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While the dogs in our program ended up either homeless or
unwanted through any variety of reasons, the most common one is that their
previous owners were not prepared for the level of care and energy required by
Everyone knows the upswings to owning a Golden: They're
beautiful, playful, loving, intelligent, funny, good family pets, and just all
there are some things that you need to know before you take that adorable,
wiggling, bundle of honey-colored fur home. Remember...
Goldens shed constantly. There will be fur on your
clothes, floor and furniture - all year long.
Their coats require brushing several times a week.
Goldens require a good amount of exercise, at least an hour
or more per day. This does not include letting the dog out back to
entertain itself. Goldens require interactive playtime with their
owners. A walk
around the block is not sufficient exercise.
They are very clingy dogs. As you move throughout the
will follow you, even if it's only down the hallway or across the room.
Goldens are a very mouthy breed (they are, after all,
retrievers). They will bring you things, anything, to please
you. This may include your underwear - in front of guests.
They are prone to hip dysplasia, cardiac and eye problems,
skin disorders & allergies, among a host of other health issues.
Goldens are a medium to large-sized dog and may knock small
children or the elderly down if not properly exercised and trained.
Their tails are a perfect height to sweep coffee tables clean of
If you're looking for protection, a Golden is NOT a good
choice. They are not good guard dogs and tend to be friendly with
They are very attention-needy dogs and are not suitable for
outdoor-only living. If you are looking for an outdoor dog, this is
NOT the breed for you.
While Goldens are among the most trainable dogs, this also
means they need to be kept busy. A bored Golden is a destructive one.
These are just some of the things to remember when considering a
Golden as a potential pet. Please choose responsibly, your pet counts on
it. You can read more about goldens in this article from lifestylepets.org.
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