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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve collected some of the questions that we are asked a lot. If your question isn’t in our list, please contact us - We’re happy to answer you.
Is a deposit recommended? Yes. We encourage deposits especially if you are hoping for a particular gender or from a particular father and mother. Would a male or a female puppy be a better choice for me? One of your first considerations when selecting a male or female puppy should be the weight and height of an adult Golden Retriever. Males measure about 23 – 24 inches (58-61 cm) in height at withers (shoulder) and weigh approximately 70 to 85 lbs. Females stand 21-1/2 – 22-1/2 inches (55-57 cm) at the withers and weigh approximately 60 to 70 pounds at maturity. The difference in temperament of a male and a female is rather subtle. Your best option when considering this question is to visit with us as we are willing to spend time having you meet individual males and females of various ages, allowing you to decide for yourself what personality will meld with your lifestyle best. I work during the day. Can I still enjoy dog companionship? Yes! You will require a puppy play pen while your puppy is young so that they can relieve themselves and play safely during your absences. You must also realize that a consistent exercise program before and after work are going to be a necessity. Doggy daycare or dog walking services are also viable alternatives to helping busy families enjoy a dog in their lives. How much do Golden Retrievers shed? They shed a great deal! Regular combing and quality food help, but it does not eliminate shedding. If you’re very concerned about cleanliness or keep a very clean home, don’t get a Golden Retriever. The hair does vacuum and sweep up well, but it collects in corners easily too. Should I crate train my new puppy? Yes, absolutely! We strongly recommend crate training for all dogs and puppies. It is much safer for your home and puppy. It encourages good house training habits, encourages impulse control in stressful situations and reduces stress during veterinary hospital stays or unexpected emergency situations requiring confinement of your puppy or older dog.  Crate training is not cruel or mean when used and introduced properly. What size of crate will my Golden require? Adult Males require a crate that is 40” long, 26” wide and 32” tall or taller. Adult females require a crate that is 36” long, 24” wide and 32” tall.  I recommend that dog owners use an adult male sized crate for both males and females.  The extra space allows for more stretching out. During puppy hood you will need to divide off a portion of the crate until they learn to hold their bowels and bladder better. A large space for a small puppy sometimes encourages them to go “potty” in one end, and sleep in the other end. How much physical exercise does a Golden Retriever need? A happy and relaxed dog or puppy requires a minimum of 20 minutes of significant physical (fetch, off-lead walking etc.) exercise daily. A Kong chew toy, antler or puzzle ball will keep their mind engaged during your absences – providing further mental stimulation. Young puppies should not be forced into strenuous physical activities (jogging, biking etc.) until after 18 months of age to protect their joints from serious physical harm. Use caution if you’re unsure. Consult a canine professional if your dog is showing signs of fatigue or lameness during or following exercise. Can I arrange a kennel visit? Yes!  We would be happy to arrange a visit with you.  Please call or email us to set up a visit with our family. Our preference is to meet the entire family who will be living with and caring for a new puppy. This helps us get to know you better. A visit with everyone also generates plenty of questions and useful dialogue between us and your entire family about the challenges of a new puppy. Difference Between  American & English Retrievers? Great Explanation Here
ENGLISH GOLDEN RETRIEVERS