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Golden Retriever

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Size: Large (60 to 100+ lbs.)
Lifespan: Medium (8 to 12 years)
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Tied with the Labrador Retriever each year for most popular family dog, the Golden Retriever is one of the all–time favorite breeds in this county. Prized for their friendliness, sociability, and patience with children, its no wonder they're popular. Retrievers need to be around people to be happy--if left alone or kept separate from the family, the Golden may become hyper and destructive. As with most large dogs, the Golden Retriever needs plenty of exercise. They are always happy for a quick swim or a game of fetch. If properly exercised the Golden Retriever makes an excellent apartment dog, as they tend to be most active in the mornings and evenings. Retrievers exemplify the stereotypical qualities of "man's best friend". Goldens are only second behind their close cousin the Labrador Retriever as the most popular guide and assistance dogs for the disabled and elderly.

General Care

The Golden is instantly recognizable by their medium-length, smooth golden coat. They require regular brushing, especially if they have been playing outside, and shed a lot. Goldens live about 10 to 12 years and are large, sturdy dogs weighing upwards of 70 pounds. Golden Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia, congenital eye defects, and skin allergies. Golden Retrievers are also prone to "hot spots" in summer, however experts warn against the popular practice of shaving your Golden. Check out Sheila's Blog for more info on Summer Health Concerns for Pets.

Due to their consummate popularity, many people look for a Golden when they decide to get a dog. Although easier to care for then most large dogs, Goldens still require plenty of exercise and attention. People greatly underestimate the level of care a dog requires in general, making a lack of education and first time dog ownership the number one reasons these dogs end up in shelters.

For more information on Golden Retriever ownership and care, check out the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue.

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