Golden Retriever FAQs

If you’ve fallen in love with this gorgeous breed, you’ll want to know all about these dogs and how to look after them. Here are some useful answers.

Do Golden Retrievers shed?

Yes, Golden Retrievers shed heavily. If you are house proud or you have allergies this is probably not the breed for you. However, do remember that shedding can be minimized with regular brushing, which helps remove excess loose fur.

How much exercise do Retrievers need?

In general your Golden Retriever will be happiest with two walks a day. This breed has a lot of energy and needs as much exercise as possible in order to be healthy and happy. This makes it a great breed for people with active lifestyles.

Is it true that Golden Retrievers have a strong odour?

The Retriever is one of the breeds that can acquire a strong “doggy” odour after a while. However, regular baths and brushing can help to combat this.

Are Golden Retrievers easy to train?

In general, the Golden Retriever will be easier to train than a lot of other breeds. This is because he is eager to please and quite intelligent. He doesn’t possess the stubborn streak that some breeds can come with.

How much grooming do Golden Retrievers need?

To keep the lovely Retriever coat soft and glossy, you should brush your dog several times a week. During a heavy shedding period, for example when the seasons are changing, you might need to brush your dog every day. In addition to this, you might need to take your Retriever to have his feathering trimmed in order to keep it in good condition. Baths will also be needed on an ad hoc basis, whenever your dog starts to smell.

Is it true that Golden Retrievers don’t live very long?

Sadly, a lot of Retrievers only live for about 10 years. This is because they aren’t as healthy as other breeds. However, every dog is different and if you buy your dog from the most health conscious breeder you can find, you may have a dog that lives for up to 14 years.

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