GOLDEN RETRIEVER

One of the most friendly dogs around, Golden Retrievers are known for their highly cheerful and outgoing nature. Their sharp intelligence makes them easy to train and they also do pretty well with children. They are happy dogs who like to share their love out to anyone and everyone they meet.

Fast Facts On Golden Retriever

  • Origin

    Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Weight

    Male: 29 - 34 Kg
    Female: 25 - 29 Kg
  • Height

    Male: 56 - 61 cm
    Female: 51 - 56 cm
  • Coat

    Straight or Moderately Wavy
  • Skin Colour

    Any Shades of Gold or Cream
  • Life Span

    10 - 12 Years

Golden Retriever Characteristics

  • Energy Level

    High
  • Exercise Needs

    Medium
  • Playfulness

    Very Playful
  • Affection Level

    Very Affectionate
  • Friendliness With Other Dogs

    Very Friendly
  • Friendliness Toward Strangers

    Very Friendly
  • Tendency to Bark

    Moderate
  • Tendency to Drool

    Low
  • Watchdog Ability

    Medium
  • Guarding Potential

    Not Very Protective
  • Grooming Needs

    Moderate Maintenance
  • Cold Tolerance

    Medium
  • Heat Tolerance

    Medium
  • Veterinarian Visit

    Frequent

What Are The Best Foods For Golden Retrievers?

Food For Newborn Golden Retrievers (Birth to 8 Weeks)

Naturally, newborn Golden Retrievers thrive best if they are fed mother dog’s milk. In a case where it is not available, you can feed them a high quality powdered milk every 2-3 hours. Below is a list of some of the best food for newborn Golden Retrievers:

  1. 2% Off
    Pedigree Professional Starter and Weaning Dog Food 1.2 Kg
    Pedigree Professional Starter and Weaning Dog Food 1.2 Kg
    Special Price ₹490.00 Regular Price ₹500.00
  2. Fidele Puppy Starter Dog Food 4 Kg
    Fidele Puppy Starter Dog Food 4 Kg
    ₹1,900.00
  3. 8% Off
    Arden Grange with Chicken Weaning Puppy Food 2 Kg
    Arden Grange with Chicken Weaning Puppy Food 2 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,371.00 Regular Price ₹1,475.00
  4. Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate All Breeds Puppy Starter 12 Kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate All Breeds Puppy Starter 12 Kg
    ₹7,090.00
  5. Royal Canin Maxi Starter Dog Food 1 Kg
    Royal Canin Maxi Starter Dog Food 1 Kg
    ₹870.00

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Food For Puppy Golden Retrievers (2 to 15 Months)

Puppy Goldies have a voracious appetite as they are a large breed dog. They need a good amount of nutrients for healthy muscle and skeletal development. As they are an energetic breed, having an adequate proportion of protein and fats in their diet is highly recommended. Below are some of the best foods for Golden Retriever Puppies:

  1. 8% Off
    Arden Grange Puppy Junior Dog Food 2 Kg
    Arden Grange Puppy Junior Dog Food 2 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,255.00 Regular Price ₹1,350.00
  2. Acana Puppy & Junior Dog Food 2 kg
    Acana Puppy & Junior Dog Food 2 kg
    ₹1,599.00
  3. Orijen Puppy Large Breed Puppy Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Puppy Large Breed Puppy Food 6 Kg
    ₹4,599.00
  4. Farmina N&D Low Grain Puppy Chicken & Pomegranate Dog Food Maxi 2.5 kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Puppy Chicken & Pomegranate Dog Food Maxi 2.5 kg
    ₹1,890.00
  5. 5% Off
    Royal Canin Golden Retriever Junior Dog Food  3 Kg
    Royal Canin Golden Retriever Junior Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹2,300.00 Regular Price ₹2,400.00

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Food For Adult Golden Retrievers (15 Months to 8 Years)

Grown-up Golden Retrievers would still have that puppy-like enthusiasm and hence need the same nutrition as that of pups. As these breeds love to fetch, they need strong bones and joints to maintain high mobility. Having enough omega 3 fatty acids in the diet can keep robust bones and joints in them. Below are some of the foods that serve best for Adult Golden Retrievers:

  1. 16% Off
    Hill's Science Diet Adult Advance Fitness Chicken and Barley Recipe Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Hill's Science Diet Adult Advance Fitness Chicken and Barley Recipe Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Special Price ₹1,806.00 Regular Price ₹2,150.00
  2. 4% Off
    Arden Grange Adult Dog Chicken and Rice 12 Kg
    Arden Grange Adult Dog Chicken and Rice 12 Kg
    Special Price ₹6,050.00 Regular Price ₹6,300.00
  3. Acana Classic Prairie Poultry Dog Food 17 Kg
    Acana Classic Prairie Poultry Dog Food 17 Kg
    ₹7,799.00
  4. Farmina N&D Low Grain Adult Chicken & Pomegranate  Maxi Dog Food 12 kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Adult Chicken & Pomegranate Maxi Dog Food 12 kg
    ₹6,890.00
  5. 15% Off
    Royal Canin Golden Retriever Adult  Dog Food 12 Kg
    Royal Canin Golden Retriever Adult Dog Food 12 Kg
    Special Price ₹7,081.00 Regular Price ₹8,330.00

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Food For Senior Golden Retrievers (8 Years and Above)

Senior Golden Retrievers need only low-calorie foods as they won’t be leading an active lifestyle. For supporting gentle and healthy digestion, a reasonable amount of fibres are suggested in their diet. Following are some of the top-notch foods that you can feed a mature Golden Retriever:

  1. Royal Canin Digestive Care	Gravy Dog Food 1.02 Kg
    Royal Canin Digestive Care Gravy Dog Food 1.02 Kg
    ₹1,020.00
  2. Pedigree Senior Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Pedigree Senior Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    ₹580.00
  3. 2% Off
    Fidele Light & Senior Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Fidele Light & Senior Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Special Price ₹5,750.00 Regular Price ₹5,850.00
  4. 5% Off
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Special Price ₹2,100.00 Regular Price ₹2,200.00
  5. Orijen Senior Dog Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Senior Dog Food 6 Kg
    ₹4,599.00

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Are Golden Retrievers Good With Children?

They are one of the best dog breeds who are great around children. The reason for this being their remarkably affectionate and playful nature. Also, their inherent protective nature helps them to build a lovely bond with the babies in your house. One needs to be a bit careful while they are playing as they can easily knock children out owing to their big size.

Do Golden Retrievers Need Regular Grooming?

Yes, they do. Their long and dense hair, if not regularly groomed, can become tangled or matted. One needs to brush the dog’s ears, arm-pits, legs and tail weekly to reduce the problem of shedding. When the shedding season arrives, mainly around the first week of spring and fall, you may have to do the brushing daily. Using a high quality slicker brush can effectively clean their double coat.

Do Golden Retrievers Need Daily Exercise?

They are an energetic dog breed who needs 40-60 minutes of active play sessions daily. Obedience training and agility exercises are also regularly needed to keep them mentally stimulated. These dogs love to play the game of fetch and therefore you can throw around some dog toys to keep them busy and active. Please do not be too harsh while training as they are a sensitive breed who can become confused.

Are Golden Retrievers Good Guard Dogs?

No, they are not. Aggression and ferociousness don’t come naturally to these dogs and are too friendly to attack an intruder. They might bark on finding something suspicious but can never indulge in a tussle like a German Shepherd or a Rottweiler.

What are the Pros and Cons of a Golden Retriever

Pros

  • Golden Retrievers are one of the best family dogs one can ever have. They are humorous, loving, enthusiastic and affectionate to children as well.
  • This is a dog breed that is super easy to train. You can teach your favourite commands and tricks to them within no time.
  • Golden Retrievers are extremely friendly with fellow dogs and other animals. You won’t face any problem in their socialization.
  • Golden Retrievers love going to picnics and adventure hikes. They would walk long distances with you with full of zest and energy.

Cons

  • Golden Retrievers shed and they shed a lot. They are a double-coated breed having a long and dense fur. Be prepared to groom them daily during the shedding season.
  • Being an active breed, Golden Retriever needs at least 40-60 minutes of vigorous exercise daily. Without it, they can become restless and chewy.
  • Golden Retrievers are vulnerable to specific health problems like Skin allergies, Hip dysplasia, Hyperthyroidism and Bloating. Regular visits to the vet are therefore recommended.

Some Interesting Facts About Golden Retrievers

  • Golden Retrievers, due to their outstanding sense of smell are often used by police and armed forces as drug detection dogs.

  • They are excellent therapy dogs for older people.

  • Golden Retrievers are considered the 4th smartest in the dog’s kingdom (behind Border Collies, Poodle and German Shepherd).

  • They get along great with other animals, even cats.

  • Golden Retrievers are popular choices for movies and T.V shows as they are super-easy to train.

History Of Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers were originally bred in Scotland around the middle of the 19th century. During then in Scotland, wildlife hunting used to be a popular sport mainly among the wealthy elite. But the existing retriever dog breeds were inadequate for retrieving downed games from both land and water. It was a necessity as the hunting grounds of the time were pocketed with marshy ponds and rivers. For this reason, the best water spaniels were crossed with the existing retrievers, resulting in the creation of the breed today known as the Golden Retriever.

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