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This is a portrait of Maverick, when her dad, Dave took time off work to take her down to the lake he thought it was to chase the birds not to have his picture taken for a portrait. Hence the glum look on an otherwise very happy dog. However, his mom, Connie had taken him for a spa day that morning, so her hair is perfect!
Golden retrievers are highly intelligent, trainable, people dogs, excellent for active families with a large yard and as care givers, bomb sniffers and search and rescue dogs. What they are not good for is protection as they are more likely to lick a stranger than bark at them. Also, provide your golden with his own chew toys or he will choose one of your slippers as his favorite. This is generally how they handle separation anxiety if they are left without their ‘peeps’ for too long.
These dogs are not low maintenance though. They do need to be walked once or twice a day or given lots of backyard play. Heidi’s beautiful hair has to be brushed regularly in between washing.
Due to their train ability, and people-pleasing personality, golden retrievers are prime candidates for mixing with other breeds. The golden doodle has become a very popular combination of personalities and characteristics.
For more information on the golden retriever, please see (LINK) or your local golden retriever organization.