For people who want a great family dog but don't want to go through the challenges of a puppy, consider going the Golden Retriever adoption route.
Older, mature Golden Retrievers have proven to be excellent additions to family life. These dogs are an adaptable breed, as well as having a great temperament.
No matter how old the adopted Golden is, they quickly become a valued part of your family once they have adapted to the pace and ambience of your family.
We can't stress enough how important basic "house manners" training is for an adopted or rescued Golden Retriever.
Another place to consider finding a Golden is with breeders. Quite often, breeders have older, retired dogs for sale and there are a couple of reasons why.
Some include show dogs who no longer have the potential to win, males used for breeding, females who have had a few litters then retired, or special situations where a breeder may be assisting a friend with a Golden Retriever adoption.
On the plus side, most older Golden Retrievers are housebroken, are often fully trained, and know how to adapt to a new family situation.
Needless to say, it will be tough on the dog in the beginning, but by giving them plenty of love, attention, and patience, they'll begin to fit in and become a part of the family.
The primary thing you need to do is regularly assure your adopted Golden and let them know you're the new pack leader. Let them know as best you can that you're happy they're a member of the family.
If you're considering Golden Retriever adoption, you want to learn everything you can about the breed so you know what to expect and can deal with any breed specific issues that may arise.
You also want to get a sense of the dogs temperament and if they'll be compatible as part of your family.
Some of the important aspects you should understand about your adopted golden are their diet, what constitutes their daily routine, their excersie needs, and habits.
Before you bring them home make sure all the family members meet the dog, so everyone can talk it over and decide if everyone wants the Golden to become a family member.
When taking an older dog, you need to help them for the first few days in order to let him know where everything in your home is located. Show him where they will sleep, how to go outside, where to eliminate, and where you feed them in the house.
Take your time and be patient, because it normally takes a new dog a few days to learn how and where things are in your home.
As a rule of thumb, give your new Golden Retriever a minimum of a month to get used to their new surroundings before you begin any type of obedience training.
Even if you know your dog had prior obedience training, it's still a good idea to get them in a new class if for no other reason than it reinforces you as their pack leader.
Any Golden Retriever, no matter what their age may be, loves attention. Older dogs however, may have medical issues you aren't aware of, which can cause them to be more withdrawn than normal.
This shouldn't stop you from bringing one into your family, because the rewards you get far exceed any issues the Golden may have as you understand their unique needs.
Although many people don't give much thought to Golden Retriever adoption - these wonderful dogs are ideal for families who don't have the time or desire to go through the challenges of raising a puppy.
Although they are not officially classified as separate breeds or even distinct varieties of the same breed, there are three main types of Golden Retrievers.
In no particular order, they include English Golden Retrievers (sometimes called "English Cream Golden Retrievers"), American Golden Retrievers and Canadian Golden Retrievers.
If these types of Golden Retrievers haven't yet been classified separately by the respective breed registry bodies of any country (for example, the UK's Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club), is there anything that really sets English Golden Retrievers apart from the other types?
All three types of Golden Retriever possess a friendly, eager-to-please, affectionate demeanor, but they also have many other characteristics in common, including loyalty, gentleness and intelligence.
Despite their many common features, however, there are some distinct differences.
That said, the distinctions between the types are in their appearance, not their personality or temperament.
The English Golden Retriever is the original type, with the American and Canadian types diverging from it during and after World War II.
In general, the English Golden Retriever can be regarded as being more faithful to the original Golden Retriever body type than the more recently evolved Canadian and American versions.
Over the course of time, American Golden Retrievers evolved into a slightly leaner, lighter dog while English Golden Retrievers retained their heavier, stockier, more muscled body structure.
The English Golden Retriever's skull is broader and the forequarters in particular are more muscular. Its forehead is blockier and its muzzle is a bit wider and shorter.
English Golden Retrievers also have sturdier, shorter legs, slightly deeper chests and shorter tails. Overall, they present a heavier, more square appearance than American Golden Retrievers.
English Golden Retrievers are also known for their round, dark eyes. In contrast, the eyes of the American type are more triangular or even slanted and have a slightly lighter, medium to dark brown color.
All Golden Retrievers have gorgeous coats, but there are some differences between the coats of the American and English varieties, particularly in coat length, texture and color.
The American variety features fluffy, lushly plumed coats, while English Golden Retrievers typically have slightly wavier coats that are less fluffy but much thicker.
All Golden Retrievers are "golden" to one degree or another, but as the name implies, English Cream Golden Retrievers tend to be lighter in color than the other varieties.
Unlike the American and Canadian Kennel Club breed standards, the British standard specifically permits cream colored coats.
The coats of English Golden Retrievers typically range from a pure light cream, to cream touched by gold, to a dusting of gold throughout the coat.
Some English Golden Retrievers have darker golden coats, but this coloration is much more unusual in English dogs than in the Canadian or American variety.
In general, you can view this type as being the classic, traditional Golden Retriever first developed more than 100 years ago.
If you're in the United States you might not see them quite as often as American Golden Retrievers, but English Golden Retrievers are much more popular in the United Kingdom, throughout continental Europe and in Australia, and they're gaining ground rapidly in the United States.