Choosing Golden Retriever Puppies

If you’ve ever seen a commercial that features an adorable puffy puppy that looks like the dog version of a lion cub, then you know how sweet Golden Retriever puppies look. However, just because all puppies are sweet, doesn’t mean they’ll grow up to be an adult Golden with all of the breed’s favorable characteristics. Thus, the following is a look at the breed standard to give you an idea of what to look for when selecting Golden Retriever puppies.

Goldens have a broad skull and a large head that is well defined. The muzzle, which is strong, deep and wide, should smoothly blend into the head of the Golden puppy.

The ears are a medium size, and should be just above the eyes and fold comfortably to rest closely to the cheek. Check inside the ears of your Golden puppy. Healthy ears will have a pale pink appearance and have no foul odor.

The eyes of Golden Retriever puppies are a deep brown and are set well apart. The rims of their eyes should be black. The eyes should be clear and have an intelligent and friendly look. The Golden’s sclera should be white not yellow, and there shouldn’t be any discharge or fluid coming from the eye.

A Golden should have a wide black nose with well developed nostrils. The nose should be clean and have no discharge coming from it.

The Golden Retriever has strong Jaws and a perfect scissor bite. Their upper teeth closely overlap the bottom and are set square to the jaw. Teeth should be white. Golden Retriever puppies have about 18 fewer teeth then adults, which they will lose when their permanent teeth grow in. Their cheeks are slim.

The Golden Retriever has a strong build that gives him an attractive appearance as an adult. Their chest is strong and they have deep ribs that are well sprung. Goldens have very balanced bodies (although they may not appear to be very balanced as puppies). Their back is strong and level from the withers to the backend.
The tail of a Golden Retriever is carried level with the back or is slightly upturned. It should not curl at the tip or hang downwards. The tail is well feathered when the Golden is an adult, and is one of its dominant features.

The forelegs are straight and are designed with a good bone structure. The elbows are close fitting and the legs are placed well under the body. The hind legs have plenty of muscle and the stifles are well bent. The hind legs should look straight when you view the dog from behind.

The feet of a Golden are very round, compact and well knuckled. They have thick pads to serve them well both on land and in water. The paws of a Golden Retriever puppy are one of their most distinguishing features, as they are often compared to lion cub paws.

Golden Retrievers have a long, balanced stride that is carefree. Before you settle on a puppy, observe his walk. While his walk may not be perfectly balanced due to his youth and growing state, the purpose is to see if he is favoring a leg or any of his paws.

The coat of a Golden Retriever is not course, nor is it silky. The coat of an adult is moderately long and lies close to the body. It is either straight or has a slight wave. The coat is not curly, and is resilient, water resistant, and firm. A healthy coat will appear glossy and will not have any missing patches of hair, look spotted or soiled.

The coloring of a Golden Retriever is his trademark. Goldens are available in different shades of gold. Golden Retriever puppies tend to have light coats that appear tan or almost white in color. Their coats will darken with age.

Golden Retriever Puppy Preperation

A Golden Retriever puppy is a cute little ball of fluff, and you won’t want to wait to take him home. But is your home ready for a puppy? Have you removed all possible hazards that could potentially injure or seriously harm your new pup?

Before you bring your Golden Retriever Puppy home, you need to make sure that he will have a safe welcoming. You can ensure this by following these few important steps.

1. Hide the house hold cleaners – you likely have cleaners such as laundry detergent, soap, dryer sheets, bleach, etc. Make sure that all of these cleaners are in tightly sealed containers, and are stored out of your Golden’s reach. If your puppy came in contact with cleaners they can be burned if splashed or the cleaner is ingested.

2. Keep chemicals in a safe place – The chemicals that pose the highest risk to dogs are automotive fluids (particularly antifreeze), weed killer, fertilizers, bug killer, over cleaners, etc. If your Golden Retriever puppy happened to consume any of these chemicals he could become severely sick. Keep chemicals stored in locked cupboards. If they are in your garage, make sure your Golden is never left unsupervised.

3. Keep food covers out of reach – Anything you use to cover food, such as foil wrap, plastic wrap, etc. have food on them. If you have discarded any of these items, make sure they are secure in your garbage. You don’t want your puppy ingesting any of these items as he could choke on them, or they could become lodged in his digestive track.

4. Lock up those Meds – Don’t leave out any medication, including your dog’s medication. Keep all mediations in a bathroom medicine cabinet, where your dog won’t be able to reach. Note: If your dog is ill, you should never self medicate him. Take him to the Vet to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.

5. Food Allergies – Your dog may have a food allergy that you are unaware of. For instance, many dogs are highly allergic to chocolate. Therefore, while you will be tempted to give your Golden Retriever puppy some of your food, don’t give into their pleading eyes. Feed them their regular dog food. If you want to give him scraps or share a little bit of your food with them as a special treat, consult your vet first.

In addition, make sure you clear the table of left over food when you are done eating, and don’t leave the garbage bag on the floor (open or closed) as mischievous puppies will do everything they can to get at the food waste.

6. Evil houseplants – Some houseplants, while beautiful and wonderful air purifiers, can actually be harmful to curious dogs who get the munchies. Some house plants can cause dogs to become violently ill. Make sure you research your plants to find out if they are puppy proof.

7. Loose wires – Loose wires may look like a fun toy to your inquisitive Golden Retriever puppy. Unfortunately, this is one toy that can electrocute your dog if he decides to chew it. Keep wires hidden, or off the ground to make them harder to find and less tempting to chew.

8. Sharp objects – Anything that has a sharp edge, such as knives, nails, sewing needles, paper clips, staples, and even broken bits of plastic can cut your dog – or worse – he may swallow them causing harm to his interior. Make sure you clean up any messes and have nothing lying around.

As you can see, there are plenty of things that you naturally have in your home, that could harm your new Golden Retriever puppy. To make sure he is safe, keep a close eye on him and take anything out his mouth that isn’t food or a chew toy.