Are you thinking about buying a Golden Retriever puppy? They are a great family pet to have. I have had 3 over the past 20 years, and I think they are a great addition to a family.
I have learned a few things after the first one to help make sure the next Golden Retriever puppies were more healthy than my first one. There are several things to consider when picking out that cute little “fur ball” other than how cute they are.
So if you are looking at buying a Golden Retriever Puppy, read on to learn 10 things that you should know about them.
Where to Get Your Golden Retriever Puppy – Expected Paperwork
There are many places to chose from when getting a new Golden Retriever puppy. You can choose one from a professional breeder, a family that chose to breed their pet, or you can rescue one. Depending on what your expectations are with your pet will probably factor into who you choose.
If you decide you are going to go with a professional breeder, you are going to want to know the puppies’ pedigree and you also need the registration papers.
Pedigree – Purebred dog papers should include a pedigree, which is your dog’s family tree. It shows his bloodline going back four or more generations. It might also include titles the dog’s have won.
Registration Papers – This simply identifies the parents and other ancestors of the pup. This doesn’t guarantee the quality of the pup or mean that it is healthy and well-bred. If the mother and father are registered, their puppies are eligible for a registration certificate too.
When you buy your purebred puppy, the breeder should give you a registration application that must be completed with the puppy’s registered name and signed by both you and the breeder.
Mail it in with the processing fee and you’ll receive your puppy’s new registration certificate in a few weeks.
Health of Golden Retrievers
Purebreds, in general, many times have more health issues than mixed breeds. There are several that come to mind with Golden Retrievers, but asking some questions up front might help to avoid these issues for you.
- Hip Dysplasia – If your Golden ends up having this, it can get quite costly and can be painful for your dog. This can be screened for in your puppy before you purchase him, and most good breeders should have this done before puppies are going to their new home.
- Allergies – Golden Retrievers are susceptible to allergies. These can be quite serious. I had a Golden who would chew all the fur off his feet until all that was left were pink feet. We ended up going to a specialist and had to give him shots every 3 weeks because he was in such bad shape. Our next 2 Goldens didn’t have any allergies, but we asked before choosing them if the parents had allergies. They didn’t, and ours never did either.
- Ear Infections – They have long furry ears that result in poor air circulation. The best way to help prevent the infections is drying the ears after swimming and baths. There are also ear cleaning solutions that you can pick up almost anywhere you get pet supplies. Cleaning their ears regularly will help with fewer infections.
Main Purpose For Your Dog
There are many different reasons that you might want a Golden Retriever and many different uses for them.
- Show Dog or Agility Training – If this is the case, make sure to get additional information from the breeder on proven performance records and health clearances. Good ones will have pedigrees with overachieving parents.
- Hunting Companion – Golden Retrievers have great noses that make for great bird dogs.
- Search and Rescue/Police Dogs – Goldens are extremely intelligent and do very well in this field.
- Guide or Therapy Dogs – Because of their intelligence, loyalty, and love of their masters, they work very well helping people out who need their service.
- Family Pet – There is a reason that in the United States the Golden Retriever is the 3rd most popular dog. They make great family pets. They are loyal and great with kids. They always want to be around you and would rather you didn’t leave them behind. They become actual family members and not just a dog that no one pays attention to. They will always make sure you know they want to be included in everything you are doing.
10 Things You Need to Know About Golden Retrievers
- They have energy- They were originally bred as a sporting dog and because of this, they are naturally energetic. They need proper exercise and if unexercised, Goldens, with pent-up energy may develop behavioral problems or bad habits. They love long walks, jogging, hiking, fetch or chase games, and swimming. They are slow to mature and might act like pups into their senior years.
- They shed – In spring and fall there will be heavy shedding and light to moderate shedding all year long. Expect to have dog fur in your house at all times.
- Born to Fetch – They have a natural instinct to carry things in their mouth. You might notice when they get excited, they will run and get a toy, glove or any other item they can find to carry around.
- They Love Water – They will find any water hole available and lay in it or go swimming. It is great exercise for them and will help them stay cool in the warm months. They are even happy to lay in a kiddie pool.
- They Love Mud – If they can’t find water, they are equally happy to lay in a mud hole to cool off in and roll around.
- They Love Food – Goldens tend to overeat and can become overweight. You need to practice self-control and not always give into their cute sad eyes.
- Not Aware of Their Size – They seem to think they are lap dogs, and their enthusiasm and desire to always be close to their owners leaves them crowding your space often.
- They are Intelligent – They quickly learn commands, but that doesn’t mean they will be obedient. They need mental stimulation either in sports, games, and other things that challenge them. If they aren’t getting challenged, they will challenge you.
- They are Not Watch Dogs – They are friendly by nature and more suited to be a welcoming committee when someone comes to your door. Generally they will have kisses and tail wagging for anyone who comes to your house. Many of them will also smile when they greet guests.
- They are Family Members – They will become a loyal best friend who will be great with kids. They always want to be close, will follow you around or will be laying by your feet. They do better living indoors because they are such social dogs.
Golden Retrievers Are Great Dogs to Have
If you are planning on buying a Golden Retriever puppy, I feel you will be happy with your choice. Take a look at how to prepare for a new puppy, so you are ready when the day comes.
A Golden Retriever can have some health issues, but many can be researched ahead of choosing your dog, so your chances are better for having a healthy Golden.
They make great dogs in so many areas. Being a Golden Retriever owner for so many years has only made me love them more. They are great family members, and want to be accepted by all in the house. Each will have a different personality, but all of them are friendly, loving, loyal, and a great friend to have.
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The Retriever really is the all round all purpose dog, who could resist them, who could not love them.
Personally if I was going to get one it would be from the rescue centre where there are usually far to many just waiting to be recovered and taken back to their natural habitat which is the family homestead.
This is very good information and well presented
Thanks for the feedback. I also have a big soft spot for them, and I think getting one from a rescue center is a great idea. All of thoses dogs deserve a good home.
The most surprising statement to me came very near the beginning, “Purebreds, in general, many times have more health issues than mixed breeds.” I would have certainly guessed differently on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
What beautiful animals! And so glad you added the part about watch dogs.
Sadly, my youngest is extremely allergic. Thanks!
I am sorry your youngest is allergic. I would be very sad not having a dog in the house. Thanks for the comment.
We have a labrador retriever, she had hip dysplasia since 2 years old, such a young age! But we watched her weight, and managed to keep it from worsening, even until now when she’s 14 year old. And she’s absolutely awesome with my four young kids at home. Thanks for the great article, lots of information there!
That is great that you have been able to manage it and that she is 14. That is a long time for a large dog. You must be doing a great job. Thanks for the interest in my post.
Are all Goldens greet their owners with tearing their clothes & jumping all over them or only mine who needs correction , also when I am late at work he tears off the couch.
Noting that it is very stubborn and sometimes refuses to obey the training instructions .
I have a Golden Retriever that thinks jumping on people is ok. I have been working with him for 11 years. I do know where I failed on my training when he was young, but it is no longer worth the fight with him, since I know we are soon to lose him. You can take a look at how to stop a dog from jumping on people. It might be helpful to still correct your dog. He might also be letting you know he is mad he was left alone. Goldens don’t do very well with not being social with people. I suggest getting him some interactive toys or food puzzles to help keep him busy when you are gone. The mental stimulation might help him not get into trouble when you are away. My last suggestion would be to get a pet camera to keep an eye on him. My recommendation would be a camera that can also toss him treats. You will be able to talk to him and give him a treat if he is behaving. It might help him to not be so worked up the minute you walk into the door. I know it is hard, but you might want to ignore you dog when you first walk into the house until he is able to settle down. Once he is settled, give him a treat so he starts learning he needs to be settled before you will give him attention. I wish you good luck, and I hope some of these suggestions will help you get your dog to act the way you would like him to act.