is Monte. He's always been a loyal and friendly dog, and has always been healthy apart from feeling ill a few times but nothing major.
He kind of looks like the one in the picture :).
When we first got him he was only around say two months but even then he was big I could barely lift him up. I can't remember the price of him at the time but he wasn't that cheap, at the same time not too expensive.
Golden Retrievers are loyal, friendly and are patient dogs.
They're what you call a family dog - there good with kids since there so gentle. And he loves cuddles.
Although mine and a few other people I have met walking a retriever have said they're always puppies. Monte hasn't grown up and still acts like a puppy doing his puppy run - where he runs like crazy in circles.
He's also very jumpy but with kids he isn't.
There gun dogs meaning if you shoot say a bird they will go find it and bring it back to you, this is natural in the dog as we found out when he randomly dropped a dead bird he found at my feet.
In my experience they wouldn't kill an animal, he saved a bird from drowning once by taking it out the water in his mouth and then putting it down. And once chased a squirrel but if he catches them he puts them back down, although he nearly flys off cliffs getting them.
As for the hair, they start of nice and fluffy and then all hairy, sadly they cast - ALOT and all year round. Hair is everywhere. Clean suit? I guarantee when you get out that door your covered in hair again. It can also make them itch so you need to groom them - don't need to put in for grooming or anything but just brush them regularly.
As for water well, they love it ANYTHING with water or snow they're straight in there. I've found Monte running through a tiny river which is water with stuff from well... toilets and it doesn't bother him. He will swim around in normal rivers too - of course the safe ones he's okay and safe in. At first he was scared but now loves.
And for fetching well... he wants you to chase him makes it more fun for him. Like most dogs - they love playing as much as they can especially tug-of-war
Also with most big dogs when they get older there back legs can go which can make it hard for them to walk far, play and even just trying to get onto a couch.
If you have a family and want a family dog that's patient and safe with them or even just want a loyal dog then I would recommend a Golden Retriever because they're so loving.
As long as you have time to walk, care and play with the dog then it's a good choice because you have to remember once you get the dog with the kids the novelty will ware off and chances wont help walking as much or playing.
If you have time and money for a dog then I would say you should get a dog and especially this kind.
We have had three Golden Retrievers so far, and we think they are the kindest, friendliest and daftest dogs on earth. The most important thing about them probably is their loyalty, and how safe they are with children.
From their perspective, the most important thing of all, is the need for company, even beyond the need for excercise.
We got our first one, Kelly shortly after we were married, and he was more or less our first baby. Since then we have raised two children and now have our first grandchild but neither ever needed the sort of attention that this dog needed. He was in our face from the moment we woke up to the moment we went to bed, but he was such a character that we just loved him.
with golden retrievers it's best to give them at least one reasonably long walk in the morning and one in the evening.
They need two meals a day, usually some meat and biscuits, and we often give ours some green and red vegetables mixed in. Always have some fresh water because they drink slowly throughout the day.
Be careful when you walk them because they love rolling about in muck, and they will plunge into water at the drop of a hat, so be prepared for them to come home absolutely filthy. One other thing, don't let them near ducks or geese because they will catch them and as their name suggests, retrieve them and bring them back to to you, usually with a broken neck.
I myself have a beautifull golden retriever called Nana she's nearly 2 years old ^w^ and is ubber cute. Golden retrievers are the ideal pet for any family ^^ they give you love and make your life alittle bit brighter and complete .They are very obedient pets and are great to train ( as I do myself with nana its good for building confidence and strengthens your bond with your pet). :)
They do mault often a couple of days before and during a season so there can be alot of hair found in the corners of your room but its easy to pick up :). Nana also has the tendancy to lick our feet lol >,< she's also a great help for my mum as when she broke her leg we trained nana to fetch things for her which made her even more well behaved. We wouldnt be without her and I strongly reccomend them as pets. (p.s they are also very clean dogs :) nana can go in mud come out black and in an hour be white again lol )
Hope this helps lol .
I've been the proud owner of a Golden Retriever for almost 3 years now, purchased as a round ball of stinky fur - he's matured in to something quite different! A Belarussian friend of mine always describes him as "noble" and I think that is the perfect description for our dog "Sniffy".
When purchasing a Golden Retriever, you should check that he has good pedigree as it can lead to medical problems, I didn't actually follow my own advice, when we answered an advert in the newspaper and my girlfriend saw this small bundle of white fur.. there was no explaining to her that the dog might have bad genetics.
The next few months we would go through a tricky period where Sniffy was to overcome his poor genetics! Firstly it appeared that he had hip displaysia, a disease which effects many Golden Retrievers, normally not at this age (6 months) though. He had to have two operations, one on each hip which involved cutting the tendons otherwise he would be in excruciating pain and struggle to walk. He healed quite quickly from the surgery and doesn't have too many problems now unless he has an uber-active day! Later we were to discover that he was also more or less blind but apart from bumping into the occasional fence or lampost and being scared of large, new objects you wouldn't notice that he struggles with that.
Sniffy is a loyal dog, who always wants to be in the thick of things. He loves travelling, he's always trying to pull us on to buses at bus stops or trams, he has also jumped into the back of several peoples cars as they've opened the door and even a taxi once! Obedience might not be his strong point but he is not a bad dog, so it's not much of a problem.
He hasn't got a bad bone in his body and has never hurt anybody or anything (even cats!), he has a great love for children and ball games (though "fetch" is limited due to his eyesight problems), his footwork with a football would impress the likes of Ronaldinho and Messi. This superdog is full of energy and never has enough of playing with other dogs or people.
Sniffy is very adaptable, he loves going on family holidays and going to new places and making new friends. Whilst, I can't ever imagine him biting anybody, he's always willing to warn off bad folk who are up to no good! Once upon a time, I had left him tied up outside of the supermarket whilst I popped in for some shopping then all of a sudden he appeared in the supermarket (having negotiated the automatic doors and somehow found me in quite a large supermarket) with no collar and lead, I put my shopping down and took him back out only to find his collar gone. A passer by then pointed to an old drunkard with a lead hanging out of his pocket.. what had happened? Sniffy had escaped from an attempted kidnap! Good dog! (it's safe to say we don't leave him outside of anywhere on a lead now!)
I could write a book revolving around the stories and fun we've had with this dog and there is not a minute we regret buying him.. well maybe one, when we have to clean up the huge amount of fur he leaves in the house!
This is definitely a family dog, it would be cruel to leave such a family pet on it's own for long periods of time. Whilst Golden Retriever's are perfect for families with children, they also have a habit of accidentally knocking them over due to their general exuberance.
Golden Retriever 10/10 (yes, we'll even ignore the long coat ;))
the golden retriever is a canine allrounder. he can turn his talents to anything, from his natural retrieving to acting as a guide dog for the blind, a detector of drugs or explosives, a reasonably laid-back obedience worker or just being a most attractive member of a household
He stands 61 cm (24 in) at his tallest but gives the impression of being a solid comfortable dog: he is inclined to get his snout into the trough as often as possible, and owners need to watch his waistline. there is often quite a difference in appearance between those retrievers used in shooting field and the type that are bred for showing and the home. the golden retriever has a dense undercoat. he is easy to train, but needs to be kept interested, because he is easily bored. his ability as a guide dog for the blind demonstrates his temperament. he is one of the most popular household dogs because of his generous nature. grooming is fairly demanding. exercise is demanding. feeding is demanding.
When i had to have my Colie put down i was devistated, she had been there my entire life. It was a horrible feeling as dogs are very much part of the family.
A few months later we aquired a golden retriever, she was given to us by some of mums friends who were immegrating to Autralia. She was buitiful so well tempered, and obidient and has so much love to give. We have never had any problems with her. They are so inteligent and loyal and love just lazing around at home.
We loved sandy so much that we decided to buy another in puppy form, we called him rex and it was only then we saw how truely loving they could be and how playful they were. He was so easy to train and is so well behaved.
They are in my opinion an amazing breed of dog, as a member of the ATC i go on alot of expeditions and have taken them on a few and they both love it. Walking across the moors for two days and sleeping in the porch of the tent, its like one giant walk and they absolutely love it and are no extra trouble.
I find it hard sometimes to think what I want to write about, I have read a couple of reviews now on Golden Retrievers. My parents have had a few over the years, I have personally have owned two of them. Both of my dogs (Bonnie and Chloe) had totally different personalities, it is my dogs that I want to tell you about in this review, I will cover a bit about the breed as well. I will try and break this review up into sections, so it is totally your choice what section you wish to read.
~~ History of the Breed ~~
The Golden Retriever was originally bread as a waterfowl dog and a shooting dog. Today they are mainly pets or working dogs for the blind, deaf and others.
Firstly I like to give you an interesting fact, yellow pups occasionally appear in a little of all black retrievers, these were called a 'sport' and were due to a recessive gene. I mention this now, because tracing back their history I got to 1850 when Lord Tweedmouth purchased a golden retriever that was bore from two black retrievers, it was this golden retriever that was bread to make more litters of gold retrievers and they were registered as a breed.
Records go back to 1903 and 1905 in the Kennel Club linking to the Tweedmouth breeding.
~~ Training ~~
Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent dogs, a lot of love and patience will give you a lovely well trained dog. I am not going to quote the book at you, but just tell you a little of what we did with our Chloe. We started off with teaching her the command 'no', we did this with the aid of doggy treats and of course our Bonnie the older dog. With both dogs giving me there full attention, sitting there in front of me we started a little game. It started with me doing one dog at a time placing a treat in front of them on the floor, looking at the dogs and when they went for the treat putting my hand over the treat and saying no, I did that for a couple of times, and they start to hesitate before going for the treat, I then say good girl, give them a fuss and let them have the treat, you do this for a couple of times at different intervals they have then learnt to most import lesson. The rest is just patience, repetition and love and it comes easy, well sort of - lol.
Anyway now to my favourite bit, telling you about my dogs, we will start with Bonnie who we sadly lost in February this year.
~~ Bonnie ~~
Our Bonnie was 3yrs old when we had her, she belonged to my mother and father and they were her 2nd owners. Due to my father having a massive stroke just after they had Bonnie, my mother found it very difficult to look after her, she was a character (Bonnie that is, not my mom). She would pull my mother over (mom is quite petite), she got so excited when she went for a walk. I feel a lot of her buoyancy was because she was left alone a lot, whilst my mother was at the hospital with my father. To give my mom and Bonnie a break, Bonnie used to come and stay with us for a few weeks at a time, this became increasingly frequent and she ended up staying with us permanently, which we were overjoyed about as we loved her to bits.
Bonnie was a roller, she was at her happiest when she was covered head to toe in what ever she could find to roll in, whether it was mud, grass, snow, or cow dung. She did not care, many a time we have had to stand outside, tie her up and hose her down, she took it all in her stride, she knew a wash down meant a good rub with the towel later and a bit of pampering with the hair brush and hair dryer (in the winter). She lapped it up.
Now she was also a cantankerous madam, when you took her for a walk, you would want to go one way and she would want to go another, she would give you a look, then look at the way she wanted to go, look back at you and run for her life the route she wanted to take. At first I used to get really worried about her and climb over the bramble and up the hill at the rear of our house, I would get home all upset and dirty and who would be waiting for me with her tail wagging, but Bonnie.
We did not have a gate at our house, until after we had our Chloe, so Bonnie would often sit on the top of the drive watching the world go by, she made many friends with the neighbours as they used to shout hello Bonnie and some would stop and give her a fuss. But I caught her one day, as I went out to do my usual check to make sure she was ok and she was not there, I shouted for her and about 2 minutes later and blonde bomb shell was crawling on her belly along the path coming away from the gulley that took you to the back of our house. The only way to get her back home quickly at this point is put on your 'happy' voice and she will run to you. If you scowled it could take her 20mins to crawl her way back home.
Another thing Bonnie used to do, if she was angry with you, because you had not given her all the attention she wanted that day, or if you went to work and she wanted you at home, she would rip the TV times up, but she somehow only ever ripped the side of the magazine that we had seen, the rest of the weeks programme listing was in tact. Don't know how she did that, but she always did.
She loved to chase cats, could never catch them, it was so funny, she suffered from arthritis in her later years and it was hard for her to work long distances and on the way back home from our walks she would be head bowed and dragging herself along the path as if it was an effort, a cat would come in front of her and she would get a new lease of life running after it barking her 'happy' bark and dragging me after her.
So basically she had us right where she wanted us.
Before I leave Bonnie I will tell you a funny story of her rolling and swimming days. My friend Jean, my two young daughters (at that time) and I took Bonnie for a long Sunday walk, over the disused railway bridge and track, as no one was around we let her off her lead to run around and enjoy the freedom to explore. Off she went down the embankment, I called her to come back and she turned her head, gave me that look, I thought oh no, and off she went for an adventure. Now we were at the top of the embankment so we could see her, I could also see the field of cows she was aiming for, so I continued yelling for her at the top of my voice, but in my heart I knew it was fruitless on my part, she had given me that look that told me that this will be worth getting in trouble for. The next thing I saw was Bonnie having the time of her life rolling in cow dung, she must have been there enjoying herself for a few mins, before she decided I better get back now. Wow did she stink, I was not going to take her home through the streets smelling like that, so as she loved water so much we walked further on to the pools, (well they are more like small lakes really). My eldest daughter aged around 13yrs at the time, held the lead and we approached the slope for the boats to the pool. Now, hand on heart I thought our Rachel would be able to hold on to Bonnie at this point. But Bonnie saw the ducks went into overdrive and turbo boost and went for it, Rachel went flying and slid all down the bank on her backside and Bonnie was straight in the water. It cleaned her up through, Rachel was not hurt, Bonnie was wet but no longer smelling, and she was a very happy dog as she got another one over mom.
Anyway that was our Bonnie, sadly she had to leave us as she was very poorly, we lost her on 11th February 2005, but she will always be in our hearts.
~~ Chloe ~~
As I said previously Chloe we bought as a pup, we bought her to bring a bit of life back into our Bonnie, which I think it did in some ways, if you weren't watching Bonnie would play with her and you could sneak a look at them, but if Bonnie saw you watching she would act aloof as if Chloe was being a nuisance, sometimes she wasn't quick enough and we would catch them having fun.
Well Chloe was a livewire bundle of fluff at first, she is now a lovely dog, she has a lovely temperament, she is so gentle, she is at her happiest cuddled up to having a love, or play fighting with you. She loves to play fight with her blanket or a towel.
She rarely barks, if she needs to go outside she paces, rather than bark to let you know, she is not as confident as Bonnie was, she does not like strangers and for some reason is very nervous around men.
She hates the sea, she only went in the sea with our Bonnie, we tried her this year she didn't like it without Bon. Chloe never rolls, and she walks everywhere at my heal, unless I tell her she can go ahead of me. So she is totally the opposite to Bonnie, but just as loving.
A couple of little stories about our Chloe:
Our little grand-daughter was over for a visit, when she fell over, Chloe dashed across the room and put herself in front of Amber to cushion her fall. That's our gentle dog.
Chloe loves her squeaky toys and has an obsession with licking toes. I remember I was doing a reading for a lady round at my house, she was relaxing with her shoes off, whilst I read her cards for her, Chloe had got under the table and started licking her feet, well I was embarrassed, so I tried to tell Chloe gently to stop, but the lady found it so relaxing she told me she did not mind, so both her and Chloe were happy 'little bears'.
Chloe did try to make her own bed the other night, she sleeps on my part of the sofa, but has her blanket put on it first, my husband did not recognise her pleas to go to bed, so she picked up her blanket in her mouth and tried to put it on the sofa, she tried really hard and got it ¾ of the way on it, when it slid off, she looked so sad that it did not work.
Chloe may not have Bonnie's mischievous streak, but she in her own right is a truly wonderful and loving dog. At the moment she has been going to fat camp at the local vets because she is overweight, but it has been making her miserable and hungry going on to low fat meals and missing out on her treats ( I couldn't stop the treats all together she would feel like she was being punished, those sad eyes are a killer). So I am opting for a happy dog and we will have more walks as soon as my health is better.
Finally Chloe loves car rides, she is so funny, we have room for three cars on our drive, but only in a specific order, so when everyone is home the car moving begins, Chloe loves the car so much she is happy just to go to the end of the road and back again, she will refuse to get out of the car until she has been driven a few meters down the road. Once it is done she will run back and forth to every person in the house to let them know she is happy and has been for a ride.
Before I leave Chloe I would like to tell you about her loyalty, last Christmas Bonnie was poorly and had not eaten for around 3 days, we used to give Bonnie her medician on bread, so that Chloe did not feel left out she just had the plain bread (no medician), anyway, Christmas Day, Bonnie still had not eaten we gave Chloe the bread at the usual time but instead of eating it she took it to Bonnie, nudged Bonnie with her nose to wake her and placed the bread in front of Bonnie, which Bonnie ate - a break through. The day we had to take Bonnie away to the hospital, Chloe refused to leave her side and we had to prize them apart and drag Chloe back into the house, it took Chloe a few months to get over the loss of our Bonnie, I think she looked at her like a mom. Chloe never leaves my side these days, especially when my health gets bad. She is very protective and a true gem of a dog.
~~ Conclusion ~~
Well I am totally besotted, totally biased, I think they are a wonderful breed of dog. Friendly, fun and full of character. I would highly recommend the breed to anyone that wants a faithful companion or a family pet.
I wish I could put there photos up on this site, I have some on this review on ciao if anyone wants to see what they look like. I love them to pieces. lyn x
If there is one thing that is guaranteed to bring a smile to my face is the unexpected sighting of a Golden Retriever. Until recently I was the proud owner of one - Bollinger (Bolly) a ten year old bitch. Sadly, Bolly died recently from a soft tissue sarcoma i.e. cancer - something that Golden Retrievers are rather susceptible to. Bolly was the the first dog I ever owned (but she definitely won't be the last) and I loved her to bits. In retrospect we should have called her Taittinger (or Tatty), as she was the scruffiest dog I knew. Needless to say, I am a Golden Retriever lover for life, so I thought I'd put pen to paper and write about this breed.
~~History of Golden Retrievers~~
Archive Kennel Club records trace this breed back to 1860 when Lord Tweedmouth breed a yellow wavy coat called Nous with a liver-coloured Tweed Water Spaniel called Belle. This resulted in four yellow pups which were bred to create the Golden Retriever breed that we all know and recognise today.
~~The Ideal Companion~~
Golden Retrievers are lively, yet placid dogs who live to please their owners. They love nothing more than being part of a family. They are loving, faithful and friendly. Do beware of their wagging tails though, Bolly often managed to knock items flying with hers - including a glass of red wine onto my mother's pale green lounge carpet one Christmas.....
They love to travel in the car and hate to miss out on a trip anywhere. They also love a sofa or a bed and will make a "nest" for themselves wherever they feel like - unless you lay down some ground rules with them from the off. They do require lots of exercise - at least an hour a day, but if circumstances force you to curtail their activity for a day or so they will adapt quickly and quietly.
They are good with children of all ages, being gentle and trustworthy companions. They are really patient - often allowing themselves to be involved in "dressing-up" games. However, they can be a rather boisterous and clumsy breed, so it's best to train them not to jump up from an early age. They make ideal guide and listening dogs as well as their more traditional role as gun dogs at hunting and fishing events.
They shed their coats continuously throughout the year if they live in a centrally heated house, and the hair gets everywhere. A Golden Retriever is not the best dog for the exceptionally house-proud. However, a daily grooming routine does do wonders. I love wearing black, but Bolly was always convinced that I would look better with a full layer of yellow fur all over it, and I never managed to persuade her otherwise.
~Guard Dog Abilities~
These are virtually non-existent - they are likely to make the right noises but then try and befriend the would-be intruder in their constant quest to make friends with everyone.
Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of water and will leap in anything wet from a muddy puddle to a full raging river. They will then leap right out again and shake themselves all over you.... and anyone unfortunate enough to be standing nearby. The only exception to this love of water is if you try to wash and shampoo them - obviously bath water is just not dirty enough for them....
~Hereditary Eye Diseases~
Golden Retrievers can develop two different eye diseases - cataracts and progessive retinal atrophy. However, if you buy your dog from a reputable breeder they will supply you with certificates showing that the dog is clear of any inherited eye disorders.
As with most big dogs, Golden Retrievers are prone to hip joint problems. These conditions can be partly inherited and partly caused by excessive weight or over-exercising as a puppy. Again, a reputable breeder will be able to supply you with a hip score which will show if there are any hereditary abnormalities.
They are very prone to these, especially during the Summer months. Bolly had an ongoing skin problem since she was a pupster, and there was nothing we can do about it. At different stages she had spots on her belly, flaky dry skin, clumps of hair peeling off her, shampoo allergies and "walking dandruff". These can all be cleared up by a course of antibiotics from the vet, but it does not come cheap - so it's worthwhile insuring your dog. We must have spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds on vets visits (and even a session with a skin specialist) in the quest to find a cure for Bolly, but luckily we insured her from the word go.
The Golden Retriever Breed Council (www.goldenretrievers.co.uk) can advise you on all aspects of ownership and supply you with a list of reputable breeders in your area. A pedigree pup will cost you from between £500 to £700 - more if the breeder has won prizes. We bought Bolly through an advert in the local newspaper for £375. In retrospect this was extremely foolish, as we knew absolutely nothing about her history or her breeder. Although we did see her with her mother (which is most important), we should have done our homework first. We were extremely lucky on that occasion, but would do much more research next time.
There is also the Golden Retriever Club (www.thegoldenretrieverclub.co.uk) - another good website with pages of advice on buying a puppy.
If you really want a Golden Retriever but haven't got the time to spend raising and training a puppy (or the funds to buy one), then there are a number of Golden Retriever Rescue Societies throughout the UK. You can register with these people (usually volunteers who love the breed), and they will contact you when and if they have to re-home a Retriever. They'll inspect your home and subject you to stringent questioning before they'll let you take one of their dogs, as the welfare of the animal is always paramount in their eyes. More information on rescue societies for all breeds can be found at www.dogpages.org.uk, as well as a section on dog homes in your area.
Similarly, you will find the odd Golden Retriever looking for a new home on the Forum Pages on the same website (www.dogpages.org.uk/forums/index/php). There are two sections "Dogs in Rescues - We Need a Home" and "More Dogs Needing Homes". Alternatively, you can post your request to rehome a dog in another section of this Forum called "Homes Offered". This is an absolutely fantastic website with information on all sorts of doggy issues. The Forums are full of dog experts who are only too happy to help and advise on any issue. A few years ago, we wanted a companion for Bolly and we found a 3 year old male retriever called Bailey through this website. We made contact with his owner, who was distraught at having to rehome him, but family circumstances had made it necessary. Unfortunately it all went very wrong, and Bolly and Bailey hated each other on sight and fought like mad. Luckily, his owner had organised a back up home for him in the event that ours did not work out, so it all ended happily eventually.
In conclusion I would heartily recommend a Golden Retriever - I cannot remember life as it was before we got ours. She really did make our house a home - despite the mounting piles of hair in every corner and the trail of paw prints across the carpet. There was nothing nicer than the sight of her wagging tail and fluffy ears greeting me when I got home at night after a crappy day at work. She was hard work but gave out so much affection it made it more than worthwhile.
RIP Bolly 10th September 1997 to 5th August 2008
The first point to keep in mind with these dogs is that they do exactly what it says on the box ‘Retrieve’! Obviously the first thought that springs to mind is of thrown sticks and toys etc, but be warned it does not stop there. They are equally happy retrieving socks from the washing, never to be seen again, or any food that you have thoughtlessly left sitting atop the kitchen work surface (well who could blame a poor starving hound!). They will also spend hours searching out anything that’s sitting rotting in the garden, which is guaranteed to cause hours of desperate searching on your part for the source of that awful smell, after your adorable pet has decided to leave it behind the sofa to play with later!
Now, joking aside, I should make it quite clear that the golden retriever is, in my experience, one of the best breeds of dog to keep as a pet. They are typical of all gundog breeds in their intelligence and their ability to learn, giving them a real personality and at times almost human like character. This ability means that, in the main, the comments I have made above do apply more to younger retrievers and can be trained out with age, although at times the natural instincts seem to overcome any amount of training! My point, however, is that these misdemeanours are far from being negative sides to owning one of these dogs but in fact become expected, and amusing, as part and parcel of who they are.
It is important to be aware of just how much exercise these dogs need. They will never be happier than if they are covering several miles a day and generally carrying on like a coiled spring. Regardless of exercise though they will always aim to eat as if they need the energy for a daily marathon. For this reason they can easily become overweight – particularly as their intelligence, when combined with natural adorability, tends to be put to very good use in depriving visitors of any form of food they may be eating!
In general retrievers are very gentle dogs and never is this more obvious than when they are around children. While many breeds have little time for younger humans retrievers seem to know immediately the extra care and patience that is required from them and really enjoy spending time playing with kids.
As mentioned above retrievers adore anything that smells particularly foul and it is as well to be aware that they enjoy nothing more than rolling about in cowpats. With this in mind I would certainly recommend keeping a hosepipe outside the house to give them a good clean before they spread any newly acquired fragrances all over the furniture. Another helpful purchase is always a very powerful vacuum cleaner, as when these dogs start to shed hair you can easily be knee deep in it overnight.
Overall, as you have probably gathered, Golden Retrievers can be quite a handful to keep and any owner will need to have the time to cope with their needs and eccentricities but I can guarantee you that the benefits of ownership far outweigh any difficulties involved. With their intelligence, loyalty and with their ability to provide hours of amusement and entertainment I feel it fair to say that ‘Mans best friend’ is no less a title than they deserve.
The Golden Retriever. Ah the infamous cute dog. We all know what a Golden Retriever looks like, and we all want to stroke one when we see one in the streets. I have had a Golden Retriever since March and I love her to bits. She was born on the 4th January and was an "accident". Lol. My dad's work mate had the mother and father and it happened as it does. As soon as they were born, my mother, sister and I went to see them. There were three in the litter; two boys and a girl. We entered the living room and there was the mother, a fantastic example of a Golden Retriever, she is now six years old and called Sophie. The Father was in the kitchen because he is still young, 18months, and is very boisterous, he is called Max. In the corner inside a man made box were the three puppies, they were four days old by this time and couldn't open their eyes. The owner let us hold her in our hands, she was as small as our palm (I can see you all now going "arhhh"). The owner's father had first choice with in hours of them being born, he never made up his mind in time and thus we accepted the bitch. Later, the owners' father agreed to have the bitch but the owner insisted that it was his fault and that she was sold. The bitch could have been sold over and over. We went back to the owners' house and visited her after three weeks. By this time she could walk and was growing really really fast. She was still unsteady on her feet but looked so cute. We were allowed to hold her and cuddle her. We were so happy that she was ours. After we decided to have her the next thing was to see what we were going to call her. I wanted to call her Stella but my dad was having none of it. We homed in on Bonnie and we all agreed on it. I still prefer Stella. Now adays she gets called loads more things, bless. The day came that we were going to pick her up, I was at work and my family went to pick her up. I fin
ished work and my Sister and Father came to pick me up and Bonnie was in the car with her. I looked at her and thought that she looked very scared and sad. We got home with me holding her. I got in the house and put Bonnie down. She never moved and looked very scared. Her food was in the kitchen but she wouldn't go out of the living room. We carried on as well as we could, watching the TV while she hid in between a table and the sofa. When we ate, she tried to climb up the seats and get the food. We stuck to one word "Down" and she understood. As I type this up she's next to me trying to get some Pizza. After a few days she ventured throughout the house and was slowly eating her food. We've had Bonnie now for nearly nine months and I love her. Over all she is a very lazy dog, she hates getting up in the morning and going for a walk and usually after a walk she will come in the house and fall asleep. She gets interested in toys but only for about 1-2 months then it's over. If something is new in the house, like a Christmas Tree she will steer clear of it until she knows its safe then sniff the hell out of it. Bonnie didn't like the ironing board or plastic bags, but she is ok now. I work as a waiter and mu parents come to pick me up and sometimes bring her, she is famous in there and gets so much attention by the customers. Overall I think I have the biggest connection with her. When I come home she goes mad and starts barking at me. She only barks at me. I think that she likes me because I have taught her the most tricks and understands me. Bonnie can: Sit, lie down, roll over, give paw, beg, heel, dance (on her back feet and jump) and speak. It takes just over two weeks to train her properly in one task on average. The famous saying "A dog is for life not just for Christmas" is true, it does take a lot to look after a dog but I find it rewarding to come home and see her all happy,
she likes to cuddle up to me and fall asleep on my bed. In the morning when I get up I go downstairs and let Bonnie come up and lie on my bed. Owning a dog can be funny also, she burps randomly and her growl is very viciously sounding. When I'm in work I think about her and what she would be doing if I was there. The name "Retriever" is very good, when we go to see her in the morning she gives us a toy or even her blanket. But she doesn't hide things or chew things, she loves going outside in the garden to bring my mum a plant she found or see how deep the garden really is. I do recommend getting a Golden Retriever if you don't mind the hair all over the place, it's not a little bit, it's half the dog. Drew_greenday
Seven years ago my family persuaded me to join the 'I own a dog' club. Having always been one of those people who believed I would join the club when dogs learnt to remove their feet at the back door and use the loo like other civilized members of the family, I eventually gave in to my families yearning and we purchased a little ball of fluff. She came complete with pedigree, a useful list of do's and don’ts from the breeder and lovely brown eyes that would melt the heart of even the hardest person. We named her Molly. Always being one to end on a positive note, I have decided to tackle the cons of owning a hairy friend first. The coat of a retriever is not for the fainthearted. Regular grooming is required to prevent problems; our Goldie is also prone to patches of eczema. She loves to be groomed, on site of the brush she will lay on her back with everything open barring her eyes and we become tired of grooming long before she does. I believe some people use dog’s hair for garment making, well you'd certainly get enough from a retriever but I've never fancied trying it. Goldie’s are typically 'tummies on legs' and care is needed to prevent them becoming overweight. Molly once weighed in at 36kgs and yes I admit to saying silly things to the vet like 'She’s big boned, her mother was big, maybe its her glands?', in reality the only gland problem the Goldie has is to do with her salivary glands working overtime. This in turn has its own problems as meal times mean a Goldie firmly at your side. Molly was always instructed to 'Lay down' at meal times, now a look is enough to instigate this manouvere although I have yet to perfect the art of preventing 'Molly Drool'. These are amazing secretions that form either side of the jaw and can stretch for several inches, long walks produce the same effect, please be careful not be within a three foot radius should your Goldie decide to
shake whilst producing Drool, it has the ability to stick like glue. Another 'con' of Golden Retrievers is dog hairs, my house often resembles dog hair city in a morning and I believe all Goldie’s should arrive complete with a free industrial strength Hoover. These dogs also have a love of water, its wonderful to see them swimming in the sea, but not so pleasant in a filthy ditch. Beware walks on hot days, if Molly becomes too hot, she will ditch hop anywhere. Now the best bits, the Pros.... A Goldie is faithful, ever friendly and loyal. A gentle dog by nature, a real family pet. On the two occasions my Goldie has been unlucky enough to be attacked by another dog she still did not attack back, instead it was I, screaming and shouting like a banshee who protected her honor. So if its a guard dog you are looking for, forget it, a Goldie would just lick burglars to death they are so gentle. Last year we adopted an eight-week-old kitten, it regularly tried to 'breast feed' from Molly, sometimes successfully locating a nipple and sometimes just sucking blindly. Apart from a surprised look of 'What are you doing to my nipple?', Molly lay still and let the kitten suckle. Their placid nature means they are ideal family pets. Molly has had her toenails painted, gone trick and treating with the kids (fully dressed of course in witches hat and cape) and has her own supply of bandanas and a doggy baseball cap. On long walks Molly never strays far, she will go a few paces ahead and then stop and wait for us. Beware though Goldie’s can be stubborn, in new and exciting places she will trot along, tail up and ears pricked, but should you try to take a boring familiar walk down 'our lane she will lay down in the 'I'm playing dead' position and refuse to move except to go home. Talking of tricks, she was a dream to train, eager to please she learnt sit, lay down, play dead
and roll over very quickly, she know predicts your next move and on sight of a biscuit will go through the full repertoire before you ask, just to make sure she covers the one required to earn a reward. The Costs ~ My dog is 7 years of age now and cost £250, the price varies but is still around that mark, bitches sell for more than dogs due to their breeding potential. These dogs can have health problems, including cataracts and hip dyplasia. Both parents need to have their hips x-rayed prior to breeding and the lower the combined score the better. Vaccinations ~ Initial vaccinations vary from vet to vet. Boosters in my area are £18 per year. Spaying ~ The cost of spaying at my vets depends on the weight of the dog, Molly’s spaying cost £110. The operation involves a general anaesthetic and a total hysterectomy but surprisingly she recovered fairly quickly and was back to herself within about a week. Vets encourage owners to wait until the dog has had its first season before spaying. Safety ~ Micro chipping cost £20 although our local RSPCA center often has 'special offers' where it will microchip for half price. The microchip is very tiny and is inserted into the loose skin at the back of the dog’s neck by a thin ‘trocar’, which is basically a screwdriver length instrument. It doesn't seem to cause much discomfit to the dog. We then decided to enroll with a company called 'Pet safe' as we felt that micro chipping is a good idea but not visible. Someone finding the dog would need to take it to a vet or rescue organization to have the chip read. 'Pet safe' costs £10 per year and the dog wears a tag with a telephone number that anyone finding the dog can phone. They keep all your details and will contact you. I actually obtained the first years membership free with pet insurance. Pet Insurance ~ I have insured Molly as I feared if she was ill or injured and I could
n't afford treatment, what a horrible situation. My insurance costs £12 per month. Shop around for pet insurance as some will only cover the dog for any illness for one year. This means if your dog had some chronic illness like diabetes or eczema, they would pay for one year but not after that. We chose Pet Plan as they will continue to insure for the same illness if you stay with the company. The policy has an excess of £50 for each plan but this is nothing in relation to what the fees could be should the dog have a major illness or accident. I have only needed to use it once, Molly had been unwell for 2-3 days with vomiting and when the vet examined her she felt something unusual in her abdomen. She immediately kept her in for X-rays and blood tests, this required sedation. It turned out she had a foreign body which had luckily passed into her bowel, with the help of laxatives she manages to pass it completely. The foreign body turned out to be a dishcloth. The vet’s bill was £175 but I only had to pay £50. I would recommend insurance to everyone thinking of purchasing a dog. It is nice to be able to say to vet 'Do whatever you have to save her'. Food ~ Due to Molly’s weight problem, I buy a low protein food for older less active dogs called 'Supa dog 1', a 15kg sack costs £12 and lasts around 3 months. It can be fed wet or dry and Molly has a cup-sized portion twice a day. It doesn't sound a lot but the water actually makes it swell and it covers a bowl the size of a dinner plate. Would I own another Goldie, I would love to, but I'm actually scared I would always compare it to her. My beautiful, faithful Molly dog, but I would recommend them to anyone.
The golden retriever dog were used to fetch dead birds for there masters but through time they became pets to be looked after and to be happy.I have 2 of the dogs and they are so nice but they need training.Even though they dont fetch dead birds anymore they fetch the paper (In 1 peace sometimes) but they take a long time to drop my dogs some goldys are good but my dogs seem a bit different but I dont care. Golden Retrievers when they malt cause a problem you see my dogsi if you play and they shake loads of hair gos on the floor hovering every day not nice quite annoying. Playful the dogs are chuck a stick and they run fast and fetch they love walks be warned dont say the word accept when you are takin them because they will go bannans they will bark like mad. The dogs like there peace because they can ger restless a times but you got to give them peace and quiet if you can some dogs get lonely so people get another they will play and fight and care for each other the oldest will probelly clean the young 1 depends. Old Golden Retrievers are nice to stroke they are calm and playful they look so nice you just want to play and have fun wiht them. Some dogs like mine goes under the table for food when you are eating, Dont let it because he will expect food. Do not let the dog go over you he will think he is the boss. Golden Retrievers get mistaken for Labradours sometimes But that is a mistake so Golden Retrievers are a golden oldie because they are playful happy quite old breed and more.