is a golden the right dog for you?
The Golden Retriever is a happy, active dog that loves
to be with people. The Golden has seen increased popularity in recent years,
which brings with it increased responsibility to ALL Golden owners and
breeders to ensure the quality of the breed remains true to our high
standards of excellence.
do you really have time to share your life with a golden?
Because the Golden is a happy, eager dog, they need a
lot of attention right from the start to channel all this energy into
positive directions. Goldens need obedience training. If you don't take the
time to train your dog, he'll soon become a huge, uncontrollable 60 - 70 lb.
nuisance. Just like other family members, Goldens also need companionship.
Your dog will suffer if you're on the go a good portion of the time leaving
him alone. No dog does well under these circumstances. They become bored and
with boredom comes trouble such as chewing, barking, and digging! Dog
ownership brings with it a tremendous responsibility. With a little
commitment on your part, you'll have a happy, well-adjusted pal. You will
get back from your dog only what you are prepared to give! Keep in mind that
the lovely, calm and obedient Golden that sold you on the breed did not
accidently grow that way. Thoughtful breeding and many consistent hours of
work, love, understanding and patience went into developing the finished
do you really want a puppy?
A puppy should not be a spur-of-the-moment purchase. The
wrong dog can be an unending nuisance to a household. Animal shelters are
bulging with dogs that were acquired without sufficient investigation. In
your search for a puppy, we suggest that you visit or talk with several
breeders and ultimately deal with someone you feel will provide the type of
dog and service you seek. Since Goldens are subject to inheritable diseases
such as hip dysplasia and eye disorders, it is very important that breeding
stock be x-rayed and have annual eye and heart check-ups. All reputable
breeders should be willing to show you documentation regarding clearances.
They should willingly answer all your questions on their dogs and Golden
Retrievers in general.
Likewise, a good breeder will be asking you a lot of
questions to determine if you will be able to provide a puppy with a proper
new home. If you do decide that a puppy is right for you, we recommend
obtaining a copy of the book, "How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With", by
Clarice Rutherford and David Neil. (1981) 118 pages, paperback. (Alpine
Publications, Inc. 1901 South Garfield, Loveland, CO. 80537). Besides
containing excellent information on raising a puppy, it discusses how to
choose a puppy with a suitable temperament for your lifestyle. It is well
worth reading before you select your new puppy!