The golden retriever is the benevolent lion of all family dogs, and what is more adorable than a golden retriever puppy? So, you are looking for a puppy, but you don’t know where to start. What do you need to know about golden retriever puppies?
The beautiful golden coat on a puppy is usually lighter than the coat of a full grown golden retriever. You can usually tell the future color of a golden by looking at its ears which are typically darker on a puppy. Your lifelong investment should last 10 to 15 years. Buying a puppy is not so simple. The ‘extras’ could add to the cost of your puppy or could be included in a good deal. Has the puppy you are purchasing been socialized and trained? Has your puppy already been dewormed and vaccinated? Does the puppy come with a health guarantee? Breeders will often offer one. What about a written puppy guarantee? In other words, can you return the dog if something goes wrong? Most golden retriever health problems are genetically related and are most often associated with bad breeding. If you want to be careful about your new dog, make sure you spend time with the puppy’s parents. Have the parents been examined for hip dysplasia by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)? Do they suffer from cataracts? Buying from a breeder can be an advantage because you should golden retriever puppies colorado be able to spend time with the parents.
What should you pay for a golden retriever puppy? Goldens are similar to cars; you can get anything from an old Pinto to a new Ferrari. It all depends what you are looking for, and how much research you are looking to do. Believe it or not, some people still give away puppies for free. You can find a free golden with some research and luck. On the high end, a cream golden retriever with champion blood lines from a reputable breeder could cost $2500 and up. Expect to pay $100- $500 at a pet store. However, you will be rolling the dice with puppy mill type dogs and health problems. Buying from a breeder can run anywhere from $200- $2500 and higher. Remember, not all breeders are created equal, and a higher price doesn’t necessarily mean a better dog. Finally, adopting a golden will typically involve a fee between $100- $300. Goldens are so popular that adopting one is not difficult. However, adoption fees for puppies are usually higher. The good news is that most shelters and rescue groups are non-profits, so your fee will go to other needy dogs and bettering the facilities.
Prepare for your puppies by making your house safer: at your dog’s level! Make sure there are no sharp objects and there are no toxins, including bottles and cans. Goldens like to chew, so have some chew toys available. Goldens do well with other pets and kids. They are known for their intelligence, and they respond well to positive training. If someone has allergies, this may not be a good breed of dog. Older goldens need brushing about twice a week. Goldens are high energy dogs and love human interaction. The more time you can spend exercising with your golden, the happier and healthier your dog will be.