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Golden Retriever Dog: Know About Price, Traits, Grooming, Adoption and more

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Dudley Marjoribanks, the first Lord of Tweedmouth, wanted a dog capable of surviving the rainy climate and rugged terrain of the Scottish area. He developed the first breed of Golden Retriever in the mid-to-late 1800s to fulfil the purpose. 

The Lord of Tweedmouth took more than 50 years to create the perfect Golden Retriever. He crossed his ‘Yellow retriever’ with different breeds including spaniels, setters, and even a bloodhound, finally, the great combination created a strong, beautiful, swimming dog that could withstand rain, extremely cold weather and deal with hunting birds and in 1920 he was officially called ‘ The Golden Retriever’

Since 1999, they were the second most popular breed in America. It is still one of the most loved dog breeds in the world.  

Type of dog 

Sporting/ Gun Dog

Colour Variants 

Golden of various shades

Height 

Male 24 inches, Female 22inches 

Weight 

Male 29-32kg, Female 25-29kg

Temperament 

Even-tempered, intelligent, fun, active, obedient 

Lifespan 

10-13 years

Price 

15000-50000 INR

Physical traits of Golden Retriever

  • They have a strong, athlete body type
  • Golden retrievers are usually a bit longer than they are tall 
  • They are adorned with their strong neck and broad forehead 
  • They have a water-proof, dense coat which may be straight or wavy 

Pet Grooming

  • They are active, high-energy dogs who love to play with their human companions 
  • They need active training and socializing sessions
  • Bathing is recommended once in month 
  • Make sure your dog is fully dry after bath, you can probably use a hair drier to dry their fur
  •  Golden retrievers have fold-over ears which makes them prone to ear infections. Clean the ear wax twice or thrice a month 
  • Teeth should be brushed at least two or three times a week 
  • Do not forget to trim their nails twice in a month 

Daily Care  

  • They shed a lot, daily brushing is recommended
  • Golden retrievers are active energetic dogs that need at least an hour of exercise daily. 
  • They love puzzle toys and brainy activities, besides taking them for a walk try to include such mental activities to entertain them. 
  • They love to meet new people, let them meet and greet people daily. 

What to Eat 

Golden retrievers love to eat. They tend to chew whatever they get and this makes them obese. Obesity shortens the lifespan. Watch what they eat, do not over-feed them. Measure out your pet’s daily intake. Feed them twice a day; do not leave the food for a longer period. Keep the food for 10 minutes and take it off after that, this way you can understand if the dog is hungry or not. 

Do not feed them leftover food and sweets. Try to stick to high-quality dry dog food. Do not let them drink chlorinated/tap water. Try not to feed them uncooked/raw meat as the raw meat available in the market could be a carrier of bacteria and fungus.  

Recommended Food Products for Golden Retrievers  

Golden Retriever Food Products

Age Group

Royal Canin Golden Retriever Junior 

puppies

Arden Grange 

Weaning/sensitive puppies 

Farmina N&D Maxi Breed Adult Dog Food

Adults 

Orijen Six Fish 

Adults 

Arden Grange Large Breed Junior 

Puppy 

Orijen Tundra Original Dry Dog Food

Adults 

 Vet Consultation 

According to The American Kennel Club, Golden Retrievers are generally a healthy breed with a lifespan of 10-13 years. Most of the diseases your dog tends to have are genetic means they are mostly related to the breed. However, having a little understanding of the possible health conditions will facilitate you to manage the situation better. 

  • Dental infections are the most common health disease seen among dogs. 80% of the dogs tend to face any of such situations by age two. Clean the teeth regularly. 
  • Most of the golden retrievers are prone to viral infections like Parvo, Rabies, and Distemper, hence vaccination is highly suggested. 
  • Obesity could be a concern in most dogs. You tend to over-feed them when they look at you with those poignant eyes, resist yourself. Obesity might cause or worsen joint pain, heart diseases, liver problems, and digestive disorders. 
  • Gastric dilation volvulus, also known as GSD or bloat is a common disease observed in Golden Retrievers. When a dog bloats, the stomach twists on itself and fills with gas; this will gradually cut off the blood supply to the stomach and spleen. 
  •  A golden is more likely than other dogs to have a liver disorder called Portosystemic shunt (PSS). If your dog has this condition, its liver will not be able to remove the toxins from the bloodstream effectively. Surgery may be needed to cure. 
  • They are also prone to a mostly genetic disease called hypothyroidism in which the body doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones. Signs can be hair loss, aggressiveness, weight gain, dry skin and behavioural changes. A hormone replacement pill would usually do the job. 

Vaccination 

The initial dose of DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza), Bordetella vaccination should be taken when the puppy is 6-8 weeks old. A dose of the Anti-rabies vaccine is a must and the primary dose of this should be taken when the puppy is 3 months old and booster shots should be given annually. 

MEGAVAC-7 is another 7-in-1 vaccine that should be taken when the puppy is 2 months of age; this will prevent 7 diseases such as canine distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, Lyme disease and canine influenza. The second dose should be taken when the dog is 4 months of age and annual re-vaccination is recommended.

How to raise a Golden Retriever 

  • Golden retrievers like to be indoors, they want to be surrounded by their favourite humans. 
  • They mingle easily with other pets in the family. They love cats, puppies, rabbits and whatnot. 
  • They would love to play with kids but don’t be inattentive because they tend to be over-enthusiastic and knock over kids when they play together. 
  • Do not overdo exercises especially when they are below two years, don’t go for lengthy, exhausting walks or hikes until the puppy is fully grown up. 
  • They mature slowly; even after growing up, they tend to behave like naughty puppies. 
  • Always go for grass and mud than concrete. 

Living in Home /Apartment 

  • Golden retrievers are family dogs; they love to live with the family. This makes them easier to maintain inside a small space. 
  • A small apartment or fenced compound is more than enough for them as long as you take them for a walk regularly. 
  • They do not bark a lot unlike Pomeranians or a pug, hence living in an apartment is convenient for them. 
  •  They are quite laid back and they don’t bother noise, people, tumult which makes them ideal for kids and apartments. 
  • Chewing whatever they get is a habit of this cutie thus does not forget to make your home puppy-proof. 

Travel with Golden Retriever 

  • Golden retrievers love to accompany you wherever you go; they want you to treat them as a family member instead of a dog. 
  • Make sure to pre-book a pet-friendly stay. Inform them prior that you are bringing your pet along with you. 
  • Use a crate if your puppy is small. 
  • It is important to teach them the basic commands like sit, stay, and come. Especially when you travel to an unknown place. 
  • It is advisable to take your pet to a veterinarian before the travel to make sure that the dog is healthy and fit to travel. 
  • Collect all the necessary health documents, vaccination certificates and dog licence. 
  • Do not forget to microchip or tag them. 
  • Try to use a seat belt or harness and attach it to the seat buckle. 
  •  Take breaks in between the journey, let them pee and run around a bit. 
  • Hydrate them well feed them dry dog food. 
  • Do not let them be alone in a car or a room; they can instantly have separation anxiety or panic attack. 

Adopt your Pet, Do not buy

Bringing a companion home is a beautiful thing when you adopt one that makes everything merrier.  There can be various concerns regarding bringing a dog home, but everything outweighs the eternal love of your four-legged companion. 

When you adopt a pet you are not only giving them a second chance to be loved but also you are giving yourself an active and more adventurous life. Adoption is a way more easy process in India than you think. 

Things to Remember 

  • Decide on your needs and choose the breed accordingly. 
  • Nurturing a puppy is a long-term commitment, be prepared for the adventure. 
  • Do not neglect to make your home and garden puppy-proof.
  • Do not support unauthorised dealers and brokers. 
  • Always go for an authorised adoption centre and make sure that the certification and licensing are valid and clear. 
  • You can also register your puppy in the Kennel Club of India (KCI). This will ensure the certification and breeding quality of the dog which will help in breeding and selling the puppies in the future. 

Kennel Club of India (Registration Link) – https://www.inkc.in/single-dog-registration/

The process of adoption in India

  • Search for the nearby shelter/rescue homes
  • Visit them several times and talk to them about your needs and concerns 
  • Ask the authorities about the history and medical records of the dog
  • Follow the official adoption process
  • Take your companion home

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