Defining Characteristics of Golden Retrievers
Everything from temperament to trainability has made this breed a family favourite.
The Golden Retriever is the classic family companion. They are obedient, playful, intelligent, well-mannered, great with kids, and kindly to strangers. Golden Retrievers demonstrate unconditional love and bring joy and fun into the lives of many homes. Golden Retrievers are gentle, kind and loving. We choose dogs with these attributes in our breeding program. Anyone who meets our dogs are always impressed by their relaxed presence and friendly natures.
The Golden Retriever is a powerful and active dog with a sturdy appearance. The Golden Retriever should have a kind expression and eager personality that that demonstrates self-confidence and alertness. The Golden Retriever should have a broad head with a deep muzzle and a gentle eye with dark skin pigment.
Coat & Colours
Golden Retrievers sport a thick, water-repellent coat. Some have straight hair, while other coats are longer. There is feathering on the back of the front legs, underbody, chest, back of thighs and the tail. We are fond of the full spectrum of Golden Retriever colours, ranging from cream through to mid gold and also deep dark gold. We aim to produce puppies from each of these colour groups.
Golden Retrievers are an easy breed to train due to their intelligence and eagerness to please. They respond best to food based and positive reinforcement training. This makes them an excellent choice for first-time dog owners.Their trainability has made them a number once choice for service and therapy dogs. New owners should have basic commands well under way within the first two weeks.
Health & Life Expectancy
The Golden Retriever has an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Golden Retrievers are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. There is always a risk that any Golden Retriever can develop either one or both of these conditions. Through the purchase of your puppy you are accepting this risk as the owner/customer.
The parents of this puppy have been hip and elbowed scored and are satisfactory for breeding purposes. This means that the risk of the puppy developing hip and elbow dysplasia is significantly reduced. Please be aware that genetics are only one contributing factor of hip and elbow dysplasia. Other environmental factors such as weight, injury at a young age, over exertion on hip or elbow at at a young age and diet also largely contribute to both conditions.
It is important that you do not over exercise your puppy for the first eight months of its life. Too much exercise during this period can lead to hip and elbow dysplasia. During the first 6-8 months period of your puppy’s life is the rapid growth phase for a Golden Retriever and the bones and joints in the hips and elbows are still quite soft. Strenuous activity causes friction of the joints which is where problems can start to occur. Therefore please make sure:
- You don’t take your dog for long walks
- Don’t run your dog – in parks or along the beach
- Don’t allow them to play roughly with children or other dogs
- Never allow them to walk up stairs
- Don’t allow your dog to jump
As your puppy develops more stamina, small walks up and down the block are encouraged or light sessions of swimming in the beach or local river are also good. Swimming is a great exercise to strengthen the hip and elbow joints.
Certain eye diseases and heart conditions are known to occur in the breed. The parents of this puppy have current clear heart and eye certificates from a qualified veterinary specialist. This means they have been tested for both conditions and showed no signs or symptoms of eye or heart disease at the time of testing. This reduces the likelihood of your puppy developing such conditions. Some eye diseases only develop at a mature age.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER GROWTH RATES
It is important not to overfeed your puppy while young as fast growth and excess weight can be contributing factors to joint problems. Please refer to the following growth rates as a guide for your Golden Retriever.
Between 12-20 weeks on average are gaining up to 0.8 – 1kg per week.
Between 20-26 weeks, gaining 0.5 – 0.75 kg per week.
Between 26-35 weeks gaining 0.25 – 0.5 kg per week.
Male Golden Retriever’s largely stop growing in height by 9 months and may gain an extra 1cm (maximum) in height by 15 months.
Adult Male 18 months – average weight range 30-36kg.
Between 12-20 weeks are gaining up to 0.5 – 0.75 kg per week.
Between 20-26 weeks, gaining 0.25 – 0.5 kg per week.
Between 26-32 weeks, gaining 0.25 kg per week.
Female Golden Retrievers’s largely stop growing in height by 8 months of age and may gain up to 1cm in height by 12-15 months of age.
Adult Female 18 months – average weight range 22-30kg.