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The temperament of the Golden Retriever is a hallmark of the breed and is described in the standard as
"kindly, friendly and confident". They are not "one man dogs" and are generally equally amiable with
both strangers and those familiar to them. Their trusting, gentle disposition therefore makes them a
poor guard dog. Any form of unprovoked aggression or hostility towards either people, dogs or other
animals, whether in the show ring or community, is completely unacceptable in a Golden Retriever and is
not in keeping with the character of the breed and as such is considered a serious fault. Nor should a
Golden Retriever be unduly timid or nervous. The typical Golden Retriever is calm, naturally intelligent
and biddable, with an exceptional eagerness to please.
Most Goldens are high energy and need plenty of exercise, such as dog agility. A Golden Retriever
puppy jumps to catch a treat.Golden Retrievers are also noted for their intelligence, it ranks fourth in
Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs following the Border Collie, Poodle, and German Shepherd
Dog, being one of the brightest dogs ranked by obedience command trainability. These dogs are also
renowned for their patience with children.
By the time they reach maturity however, Goldens will have become active and fun-loving animals with
the exceptionally patient demeanour befitting a dog bred to sit quietly for hours in a hunting blind. Adult
Golden Retrievers love to work, and have a keen ability to focus on a given task. They will seemingly
work until they collapse, so care should be taken to avoid overworking them.
Other characteristics related to their hunting heritage are a size suited for scrambling in and out of boats
and an inordinate love for water. Golden Retrievers are exceptionally trainable—due to their intelligence,
athleticism and desire to please their handlers—and generally excel in obedience trials. In fact, the first
AKC Obedience Trial Champion was a Golden Retriever. They are also very
competitive in agility and other performance events. Harsh training methods are unnecessary as Golden
Retrievers often respond very well to positive and upbeat training styles.
Golden Retrievers are compatible with children and adults and are good with other dogs, cats and most
livestock. Golden Retrievers are particularly valued for their high level of sociability towards people,
calmness, and willingness to learn. Because of this, they are commonly used as guide dogs, mobility
assistance dogs, and search and rescue dogs. They are friendly and tend to learn tricks easily.
They are also known to become excellent surrogate mothers to different species. Kittens and even tiger
cubs from zoos are well taken care of by golden retrievers. In some cases, a retriever may produce milk
for its adopted even though it may not have been pregnant or nursing recently.
PET STREET MALL
|Notoriously energetic, friendly, and
companionable, Golden Retrievers are a
favorite animal for both families and
professional breeders. This extensive guide
addresses everything current or potential
owners need to know about the breed,
including how to choose and rear a puppy;
the basics of feeding, grooming, and health
management; and common ailments and
diseases to watch for, as well as how and
when to perform eye-examination and hip x-
ray procedures. Various activities designed
to boost the retriever’s general health and
strengthen the bond between pet and
owner are also included.
|The go-to resource for keeping pups
healthy and happy...Takes the guesswork
out of caring for any kind of dog.
An indispensable medical reference for
every dog-owning household. Written by
a veterinarian with a gift for presenting
complex information in a lively, accessible
way, this book covers everything from
choosing the right puppy (or adopting the
perfect adult) to caring for the senior dog.
Thoroughly discusses more than 100
canine illnesses, and includes the most
up-to-date information on pet food safety,
"designer" dog breeds, homemade diets,
vaccine protocols, obesity and heart
disease, pet insurance, and more.