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Golden Retrievers are the second most commonly registered breed with the American Kennel Club. Only Labrador Retrievers outrank the Golden in popularity.
Because of their beauty and trainability, Golden Retrievers have been used extensively in television and movies. Buddy, the star of the movie "Air Bud" and its sequels was a Golden Retriever, as was the dog Comet in the television show "Full House" and Speedy from the "Drew Carey Show". [...]
Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United States. They make great companion dogs, and are also very popular for service dogs. But the Golden Retriever breed was created to be a hunting dog, and for many years this was their sole purpose. It took several years before people realized the versatility of this breed.
Golden Retrievers retrieve instinctively, which is what makes them such good companion dogs for hunters. However, they are not true hunting dogs, like a blue tick or other breed of hunting hound. What this means is that they do not flush out the game for you, but rather retrieve the game once you've spotted and killed it. [...]
Golden Retrievers are among the most popular family pets in the United States. They were originally bred as hunting dogs, but quickly gained a reputation for being a great family dog because of their gentle and easy going temperament. However, Golden Retrievers are often used as working dogs, too. In particular, they are excellent service dogs and are often used as narcotics dogs.
Dr. Bonita Bergin, the initial creator of the idea of a "service dog" reports that Golden Retrievers are the best suited breed for service dog work. The reason that Goldens are the best suited breed is their combination of gentle disposition, great intelligence, and strength. [...]
If you're looking for a family pet, you can't go wrong with a Golden Retriever. Goldens are one of the best dogs for families with children, and make great companion dogs for single people, too. The patience and temperament of a Golden Retriever is nearly unmatched by any other breed.
Golden Retrievers are great with children because they are so patient and tolerant. Though it's always critical to teach your children proper behavior with a pet, you can count on a Golden Retriever to be far more tolerant of the clumsiness and sometimes roughness of a toddler or young child than many other breeds. [...]
Golden Retrievers, on the whole, are fairly simple to groom. They have a double coat that is smooth and has hair of medium length. The texture of their coats is not prone to matting.
Golden Retrievers should be brushed about twice a week with a stiff bristled brush and should be dry bathed on a regular basis. Save wet bathing for just once every few months, as the Golden Retriever's skin can become irritated from too much bathing. When you do bathe your Golden Retriever, you may notice that his hair has a wavy look when it is simply toweled and allowed to dry naturally. [...]
Golden Retrievers are excellent dogs for competing in obedience trials. Because of their athletic nature, intelligence, and desire to please their owners, the Golden Retriever is a natural at obedience competition. In fact, the first three dogs of any breed to win the AKC Obedience Champion title, which started in 1977, were Golden Retrievers.
If you're interested in training your Golden Retriever for competition in obedience trials, you'll begin, of course, by taking basic dog obedience classes, and working with your dog to ensure that he follows commands quickly and reliably. Once you and your dog are ready, you can begin competing. [...]
Golden Retrievers are perfect dogs for families or singles because they are so adaptable and so even tempered. They're content to lie at your feet inside your home and are eager to be your constant companion. However, just because your Golden Retriever is calm and docile indoors doesn't mean you should assume that he doesn't need exercise. This is a breed that does require regular activity to stay healthy and happy.
Golden Retrievers were originally bred to be hunting dogs, so they are physically suited to exercise. Even if you're not using your Golden as a hunting dog, he'll need to get some regular exercise. [...]
Showing your dog, or competing in "conformation competitions" is a popular hobby for many people and their canine companions. And no breed is better for any sort of dog competitions than the Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is an extremely intelligent breed with a desire to please their owners. These traits, combined with the Golden Retriever's natural beauty, make them a great competitor in the show ring. [...]
Though they are widely used, many people are still unfamiliar with the function of a "therapy dog". Therapy dogs are used in a variety of ways to produce a general feeling of well being and comfort to people who otherwise might be lonely or lack physical contact. There is a wide body of anecdotal evidence to suggest that contact with pets is beneficial and therapeutic. [...]
According to the American Kennel Club, Golden Retrievers are the second most commonly registered breed of dog, coming in after the Labrador Retriever. There are many reasons why this breed of dog is so popular today, and has been so for many years:
[li]They're great show dogs - Golden Retrievers excel in dog competitions. They are superb at agility and obedience competitions in particular. Many people who like to compete in dog shows prefer Goldens because their temperament and behavior are so predictable. [...]
There are several different groups that rank or rate dogs based on intelligence, however specifically how these rankings or ratings are determined is not always clear. In some of the rankings it is done by owner survey, which isn't always all that accurate but it is a definite poll of the more popular breeds. Ranking by training and number of repetitions of a command for mastery is another option, however some breeds are not tested or perhaps there was a non-compliant dog used in the testing. [...]
Selecting the best dog breed for an elderly family member or even for yourself as a senior citizen is basically very similar to selecting a dog breed for any other type of individual or family. It is very important to take then time to consider what you want in a dog as well as what special aspects of your life may make one type of dog more suitable or a specific type or character trait in a dog more challenging or difficult. [...]
The very luxurious, soft and slightly wavy coat of the Golden Retriever is one of the most distinguishing features of the breed. Caring for the coat of the Golden Retriever is very important, as there are some significant factors that owners need to be aware of with the breed. [...]
Many individuals may be surprised to find out that the history of the Golden Retriever is not rooted in the United States, but rather in Scotland. Since this dog has become so popular in the USA as well as around the world, often people in America simply assume it is a North American breed. In reality the origins of the Golden Retriever are rather specific as to where the breed started, if not completely clear on what foundation stock was used. [...]
The Golden Retriever's natural calm temperament, very low level dog aggression, high intelligence and true love for his or her owner and family makes the breed an ideal guide or assistance dog. Since they are also substantial in size without being overly large and have been bred for strength and endurance, their physical attributes as well as their temperament is a perfect match. In addition the friendliness towards strangers and the very accepting temperament of the Golden Retriever is really idea for this very demanding type of working situation. [...]