What to Expect with a New Golden Retriever Puppy
Golden retriever puppies are as American as peanuts and cracker jacks at a baseball game. However, before adding one to your home, you will want to get a feel for the breed to ensure that it is a good fit for you and your family. Here are a few things you can expect with golden retrievers.
First, this medium-sized dog can range from 55 – 80 pounds, with females often being on the smaller side of their male counterparts. Their coat is medium in length and an average amount of shedding should be expected, although regular brushing can reduce the amount you will find around your living room. Regular grooming is necessary to keep their coat healthy and soft and to reduce matting.
You can expect a loving, playful temperament from retrievers. They are considered great family dogs, often exhibiting a gentle disposition around children. They are also patient and very devoted to their humans. Golden retriever puppies can also be easily trained, assuming you offer firm leadership, and they are very much “people-pleasers.” Do not be surprised if your golden follows right behind your heels from room to room throughout the day.
One important thing to keep in mind is that this breed is quite energetic. Do not expect your new puppy to curl up and sleep all afternoon. These puppies need playtime and substantial exercise to be at their best. You will want to plan for long walks, jogging or even swimming. Lack of exercise can result in behavioral issues and your retriever can become destructive. It is possible to raise golden retriever puppies in small living spaces, but only if there are adequate outlets for the high energy.
If you are looking for a guard dog, this probably is not the breed for you as they are not likely to attack. However, they are extremely watchful and will likely alert you to unexpected visitors with their strong bark.
Finally, golden retriever puppies have an expected life-span of between 10 and 12 years. They will be loyal and loving and will undoubtedly be your best friend every step of the way. If you can commit to doing the same for them, you may have found your breed.