History of the Breed
The Golden Retriever (and equally popular Golden-Doodle), is one of the most common breeds seen at Westgate Pet Clinic. The Golden Retriever has its roots in Scotland. In the mid-18th century, wildfowl hunting was very popular among the wealthy, and a dog was needed that could retrieve from water and land because the land was covered in ponds and rivers. Hence the Golden Retriever was developed with a love for the water and boundless energy when they are young.
The Golden Retriever is known for it's intelligence and eager to please attitude. They make a great family dog because they love people, and generally get along with other dogs and cats in the house. They have a reputation for being profuse shedders, hence the popularity of crossing them with a poodle. Although Golden-Doodles can still shed, the amount of hair that you will find around your house is considerably less.
Preventative Care Recommendations
Because ear infections are so common in Golden Retrievers, we want your dog to tolerate ear cleaning and treatments. Starting when she is a puppy, touch and play with the ears regularly. Also, clean the ears on a regular basis, every 2-4 weeks. Cleaning the ears keeps them free of wax build up, and also if you clean a lot of black or brown debris out of the ears, then you know that she has an ear infection.