After that glowing description of the Golden Retriever, you may be asking yourself, “Why wouldn’t this amazing breed be right for me?” Do you have the time, energy, and desire to play with this dog? Do you have the room for his boundless vibrancy – or plan to take him to the park – where he can expend his endless energy?
Think about this for a moment. His energy level is high – and he can care less about what’s on television. He may want to play in the midst of your favorite program, but not only does he want to play, the younger Retrievers need the exercise.
These puppies and “teenage dogs” must exercise to keep their strong, developing muscles and bones healthy and functioning properly.
Golden Retrievers Shed: There’s No Way Around It
It’s the truth. The average Golden Retriever has a long, furry coat that’s constantly growing – and shedding. That means you – the parent – are constantly dealing with it. Are you up for that?
Not only must you deal with the collection of fur accumulating in all the corners of your house, but you’ll have to groom him meticulously – or take him to a professional groomer.
Just a hint here though. It’s relatively easy to learn how to groom your own dog, especially one as obliging as the Golden Retriever.
Don’t forget in all this glamorization of the Retriever, that he is a big dog. Before you run out to adopt that cute little puppy, remember that he’ll grow to be about 70 pounds – some even weigh upwards of 100 pounds. And while they are sizeable, Retrievers are puppies at heart – always has been and always will be.