As many of you know, I’m a Golden Retriever. Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in America due to their beauty and mild mannered demeanor. (I just blushed a little typing that!). We are great pets and can adapt to many situations!
The Golden Retriever originated in the Scottish Highlands inthe late 1800s. Lord Tweedmouth, a wealthy man whose pastimes included developing townships and breeding animals, crossed the yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct). He later added in some bloodhound and Irish Setter, and out came the Golden Retriever.
Golden Retrievers are intelligent dogs and learn quickly. They are great for obedience
competitions! We also have a knack for hunting and tracking. We were originally bred as bird dogs, hunting birds in the water and on land, so many of us still have the instinct to chase birds – whether we are running or swimming! With are great obedience and tracking instincts, we make great police narcotics dogs. A lot of police officers have Golden Retrievers as their partners to help them sniff out clues and illegal substances. And we are well known for our ability to be fantastic service dogs! We are great
with people of all ages and abilities, so we can be used as therapy dogs for
people with psychological illnesses, guide dogs for the blind, and service dogs for the disabled. We love to please our masters – so give us a task and we’ll do it to the best of our abilities!
We are active dogs and require daily activity to get our energy out – so if you are thinking of adding a Golden to your life, make sure you can meet our exercise needs. We typically grow to about 60 to 75 lbs, but can live in smaller apartments and homes as long as we have our daily exercise. We are average shedders and are easy to groom. We do gain weight easily so you need to pay attention to our feeding schedule. And it is not uncommon for Golden’s to have allergy problems that require medication.
But take it from me, Golden Retrievers are great dogs! We are very happy, friendly and full of love! If you have room in your heart and your life, consider adopting a Golden.