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Golden Retriever Breeders: Avoid Them!
Make a Choice! Be a Hero!
If you have your heart set on a Golden Retriever for your family, you’re pretty smart! Golden’s are great dogs that get along with everyone and make fine family pets, and there are plenty of them at shelters waiting for good homes because owners decided they were, too busy, they were moving, they had a new baby coming, the dog was bigger than they thought it would be or any other number of ridiculous reasons.
Don’t add to the overpopulation of Golden Retrievers or any other dog breed. Get your new family member at your local shelter, and make your choice carefully so you won’t be one of those untrustworthy people who decides to abandon someone who trusts you in a strange and frightening place when things get inconvenient.
Some People Decide Their Dogs are Too Old to Keep!
Know What You are Looking For
When you choose your new family member, be sure to take your time evaluating temperament, health, and intelligence. It can be heart-breaking to spend an afternoon in a shelter or to make several trips, but it’s necessary to make a choice you can live with happily for the next 15 years or so.
If you have your heart set on a full-blood Golden Retriever, educate yourself as to conformation, health, temperament and so on. Remember that large dogs can have problems like hip dysplasia, and watch carefully for that as you look your choices over. Any sign of weakness in the hindquarters is likely to mean that you will have to deal with medical problems if you choose that dog. If the shelter will let you have your final choice checked out by your own vet, it would be a good idea.
Do Your Homework!
For Some People, Dogs are Disposable
Sometimes, a dog you find at a shelter may actually have registration papers, and you may be able to find out who the breeder was. If this is the case, you should do a little detective work to find out if the breeder was reputable. Check the BBB Online to see if there have been complaints. If there have not, contact the breeder (a personal visit is best) and check to see if the parents of the dog were/are healthy.
You will want to find out about any hereditary tendencies toward cataracts, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. These are all common Golden Retriever problems. Ask about the personality of the parents of the dog you are considering.
If a dog has hereditary health problems, it’s a good idea to avoid choosing that particular dog. Of course, if you fall in love with the dog and you have the wherewithal to meet its medical needs, you can surely be a hero!
Yeah! I’m a Golden Retriever! Really!
Make a List and Keep an Open Mind!
One thing that very often happens when you go to the animal shelter to look for a new family member is that you fall in love with an animal you hadn’t planned on at all. If you really have your heart set on a full-blood Golden Retriever, you will eventually find exactly the dog you are looking for - maybe on your very first visit.
Let your heart guide you, too! Remember that a mutt often has far fewer hereditary problems than a purebred dog. Nature has a way of selecting the best traits of the parents and suppressing the worst as long as we humans don’t interfere! A Golden Retriever mix may really be the perfect choice for you ! You just don’t know it yet!