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The Golden Retriever

The golden retriever, or simply golden, is a breed of dog of British origin. It has been a very popular breed since the 1990s. Wikipedia

A mature male golden retriever should be 23 to 24 inches at withers (around 60 cm); females should be 21 ½ to 22 ½ inches (around 55 cm). A deviation of more than one inch in both directions leads to disqualification in competitions, according to the American standard. Adults generally weigh between 55 and 75 pounds (25 to 34 kg) (females are generally lighter and smaller than males). Their double glossy layer can be wavy or straight. They should be brushed regularly and need an occasional bath to eliminate the dog smell. Their ears should be cleaned regularly to prevent dirt and debris from building up.

Where did he come from? Dating back to the 19th century in Scotland, the golden retriever was raised to recover waterfowl, which was a popular activity among the Scottish nobility. In order to recover game from the various swamps of Scotland, the retriever was designed with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel to create the breed that exists today. The breed was developed at Glen Affric, in a rich estate, from 1835 to 1890 by a Scottish nobleman and an avid hunter named Sir Dudley Marjoribanks. Meanwhile, Marjoribanks sought to create a breed of talented hunter and more attentive to its owner than the existing breeds of retrievers. Modern golden retrievers have a natural love for water, a keen sense of smell and a soft grip, traits they inherited from their 19th century ancestors. The golden retriever was recorded in 1903 in England, and shortly thereafter in the United States in 1925.

What a Personality!
According to the general opinion, the main determining characteristic of the golden retriever lies in its temperament. He is kind, gentle and eager to please by nature. He aspires so much affection,he will seek it from strangers as well as from his own family. Goldens adapt well and are inclined to go to the world, and these characteristics are at the top of the list of reasons why people like them.

The golden retriever loves everyone, so he will express his love by jumping on people. Basic and early obedience training is a must for these large exuberant dogs. Fortunately, the golden is easy to educate, and a small investment of time when the dog is young will pay in adulthood. He will easily sit on command, walk with a leash without pulling and come when called.

If not trained, socialized and exercised on a daily basis, the overflowing exuberance of Goldens – especially as teenagers and young adults – can be overwhelming and even frightening for small children, despite the dog’s best friendly intentions. Choose a golden as a family dog only if you are willing to supervise the children and the dog when they get together and make sure everyone plays well. It is normal for puppies to hunt and bite into the game, so you have to teach a golden puppy how to act around the kids and teach the kids to play properly with the dog.

Golden Retrievers Are Beautiful, But Are They Healthy?
At the top of the list of health concerns is cancer, including hemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumours and bone cancer. Treatments for this disease can be emotionally and financially devastating. It is not known to what extent all these forms of cancer are genetic or exactly how they are transmitted from one generation to the next, but the very high rate of cancer in goldens may be hereditary at least in part.

Golden retrievers also suffer from a high incidence of hip dysplasia, which develops when the head of the thigh bone does not fit properly into the hip cavity. These dogs may also have genetic deformations of the elbow. Eyes are another problem of the breed, so make sure that the parents have been examined by a veterinary board certified by an ophthalmologist and certified by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation.

Heart disease is also common among golden retrievers and usually manifests itself in a mild heart murmur. Have your dog’s heart checked at least once a year, and study every whisper thoroughly.

When you adopt a puppy at home, you need to protect it from one of the most common health problems: obesity. Keeping a golden retriever at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to improve your health and prolong your life. Make the most of your prevention skills to ensure your dog’s lifetime health.