The Golden Retriever, family dog 15/10, guard dog 1/10, entertainer 10/10, lover not a fighter 10/10, intelligent partner 10/10, loyal and trustworthy companion 10/10.
Confrontational 0, aggression 1, exercise needy 6/10, water lovers 9/10, grooming needs 3/10.
A Golden Retriever, is NOT a long haired Labrador, they are merely from the same ‘Group”, being a GUNDOG, meaning, they are meant to be trained to work in the field, retrieve birds when hunting without harming them. They are known for their gentleness, intelligence, loyalty and being an extension to the family.
Goldens, love family life, they love to be with their human family as much as possible. They do like sleeping indoors in their basket with you, generally not left outside. This must be considered when you are buying a puppy.
They adore children and play superbly with them, I generally recommend Golden Retrievers for smaller <2yrs more so than Labrador puppies. All puppies playbite when they are babies, Golden Retrievers generally bite softer, and are less boisterous, this playbiting can be mistaken by toddlers as being nasty, its merely a form of showing love to his human counterparts.
Goldens’ also 9/10 will adore water, water sprinklers, Koi ponds, pools, dams, the ocean, this also needs to be thought of when buying a puppy, a Koi pond is a play-pool for a Golden Puppy… they know no better, unless very patiently trained, as they love water soooo much.
Training ability 10/10, for my 16th birthday I got my first Golden Retriever puppy, and immediately had to go obedience training, which she, Xanadu , lived for. We trained and competed publicly to’A’ test. Goldens can be trained for any sphere, we have carting champions made from our puppies too.
They also make hugely heart warming Therapy dogs for children’s homes, recovery homes, as well as the Paws for Therapy dogs. I do have a small list of trainers/behaviourists I recommend, please ask.
No end to a Golden Retrievers love, which includes guarding… again, ‘generally’ a Golden won’t bite an intruder, they may bark and alert the family, but even that isn’t promised…
Grooming of a Golden is nothing major, some people love switching off, and brushing their furkids daily, but they need only be brushed once a week if homed in a usual lawned garden/home. Their feathery coats, don’t require the work that most people think. Slicker brushes are best, or Rakes for removing underlying old coat, this makes your dog look and feel sooo much better. Washing a Golden, try not to wash them as often as youd like. You are washing away the natural oils and goodness from their coats and skin, that could cause bigger problems in the long run. I recommend every 6-8 weeks max. Some people feel sorry for a Golden and want to shave them to alleviate heat, this causes the coat to grow back even thicker, using the rake to brush once a week, will do your Golden best.
I do sell all brushes needed for Goldens, as well as the shampoos I use and recommend. I also sell flea/tick control, dewormers needed, leads & collars and a few beds, to keep in mind when purchasing a puppy from me. I am part of the Royal Canin breeders club, all puppies raised on Royal Canin, and Royal Canin give u a start pack with each puppy, of the breed specific food, measuring cup, a couple of vouchers, and an information booklet.
On selling of a puppy, the leave me at 7 weeks of age, I believe this is the best age, as a week after receiving the first vaccine, it has taken effect, and the pup can leave its ‘safe haven’ of immunity to enter the big world. This vaccine only gives the puppy 60% immunity of the big world, it must be followed up by two more puppy vacs, between two to four weeks of each other. I recommend training/socialising is kept to a minimum until at least the second vaccine has been administered, but Id prefer three to be given.
Puppies are microchipped at 6 weeks of age, KUSA laws, they are then registered with this number, it appears on your KUSA certificate that you will receive within a month of taking your puppy home. This certificate should be completed (on the rear side) and return posted to KUSA, to change the puppy into your own name, this is free.
I feed my puppys from +-2.5 weeks of age on Royal Canin Maxi Starter Mother and Baby dog, made sloshy, twice a day. Slowly they need mothers’ milk less and less, by the age of 7 weeks, I have taken mummy away for a nite or two, and a few hours of the day a couple of times, to let the pups not be so dependant, and to let them explore different areas of the farm, including my office/garden. They are widely exposed to many noises/weird things, being tractors,cars, motorbikes, horses,cows,sprinklers.
House training, the mum and her pups are housed in ‘whelping houses’ along side our own house, they are mini houses, with underfloor heating and infrared lights, windows, verandah, paving, and a garden – under the trees. Puppies learn during their 7 weeks, to wee/pooh on the grass. In the first few weeks, mum cleans up constantly, but that does slowly stop, and the pups learn to come out of their house/off of their carpet, walk past the paved area, and do their business on the grass. Most of my clients do comment, they cant believe how house trained the puppies are! Not alllllll…… but most.
I hope that’s answered some questions, but please don’t hesitate to ask more. Sharron@dogsdogs.co.za or 082-830-7291 (call/sms/whatsapp) Facebook : Conkasha Labradors and Lanseria Boarding Kennels.