Did you know that Golden Retriever Day is coming up? February 3rd is dedicated to the Golden Retriever, one of the world’s favorite dog breeds. In fact, the Golden is currently listed as the number 3 top dog, out of 197 breeds, and has won the top spot several times. Below, a Beaufort vet goes over a few facts about these ‘pawesome’ pooches.
Friendly, loyal, and smart, Goldens are revered for being super lovable and easy to please. Honestly, you really couldn’t ask for a better dog, or a more adorable one! They are playful and active, and they love to run and play. Given the fact that they were specifically bred to retrieve waterfowl, it’s no surprise that these pooches love water. (Tip: if you don’t have easy access to a pet-friendly swimming area, get Fido a kiddie pool to splash around in.) Aside from swimming, a Golden’s favorite pastimes include playing Fetch, going on rides, and collecting belly rubs.
The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized pooch with long fur. The average height and weight measure in at about 23 inches and 65 pounds for females, and 24 inches and 75 pounds for males. Their natural happiness is even noted in the breed standards: their tails are often described as moving with a ‘merry fashion.’ There are three specific types of Goldens: British, American, and Canadian. Of course, they’re all adorable! It’s worth pointing out that Golden Retrievers are often confused with Yellow Labrador Retrievers. The main difference is that the Yellow Lab has shorter fur.
Like other sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers are incredibly active. Fido will need lots of walks and playtime. These pooches also make great companions for joggers, though you’ll need to get the thumbs-up from your vet before taking your furry friend out for a run. Goldens are also excellent at doggy sports, such as agility, and are wonderful at obedience and tracking activities.
Goldens have beautiful fur, and they are quite generous about trying to share it with their humans. Fido will shed continuously throughout the year. If you don’t want to find fur everywhere, you’ll need to brush your pup regularly. The good news is that your pooch will only need occasional baths. Regular nail trims are a must, however, as is good dental care.
Do you have questions about caring for a Golden? Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Beaufort vet if ever we can be of assistance.