Golden Retriever Puppy Overview:
When considering adding a Golden Retriever puppy to your family, there are several things to consider to ensure a Golden Retriever is the right breed for you and your family. Golden Retriever puppies also have big personalities themselves, and need to be in the right environment to thrive and be the companion and pet they are bred to be.
Golden Retriever puppies have an exorbitant amount of energy. In fact, they have been known to tire themselves out to the point of complete exhaustion before finally retiring from play. They are naturally energetic animals and require at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, preferably more. Golden Retrievers can adapt to any living situation, including indoor apartments, but owners must ensure they have a schedule that fits in daily exercise.
Golden Retrievers are hard wired to fetch objects and return them to their owners. Even without training, your Golden Retriever puppy will instinctively fetch objects for you. It is important to exercise your Golden Retriever puppy by allowing it to fetch. This is an important part of the rewards center in its brain and an important part of its exercise regimen. So, if you don’t like throwing the ball or a stick a Golden Retriever might not be the best puppy for you.
Baby Golden Retrievers have a voracious appetite, and owners need to practice diligent self-control when developing a feeding regimen for their pets. If you are one to cave in to those puppy dog eyes begging at the table, then a Golden Retriever puppy is not the breed for you. If given the opportunity, Golden Retrievers will overeat to the point of sickness and obesity, a diligent owner is needed to avoid this and help your puppy grow up strong.
Golden Retrievers were bred to fetch waterfowl in the Scottish uplands, making them exceptionally strong swimmers with a love for water. Golden Retrievers instinctively love to swim and get muddy, it is an important part of their well-being. So if you live in a landlocked area away from water access, a Golden retriever might not be the best breed for you. Also, consider the entry way your Golden Retriever puppy will take in and out of your home as well as the rooms they will have direct access to. Golden Retrievers love to get wet and muddy, with no regard for expensive furniture or carpeting. If you have a plethora of expensive furniture or carpeting, especially white furniture or carpeting, you may want to puppy-proof those rooms or consider another more house-broken breed.