Your thoughts on the Golden Retriever?

Your thoughts on the Golden Retriever?

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  1. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Coworker has one. Never once got it neutered. Dog would try to hump everyone it saw and would bark if not allowed to hump

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      yjk

  2. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    As with people, the poorly bred ones are the most well known. A well bred Golden is intelligent, agile, an excellent swimmer, deeply loyal, motivated, and extremely loving. Bad breeding and bad owners (lazy suburban women) end up overfeeding them, never exercising them, and letting them become sedentary and unhealthy stinkballs.

    If you find a good one - you will never want another kind of dog again, and the hose baths, brushing, vacuuming and bills will never once matter.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      yikes. no thanks ill stick to shiba inu.

  3. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    They are good boys.

  4. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    A very good boy indeed! But they die too fast and aren't all that playful, at least the ones that I've been raised around (my family had 4 growing up). The BEST golden is the mini golden. They live twice as long because they aren't inbred and are big enough as to where you don't gotta worry about roughhousing but small enough as to where my noodle of a sister with a bmi of 16 could walk ours with ease. They're also a lot more playful and intelligent than normal goldens. They look like puppies for years on end too. Truly the best dog ever. Mine would talk if she wanted something, it was kinda creepy because it always like she was trying to mimic human language.

  5. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    no hes right
    but 98.3% of dog bites don't cause anything that needs more than a bandaid or like, one stitch (so nothing but the doctor wants money)
    and 80% don't do anything period
    goldens are that 80%

  6. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    The most lovey dovey love dog, it's why they are the most popular with women

  7. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Golden retrievers are the truest of the truth. No cap

  8. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    bawds.

  9. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Most loving dogs on the planet

  10. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    they also super do not do well in heat. They cap out at about 75f or so

  11. 1 year ago
    Anonymous
  12. 1 year ago
    Anonymous
  13. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    posting dog pictures because this thread could use dog pictures

  14. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I have two. The cancer rate is... rough but the dogs are golden. They are an easy breed but that doesn't mean you will get an easy golden or that you don't have to know what you are doing.

    Train fetch young and train it well. Morning exercise is key to good behavior (for any dog really) and these love to play fetch. They are very food motivated. The dried chicken liver treats tend to work well.

    Be ready to brush at least every other week or better yet weekly to keep their coats up. Get a de-matting/claw brush, everything else is useless (pictured). Consider getting an electric trimmer if you get a golden with longer butt fur so you can trim that down. Shedding is fine if you clean your house weekly and keep on the brush. If you're disgusting slob and only vacuum every blue moon avoid this breed. Get a true hose attachment for the bathtub and hair catcher for baths. It makes bathing faster and easier.

    They are an underfoot and on your lap breed so great as companions but some people are put off by it. They also tend to be friends with everyone but like all dogs they still need to be socialized young. If they don't have positive stranger people and dog experiences as a pupper they can end being bitey like any other dog breed.

    60% of golden retrievers will die to cancer. Be ready to be emotionally wounded and sit at least a couple of a grand to deal with it.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      >60% of golden retrievers will die to cancer. Be ready to be emotionally wounded and sit at least a couple of a grand to deal with it.
      Damn, that's rough.

      https://i.imgur.com/tWIMPGp.jpg

      they also super do not do well in heat. They cap out at about 75f or so

      >they also super do not do well in heat. They cap out at about 75f or so
      What's a good alternative for someone living in hotter climates?

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        The main factors I had when choosing a dog were at least midsized and extremely unlikely to bite. That brought it down to Goldens and Brittany Spaniels. I chose goldens since they are lower energy.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          What about Labs, German Sherpherds or Huskies?

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            >labs
            no

            >German Shepard
            Tempting but offered no advantages over the other two

            >Huskies
            Huskies are not a good pet dog in most cases.

            Goldens bite more than other dogs. They just don't do complaint-worthy damage.

            puppy goldens are bite machines and can remain so if the behavior is not addressed. Adults tend to bite less than comparably socialized other breeds while also being generally very friendly and outgoing

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              >offered no advantages
              Really? How so?

              >no
              You don't like Labs then.

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              Huskies are great pet dogs - if your idea of a pet is a friend instead of a drooling slave. Throw a stick, and the servile retriever wheezes and pants and shambles to bring it to you. Do the same before a husky, and she will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement. And just as inferior people prefer the inferior animal which scampers excitedly because somebody else wants something, so do superior people respect the superior animal which lives her own life and knows that the puerile stick-throwings of alien bipeds are none of her business and beneath her notice.

              The retriever barks and begs and tumbles to amuse you when you crack the whip. That pleases a meekness-loving peasant who relishes a stimulus to his sense of importance. The husky, on the other hand, charms you into playing for her benefit when she wishes to be amused; making you rush out the door with a bag of treats when she feels like unrestrained exercise, but refusing all your attempts to make her play when she is not in the humour.

              That is personality and individuality and self-respect—the calm mastery of a being whose life is her own and not yours—and the superior person recognises and appreciates this because he too is a free soul whose position is assured, and whose only law is his own heritage and aesthetic sense.

              Altogether, we may see that the retriever appeals to those primitive emotional souls whose chief demands on the universe are for meaningless affection, aimless companionship, and flattering attention and subservience; whilst the husky reigns among those more contemplative and imaginative spirits who ask of the universe only the objective sight of poignant, ethereal beauty and the animate symbolisation of Nature’s bland, relentless, reposeful, unhurried, and impersonal order and sufficiency. The retriever gives, but the husky is.

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                That’s some pretty small dick energy there lad.

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                >sees a husky
                >instantly thinks about dicks
                Telling.

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                https://i.imgur.com/RF97Q4T.png

                >sees a husky
                >instantly thinks about dicks
                Telling.

                Something about hiskies' facial features is creepy to me.
                There's probably a reason it was used to make the smile.jpg image

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                That's just the blue eyes, they always look judgemental

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                >i don't like light eyes or visible facial expressions, they scare me
                That's called autism.

              • 12 months ago
                Anonymous

                Well at least I can get aroused if the right tries to kill me

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                It is probably the blue eyes, dogs look just bit weird with non-brown eyes.

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                their eyes vaguely look like really tiny pupils so they always look like methheads itching to do something moronic
                and from what i've heard about them its not too far off

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                yep they look like moronic wolves

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                They don't.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          Goldens bite more than other dogs. They just don't do complaint-worthy damage.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        >What's a good alternative for someone living in hotter climates?
        they'll honestly be fine in most climates provided they have good shade and water and you keep them groomed(deshedding them helps a lot), if you live somewhere rough and it gets oppressively hot get a kiddie pool or something they can take a dip in and if you live somewhere unreasonably hot like the southwest US just keep them inside during the day at the least, which you honestly should be doing with most pets regardless at that point. Honestly they do fine indoors ingeneral provided you take the time to train them and don't mind vacuuming every few days

  15. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Great dog to interact with when it's someone else's problem, terrible dog to actually own yourself and have to deal with 24/7 shedding and clinginess.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      What breeds do you recomend to own then?

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Stop the obsession with breeds
        Unless you have a specific purpose you need a dog for (i.e, hunting, catching rodents, guarding, herding, etc) then the breed of a dog DOES NOT MATTER. Get a mutt from your local shelter or whatever.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          With breeds I know what I am getting
          With mutts I don't

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          Yes it does

          I don’t want a stinking territorial drool factory that mauls children

          MOST DOGS ARE SHIT

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            its how you raise them bro
            just spend 7 hours a day on your dog just to have to muzzle or tie them out when you have company anyways
            >or skip the mastiffoid and get a samoyed that doesn’t do anything bad except overzealously exterminate roaming cats

  16. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Dumb as a sack of bricks but their enthusiasm makes up for it

  17. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Ask me how I know you are a middle aged wine mom

  18. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Are they big enough?

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Yup, even without having pups

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Awesome.
        I'll be living by myself in the near future and am thinking of getting myself a big dog to keep me company, and whatever else its receptive to, I suppose.
        Working from home means that have plenty of time to care for them.

  19. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    All the ones I've interacted with are docile and eager to please. Great dog, but I can see that they're not suited for everyone.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      >but I can see that they're not suited for everyone.
      What do you mean

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        The males like a lot of attention. Both sexes need a lot of exercise.

  20. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Good boi. Was my first choice for dogs til my current collie mutt sorta fell into my lap.

  21. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    nice tongue

  22. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    they always look happy

  23. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    It was once a really stinky, irritatingly juvenile, disgustingly hungry dog, but a healthy working dog that didn't need much upkeep. And then the AKC got it, amateur pet breeders proliferated it (when they are only qualified to let mutts do their thing, seeing as even professionals can't keep dogs from turning into abominations) and it retained all its bad qualities, but accumulated a lot of cancer and general health disorders, as well as a high maintenance coat that needs regular trimmings and even a sanitary cut.

    Throughout all of that, they never thought to breed it to smell better or act like less of an idiot.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      I thought goldens were generally pretty smart. But yeah, a lot of goldens are actually inbred as frick at this point which has not exactly done wonders for their physical or mental health. The mental instability that it's caused is why (poorly bred) goldens are actually one of the leading causes of dog bites in the US.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        A dog doesn't have to be intelligent to be obedient. This is a noticeable problem with doggays, they think the "goodest boy" is the "smartest boy", but malinois have an indepence streak that causes them to score poorly on obedience while on real general intelligence tests they outrank border collies.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        You waste of oxygen. Kys. How moronic do u have to be to say goldens are leading in biting. Seriously kys

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