Golden Retriever Puppies for Sale
The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dogs in America and is a popular breed in many parts of the world. The Golden is believed to have originated in the highlands of Scotland during the 18th century.
This dog was bred as a hunting breed well suited to chilly water, in order to retrieve game from the many small lakes, rivers or ponds that covered the area. The Golden’s lineage is linked with the Spanish Water Spaniel, the Tweed Spaniel (now extinct) and the Red Setter. These early breed, then called a “yellow retrievers” were used by a few Scottish gamekeepers and as a gentleman’s gun-dog. The breed was officially recognized by The British Kennel Club in 1911 as “Retriever- Yellow or Golden” and finally, as a Retriever Golden” in 1920
While this breed started off in Europe, they have been embraced by Americans. Early Golden Retrievers started appearing in Canada and the U.S. around the same time they were recognized by the British Kennel Club and are now one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They were first recognized by the AKC in 1925 and grouped as Sporting.
- Country of Origin: Great Britain
- Weight: 55 - 80 lbs
- Height: 21 - 24 inches
- Color: As indicated by their name, their coat comes in light golden colors to dark golden colors. Their golden coats can range from a light cream color, into the yellows, or even into a dark copper shade.
Golden Retriever puppies are famously friendly and docile. This sweet breed is kind, confident, responsive, affectionate and overall makes for a great family pet. This dog enjoys playing fetch and cuddling with his humans. That’s why the Golden Retriever is a favorite choice for households with children and other animals.
Although the Golden Retriever is playful, outgoing and social, this puppy also has a calm demeanor and a great willingness to learn. Because they combine exceptional intelligence with an eagerness to please, Golden Retriever puppies are relatively easy to train. Retrievers are often chosen as therapy dogs.
The average life expectancy for a Golden Retriever is between 10 – 14 years. One of the more common health issues with the Golden Retriever is hip dysplasia. The most common fatal health issue is Hemangiosarcoma and Lymphosarcoma, both forms of cancer. Work with your vet to watch for these conditions, especially later in his life. Other health concerns to be aware of are:
- Heart Disease
Because this breed can have joint issues, it’s important to keep your dog at a healthy weight. Obesity is a common issue with Golden’s, so it’s especially important to watch your dog’s weight and his diet.
To keep your Golden Retriever puppy healthy, calm, and centered, provide him with daily exercise. Because this breed can have eye and ear issues, clean your Golden Retriever’s ears weekly, and gently wipe the area around his eyes each day to remove any small bits of crust or buildup.
Take your dog in for regular vet checkups. With all breeds, it’s important to stay current on all shots and vaccinations.
Coat & Coat Care
Golden Retrievers have double coats. The top coat is water-resistant and slight wavy. It sheds in small amounts throughout the year. The undercoat is soft and keeps these dogs cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The undercoat sheds in the fall and spring.
Golden Retrievers have mild feathering on the back of their forelegs and heavier feathering on the front of their necks, back of their thighs and the bottom of their tails.
Golden Retrievers require regular grooming and the occasional bath. They should be brushed at least once a week, and every day during heavy shedding. They should be bathed every two months. They also need to have their ears cleaned regularly to prevent infections.