What is a Golden Retriever like?
Golden Retrievers are the third most popular family dog in Singapore and it’s not difficult to see why. Loving, cheerful, and trustworthy are words that pet owners would use when describing their golden retrievers.
They are a highly sociable dog breed, getting along well not just with humans, but with other pets as well. No worries then if you already own another dog or a even a family cat. Golden Retrievers quickly acquaint themselves with their new found companion, ever so eager to make friends.
With you too, they crave and dish out affection in equal doses, and are one of the most loving dogs ever. Only a Golden Retriever owner knows what it feels like to snuggle with them. They can make you forget all your other worldly troubles, and feel genuinely happy, even if for a moment.
This was the sweetest family!! They played with the puppies so they were used to people!! They were extremely clean!! We had a little issue with mites but the puppies were outside so that was expected somewhat. Nicole called to check on Lincoln and ask us how we were doing with our newest puppy! Extremely professional and I would recommend them to anyone wanting a golden!! Our Lincoln is the sweetest and has brought pure joy to our family!!!
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Dog info: Lincoln, Golden Retriever
Clean and hygienic process
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Absolutely amazing staff
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Dog info: Max, Golden Retriever
Coexisting with a Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are known for their proportionate and symmetrical build. Yet, what first captures the attention is often their eyes. They reflect eagerness and kindness, traits that are very much in line with their personality.
Male and female Golden Retrievers can be easily differentiated from their head shape. Male dogs grow to have a a more rounded head shape, whilst the females’ have more narrow ones.
Their gorgeous coats can be straight or curly, and it has a texture in between silky and coarse. They also have good feathering on the neck, legs, thighs, underside, and tail.
I love people! Chances are, I’ll love your kids too!
I like dogs! Big dogs. Little dogs. Bring ‘em on.
I would love some feline friends, but I’ll do best with some supervision at first.
Basic profile of a Golden Retriever
01. Exercise Requirements
Golden Retrievers are full of energy, and love nothing more than going for long runs and other high intensity activities. They love swimming, and would gladly spend hours playing with you in the pool. Alternatively, you can always take them to the neighbourhood garden for a game of fetch. Remember to throw it a good distance away, or you’ll find them coming back to you in a split second.
Their bountiful energy makes them ideal candidates for obedience training or agility classes.
03. Potential Health Issues
Whilst relatively healthy, Golden Retriever are still prone to certain health issues just like any other dogs. 20% of Golden Retrievers would eventually develop some form of joint disease, as they continue to age and grow old.
Just because of the way the ears are shaped, golden retrievers might also be susceptible to ear infections. It’s therefore good practice for the owner to check on their ears on a weekly basis. Make sure to clean them thoroughly whenever you bath them. Do this right and they are likely to stay healthy for a long while.
02. Obedience Training Style
Opinions might differ when it comes to the ideal age of training a Golden Retriever. However, at SingaporePuppyAdoption, we have seen the best successes training these puppies when they’ve hit 8 weeks old.
When they are young, these Golden Retrievers are better able to absorb new information. Not only do they understand them better, but they also are much more impressionable. This ensures that trainings you embark on with them are more likely to stick through their lifetimes.
04. Nutritional Requirements
The most active of Golden Retrievers would do well on a daily diet of between 1,300 – 1,500 calories per day. Dry kibble can serve as a good nutritional option, whilst also keeping the teeth of the Golden Retrievers healthy.
Canned food are also good candidates, as add it adds much-needed moisture into a typical Golden Retriever’s diet. Stay away from good that has high-fat content. Avoid also feeding them with human food without first consulting your veterinarian.