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All you need to know about one of Australia’s favourite dog breeds
We’re going to talk about one of Australian pet lover’s favourite dog breeds - The Golden Retriever. There’s no surprise why this dog is so popular, it boasts the following qualities which make pet care a joy: high affection levels, friendliness towards strange people and other foreign animals, very easy to train, and always playful.
Golden Retrievers were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 1927. Initially valued for its hunting abilities, it soon became extremely popular amongst pet lovers as a household pet, obedience competitor, and show dog winner.
This dog is known as “everyone's friend” and is widely appreciated for its companionship towards family. Golden Retrievers are highly physical animals and have been known to lead towards behavior problems when there is a lack of activity or pet care. In fact, poor breeding practices have produced Golden Retrievers who are overly boisterous and excitable when left in house. However, a properly bred Retriever is one that will remain calm when trained, yet energetic when given the opportunity to play outside.
Upkeep And Maintenance
Most informed pet lovers will know that the upkeep of the Golden Retriever must include daily physical exercise. Runs through the sand, long walks on the leash, and of course retrieving games are all highly recommended to keep this animal happy. Human interaction and social events are also desired by the Golden Retriever.
Pet lovers rejoice! This dog can live both indoors and outdoors. However, indoor living is what best suits the Golden Retriever. Because of its need for human interaction and companionship, it is best to make room for your Retriever inside the house so that he can love and be loved by the rest of family as much as possible.
If you own a Golden Retriever or plan on raising one from puppyhood, major health concerns that you should know about are various skin problems (such as hot spots, ear infections, and allergies), CHD, lymphoma, and hemangiosarcoma. Minor issues include hypothyroidism, elbow dysplasia, potential eye disorders, mast cell tumors, and seizures. These all need to be considered in your pet care routine.
Golden Retrievers have a lifespan of up to 13 years when living a life of good health. Veterinarians suggest that these dogs be specifically tested for thyroid, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cardiac issues, and potential eye problems.
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