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09-10-2014 12:26 PM
arctic This thread is really tempting me to complicate my life immensely by taking a Golden.
09-09-2014 02:24 PM
ponyfarm My My good friend has a golden and he plays great with my Max. Max plays very rough and the golden just tumbles around and keeps coming back for more. I have never seen the golden angry ! Very sweet guy!

09-09-2014 12:00 PM
graciesmom I cant' say that my Golden had any odor. Maybe after being in the water, but then again they both smelt like wet dogs after a swim, LOL. Also, I would often have both of them to the groomers for baths and brushing. As I said before, I found Goldens are more work in terms of grooming, but I didn't find that there was any smell, not like a yellow lab. No offense to any lab lovers on the board, JMO.
09-08-2014 02:24 PM
Waldi I have 12 y old golden and 18 month old GS , both females. Our golden we adopted at 2 years old, GS, got as a puppy. Golden is, as someone mentioned, always hungry or it will eat all the time given the opportunity. She does get "smell" after spending time in water. I believe this is attributed to water dogs natural oils, she also sheds a lot but not to bad. Initially, she did not appreciate young one, but now they look after each other, and golden will be upset if another dog is aggressive toward my GS. They are good friends, although, my GS would love more playful times, as my golden has slowed recently due to arthritis and tumors. My golden was such a good influence on puppy, one the things to mention, golden was never afraid of lighting or storms and puppy is the same. I wish we got GS earlier so she could enjoy playtime with golden when she was younger.
The biggest difference we have noticed, golden is always looking of human interaction even with strangers, where GS see only as, not interested in playing or cuddling with strangers.
09-08-2014 02:13 PM
farnln
Here is a picture of our GSD & Golden

They are BEST friends! They are wonderful together, both are female.
We have had goldens in the past, then got a GSD after they passed. Dd missed having a golden, so we got another about 7 months ago.
Our GSD sheds the most, but smells better than the golden.
Part of that may be that my shepherd eats better food than the golden pup (dd's dog).
09-08-2014 12:17 PM
arctic [quote=graciesmom;5999473]
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Did you GSD and Golden chase each other around and play with one another outside, or generally look to you and ignored one another?

They played together constantly, but the GSD ruled even when playing. If she decided that she didn't want to play with the ball (for example) any longer, she would deliberately put the ball somewhere where the Golden couldn't get it. The little tormentor . They were great on off leash walks, too. When the Golden would put his nose to the ground and sometimes get too far ahead, I could just send the GSD to herd him back. The best advantage for me was training. They were quite competitive as to who learned best and fastest. Made my job so much easier!
Did you notice a bad doggy odor from your Goldens (more so than the GSD) by any chance?

I keep reading Goldens can stink as a natural state of being, and that's without special problems like anal glands/skin yeast making things worse.
09-08-2014 11:43 AM
graciesmom [QUOTE=arctic;5976865]Did you GSD and Golden chase each other around and play with one another outside, or generally look to you and ignored one another?

They played together constantly, but the GSD ruled even when playing. If she decided that she didn't want to play with the ball (for example) any longer, she would deliberately put the ball somewhere where the Golden couldn't get it. The little tormentor . They were great on off leash walks, too. When the Golden would put his nose to the ground and sometimes get too far ahead, I could just send the GSD to herd him back. The best advantage for me was training. They were quite competitive as to who learned best and fastest. Made my job so much easier!
09-08-2014 11:36 AM
graciesmom
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Did you GSD and Golden chase each other around and play with one another outside, or generally look to you and ignored one another?

A lot more work in grooming...meaning you had to brush/furminate more often? I'm not even sure that's possible given that my GSD is shedding like CRAZY!
Yes, brushing/furminating but also trimming the hair around his ears and between his paws. At least with the GSD, you likely don't have any trimming to do.
09-08-2014 10:50 AM
John C. I used to have a Golden and a GSD. We got the Golden first as an adult from a breeder. He had originally been kept back from his litter, but washed out as a stud dog. He had however been raised around other dogs. When he was about 4 we got a GSD puppy. He was very tolerant of the puppy and liked playing with him. The puppy adored the Golden. In short, the got along extremely well. Both were males and the GSD was actually dog aggressive with strange dogs.
09-02-2014 03:06 PM
arctic
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I don't have a golden at the moment, but I have had both a golden (male) and a shepherd (female) in the past. They were just a few months apart in age and grew up together. I enjoyed the combination, they complimented one another quite well. I did not find that the Golden had any smell to him, nor can I say that one shedded more than the other. The Golden, however, was definitely more work in grooming and yes, you do have to watch their weight, they can put on the pounds quite easily. Proper exercise, though, takes care of that. I plan to have another golden, but am waiting till next year. Hopefully Jazz will have matured a bit more by then.
Did you GSD and Golden chase each other around and play with one another outside, or generally look to you and ignored one another?

A lot more work in grooming...meaning you had to brush/furminate more often? I'm not even sure that's possible given that my GSD is shedding like CRAZY!
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