OK – we admit it…we love Golden Retrievers. We were originally going to call this article “7 Reasons Why Golden Retrievers Are So AWESOME! Golden Retrievers consistently rank near the top of America’s most popular dog breeds list right up there with Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.
Golden Retrievers are best known as hunting dogs and were specifically bred to possess an extremely powerful sense of smell. While still used in hunting today, Golden Retrievers are more commonly employed as bomb sniffers and search-and-rescue dogs due to their keen sense of smell. They are also among the most popular choices to be assistance-dogs for people with various disabilities.
While most commonly live between 12 and 14 years, there are many examples of Golden Retrievers living as long as sixteen.
The Golden Retriever breed was first named back in 1920 and originally named the Golden Flat Coat. They make great watch dogs, but unfortunately make terrible security dogs. They tend to bark loudly when a stranger approaches or any other danger presents itself, but then become very friendly to the “intruder” once in physical in contact with each other.
Here are 7 interesting facts about Golden Retrievers – how many did you know?
Fact 1: They Are One Of The Most Intelligent Dog Breeds
Golden Retrievers are among the most intelligent of all dogs, just under Poodles, Border Collies and German Shepherds. Some Golden Retrievers are said to have the IQ of a 2-year old child.
Fact 2: They Among The Easiest Breeds To Train
Given their high intelligence, the Golden Retriever breed is actually one of the easier and more responsive breeds to train. No real surprise.
Fact 3:If Neglected They Can Get Depressed
This characteristic is true for many dog breeds, but particularly so for Golden Retrievers. If someone the dog loves passes away or stops coming around, it can really affect them and often lead to reactive boredom behavior, like digging up the yard or chewing on furniture.
Fact 4:They Can Get Human Diseases
Golden Retrievers can get heart disease if they are inactive or get overweight, and diabetes has been a growing trend among the less active ones who may not have ideal diets. If you keep them active and eating a nutritious diet, they tend to stay fit, healthy and happy.
Fact 5: They Adore Children
The Golden Retriever breed has gained its popularity for how friendly it is, but it seems to have a special place in its heart for kids. Anyone who owns one knows how loveable they can be around kids.
Fact 6:They Earned Their Name for a Reason
The Golden Retriever was named such for its ability to catch and retrieve. Originally used mostly for hunting, this breed has evolved into an exceptional family dog.
Fact 7:They Are Natural Swimmers
Golden Retrievers are instinctively fond of the water and love to burn off energy with a water workout. Dog lovers who relish days at the beach or lake, will love this dog as a companion!
When purchasing a Golden Retriever, be sure to go through a reputable breeder who can ensure that the dogs are disease free and are ready for a new home. Stay away from dogs that are sold by pet stores, puppy mills, or any other irresponsible breeder.
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