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When do they grow up?

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Golden Retriever

When do they grow up?

Physically, Golden’s are completely mature by 2 years of age. Mentally, well, that depends on the individual, but usually not before 3 years of age. Even though Golden’s are physically mature by 2, you may notice changes in them well past that time. Remember, by nature Golden’s are fun-loving and happy-go-lucky, so their perceived maturity […]

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Why do your two Golden’s look so different?

The Golden is supposed to be a mid-to-large size dog, suitable for sitting in a duck blind all day with, as well as small enough to be able to haul over the side of a boat all wet (after a retrieve). The standard has a range of acceptable sizes, for females it is 21 1/2-22 […]

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Do males or females make better pets (what are the differences)?

Besides the physical differences, personal preference is probably the only big one here. Many people think that the males are slightly more “teddy-bear like” than the females. Neither should show any type of aggression (including dog aggression). If left unaltered, females will sometimes show a change in personality when they are coming into heat and […]

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Is there a split in hunting and show lines? What should I look for?

There is something of a split between show, field, and even obedience lines. As with any sport that becomes highly competitive, the specialization intensifies. With Golden’s, that means the show dogs will have more coat and bone and be more laid back. The field dogs generally have less coat, more drive and be intensely “birdy” […]

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Are they any good as hunting dogs? In field trials?

Golden’s do not do as well as Labradors in the field trials which are, in all fairness, biased toward the sort of work the Labrador was bred to do. But many Golden’s make excellent hunters in real hunting situations.

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They’re supposed to be good in the obedience ring, aren’t they?

Golden’s are typically very eager to please their owners. This translates into their being both relatively easy to train for obedience and to having a good attitude in the ring. While not all Golden’s make good competitive obedience dogs, you will see many of them in the obedience ring.

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How do they do in hot weather?

As long as they have access to shade, free moving air, and water, they will do just fine in the heat. Don’t exercise them in the heat of the day, and be sure you have water with you when you do exercise them later.

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Do they bark a lot?

Not typically, but they can if they are bored.

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How about swimming?

Most Golden’s love to swim, and it’s excellent exercise for them, even when young. Introduce them to water and let them explore on their own. If they are unsure about the water, you might get in and swim out a bit to encourage them, but let them take their own time. Younger puppies might be […]

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How much exercise do they need?

They are a sporting breed and as such need plenty of exercise. They will benefit best from regular periods of high intensity activity once they are fully grown. This includes a quick session of fetching, romping with other dogs, running along the beach and so on. You do need to be careful with puppies under […]

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