Do you have a golden retriever? How much do you know about it aside from for the fact that it’s a fun filled family dog? There is actually an official definition of a golden retriever. That is to say how the kennel clubs define a golden retriever. There are actually a lot of, clubs that have a definition for the Golden retriever. There is the AKC or American kennel club, the CKC or Canadian kennel club, the UKC, the ANKC and a host of others.
What follows are some of the fun facts for what constitutes a golden retriever that can be registered.
Golden Retrievers were actually originally called a golden flat coat. They came from a cross between a yellow retriever which is the flat coated retriever and the now extinct Tweed water spaniel. Further in the revolution they were mixed with Irish setters and bloodhounds. They originally hailed from the North of Scotland and were bred as a hunting dog or gun dog retriever.
Golden retrievers don’t make a very good attack dog. They will however generally barked loudly when a stranger approaches. But they’re not a dog that you’re going to be of the train to attack. Generally speaking as a family dog this is probably not something that you want anyway.
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Golden retrievers have long been one of the most favorite breeds of dogs for household pets. This breed is easy to take care of, very affectionate, and loyal. They are big enough to serve as guard dogs for the home but at the same time still friendly enough to cuddle and play with. While most golden retrievers are gold or cream in color, there has been quite a demand for the white golden retriever in recent years. However, there has been a debate about whether a white retriever is a different breed on its own or if they are just a variation from the existing breed.
Experts in the dog breeding industry have said that there is no such thing as a white golden retriever since this breed does not come in the white variation. What has been considered as white really is the pale, very light, cream-colored fur that some retrievers are born with.
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Routine grooming of your Golden Retriever is a key to a long and enjoyable life together. Once you and your dog get into a routine, the benefits increase because grooming becomes a productive part of life— not an interruption. It takes some time and desire, but the effort will help cultivate a happy and loving Golden. Some general grooming necessities include regular brushing, nail trimming, and bathing.
Benefits of Regular Brushing
Regular brushing can develop into a great bonding activity for you and your Golden. Most Golden Retrievers like to be brushed, so take your time, be patient, and get him used to the brushing action. Eventually he will enjoy how it feels and appreciate the attention. A puppy might be a little impatient, so keep calm, take your time, and keep it positive.
Pay attention to any irregularities such as lumps, tender areas, or signs of fleas or ticks. Keep track of any changes that occur. Catching symptoms early can minimize later issues.
Make sure to use a proper brush. You want the dog to feel comfortable with the “feel” of the brush and the brush to effectively remove hair. There are different styles of brushes available, but the basic slicker brush is best to remove most of the loose undercoat and dead hair. An effective brush will cut down on shedding and keep your home more dog hair free.
Do you have a dog that is desperately in need of some good dog training? If this is the case, you should look at all of the options that are available for the different types of problems that your dog is exhibiting. These problems could include training your dog to go to the bathroom outside, training the dog when they are still young, training the dog to be obedient or just teaching your dog to do tricks.
One of the big problems some dogs have is going to the bathroom inside of the house. If your dog goes to the bathroom inside of the house, it would be good to get some dog potty training. This type of dog training will help your dog understand that they should be going to the bathroom outside. This is usually taught during puppy training because it helps for a dog to learn early that he or she needs to go to outside when they go to the bathroom. The later a dog starts dog potty training, the harder it will be to get them to go to the bathroom outside.
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How your Golden Retriever reacts to and behaves with other people and animals depends on how well he was socialized. Socializing dogs means getting them used to adults, children, other dogs, cats, rabbits, and the world in general.
Fortunately, for owners of Golden Retrievers, nature has already done half the work. Goldens are friendly, smart, energetic dogs who love to please. They are normally patient and loving with children, though there are exceptions. Most Goldens are friendly to strangers and good with other animals. However, you may find a Golden who is only comfortable with one sex, with adults but not children, or good with other Goldens but not with other dogs or cats. Socialization depends not only on the breed of the dog but on his early experiences.
Three factors contribute to how well your dog will become socialized: his genetically-inherited characteristics, he experience with his mother and siblings, and his early life experience. Though some over-breeding may have created exceptions, most Goldens are genetically-prone to be open and friendly.
As a newborn, your puppy learned how to behave and react from copying its mother and littermates. In addition to genetic pre-disposition to certain behaviors, its mother’s example will help shape your Golden’s reactions to the world. For this reason, it’s important to make sure the breeder has selected animals with good, even temperaments for breeding. Of course, you can’t know about an adult’s past if you are adopting a rescue. But you can probably draw some pretty good conclusions by his behavior when you bring him home.
A doggie in a cup! Sounds cute, isn’t it? It would be, as if your little stuffed-toy pup came to life. A teeny-weeny golden retriever, that could fit in your hand…………exciting hmm? But hold on. Golden retrievers are dogs; live, energetic, intelligent, loving, full-bodied living creatures, right? They are supposed to be man’s companion and not mere ‘moving and breathing toys’.
Golden Retriever is a breed known for its majestic looks along with an extremely pleasing demeanour. Trying to fit it into a teacup is not only cruel but also derogatory. If you love Golden Retriever – the breed, love it as it comes – the medium-large dog. And if it is the size that attracts you, then go for a toy dog breed, e.g. Chihuahua.
Moreover, there is nothing like a teacup Golden Retriever. Some breeds have been specially bred to reduce their size, over the generations. But there is no special small-sized Golden breed.
Talking about the term ‘teacup’, it can be defined as ‘slang’ in the group of dog terms. There is nothing like a ‘teacup’ breed. It is a term popularly used to describe a very small toy dog or pup that is small enough to fit in a teacup. No major kennel clubs approve of this term. Irresponsible, profit oriented breeders, or back-yard breeders as they are called, use this term to market small pups/dogs in order to make them sound special; so that they can fetch high (often exorbitant) prices.
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