Oct 21, 2003, 8:22 PM
Post #15 of 30
Re: [tkahhean] Golden Retriever's Infomation
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i hv contacts for a few breeders around this area. the few of them are house breeders whom i've been told are responsible ones. not good to advertise here tho, after all, i dun get anything from advertising. hehe. glad that your dad also agrees to have a GR. it's a good start too. i'm from KL, old klg rd.
btw, i would like to contribute my one cent worth of opinion (if it'seven worth one, kekeke) for your questions:
1. From what i read, GRs can accomodate a smaller living space. However, it must be accompanied with lots of exercise. for the first year, light exercises or walks. Not strenous ones, as when the hips are developing, it could easily be injured and cause subsequent complications later on.
2. in apt, i dun suppose they make lots of noises, as they don't see strangers or other dogs. however, training has to be given. i've seen a few GRs around my area, when i brought my puppy out for walk, they will bark non-stop, and due to their grown up size, quite scare tho. like wanna attack me or my puppy.
3. GRs are great human companion. if you only one dog at home, they will be very attached to your family members. you need to limit petting them in the beginning, or else they will have the habit of 'begging' you to pet them every now and then, as often as they love to. it will be a little annoying when u want to rest a while on the couch, or do some serious readings. let them know you need your own private time as well.
4. My ex-colleague has just bought a 3rd GR. from what i know, they're not hyperactive. regular daily walks will suffice their requirements to burn off excessive energy, if not, they will be hyperactive at home. compared to beagles, beagles are rather 'home destructive' due their eager beaver and playful nature.
5. travelling should not be a problem, as there has been a lot of owners who bring them out for car-cruising. make sure your air-cond is working. hehe
6. adapting to new environment is fine, as you are still with them. new environment meant more snooping and sniffing around initially. and also locating the potty area, etc etc.
7. they are what they eat. how much you spend is individual, and definitely much more than toy dogs or smaller sized ones. they eat a lot. and if you want the dog look like what u see in magazines, hehe ... am sure u will know how much it will cost. there were some comments on it by the few true GR fans around, can't recall which thread.
8. grooming is regular. and they do shed a lot. my friend's vacuum cleaner kaput due to excessive hairs accumulating inside the cleaner.
9. as puppy, training them is relatively very much easier. they learn the rountine you set for them very fast. my second day with my GR, she already know what time i will wake up, and waiting for me to bring her out for toilet business. the third day, she already knew what shake hands meant. they are also very attentive to your intonation and feelings. i scolded her a few times when she makes a mess, but not really feeling angry at all. she just ignored me tho. but once when she played with the water and wet the carpet, i was just casually saying it out with a rather geram feeling, and she quickly sat at a corner acknowledging she has done wrong. i was about to bring her out on a car cruise then. ;-)
since you and your dad has decided a GR will be it, make sure you do a lot of readings regarding them.