From the shedding to the expenses, it’s quite difficult to take care care of a Golden retriever. Many people don’t do enough research before getting a Golden, so they end up pretty surprised by their personality.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a Golden you might want to read our list of things every potential Golden retriever parent needs to know.
- Golden retrievers shed a lot. Nearly all dogs shed and goldens are definitely no exception. Click here to read more about managing golden retriever shedding.
- Golden retrievers should be brushed 3-7x/week and bathed every 1-2 months. Brushing helps with matting and shedding, and since goldens have natural oils on their skin and fur that can be taken off with bathing, bathing them too often can be damaging to their skin and fur.
- Golden retrievers cost about $1,506 – $2,464 per year. This includes estimated vet bills, food, toys, and other costs.
- Golden retrievers are “puppies for life”. Goldens can often be fun and playful their entire lives.
- Golden retrievers are sweet and loving. Goldens have wonderful personalities (which is why they make great family dogs, as well as therapy and service dogs).
- Golden retrievers are great with kids. Although goldens are big, goofy, and playful, they’re typically gentle with children.
- Golden retrievers are pretty easy to train. Their brains and people-pleasing attitudes make them good students, but their mischievousness, playfulness, and love for everyone and everything can make it hard.
- Goldens don’t make great guard dogs. If a stranger walks in the house, they’ll likely happily greet them with kisses.