Believe it or not, a Golden Retriever is not the ideal pet for everyone. Hard to believe, right? Initially Goldens may seem like the ideal pet. However, there are disadvantages to owning an animal of this type. Some people find these "disadvantages" appealing, seeing them as part of the dog's natural charm. For others, though, those same "charms" can be serious downfalls later.
Down below is a list of those "charms" to consider before purchasing a Golden Retreiver.
This list was adapted from the GRCA and Liz Jennings-Watford.
SIZE: Goldens are medium-sized animals. The average size for males is 23-24 inches at the shoulder and 65-75 pounds. The average size for females is 21.5-22.5 inches at the shoulder and 55-65 pounds. They quite often possess extremely active tails making clean sweeps of coffee and end tables. Quite simply they need room. Uncluttered houses and fenced yards are a must.
EXERCISE: Goldens were developed as a sporting breed to be able to handle a day's hunting routinely. They need to have consistent daily exercise (20-30 minutes twice daily is usually sufficient) or they may have a difficult time adjusting to the "calm house pet" role that is expected by most owners.
SHEDDING: Goldens are a long coated breed and shed a minimum of twice a year. If you require a fastidiously-kept house, DON'T GET A GOLDEN RETRIEVER! You will always have dog hair around, especially in rugs, on furniture, and, oh yes, occasionally in your food.
HEALTH AND CARE: Feeding one medium-sized dog for a year will cost between $200 and $400 dependent on the type of food. Veterinarian expenses for the first year average $200 to $500. Also, don't forget food bowls, leashes, collars, toys, shampoos, etc.
TRAINING: Many wish to make their Goldens into good canine citizens. A good beginner's obedience class may cost between $75 and $150. Training by professional trainers is even higher. And don't forget the cost of special training equipment - leashes, collars, training dummies, auto fuel for traveling to and from training sessions, etc. Moreover, Goldens tend to be sensitive or soft to training methods. They must be handled carefully with a loving, firm, but nonetheless GENTLE hand.
ADDICTIVE: Very few people own only one Golden because, let's face it, we all need more love in our lives, and Golden Retriever love is addictive!