Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Golden Retriever Puppies

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Anna Olson
Mar 24 ·
South Carolina

Looking for a new puppy can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. You want to make sure a golden retriever puppy fits in with your family’s energy and that you can devote the time you need to them. We have listed five tips on looking at golden retriever puppies to help you choose the right one for you.

Choosing A Golden Retriever Puppy

A puppy’s personality and activity level will give you some idea of what their personalities will be growing up. However, submissive golden retrievers often grow up into confident, dominant dogs, while dominant dogs can be trained to be more submissive and well-behaved. Here are five tips to help you choose the right golden retriever puppy.

1. Find A Reputable Breeder

Not all breeders are up to standard when it comes to responsible and ethical practices. Check to see if a breeder has any certifications from breeding organizations like the American Kennel Club (AKC). Also check their breeding facilities to make sure they are keeping their animals in clean, healthy conditions.

2. Meet The Parents

Since there is so much variation in fur color and nose shape in golden retrievers, looking at a litter’s parents is a great way to tell how your new puppy will look. A puppy’s parents will also show you how your puppy will most likely behave.

Golden Retriever Puppies

3. Check Their Personality

You should ask any breeder whether the golden retriever puppy you’re considering is more submissive or more dominant. Also ask about activity level, since puppies tire easily. A playful, energetic puppy may look like the sleepy, calm one you want if they’ve had an exciting day.

Golden Retriever Puppies

4. Try Holds

Figuring out whether golden retriever puppies are submissive or dominant involves certain holds. Cradle the puppy you’re considering in your arms like a baby. If they try to wriggle out of your hold, they are generally more dominant in personality. If they lay there, they are generally shyer and more submissive.

5. Get Any Health Records

Usually, puppies get their first vaccinations and vet visits around 6 weeks. The breeder should have their records on hand for you, along with any necessary genetic background information.

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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