|10-17-2013 02:34 PM|
|Waldi||I had GR for 9 years now (she was adopted at 2 years) and now got GSD puppy (she is now 9 month) and at the begining my senior was annoyed by puppy now they are very close, but sometime puppy gets on the nerve of GR. Golden are great dogs extremly sociable and love human company. Each of the bread has ther health issue, perhas very similar between GR and GSD, it seems that there was very largge study on GR and thus lots of quotes on health issues. keep in in mind this was controlled group and issues will apply to wholde dog population, especiisaly for medium and lage size dogs.|
|10-17-2013 11:14 AM|
|10-17-2013 10:47 AM|
I have heard about the cancer risk and have spoken with my daughter about pet insurance or just putting money in savings each month for pet care as I do.
Training an socialization will be provided as all our dogs live in the house as part of the family and go places with us. We have access to great trainers if anything comes up that we can't fix.
The mother and father of the pup seem to have very good GR type temperaments. Father is 7, healthy playful , very friendly. Mom is only two and was approachable, let us pet her, gave some tail wags, showed no aggression or fear but didn't solicit attention like the sire. She is a good mother to those 10 pups. I am glad that the breeder insist on keeping the all pups together with mom until 8 weeks, even though at 6 weeks they are eating solid food and mom just gets put in with them three or 4 times a day
|10-16-2013 05:35 PM|
Goldens get cancer. They all get cancer. If you had a golden that didn't get cancer, you were lucky. If it's a bitch, avoid spaying until at least 2 years old. One study done in goldens showed that spaying a bitch before then increased their chance of hemangiosarc. I personally would never own a golden because of the high rates of cancer I see in the breed, especially in younger dogs (I think the average age of a golden is 10 or younger honestly)
Goldens also seem to either age REALLY young (by the time they're 6 or so they are completely grey in the face and look to be at least 10) OR they never age at all (they'll be 12 and look like they're 4). Super sweet dogs in general. Ive met a few aggressive ones (my neighbor growing up was 4 when one of their goldens bit her in the face very badly, causing the need for hundreds of stitches and reconstructive surgery). But I think in general they tend not to be aggressive.
A poorly trained and socialized GSD could easily show some aggression just due to the breeds temperament. But a poorly trained and socialized golden should simply be unruly and hyper, NOT aggressive.
If trained properly they do tend to make great pets.
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|10-11-2013 06:13 PM|
Might I recommend that your family look into a solid health insurance? I slapped one on my pup though she came from a good breeder since I was worried about multitude of expensive health issues that come with the breed.
|10-11-2013 05:16 PM|
Went with my daughter to see the pup today. I am happy that the breeder is keeping all 10 pups until they are 8 weeks. The place was clean. She breeds the GR's but only an occasional year and her husband breed mini dachsunds, but also only occasionally. They only have the GR sire, dam and one they kept from a prior litter. The sire is 7 year old and was energetic and friendly. The dam was thin and came out to greet us.
She is still nursgin the 6 week pups a few times a day. The pups are on Costco lamb and rice and. They were climbing all over eachother and playing, some more active than others and readily came when called.
The pup my daughter chose is the fattest of he bunch and a real kisser!
Here is a pic
|10-10-2013 10:28 PM|
I think it is great that she is getting a puppy. No matter what breed, no matter where you get your dog, health problems are possible. I think 4 dogs can work so long as everyone respects each other and when the owner of individual dogs are not present, their dogs are either with them, under wraps, or they are willing to adjust if it becomes a problem.
I think a puppy will be easier to acclimate to your current pack than an adult. No guaranties, but even if she spends 2k on the puppy, it will not guaranty harmony within your home.
You might want to look up local laws to ensure that there is no problem there, but the time to do that was before she put her deposit down.
|10-10-2013 10:16 PM|
we're thinking about getting a GR. they cost the same as well
|10-10-2013 06:45 PM|
|llombardo||I own both breeds. They get along great. The male GSD is the instigator in the group. Both breeds have a list of health issues. They are both very trainable. The golden retriever is a very happy go lucky dog that lights up a room.|
|10-10-2013 03:32 PM|
[QUOTE=Merciel;4347858]This is super obvious and I feel silly mentioning it because you've probably already seen it, buuuut... there's a whole partner forum full of Golden Retriever discussion: Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
Thanks I did just join that forum. My daughter will probably move out soon and if she can't take the dog with her or find she no longer has time I am prepared to take up the slack. He will have a loving home.
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