Today you’re going to learn 10 Golden Retriever facts that you probably never knew!
Hopefully, you leave knowing a few things more than you arrived with about my favorite breed of dog.
We all know that Goldens are super smart, but did you know that they are highly used for tracking, hunting, sniffing, and therapy?
Retrievers are super easy to train, loving, and caring too! Which is why they also make great dogs for assisting the differently-abled (disabled).
Why Golden Retrievers are my Favourite!
According to AKC the Labrador retriever is the most popular breed dog as of today, with the Golden not far behind.
It seems like I’m not the only one that loves Retrievers! They are very outgoing, super energetic, and love being part fo a loving family. Which makes them a great option for newborn babies or large families with children.
Although I could sit here all day sharing information on why I love Golden Retrievers, there are a few facts that will help you to decide for yourself.
Lets dig in!
1. Golden Retrievers come from an Extinct Breed of Dogs
A Golden Retriever was first created by breeding Tweed Water Spaniel and a Yellow Flat-Coated Retriever. The Tweed Water Spaniel has been extinct since the later part of the 1900s.
Golden retrievers take on a heap of traits from this extinct breed too!
Their characteristics include the featured furs on tails and front legs but absent on back legs, with a wedge-shaped skull.
These traits were genetically developed in the Tweed Water Spaniels and helped them to navigate through the free-flowing waters near the Scottish shores.
The feathered fur on their front legs acted like a paddle that helps them to counter water current and waves.
2. A Golden Retriever is a Soft-Mouthed Pet
Retrievers tend to pick up things in a soft and subtle way and carry them with great care. This was an important skill for them to maintain many years ago, as they would carry their prey very delicately during hunting.
Hunters would be able to shoot down the prey whilst remaining in shooting position, and be sure that the Golden Retriever would fetch it back safe and not so sound!
Which leads me onto the next point here… Did you know that Retrievers up a Raw egg and carry it without breaking it?
3. A Golden Retriever is a Popular Breed of Dog in the US
Much to your astonishment, these yellow-coated dogs are considered among the 3 most popular dog breeds every year.
They have managed to earn the third position after Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds in the year 2019. The empathy for being loving sweet family dogs least reflects about their notoriety.
However, these aren’t the only reasons that Golden Retrievers made it through the research report, but the informal stories about the pups’ loving and playful nature are truly legendary.
Their “puppyish” behavior really doesn’t fade away regardless of their age. Such a characteristic is perfect for the youngest member in your family for keeping up with an active and playful lifestyle.
4. Golden Retrievers are Super Easy to train
Retrievers are intelligent and obedient hunting companions that are very easily trained.
Similar traits that they serve in the woods or in the water, translates them to the service industry as well. You may have seen German Shepherds often at the backside of a police vehicle.
But, the presence of sensitive nose on Golden Retrievers makes them ideal for sniffing out drugs or other illegal substances at airports, cars, or elsewhere. They are also very helpful in “search and rescue” operations while hunting for the injured persons in a natural disaster.
5. They Are Awesome Swimmers
Although most popular breeds of dogs may have this exception, Golden Retrievers do love the comfort of humans while having a good swim with them.
The Golden Retriever has a natural affinity towards the water and has a strong body for swimming. Even their coat is built for water.
The dual-layer coat acts like a broad undercoat that helps to keep out the chilling temperature if they somehow hit the cold water during the winter months.
Their long outer coat repels water, and as such it doesn’t get absorbed in the skin. Hence, a drying shake-off from your pet will fling water everywhere. Keep plenty of towels in close vicinity at all times.
6. Golden Retrievers Love to Chew
Remember the”soft-mouthed” trait aforementioned that is highly-priced by hunters? Well, on the flip side, the gentle carrier while at work is also an avid chomper during playtime.
That means you should be prepared to give them plenty of approved chewable toys so that your socks, shoes, or other household items are spared.
However, the sweet and trainable nature of the Golden Retriever means that they can be easily diverted to chew treats such as bones, especially when their companion is monitoring them closely.
As with all dog breeds or puppies, in situations of anxiety or separation, they tend to take out their anger on whatever they find close to their hand.
However, with a little supervision, extra caring, and high-quality dog treats, you can get along with your pup in a harmonious way.
7. Golden Retrievers are even Spotted in the White House
Undoubtedly, the remarkable dog house in the whole US, the honored halls of the president have served as a ground for certain dogs.
During their time as presidents, both Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford had Golden Retrievers. Ford’s dog Liberty, used to live in the residence.
Whereas, Reagan’s dog Victory used to live on his ranch along with a stable full of horses. Liberty became such a fan following that a print of her paw was used in a rubber stamp.
The volume of letters and requests for this special signature became a clumsy thing for the puppy and Ford’s daughter.
8. Golden Retriever and Movies go Together
The soft temperament of this particular breed is the main reason why it is cited over and over again and so well-liked. It appears that Golden Retrievers are being loved by Hollywood because they are easy to direct onset and remain calm when they are managed by a professional trainer.
The presence of the agreeable sweet breed has led to the success of dog-centric movies such as Air Bud and classics like Old Yeller, Homeward Bound, A Dog’s Purpose, released in the year 2017.
There are over 12 movies made on them, and still counting. Although special effects are used in every modern movie, the ability to hit the scene with precision is what every director wants.
In a nutshell, these pups are excellent co-stars.
Check out a list of movies that Golden retrievers have been in here.
9. They Need Frequent Grooming
There is no surprise that the long lustrous golden coat a retriever has, needs a little more taking care of. However, if you are the first-time owner of this dog, you may be surprised by the volume of hair.
Golden retrievers unfortunately aren’t hypoallergenic, which means if you have allergies, then this might not be the best breed for you.
Their outer coat sheds naturally and replaces itself, but the hairy undercoat will leave hairs that may stick in the clothes, furniture, and other things. If you have dark-colored furniture or carpeting, the light fluffy furs will form a visible layer.
However, the shedding can be kept to a minimum by following a healthy diet, frequent visits to a professional groomer, and at-home brushing. If you have a specific vacuum especially for pets, it would be better.
10. Golden Retrievers will Need Special Nutrition
The tendency to chew different kinds of dog treats or toys relates to the habit of eating food as well, where they will often overeat without any sort of regulations.
For this dog breed, kibble diets are the best choice for this dog breed because dry foods will allow exact measurement and work fine in bowls with slow feeds.
A specially formulated kibble diet also keeps away your pet from food allergies, keeps them fuller for a prolonged time, and provides a healthy coat that sheds low furs.
When combined with vet wellness checkups, a high-quality balanced kibble diet is the only way to protect your Golden Retriever from common health issues like hip dysplasia.
More about Golden Retriever:
One of the distinguishing characters of this breed is their calm and sweet nature. They are bred to work with different kinds of people and eager to please their owners.
However, just like with other dogs, a Golden Retriever should be well-raised and trained properly to make the best out of them.
Quite similar to another breed of dogs, a Golden Retriever will need socialization such as exposure to different kinds of people, sounds, sights, and experiences.
All these things need to be done from a tender age, which means when they are young. Socialization will ensure that the puppy will grow into an all-rounder dog.
Golden Retrievers are known for their action and their love for outdoor activities. When you feel like jogging or hiking, your best companion will always be happy to join you.
Furthermore, if you toss a ball in your backyard, they will be happy to play with you.
Take them out for 20 to 30 minutes for vigorous exercise twice daily.
However, slacking on it could lead to behavioral problems. Golden Retrievers are “mouthy”, and hence they are the happiest when they need to carry something in their mouths, which may include a soft toy, ball, newspaper, or a smelly sock.
You will have to take special supervision if you want to raise a Golden Retriever puppy. During 4 to 7 months, they tend to grow rapidly.
As such, there may be chances of having bone disorders. Don’t allow them to play on hard surfaces like pavement until the age of 2 years when the joint bones will be fully developed. Playing on normal grass is perfectly fine.
It is recommended that you should give 2 – 3 cups of dry foods of the highest quality every day, and divided into 2 meals.
However, keep in mind that the food of an adult dog will depend upon the size, build, age, activity level, and metabolism. It is common that highly active dogs will need more food than a potato dog spending time on a couch.
The quality of food plays a crucial role. That’s because better quality food will nourish your dog. It is important to keep your Golden Retriever in great shape by giving him accurate food rather than leaving food all the time.
When you are raising a retriever puppy, you need to take care and attention. This breed of dog does well when you give them a low-calorie diet of the highest quality.
Maintenance and Coat Color:
A Golden Retriever will have an outer coat that repels water along with a thick undercoat. The furs are stretched on almost every part of the body that includes front legs and underbody.
There is a heavy fur on the back of things like tail, and chest.
This dog breed comes with different shades of gold that range from dark to light golden color. The Golden will shed furs during the summers and winters, and heavily during the spring and then afterward.
If you live with them or intend to buy one, to may need to adapt to dealing with a significant amount of dog hair in your clothes and house.
If you want to get rid of tangling, you should brush them daily, or once in a week, which is a minimum.
Your pup needs a bath at least once in a month, or often frequently so that he can smell good and look clean.
You need to brush their teeth as well, at least a couple of times in a week for removing the buildup of tartar, or any kind of bacteria that is dwelling inside.
It is even better if you do a daily brushing for your pup, as it will prevent bad breath and gum diseases. You have to trim nails a couple of times in a month if they don’t wear them naturally.
If you can hear their nails make a clicking sound on the floor, they are too long. Short trimmed nails help in keeping their feet in a good condition.
The blood vessels found on their toenails tend to bleed if you cut too far. At such, your dog won’t cooperate whenever he will see a nail cutter. Hence, if you are inexperienced in trimming nails, take assistance from a groomer or vet.
The folded ears serve as a dark and warm environment for fungus and bacteria to grow in.
Therefore, breed of dogs that have long folded ears such as Golden Retriever, may suffer from ear infections. Their ears must be checked once in a week for bad odor or redness, which will indicate an infection.
Whenever he gets wet, it is wise for you to check their ears. When you check them soon after getting wet, use a cotton ball and gently wipe them out. Clean the outer ear carefully so that nothing gets inside the ear canal.
Make regular brushing a habit for your Golden Retriever when he is a puppy. Taking care of your pet dog should be a fun-filled experience with rewards and praises.
Always check for rashes, sores, or other indications of infection such as tenderness, redness, and inflammation in the mouth, eyes, nose, or feet. Make sure to keep their eyes clean and free from discharge or redness.
Other Pets and Children:
The attitude of a Golden Retriever toward other pets is merrier. He will enjoy the company of other dogs. With proper training and instructions, your pet can be trusted with other animals.
The best thing about Golden Retrievers is that they aren’t bothered by the commotion of kids.
However, you should teach your children some basic things that include approaching and touching them. Don’t forget to teach them never to go nearer a dog while he is sleeping or eating, or try to take the food away from them.
Now you know a heap of Golden Retriever facts that I can almost guarantee you never knew (especially the egg one).
There are many factors of why this dog is amazing, but I’ll let you decide from here. If you havent already, then be sure to share this article with others on the net! Let them know about some fun facts too!