Golden Retriever Information – The Pros and Cons

Golden Retriever information should include the pros and the cons of the breed – though it’s difficult for me to discuss the cons, because I love this magnificent breed so much. So much so that I’ve written a book, Charlie: A Love Story, about one of my Goldens. In it you can find a lot of Golden Retriever information, particularly about the older Golden. To find out more about my book, you can click on the following link:

From a rambunctious puppy with a curiosity about everything, Charlie grew into a wise and solid being. Charlie: A Love Story tells of the near-perfect character of the Golden Retriever, particularly of their high degree of emotional intelligence – a characteristic that distinguishes them from most other breeds. Golden Retriever information should always include this. Having had mostly Goldens, I know that they consistently and constantly want to please, seem to anticipate what’s needed, and try to help. I believe there is no more joyful, enthusiastic, gentle, kind and loving being on the planet. This is the most important Golden Retriever information I can give you. And anyone who’s owned a Golden will probably tell you the same thing.

Golden Retriever information needs to include the following (though don’t look for all these qualities when they are puppies.) They probably have the longest puppyhood of any breed – they want to play endlessly. They do quiet down as they get older, but even at eleven or twelve, or beyond, they retain that playful spirit.

Most Goldens have full, beautiful coats that shed, but the pure, positive energy that this breed spreads around the house is worth the loose hair.

A piece of Golden Retriever information that is not pleasant is that this beautiful breed is prone to cancer. Charlie developed melanoma when he was ten years old. In Charlie: A Love Story, you can learn how Charlie and I dealt with that situation and how he defied the odds and lived much longer than the Golden Retriever life expectancy of ten to twelve years.

And the last piece of Golden Retriever information I want to mention is this: in 1987, when I got my first Golden Retriever, Mandy, and was carrying this adorable eight-week-old puppy, a woman stopped me and said that she had a Golden Retriever at home. Then she said something I’ve never forgotten: that she thinks Goldens were put on the planet to teach people how to be with one another. I couldn’t agree with her more.

To find out more Golden Retriever information, you can contact the Golden Retriever Club of America.