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Golden Retriever Puppies: Everything You Need to Know



Apple pie, football, and golden retrievers? This golden dog is a popular addition to many American households. In fact, golden retrievers rank number 3 in the American Kennel Club’s popularity rankings. Not surprisingly, golden retriever puppies are often seen on many calendars, greeting cards, and posters as the ultimate symbol of canine cuteness.

As much as they are celebrated in the US, golden retrievers weren’t discovered there. In the mid-1800s, they were bred and raised by gamekeepers at an estate owned by Lord Tweed-mouth (what a name!) in Scotland. It’s said that he crossed his “yellow retriever” Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct), an Irish setter, and a bloodhound. This new golden retriever was trained to hunt in the great outdoors.
Golden retrievers are so renowned, two United States presidents owned them while in office. President Ford’s golden retriever was named Liberty, and President Reagan’s dog was Victory.



Golden retriever puppy facts

Also known as “America’s Sweetheart,” golden retrievers are playful, loyal, and carry their puppy-like personality well into adulthood. Golden retriever puppies may be friendly, but they do need plenty of socialization and training to help prepare them for a well-mannered adulthood—when they’re much bigger, but still want to sit on your lap.



Who is the best human for a golden retriever?

Golden retrievers are a tried and true family dog. They love swimming (even with their humans!), running, and playing in a big backyard. They’re highly social, so a large and active family household works well for them. They also need plenty of affection and snuggles. Due to their hunting heritage, they love to play fetch! Looking to please you, they’re relatively easy to train.

They’re great with children and seniors alike. Golden retrievers do best with plenty of companionship, and so despite their activity level, often do very well with retirees who can devote plenty of time to them.

Getting a golden retriever puppy

Choosing to adopt or go through a breeder for your new golden retriever puppy is a personal choice that requires research. Thankfully, there are many resources out there to help you find a rescue or breeder that offers healthy, ethically-sourced golden retriever puppies. Buy your golden retriever online

Knowing what you’re in for when you get a golden retriever puppy is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. Whether you find a responsible breeder or are planning on adopting, it’s up to you to be prepared for an energetic and friendly addition to your household.
 

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Both have their pros and cons (if they're intact) - but every dog is different, so after the first heat/puberty, they aren't that different from their counterparts. You can train an intact male not to be bothered by females, but you can't train an intact female not to be bothered by her heat. It's just like with humans 😁
 

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The usual thing you hear is males are more affectionate and a bit more goofy, females more sensitive and a bit more think-y.

I've heard it's best to get the opposite sex of the primary career/trainer.

This is all general, not breed specific.

Getting matched with the right puppy can be sensible.

Where I am males are often a little cheaper than females from the same litter because everyone wants females but I tend to prefer males.
 
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