How can anyone forget the adorable team of Golden Retrievers in the movie Air Bud? If you were awe-struck at how cute Golden Retriever puppies look then you will certainly be inspired by the many inspiring characteristics of these dogs when they are adults.
Fondly called Goldens, these retriever dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world. They are easy to train breed, love their families and their zeal to please their owners makes them one of the most perfect pets to have at home.History
This overly friendly dog originated some time around 1860 in Scotland by Sir Dudley Marjoribanks or fondly known as Baron Tweedmouth, an ardent hunter. As the name suggests, there were specially breed to retrieve ducks and fowls during hunting.
Baron Tweedmouth developed these majestic dogs by breeding the existing retrievers and water spaniels. After the hunter shot, it was expected that they would run to retrieve the fowl or duck from water and grassland to their owner. They were given soft mouth as an essential characteristic for this work, so they don't damage the hunted game.Unique Aspects
Goldens are one of the best family pets to have, they are the lowest ranking barkers. So, no complaints from the neighbors about the noise level. They are one of the freshest smelling dogs as they do not suffer from bad breath, which is a common problem among dogs usually. They have been given an especially soft mouth that helps them to even hold a raw egg without breaking it, perfect to slightly hold the hunt in their mouth.
A near perfect dog, Goldens make excellent indoor pets, be it with children or elderly; or a house with other animals. Their exemplary obedience level and intelligence have won them many laurels over the years.
It is unlikely to find any other breed that has been as widely publicised in the media as the Golden Retriever dogs. So much so, that a lot of celebrities have selected this breed over others as a companion. They are also the face of Pedigree, arguably the most popular dry kibble brand in India.
Air Bud is the first name that comes to mind when we talk about Golden Retrievers. After all, who can forget that cute little athlete of a dog. Some of the other movies that include Golden Retriever as the main character include Christmas Tail, Homeward Bound - An Incredible Journey, Golden Christmas and The Retrievers and these are just a few to name. In Bollywood, a Golden played a major role in the Hindi movie ‘Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic.’ Another Golden became highly popular on the TV show 'Big Boss' who came in as one of the house members in the season 2014.
Celebrity Golden Retrievers owners
Although the list of celebrities owning Golden Retrievers is inexhaustible, we can name some prominent celebrities who have enjoyed the companionship of these loveable pets.
Popular personality Pamela Anderson is known to have one and Jackie Chan owns two Golden Retrievers as well. Singers Ricky Martin and George Michael have one each. Former US President Ronald Reagan had a Golden as the 'First Dog'. Present Hollywood superstars Ryan Reynolds and Ashton Kutcher are proud owners of Golden Retrievers as well.
Closer home, actor Boman Irani has a Golden Retriever, Isha Koppikar has a Golden named Mowgli and Arshad Warsi has one named Betty Boo. Not to forget Zayed Khan, who has not one but two Goldens. And these are just a few of the confirmed names we can mention.
If you want to maintain that beautiful coat of your Golden then it will require regular grooming. You have to brush their hair regularly, a work best bestowed on the children of the house so they develop a stronger bond and sense of responsibility. You can use a de-matting comb to remove the coat of all knots. If brushed on regular basis it will ensure a smooth coat. A slicker brush can be very useful in the purpose.
Golden Retrievers have water resistant outer coats and a thick undercoat, which just needs to drip dry. They come in a variety of golden shades ranging from the whitish golden to a deep gold. If you have a puppy then the ears of the pup will be a good indication of the color your adult pooch will grow up to be. They generally shed hair in spring and fall so be ready to have some dog hair on your clothes and upholstery during this time.
The ears of the golden require special attention at all times. Due to the length of the ears they are very prone to wax accumulation, which needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Also ensure to regularly check for infections as they are water lovers. A pungent smell emitting from the ear canals is tell-tale sign of ear infection.
The Golden Retriever is generally a very healthy dog, who will require very few vet visits. They have a tendency to put on weight if not exercised properly. They are also prone to hip dysplasia, a common joint problem with large active breeds that is mostly genetic but can be deteriorated with improper exercise.
If you are opting to buy a pedigreed Golden, then make sure you are well-versed with the health of the preceding retrievers in the bloodline. There are a few lineages that are prone to mast cell cancer, but this mostly sets in a dog after eight years of age.
Similar to humans, an older Golden Retriever is prone to cataracts which is again a genetically influenced condition as well. Along with this, a lot of Goldens are prone to skin allergies, so be make sure you are in touch with an experienced vet and a seasoned groomer for getting tips on the maintenance of their lustrous coat.
One of the most ideal breeds to share a home with, especially if you have children or are a first time owner. This dog will make best friends with anyone in seconds while making sure they are the centre of attention. With their antics and attachment to human beings they will never be further than an arm's length so it is always convenient for humans to pet them.
Very loving, highly playful and amazing with kids, the Golden Retriever is a high-energy dog. This means if you want a calm, well-behaved dog inside the house; you will need to supply them with ample daily exercise. They are not revered as good watchdogs because their guarding instinct is almost negligible. It is quite likely that an intruder will be welcomed by your Golden with a wagging tail excitable disposition.Environment
The Golden Retriever is a very high energy dog that will do okay in an apartment provided there is a medium sized yard in the vicinity to run around. Being rated as the lowest ranked barkers, this breed is ideal for a neighbourhood that does not take too well to dogs.
Like all retrievers they love games involving balls and frisbees. Throwing around such toys is surely going to tire them out if you are an urban owner with little time to spend with them. Golden Retrievers are extremely active dogs so draining out their pent up energy is highly recommended with daily exercise of one hour minimum. They are excellent swimmers and really enjoy being in water, which is certain to tire them out for the day.
The breed is relatively tolerant to both hot and cold weather. There are primarily two kinds of Golden Retrievers - American and British. The only notable difference between the two is that the American variety is leaner and a little larger than their British counterpart but both the varieties are suited to survive in almost all weather conditions. They are bred to adapt to almost any environment, giving them conditional versatility.Training & Intelligence
Golden retrievers are one of the most trainable dogs around because of their high intelligence and love for human attention and companionship. But getting very smart dogs for ease at home can also back-fire as they can end up outsmarting the humans in the house. With consistent training and guidance they have the potential to reach the highest capacity for a dog. That is why Golden Retrievers are preferred as service dogs around the world like mobility assistance, seeing-eye and many more.
Before getting ahead of ourselves, one need to come up with creative ways of training these dogs. In addition to easy commands like 'sit', 'down', 'come' and 'stay' teaching them basic manners, both indoor and outdoor is advisable. Maintaining their calm state of mind is ideal for such over-zealous puppies. Always remember to praise desirable behaviour, even if it does not seem extraordinary to humans; appreciation goes a long way with dogs. They were the first ever obedience champions in the AKC show.
Golden Retrievers are one of the easiest breed to handle. There is hardly any complication in its breeding. The only thing you have to think about is giving the adorable puppies up for sale or adoption to the right humans. An average male and female Golden attains sexual maturity anywhere between six to nine months of age. However, this does not imply that such a young puppy is ready to breed a healthy litter.
A dog takes around 18 months to reach his full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are first timer at breeding then taking a vets care is advisable. You just sit back and enjoy the company of six to nine adorable little puppies, an average litter size of the breed.Puppies
Golden Retrievers are very active, as already established. So do not expect anything less from your puppy. They will have their bouts of random hyperactivity and then long hours of sleep. Many a times their behaviour becomes unpredictable. It is highly recommended for owners to start training their pup from day one, especially puppy toilet training.
Giving them a fixed set of rules around the house will help when they get older and stronger. Like any puppy, their teething phase will be stressful and they will not leave any object in the house without teeth marks, even humans. Hence, guiding them with the right toys and proper training will aid in managing most of these problem behaviours.
An adult Golden Retriever will have a sturdy body and laid back shoulders. It has webbed feet, which enables it to wade through lakes and ponds. The breed has been blessed with dark brown oval eyes and folded ears which makes them the adorable pets they are today.
The teeth meet in a scissor-shaped bite. This is a medium-large breed and an adult male dog can weigh anything between 24 to 36 kg with an average height of 24 inches. The average lifespan for this breed is 10 to 12 years.
They have a dense water-resistant coat with a wavy or straight outer coat. There will be untrimmed feathering on ends of the body like underbelly, back of legs and underside of tail. Coat colour of these dogs ranges from creamy white to rich dark gold.