Goldens are “family” dogs that shadow you everywhere you go. They thrive on companionship and cannot be maintained outdoors. Goldens are dedicated, active dogs.
Goldens were bred to spend long hours in the field and in the lakes retrieving game. They are high energy dogs and need daily exercise. While dogs nap a great deal, they still require mental and physical stimulation.
A large dog such as a Golden Retriever will cost a minimum of $600 to $800 a year to feed and provide general medical care.
A Golden generally will live between 10 and 12 years, sometimes a great deal longer.
Goldens have a dense undercoat that protects them from heat and cold. For this reason, NEVER shave your Golden. Brushing several times a week will help control shedding.