We, of course, agree that they're the BEST dogs! However, there are lots of things to consider before welcoming a little fluffy ball of cuteness into your home. For starters, that fluff ball will soon be a large, mud-loving, shedding dog that knocks over your coffee table pretties. So read on to get an idea of what life with Goldens is like! We love this article from Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida
Goldens are a large breed dog. Males generally 65-75 lbs, and females 55-65 lbs. They need room. Lots of room. When they play indoors, make sure those pictures on the wall are secure.
Goldens are wonderful companions. They love to be underfoot. Cooking in your kitchen? So is your golden. Sitting on the sofa? So is your golden, or at least at your feet.
So you love a clean house. Ha. You'll have to love your golden more. Luckily, golden hairs tend to clump into dust bunnies that make all that cleaning a little easier.
Food. Water. Shelter. Vaccinations. Heartworm Preventative. Flea Preventative. Toys, Collars, Leashes, Bed... Expect just the basics to run you as much as $200/mo.
I can personally attest to the fact that our male is just as loving as our females. Rooster is just a big teddy bear & he may even be sweeter than our ladies :)
Goldens are social dogs. They don't do well left outside, alone, or unattended. They will climb or dig out of a fence to get to their people or their pack. A happy golden is an inside dog.