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 Training & Breed Advice

Golden Retrievers are recognized as being one of the most loving and loyal of all dog breeds. Golden Retriever training is relatively easy as they are very alert and active, and are extremely playful, sociable and eager to please. They are one of the best companions for families and are happy both indoors and outdoors. Essentially, Goldens are happiest when they are with you.

The Golden Retriever is a beautiful breed that has always been a popular favorite among dog lovers everywhere. Their gentle, sweet and easy going temperament has made them a breed that warms the hearts of virtually everyone – even cat people! It is not uncommon for people who own a Golden to stick with the breed, adopting them again and again.

The History of Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are a relatively new breed, only dating as far back as the 19th century. They were developed in England and Scotland due to the popularity of the retriever dogs that were already used for hunting purposes. Retrievers were highly desirable because of their medium size, and because they could pursue both upland game and waterfowl.

The Golden Retrievers that we have come to know today were developed from the crossbreeding of different dogs including Yellow Retriever, Tweed Water Spaniels, Irish Setters and Bloodhounds. Of all the dogs used, the Yellow Retriever and Tweed Water Spaniels had the most influence on the Golden Retriever, as they were used to obtain the Golden’s yellow color, as well as for some of their more positive characteristics: intelligence, courage and retrieving ability. The development of the Golden Retriever is credited to Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness-Shire, Scotland.

Golden Retrievers became very popular in England at the end of the 1800’s, and when first shown in England, were called “Golden Flat-Coats”. It wasn’t until 1913 when the Golden Retriever Club of England was formed that Golden Retrievers achieved their individual status. In 1920, the breed finally made its way to North America, and was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1925.

Golden Retrievers were practically an instant success from the time they were developed, and have yet to lose their popularity with dog owners. They are one of the most beloved and cherished dog breeds in the world.

Golden Retrievers and You

Golden Retrievers are an outstanding breed of dog. They are completely deserving of their popularity as their devotion and obedience are amiable traits that can’t be compared.

Goldens are apart of the Sporting dog group which means by nature they are hard working, active and loyal. They are champion show and sport dogs. They have a strong build, weighing between 65-70 pounds, and a medium height averaging 24 inches at the shoulders. Throughout history their incredible sense of smell, intelligence, and natural retrieving instincts have made them ideal hunters, police dogs and seeing-eye dogs for the blind.

Golden’s are easy to groom and only need to be brushed bi-weekly. Keep in mind they do shed, especially during their two major shedding seasons. Therefore, twice a year, expect to find large tufts of fur kicking around your home if you have a Golden.

Golden Retrievers are gentle and laid-back, which makes them excellent with children, and other family pets of all species and sizes including cats, fellow Goldens, and mini rodents. However, due to their friendly and carefree personality, Golden’s do not make good guard dogs.

Goldens love to swim and play outdoors, and will want to be with you everywhere you go. They crave attention and need plenty of it. They also need plenty of training so they can grow up as a credit to their breed. In addition, Goldens – especially younger dogs – have high energy and can be destructive if not provided with the necessary exercise or training. Moreover, Goldens are incredibly playful and mischievous, and won’t think twice about trying to outsmart you if you don’t show them who is boss.

Although Golden’s can adapt well to both country and city life, Golden Retrievers require a good amount of exercise, and should be walked at least twice a day for at least 20 minutes each time.

Golden Retrievers make a wonderful family pet, and are a fine choice for the first time dog owner. If you are interested in obtaining this breed, you need to do thorough research to ensure that you can meet their needs and commit to them for the duration of their life span which is usually between 12 – 14 years.

When all is said and done, Golden Retrievers are the best friends you could ever ask for.