|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 9:36am PST |
|Well, they are by far my favorite breed, BOL
What do you want to know in particular? There is very definite split in them between bench (show) and field. Bench are much bigger-boned and have much more coat. They are clever and trainable, just as the field are (I am biased toward the fieldies), have much less drive, and are still good for OB. Their temperaments must be carefully taken into consideration.
My faves, the field Goldens, often come in a redder coat, but not always. They are more gracile, with a less fluffy coat, lighter boned, intelligent, biddable, very trainable, and VERY drivy.
Of course, within both groups, there are more subdued Goldens, more "pet quality" and more mellow.
There is now an offshoot group know as "versatile" Goldens. These are Goldens that can do EVERYTHING. They especially excel at dog sports. If you are looking at agility, this is the dog to look for. I am looking to buy either a field or versatile pup in a few years. I already have his name picked out, as well as possible lines. I have picked out a few good, ethical breeders. You should learn the lines and be extremely picky and knowledgeable about the health issues, of which there are quite a few. Good breeders have them listed in the pedigree database, and you can also look for long lived lines.
Goldens are lovable. They are dog social and people social. They are fantastic dogs for taking everywhere -- to outdoor restaurants, in the car, on vacation, to farmer's markets and arts/crafts shows, etc. Of course they should have proper socialization.
Goldens give you unconditional love. They aren't sharp at all. They require good hard exercise, so they can be a walking dog, a jogging or running or bicycle partner, a swimming dog, etc. They do not require the level of exercise of a GSP however! I have had Goldens in a hot climate and a cold climate. I have had Goldens in a small apt., a small city apt with no fenced yard, and a rural setting. All worked well. I have found them to be neither overly clingy nor inclined to fat, both common complaints. May be due to the fact that I have always have the field type, I don't know. They require few repetitions in training, and live to please and for praise.
I highly suggest joining the Golden Retriever Forum.
What else would you like to know?
Selli has tons of info.
I am on my 3rd btw, I will never be with out them. I also have a Duck Toller/Golden mix.
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