Golden RetrieverCare

The Golden’s thick coat, which can be wavy or straight, needs to be brushed twice a week.

This active and energetic Sporting breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise. His water-repellent double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. With his friendly temperament and striking golden color, this breed is both beautiful to look at and a joy to own.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Golden Retriever is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

Goldens need the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Medium
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

Golden Retrievers are outgoing, loyal and eager to please, which makes them easy to train and a great part of any family. They have a joyful, playful approach to life and maintain this childlike behavior for longer than some other breeds. They are the Peter Pan of dogs! They love to play outdoors and need plenty of exercise, which makes them favorites of hunters as well as fans of playing fetch.

energy level Some Exercise

Golden Retriever &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Golden Retrievers are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Golden Retriever can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed.

Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.