Your Questions About Disadvantages Of Golden Retriever

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Ken asks…

whould a german shepherd be good for a first time owner?

Im planning to get a german shepherd. im gonna be a first time owner. should i get one? if not ill go with with a golden retriever unless theyre not okay either. are gsds hard to take care of?

Justin answers:

A good GSD is a very fine dog. Very smart, very responsive, very active. This has one disadvantage: you must train, and keep the dog busy, or you could have a destructive, ill-behaved mess on your hands. Smart dogs, if you don’t stay on top of the training from day one, will learn all the wrong stuff pretty fast, and it can be a long hard job to correct things later. This, of course, is true of every dog to some extent, but a badly behaved large dog is much more of a problem, especially out in public, than a very small one, and GSDs suffer from their public image. They’re associated with law enforcement, guarding, protection, etc, and many people assume every one is a killer at heart. If you really want one, do some research, speak with breeders and trainers and people in dog parks, find out all you can to see if a GSD is the right dog for you, if you can do what the dog will need to be a good canine citizen. And look for a very good bloodline if you get one. Get the best you can afford.

A Golden, of course, is just as big, and intelligent too, but will on average be more laid-back, more sociable, won’t be as demanding as a GSD for activity, won’t be as much of a watchdog, and most people you meet will assume it’s a big teddy bear sort of dog. They aren’t all, but that’s how they’re seen. I’d say a Golden is an easier dog to deal with on the whole. However, you want what you want. Just be sure you know what you’re getting into before you commit yourself to a particular dog.

Chris asks…

what would be the advantages and disadvanteges of getting a dog?

Im getting a golden retriever soon and if u can please answer the questions
Will your a golden retriever fit with your lifestyle?
Does the golden personality match yours?
How much work will a golden be?
How much money should you expect to pay, not just to purchase or adopt a dog but for vet bills, food and the other important things Golden‘s need, like tennis balls and toys :-)?
Can my children take most of the responsibility for the dog?
If Golden‘s are the perfect family pet, why are so many homeless and in rescues?
I just want a pet, why should I go to a reputable golden breeder or rescue organization?
I’ve trained other breeds so why shouldn’t I be able to train a golden just as well?
Thank you and if so please
put the disadvantages and advantages.

Justin answers:

1. A dog should be chosen by its behavior so that it will be a good match for the owner. It can only adapt so much. If you aren’t sure about the Golden retriever being a good match for you, please do NOT get one. Do some more research on this one and other breeds to learn in advance what the dog’s needs are and what it requires to raise, train, socialize and keep one. What is YOUR lifestyle and how will the Golden fit or NOT fit? That’s what YOU are supposed to answer.

2. No, the dog has its own personality. Can you change YOUR personality to match someone else’s? NO. Again, see my answer to question 1. I have no idea what your personality is or if a golden would suit you. You don’t seem to know if a Golden would suit you, either. You could probably answer “I don’t know.”

3. All dogs are a lot of work. Puppies are especially a great deal of work. They must be watched every minute so that they don’t pee in the home or chew things up, etc. They must go to Sirius Puppy Classes, starting at age 12 weeks. They need a LOT of vaccinations. They are extremely expensive to buy and keep. You need to find all of this out before you get any dog.

4. Make some phone calls and find out. Call vets, go to pet stores, talk to other owners. Over $3,000 for the first year wouldn’t be unusual.

5. NO CHILD should have to take on the responsibility of taking care of a pet. Children lose interest in new pets just as fast as they lose interest in new toys. It is solely the adults’ responsibility to take care of, raise and train the dog. The children can be allowed to observe, and to help out some. Raising a puppy is a lot like raising a human baby, only puppies BITE and pee on the floor.

6. Because people who have NOT spent any time doing their own research into a variety of breeds but only took someone’s advice that “goldens are such wonderful dogs” clearly didn’t know what they were getting into, and didn’t bother to find out, and so the dogs paid for the owners’ mistakes by ending up in shelters, where they are killed, or in rescues, where they have a chance of getting a new home. EVERY BREED is perfect for someone. NO BREED is perfect for everyone! Don’t make the mistake of getting the wrong breed and don’t get any dog at all if you are not sure.

7. Either one is good but ONLY if YOU are CERTAIN that this is the best breed for you. Make up your own mind, based on YOUR careful study of breeds and their requirements for food, space, grooming, shedding, socializing, training and more. KNOW well ahead of time IF this breed is right for you. Don’t just get one and then find out the hard way. The answer to the question you asked should be EASY. Since you don’t seem to know, please don’t get a dog.

8.I don’t know how you trained those other breeds. Are you a clicker trainer? Goldens have “soft” personalities when it comes to training. Harsh methods are definitely all wrong for them. Learn to clicker train before you get a Golden.

9. Sorry, but it is YOUR JOB TO LEARN ABOUT AS MANY BREEDS AS POSSIBLE BEFORE DECIDING ON WHICH TO GET, NOT MINE TO TELL YOU EVERYTHING. You haven’t done your research and it shows. Please do not get any dog at all until you have taken the time to find out more about this breed and others. NOT doing your own research is as good as saying “I don’t care about dogs.”

Daniel asks…

Disadvantages of Golden retriever and standard poodle?

Please list the cons of owning a golden retriever and a standard poodle.
I Would appreciate hearing from actual g retriever and standard poodle owers for more accurate and detailed answers ^^

Justin answers:

Goldens are great. The only disadvantage I see is that most of them these days are so silly and affectionate that they don’t make great watch dogs. They have a lot of hair of course and therefore need good grooming. They are wonderful, affectionate creatures, but sometimes can be overly affectionate, ie can’t get enough types that constantly bother for attention. This is usually easily overcome with some good training.

Poodles are smart dogs and I find the standards to be a lot less yappy and generally not as nervous as their smaller counterparts. They are natural watch dogs but are not necessarily as affectionate with kids and friendly strangers as you may want. They don’t shed and are very easy to train. Unfortunately I’ve traiined a few that were a little off , almost like they were retarded or brain damaged. But I’ve known more that were just great. The problem is, there really aren’t that many of the standards around so finding a good one could be a bit more difficult than finding a good golden.
I don’t know as much about this breed as I do goldens, but I would just say do your research and be sure to find a good breeder of proven, quality stock that has been tested for genetic faults.

Mark asks…

Which is better, a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever and why?

I read in a book that the Golden Retriever was good with children. I read in the same book that the Labrador Retriever was good with children but needed special exercise needs. In another book it said
this. For the Golden Retriever the Advantages were good gundog, gentle with children, even-tempered. The Disadvantages were no drawback known. For the Lab. Advantages Even-tempered, good
gundog, good family pet, good with children. Disadvantages were No drawbacks known. I’m not sure which is better for the family. Take a look. Single mom with two teenage kids, 1 small dog, 2 tabby cats. Watchdog ability. PLEASE HELP! They are both cute. We want to know which is the better deal. CUTENESS DOES NOT COUNT! We like the Golden a little better. If anyone knows any place where they breed the Golden Retriever with the
Labrador Retriever, Please, please, please tell me.

Justin answers:

You can’t really compare them all. Like German shepherds for example. Some come from mellow show breeding stock, and others come from schutzhund stock and are not suitable for most families.

What you could consider doing… Go to some dog training classes in your local area to meet dogs in your town. They can vary quite a bit in different regions. You’ll need a dog trainer when you get your puppy anyway and they can help advise you since they will meet your family in person.

Once there talk to owners of the different breeds and what their thoughts are about their dogs. Seeing them in action and getting some hands on time, is a better education.

One thing to keep in mind is that like the GSD and the greyhound, there are several strains of labs. Some can be guardy and protective dogs. Some may be spooks. Some look like greyhounds and some may be very massive with strong bodies. These strains are due to the fact that some are hunting strains, some are show dogs, and others are just bred because they happen to be labs and still have ‘nads.

Sometimes mixed breed dogs that may or may not be purebred are for sale as labs or GRs in the newspaper. Differences in strains can be true of Goldens and any other working breeds. Particularly if they are very popular.

Check AKC parent club for a breeder’s code of ethics for the breeds in question and then screen the breeders well too.

You’ve got it right that you will need to choose your dog for the companion he will become in the future, not for the bundle of cuteness that he is as a pup. You may have a dozen years with the puppy you choose.

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