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Interesting Facts About Golden Retrievers

Jun 26, 2008
When we first thought about getting a family dog, we spent a lot of time looking around and doing some research on different breeds. After talking with several people and surfing the web for suggestions, we decided as a family on a golden retriever. There are a number of interesting facts about golden retrievers that helped us to make our decision.

For one, golden retrievers are one of the most sociable breed of dogs and were specifically bred to be friendly toward humans. Their sweet and cuddly nature makes them an ideal pet for families with small children or the elderly.

Secondly, as my daughters put it, they're cute. One look into those golden brown eyes can steal your heart in less than two seconds.

After making our decision as a family to get a golden retriever, we found a local breeder with a good reputation in the community. We scheduled a visit to their kennel to look through a brand new litter of golden retriever puppies. We fell in love instantly. In fact we fell in love with more than one. We left with not one, but two beautiful golden retriever puppies.

That's how Denali and Sierra, two golden retriever sisters, came into our life. And we couldn't be happier. The joy and laughter they have brought into our lives has been immeasurable.

We decided to get two puppies so that they could keep each other company as well. Because of their extremely social nature, I couldn't bear the thought of them being alone when we weren't home. Their enthusiastic greeting is a symphony of love in action.

We've since discovered that golden retrievers are one of the most popular breed of domesticated dogs. And not just as family pets. These cuddly canines have carved their own mark in modern society and have filled a variety of different roles such as police dogs, hunting companions, and guide dogs.

Here are a few more interesting facts about golden retrievers:

- Golden retrievers mouths are very soft, which allows them to retrieve a lot of different things, including living things, undamaged or unharmed.

- Golden retrievers have an instinctive love for water, which is quite different from other dogs. This can make bathing them a little bit easier and also allows them to help hunt game near bodies of water.

- Golden retrievers were bred specifically with human companionship in mind. A golden retriever that has been deprived of a human companion will typically become stressed and hyperactive. (Having a companion dog to be with can alleviate this to some degree, but they still need lots of human interaction.)

Other Interesting Facts About Golden Retrievers.

- Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States of America, owned a golden retriever named Liberty.

- Clark Kent's pet dog Krypto in the TV show Smallville is a golden retriever.

- Golden retrievers need lots of exercise. They are very energetic and active and would eventually get sick if not given enough daily exercise. They love to play "catch." One of our favorite games to play is chasing after tennis balls.

- Golden retrievers have a much higher pain tolerance than many other dogs, which makes them ideal for more dangerous roles such as police dog and hunting helpers.

- While instinctively fond of water, golden retrievers can still be a challenge to bathe because their coats are very dense and water repellent.

If you are considering a family pet, I highly recommend a golden retriever. They will quickly become your best friend and life-long companion.
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Tim Wright, Ph.D. is a freelance writer and busy internet entrepreneur living in Virginia.
Visit his website at: http://decisionsuccess.com
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