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Red Golden Retriever Puppies: What To Know

Red Golden Retriever Puppies: What To Know

Red Golden Retriever puppies are some of the sweetest creatures out there. But as cute as they are, they won’t stay that small forever. That’s why it’s so important to inform yourself about this breed and everything that comes with it.

The Red Golden Retriever is a purebred Golden, but with red color. There may also be some differences in temperament and appearance, but they are pretty much the same breed.

If you are thinking about getting a Red Golden Retriever puppy or puppies, here’s what to know.

Origin: Where do Golden Retrievers come from?

The history of the purebred Golden Retriever can be traced back to the 1800s in England-Scotland. That’s where a number of breeds were crossed to develop the perfect dog for hunting waterfowl.

Goldens were bred for their obedience, their love of water, their cold tolerance and their gentle retrieval technique.

In 1925, the Golden Retriever was finally recognized by the American Kennel Club.

During their development, the yellow color was preferred, but there was also a reddish dog from the beginning.

Some believe that the red Golden Retriever was created by crossing a Golden Retriever with an Irish Red Setter. The fur of the Irish Setter is typically red, chestnut or mahogany.

This leads to a red colored Golden Retriever whose color does not fade with age. Which is typical for standard Golden Retrievers.

Red Golden Retriever puppies vs. yellow

The obvious main difference between a red Golden Retriever and the standard yellow Golden Retriever is the coloring.

Standard Golden Retriever is available in a variety of colors, from a light cream to deep gold. But the Red Golden Retriever is rust or mahogany.

The fur of the Red Golden Retriever is not accepted by the breed standards of the AKC. So a red Golden Retriever is likely to be disqualified in the exhibition ring.

In addition, the fur of the Red Golden Retriever can be slightly shorter. Other physical differences include a slimmer body.

Since most Red Golden Retrievers are bred for hunting and sports purposes, they can be smaller and have more energy.

Why Golden puppies are so rare and special
The fur of the Red Golden Retriever can be slightly shorter. Other physical differences include a slimmer body.

Appearance of Red Golden Retriever puppies

Red Golden Retriever puppies are super cute and absolutely breathtaking. Their rare coloration is complemented by a well-proportioned body.

This athletic dog has a rectangular physique. It is longer than it is tall, with a wide head that tapers towards the snout, and a black nose.

The ears fall down, while the round, dark give them an intelligent, alert look.

Are Red Golden Retrievers smaller?

A Red Golden Retriever will be a little lighter than a Show Golden Retriever. This graceful and elegant dog has an athletic, compact figure.

Females of the Red Golden Retriever are slightly smaller than males. They weigh about 55 to 65 pounds (24.95 to 29.48 kg). Compared to the 65 to 75 pounds (29.48 to 34.02 kg) of the male dog.

In addition, males of this breed are 23 to 24 inches (58.42 to 60.96cm) in height. Females are 21.5 to 22.5 inches (54.61 to 57.15cm).

A pretty redhead

The fur of the Red Golden Retriever is longer on the legs and underbody. But it is typically medium-length and slightly shorter compared to the standard Golden Retriever.

The coat can be straight or wavy, but always has an undercoat to protect against water, cold, and harsh weather. The undercoat of the Red Golden Retriever is short and dense, the top hair longer and softer.

Temperament of the Red Golden Retriever

All Golden Retrievers are known for their intelligent, loving nature. These cheerful dogs love to be close to their families. They are extremely calm and patient with children and get along with strangers. They usually also get along well with other pets in the family.

Due to their love of attention, these dogs can suffer from separation anxiety if they are left alone or ignored for too long. They also tend to bark new visitors, but lick off a newcomer rather than bite him. So they are not good guard dogs.

But, due to its intelligence and its past as a working dog, the Red Golden Retriever is well suited for search and rescue operations, bombing and drug detection work and even as a therapy or disabled assistance dog.

Due to their adaptable nature, they are well suited for a number of environments. But their strong workload can make them a little less sociable than typical Golden Retrievers.

Keep your Red Golden Retriever happy and healthy

The energetic Red Golden Retriever likes to work and is very obedient, but the training should start at a young age. Since these dogs were bred to retrieve waterfowl, they love to use their mouths, especially as puppies.

While they don’t bite to hurt themselves, the Red Golden Retriever needs a variety of chewable toys to deal with.

Thanks to the fact that they love to have a task, your Red Golden Retriever puppy is easy to train and is characterized by tasks such as agility and obedience training.

They also love to play retrieval, and their active drive means that they need more intensive training than a show golden retriever.

In addition to dog sports and retrieval, the Red Golden Retriever loves running and is a great sports partner who needs at least 60 minutes of exercise every day.

Feeding your pretty puppy

An energetic dog needs high-quality dog food and this is definitely the case with the Red Golden Retriever.

In any case, avoid processed and starchy cereals and vegetables as well as fruits with a high fructose content.

These foods can also lead to inflammation, which increases the risk of cancer in this breed.

The food should be divided into two daily meals with a total of two to three cups per day. You should also remember that all the treats you give to your Red Golden Retriever should be included in the daily ration.

This breed is prone to obesity and since your puppy likes to eat everything he sees, it is important to monitor the weight of your dog.

Care of your Red Golden Retriever

As with all Golden Retrievers, this breed also requires a lot of care when it comes to keeping their fur shiny and healthy.

Daily brushing is a necessity, as the Red Golden Retriever is known to hair all year round, with hair increasing in autumn and spring due to the change of seasons.

In addition, you should wash your Red Golden Retriever puppy at least once a month, while the nails should be trimmed every few weeks and the ears checked and cleaned weekly to prevent the development of diseases and infections.

Health issues

The life expectancy of the Red Golden Retriever is typically somewhere between 10 and 12 years. While the Red Golden Retriever is less sensitive to abrasions due to the thicker skin on the chest, shoulders and back, this breed, like all Golden Retrievers, is very susceptible to the development of cancer in later years.

Dogs that have been neutered or neutered before they are one year old seem to be more susceptible to the disease. With the most common cancers being lymphoma and hemangiosarcomas.

In order to avoid the potential risk of cancer in your dog, avoid toxins such as pesticides and herbicides used on lawns and plants.

Two Golden Retrievers enjoying their time in nature
The red Golden Retriever has a noticeably shorter coat than the regular Golden.

Other health problems that may affect the Red Golden Retriever are hip and elbow dysplasia and ankle osteochondrosis. Progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative disease that can lead to blindness, the heart disease subaortal stenosis, and myasthenia gravis are also common.

Another disease that can affect this breed is hypothyroidism, which can lead to weight gain and one of the reasons is why you must be vigilant when feeding your Red Golden Retriever.

Red Golden Retriever puppies for sale

While Golden Retrievers develop their coloring with age, it can be difficult to say exactly what color your Golden Retriever will have when you buy a puppy.

The best way to choose a red Golden Retriever is to look at the ears, as they are most similar to the later color of the adult dog.

While a yellow Golden Retriever can cost around $800, the red Golden Retriever achieves a much higher price due to its rarity and the fact that it is very sought after. You can expect to pay up to $3,000 for this breed.

Breeders of red Golden Retrievers

While the red Golden Retriever is not recognized as its own breed, many Golden Retriever breeders have specialized in breeding a darker, mahogany-colored dog.

While you may find a dedicated Red Golden Retriever breeder near you, before buying a puppy, you should pay particular attention to a breeder who carries out proper health tests and really takes care of the parents.

If you want to get a Red Golden Retriever from an emergency medical service or adoption site, then a good place to start your search is by looking at websites that specialize in all kinds of Golden Retrievers.

A red Golden Retriever is a loving and affectionate companion who is easy to educate and likes to work. These puppies are the perfect complement for an active family.

However, if you plan to exhibit your dog, then this breed is not a good choice, as it is devalued or disqualified due to its fur.

My name is Katy and I am 27. I love to travel and you would be surprised how good I am at karaoke. 🙂 Passionate dog lover and a "mother" to a beautiful toy puddle named Zara. I work as a volunteer in a local shelter and I am a veterinary assistant helping our four-legged friends every day.