They were bred to retrieve game and still enjoy doing so. They have a soft mouth but like to have things in their mouths and carry things around, they have a strong desire to chew on things including your hands - you will need to provide them with lots of chew toys and teach them what is and what isn't appropriate to chew on. 

Grooming is essential

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They love water

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They are a hunting dog

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They will need training

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They are a big dog

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They are an active dog

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So is a Golden Retriever the right dog for you? 

Don't get a Golden if you have a small home, must keep your home immaculately clean, prefer a sedentary lifestyle or are short on time or money. They shed a lot of hair all year round, require a lot of time for exercise and are a 10 to 15 year commitment of your time and money. Golden Retrievers are adorable in their looks, temperament and personalities. The are a great family pet, life companion and friend, but you need to know and be prepared for what is involved with owning a Golden Retriever.

 

Is a Golden Retriever Right for you?

It’s no surprise that I, think Golden Retrievers are just about the best breed ever, but they are not for everyone! Please read our About Golden Retrievers article before getting a Golden Retriever as there are a few things to consider to see if a Golden Retriever is the right match for your family.

Member: The Golden Retriever Club of WA & The Golden Retriever Club (UK).