Golden retrievers are great dogs, they make amazing pets, they are very good with children and are highly loyal and obedient, and yet they are puppies at heart even in old age.
However, there are a few things you need to know before getting a Golden retriever.
They need a lot of room
Golden retrievers grow pretty big. A male Golden is about 23-24 inches tall (58-61 cm) and weighs between 60 and 75 pounds (27-32 kg). Females are smaller, but they still need space to move, being 20-22 inches tall (51-56 cm) and weigh between 55 and 70 pounds (25-32 kg).
So, because of their size, they will need a backyard or a big house so that they have room to move freely.
They shed a lot (and I mean A LOT)
Having a Golden is a lot of responsibility but also a lot of work. Goldens shed so much that no matter what you do, you won’t be able to stop it completely.
They shed all year, but it becomes heavier in spring and autumn. Prepare yourself that you’ll have to brush your dog 3-5 times a week, for about 15 minutes. However, not even this will help! You will still need a very powerful pet hair vacuum cleaner to remove the mess from your carpets and sofa.
Don’t leave your Golden alone
Golden retrievers are very social and form a strong bond with their owner. That is exactly why leaving your Golden by itself all day will only make it suffer… This on the other hand might lead to depression, separation anxiety, and in some cases destructive behavior.
Even if you get a nanny or dog walker, you still shouldn’t leave your Golden alone for longer than 4-5 hours a day.
If you hate going outside, a Golden is NOT for you
Golden retrievers LOVE going out for walks, hikes, runs. They have a lot of energy and so should their owner.
You have to give your dog one or two hours of exercise every day otherwise they’ll turn your house into a mess.
A controversial topic, but neutering can cause serious health issues
Experts at the University of California have discovered that neutering can have serious negative effects on Golden Retrievers, increasing your dog’s chances of getting joint disorders and even cancer.
Golden’s might be the most expensive breeds in terms of medical costs
Not only neutering can cause health problems. This breed is still prone to a long list of medical conditions, which include:
- hip and elbow dysplasia;
- eye disorders;
- skin problems.
You might want to get pet insurance that covers a wide range of health issues, besides accidents. It might seem expensive at first, but it’s usually a good investment as Goldens are at the top of the most expensive breeds in terms of medical costs, with an average of $961 a year.
I know it seems like the bad outweighs the good, however every Golden retriever owner will tell you that having them is definitely worth all the trouble.