Golden Retrievers – Pros and Cons & Compatibility with Single Owners

Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are large-sized dogs with an intelligent and friendly temperament. If you are a single owner who is considering a golden retriever then here are some things to be mindful of.

Pros of Owning a Golden Retriever

Their outgoing and trustworthy personality makes them relatively easy to house-train. According to the Intelligence of Dogs by Stanley Coren, golden retrievers are ranked the fourth most intelligent breed. It takes fewer repetitions for golden retrievers to learn a new command.

They make great pet siblings. They will adapt and get along with other pets (big or small) you may have or plan to have at home. This includes cats as well.

Golden retrievers bark a lot, but their barks are fewer than most of the other dog breeds. Dogs will bark less as long as you give them plenty of exercise and social companionship.

Cons of Owning a Golden Retriever

They are large balls of energy. You will need to give golden retrievers plenty of daily exercise if you don’t want them to engage in undesirable behaviors. They may not be a good fit for single owners who work late.

They are big (55- 75 pounds in weight) and hungry animals. You need to make sure you are making more than enough money to feed them moderately.

A solid dog brush is a must-have for golden retriever owners because they shed on a frequent basis. They also need to be groomed on a regular basis due to their long coat.

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John at My Pet Child

is the Founder of My Pet Child, where he shares his tips on living with a dog in an apartment.

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