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Golden Retriever

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The Golden Retriever is generally friendly and intelligent, with a strong desire to please. They are lovable, confident and charming. They are a very social dog and crave human companionship.

The Golden Retriever was originally bred for retrieving ducks for hunters. Because of this, they are always in need of a job – whether that be competing in dog sports or simply retrieving the paper. They need daily exercise such as a walk, jog, or even a run on the beach or lake as Golden Retrievers love water.

Golden Retrievers are lively creatures. They tend to keep their playful, silly puppy personality until they are about three of four. A family dog through and through, Golden Retrievers love to be part of the pack so be sure to include him in family activities. They love to romp and play, and may be demanding of time and attention. Because of their friendly nature, Golden Retrievers don’t make great watchdogs. They might bark at strangers but it’s not likely. They’re great with children but their large size could accidentally knock a small child over. Golden’s are also quick learners and thrive in obedience or agility classes. They can be mischievous if bored or lonely.

Major Health Concerns: Prone to hip dysplasia, the Golden Retriever may also suffer from von Willebrand’s Disease, which is an inherited bleeding disorder. They are prone to skin allergies.

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