So you have a family and are looking for the perfect family dog but you just don’t know what breed you are looking for? I have always loved animals all my life and was always partial to the smaller breed of dog . . . but they are sometimes not the best idea when looking for a family dog and/or a watch dog . . . or both. I think most of you that have had them can attest to the fact that the Golden Retriever is a great family dog. I don’t know about watch dog unless the strangers are fearful of the love, affection, and happy-go-lucky attitude of the canine “guard dog.”
We had a beautiful Golden Retriever named Missy who left our world (in her sleep). It has been a big void in our lives, a huge loss. When we got her we had this vision, as most people do, of the sweet, calm, laid back dog we all know and love. Loving and sweet, yes, but calm and laid back, not a chance! We were in for a big surprise. She was a cute curly butterball when we brought her home and she had a whole lot of living to do. Golden Retrievers are not born laid back. They actually get all their possible energies out within the first one to three years of their life . . . which is why they are all “worn out” the rest of their wonderful dog years.
The Golden Retriever is the happiest, sweetest puppy ever, wanting to play all the time. On the other hand, they are one of the smartest, and our Missy was so easy to housebreak. She literally had only one “accident” in the house before being potty trained completely. It was amazing how good she was.
I do have an amazing story, as most of us do, involving this amazing intelligent girl. When Missy was about a year old we went camping at the in-laws trailer with her and our other two small dogs. Being that she hasn’t traveled previously, she would not potty in the yard of the trailer park until the following morning. She refused to go for over 24 hours because this was not her yard! However, when she went I have to say it seemed like she stayed that way for over 20 minutes straight. We could not believe she held it that long. Animals really do (or don’t do) the strangest things.
She was a wonderful, happy and smiley dog all the time, as these dogs most often are, though they do have many unfair attributes that affects this wonderful breed of dog. Missy was so susceptible to ear infections as most Retrievers are and she never ever complained. When she would walk with her head a little sideways, we knew she had a problem. I always tried to keep the ear area trimmed so air could get in there, had to clean the ears often and had to keep ear medications in the house at all times. We felt so bad for the things she had to endure, without ever a complaint on her part.
The breed is also susceptible to many types of allergies and pretty much had to take Benadryl on a regular basis. Golden Retrievers do need regular grooming, brushing, bathing with good medical type shampoos to help with itching and I do believe it did help to shave her during the shedding seasons to decrease the itching caused by excess fur and undercoat. It is not always necessary but the brushing and combing is vital. And they love it, will sit (or lay for you, as they tend to be a little lazy) and they take in all the pampering. You can find further grooming information on the Golden Retriever in one of my articles on this site.
Large dogs do have a tendency to get bloat (which is also called twisted stomach) and you can tell by the large bloated stomach and the dog being very lethargic, (far more than they usually are). This requires vet attention and most times surgery to correct the problem. We feel she may have died from this condition though this time we were not sure as we did not see her get into anything that might have caused this problem. The vet said to just watch her overnight, she seemed to be better when we went to bed (since most emergencies happen after hours) but by morning she was gone. I have covered the subject of bloat thoroughly in another article of mine. If you are ever suspicious your dog is afflicted with any type of problem and is in any kind of discomfort, bring it into your vet for a checkup immediately, as you do not want to ever live with regrets.
Of course, there are a few other problems this breed may face such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, epilepsy and more, which is why you want to be able to get your pet from a very reputable breeder and get them checked by your own vet immediately. None of the possible problems this breed may face could ever outweigh all the wonderful joys, commitment and love that the Golden Retriever will bring to you and the family. They are wonderful with children, are very kind, gentle and loyal. You will never regret the decision to get a Golden Retriever to add to your family.
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