Amazing Golden Retrievers
Friendly, kind, and well-mannered dogs. They are intelligent and easy to train. Devoted to their pet parents, they are extremely good with children. A Golden Retriever is the most popular assistance dog, due to their detection and working abilities. They are trained for search and rescue, therapy dogs, hearing dogs, guide dogs for the blind, handicap assistance dogs, drug detection, etc. Their eagerness to learn makes them excel in agility too.
Beautiful & Playful
The golden lustrous coat of the Golden Retriever requires regular grooming. Prevention of matting in his dense undercoat is very important. Bred for retrieving waterfowl, the Golden maintains this trait – he loves a good game of fetch, is a natural swimmer, and is happiest when he is actively involved with his family.
Mental & Physical Stimulation are a must
Be his pack leader and keep him occupied and happy. They can live in an apartment provided they have enough space to exercise indoors as well as outdoors.
They gain weight easily, so do not overfeed them. Get the diet chart prepared from your vet. Other problems may include hip dysplasia, skin allergies, and congenital eye defects.
Golden Retrievers find their room in Hollywood. Air Bud (1997) had a buddy having the skills of the basketball superstar Michael Jordan. Some of the sequels which enthralled me were – Air Bud: Golden Receiver based on American football, and Air Bud: World Pup had our Golden playing soccer. Not to forget Snow Buddies, Air Buddies, and Space Buddies. You can also watch Shadow in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993).
(With inputs from Malisa and Craig Moffat from Australia; Dave Chapman of England; Debora of Dei Laghi Tailly Kennel, Italy & Panayiotis Tsingos of Shohago Japanese Akita Kennel, Greece).