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Golden Retriever: Everything You Need to Know About This Beloved Breed

Golden Retriever: Everything You Need to Know About This Beloved Breed 0

When you imagine a faithful family dog, does the fluffy face of a Golden Retriever come to mind? These intelligent, active, affectionate dogs make ideal four-legged additions to many families, which is probably why they're one of America's most popular dogs. Read on to discover what goldens are all about!

An Overview of the Breed

The Golden Retriever belongs to the sporting dog group, and is known for their athletic prowess and desire to please. Originally bred to retrieve waterfowl, goldens have taken on many different jobs in the modern era, including service and therapy, search and rescue, and drug and bomb detection. These eager to please pups make them easy to train and the perfect working dog. 

There are three main types of Golden Retrievers, American, English, and Canadian, which look relatively similar to the amatuer eye. While they come in all shades of gold, from light cream to almost red, the American Kennel Club recognizes three different coat color variations: light golden, golden, and dark golden.

History and Background

Golden Retrievers might seem as American as apple pie, but their story actually began  in 19th-Century Scotland. In 1865, Dudley Marjoribanks, Lord Tweedmouth, bought the only yellow Wavy-Coated Retriever in a litter of black puppies. He later bred this dog, named Nous, with a Tweed Water Spaniel, now extinct, to create the Golden Retriever we know and love. This first true golden went by the name of Crocus.

In developing the breed, Lord Tweedmouth sought to create a superior retriever suited to the Scottish climate, terrain, and available game. The dog needed to be able to retrieve on both land and water and bring the game back unharmed. They were bred to have soft mouths, a powerful gait, a flat coat, and expert swimming abilities.

By the 1870s, Scottish gamekeepers had found work for these new companions as gundogs. In the early 20th Century, they began appearing in dog shows. The Kennel Club of England first recognized the breed as "Retriever - Yellow or Golden" in 1911, then as "Retriever - Golden" a few years later. In 1925, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed, paving the way for it to become one of the most popular dog breeds in the United states.

Physical Characteristics

Golden Retrievers stand 21 to 24 inches tall and weigh 55 to 75 pounds. They sport a double coat of straight, medium-length hair with floppy ears and straight, broad head. Let’s be real, is there anything cuter than golden retriever puppies?

Their dense, waterproof coat is perfect for retrieving on land or in water. The breed comes in three basic color ranges: Light Golden, Golden, and Dark Golden.

As a sporting dog, they are known for their athletic build, boundless energy, and strong desire to perform a task and please their handler. Their soft mouths make them ideal for retriever waterfowl, or gentle play with family members. 

Personality

If you want a "Velcro dog," you want a Golden Retriever. They'll follow you everywhere because they love spending time with humans. They show great affection and a stable temperament that makes them good around children. They even have enough energy to keep up with the average kid!

What’s bad about golden retrievers? Don't expect them to be the world's greatest security dog. While they do bark , their love for human connection may result in them greeting strangers with a big kiss and request for a belly rub or back scratch.

Along with their seemingly endless energy and happy demeanor, goldens are known for their native intelligence and loyalty. These qualities make them eager to please their handler and relatively easy to train with a little work.

Caring for the Breed

Golden Retrievers need 30 minutes of exercise twice a day, not just to keep them in good shape but also to help burn off the excess energy that might make them too rambunctious. As a retriever, goldens will literally play fetch as long as allowed. If you love to jog, run, or walk as part of your daily routine, you'll have a new exercise partner! 

Golden Retrievers need training to become happy, well-behaved family members. But you're in luck there, too, because these super-smart dogs learn fast. You might want to start with leash training, though. They will chase after birds, squirrels, and other creatures if they don't know how to behave on a leash.

Nutrition can make a big difference in your Golden Retriever's health. Like any dog, this breed will get chubby unless you feed it sensible meals. A "couch potato" needs to stay between 989 and 1,272 calories per day. If the pup lives an active life, it should get 1,353 to 1,740 calories. Ask your vet whether your pet can also benefit from nutritional supplements.

Grooming your dog every six weeks, along with weekly brushing sessions, can help you manage that thick coat. Check the toenails every couple of weeks to see if they need trimming.

Potential Health Issues

Any dog can experience health issues, including Golden Retrievers. This breed has a relatively high cancer rate, with up to 56 percent of female deaths and 66 percent of male deaths caused by the malignant forms of this disease. Golden Retrievers can also be bothered with circulatory, heart, and lung problems.

Similar to other sporting dogs, goldens are prone to joint issues, like arthritis and hip and elbow dysplasia. With proper breeding, weight management, and treatment, severe cases can be avoided. It’s always a good idea to take extra care of a golden’s joint by adding nutritional joint support, like glucosamine for dogs, to their diet.

Their dense double coat makes a great potential home for bacteria, pests, parasites, and debris. These invaders could pose a problem because these dogs can have trouble with allergic reactions to fleas, ticks, mites, mold, and dust. Regular baths with a dog shampoo will help keep their coat free of irritants. It’s also a good idea to provide extra skin and coat support by adding an omega 3 for dogs to their diet.

Goldens can also run into trouble with cataracts, thyroid problems, bloat, and ear infections. It’s vital to schedule regular wellness checks so a vet can catch these issues early.

Fun Facts

Not every breed of dog can swim well, but Golden Retrievers are highly capable swimmers. Why are golden retrievers so good at swimming? Their strong hind legs, water-repellent double coat, webbed paws, and rudder-like tail help them excel at swimming.

Since receiving AKC recognition in 1925, Golden Retrievers have regularly placed near the very top of the rankings as one of the most popular U.S. dog breeds. 

They are considered to be the 4th smartest dog breed behind Border Collies, Poodles, and German Shepherds.

Not just good for waterfowl retrieving, goldens also make great therapy dogs, guide dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs. 

Famous Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers have moved in some high-flying circles, including the White House. President Gerald Ford's Golden Retriever, Liberty, made a cute and friendly addition to the First Family in the 1970s.

Bretagne was a famed search-and-rescue dog who aided the rescue efforts of major hurricanes like Katrina, Rita, and Ivan and was deployed to Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks. She was the last known surviving dog that responded to Ground Zero.

Pinkie took the Best in Breed title at the Westminster Dog Show, only to grow even more famous for her "adoption" of a trio of tiger cubs.

Buddy achieved fame through his appearances on America's Funniest Home Videos and Late Night With David Letterman. He also starred in the feature film Air Bud.

Golden Retrievers to Follow on Instagram

Tucker currently rules Instagram with an unmatched 2.2 million followers.

Marty and Murphy are a hilarious Canadian duo. Marty is known to sing a tune or two.

Chelsea can be found chillin by the pool, or in it, most of the time. Let’s just say water is her second love behind food.

Maui shares his adventures with Rubi the Corgi.

What to Expect From Golden Retriever Ownership

If you adopt a Golden Retriever, you can expect many happy years with a loving, active, friendly companion. Just do everything you can to keep up with it! Give it lots of personal attention, exercise, and the right portions of nutrients, and you can't go wrong with this golden-haired beauty!

Amazon Prime Day - What You Need To Know To Save BIG!

Amazon Prime Day - What You Need To Know To Save BIG! 0

Amazon Prime Day is almost here! This year, Amazon’s biggest sale of the year will be held on June 21 and 22. The two-day event will feature special savings on thousands of items across all product categories. 

From treats to beds to vacuums, doggie parents will definitely want to take advantage of these major discounts, including huge savings on best-selling Doggie Dailies products. Keep reading for everything you need to know about saving big during Prime Day.

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s yearly mega sale that offers massive discounts on thousands of products across all categories. Whether shopping for your doggie or yourself, you definitely won’t want to miss these deals.

When is Prime Day?

Amazon recently announced that their biggest sale of the year will be held on June 21 and 22. That’s only a few short days away! Deals will go live starting at midnight PDT on Monday, June 21st and will end at 11:59pm PDT on Tuesday, June 22nd. 

How to prepare your account for Prime Day:

First, make sure you have an active Amazon Prime membership. You’ll need one to shop during the retailer’s biggest sales event of the year. 

If you aren’t already an Amazon Prime member, don’t worry! You can sign up for a 30-day Amazon Prime free trial as long as you’ve never had an account. Once the sale ends, cancel your membership before the trial is over and you won’t be charged.

Once your membership is confirmed, be sure to set up your payment methods, including 1-Click “Buy Now” settings and default delivery. This will make checkout a breeze and ensure you don’t miss out on your favorite deals while they are sitting in your cart.

Make A Top Products List: 

If you have your eye on certain items, get prepared ahead of time. Beyond putting pen to paper, there are a couple of Amazon tools to help. Use the Wish List function to collect items you’re already interested in. Also, use the Amazon Watch Tool to flag upcoming deals. You’ll get alerts via the Amazon app when those deals go live. 

Also, check company websites for info on their deals. Many will have presale pages to promote their upcoming deals.

Great Deals on Doggie Dailies Products!

This Prime Day, we are very excited to offer incredible deals on our best-selling products. From glucosamine for dogs to fish oil for dogs, your favorite Doggie Dailies premium products will be on sale for up to 32% off. 

Our lightning deals will each run for 6 hours only or until we sell out. With limited quantities available, these deals will definitely sell out. You won’t want to miss this sale! Check out our massive Prime Day Deals and sign up to be alerted when your favorite deals start.

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From Pembroke to Cardigan: A Complete Corgi Guide

From Pembroke to Cardigan: A Complete Corgi Guide 0

From ordinary folks to royalty, everyone loves corgis. They are smart, alert, and affectionate. There's no mistaking these pups’ unique appearance: big ears, bouncing butt and short "drumstick" legs.  Some may look like a loaf of bread. Others have perfected the “sploot”. Everything about them — from their round builds to their happy faces — is absolutely adorable. What's not to love about this breed? Keep reading to learn more!

An Overview of Corgis

Corgis are the smallest member of the herding group. Their long and low bodies make them quick and agile herders. It’s no surprise that their name reflects their stature. The word Corgi is believed to be derived from the Welsh words “cor”, which means dwarf, and “gi”, which means dog. 

What many people don’t know is that there are actually two different types of Corgis: Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These two types are considered separate breeds because they come from different ancestors (we’ll touch on that later).

However, they do share similarities, both physically and personality wise, that lead to them often being confused. Both types have large heads with long bodies on short, thick legs. However, the quickest way to tell them apart is to look from behind. Cardigan Welsh Corgis have tails, while Pembrokes do not. 

History and Background

Delving into the history of Corgis reveals the differences between the two breeds, which originate from different parts of Wales - Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire - and have different ancestral lineage.  

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest breeds in the British isles and nearly 2,000 years older than Pembrokes. Their ancestors were brought to Wales from Central Europe by Celtic tribes around 1200 BC. It is believed that they descended from the German Teckel lineage.

The history of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dates back to around the 10th century and is believed to descend from the Nordic Spitz breeds. However, the theory of their origin is somewhat disputed and includes ties to Flemish weavers, Scandinavian raiders, and even a fanciful tale of being ridden by fairies. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are perhaps best known because Queen Elizabeth II loves the breed.

Both excelled in herding and guarding grazing cattle. Perhaps surprisingly, the breeds haven't interbred, with the exception of a brief period in the 1930s. During this period, these two corgi breeds were considered one breed, Welsh Corgi, by the Kennel Club of Great Britain. In 1934, the two types were separated into two distinct breeds.  

Physical Characteristics

They have a lot more going on than their stoutness! These dwarf breeds have almost comically large heads and upright ears. Cardigans are rounder (in both body and ears) and larger, with males weighing up to 38 pounds. Pembrokes are slightly smaller at 30 pounds and feel more rectangular thanks to their straighter spine.

Cardigan coats can be brindle, black and white with either brindle or tan points, blue merle, or red and sable with white markings. Pembrokes, on the other hand, have red, sable or tricolor coats with white markings. However, it's common for dogs of both breeds to have a white stripe down their nose. Technically, the AKC considers their longer coat to be a fault of the breed, but plenty of people love their fluffy Corgis!

Personality

There are also a few personality differences between the two Corgi types. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are more outgoing, while Cardigans can take some time to warm up to new people. Pembrokes have more energy overall and stay close to their owners, which makes them excellent walking buddies. However, some people prefer the Cardigan Welsh Corgi's independence and adaptability. They love to lounge at home on the sofa as much as they like to travel.

Caring for the Breed

With their higher energy, Pembrokes may require more calories than Cardigans, especially because the latter breed can easily become overweight. The AKC recommends giving Cardigans two smaller meals each day to aid digestion.

When it comes to grooming, Cardigans need only weekly brushing and trimming of their nails and the fur around their feet. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a bit more demanding because of their double coat — it requires daily brushing with a slick brush and can shed quite a bit. Bathing your Pembroke during shedding season helps to reduce this.

They enjoy a good walk, and Pembrokes especially want a job to do. However, their legs are too short for them to join you on bike rides, so stick to daily walking or jogging. If you notice your Cardigan zooming around the house — an activity known as "trapping" — it's time for exercise. Cardigan Welsh Corgis love toy balls and socializing, and regular trips to the dog park are a great way to give them both! Note that stairs and excess jumping can cause back injuries in Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Both breeds can benefit from training, which helps them socialize and release energy. Training may include herding, obedience or agility activities. Pembrokes and Cardigans alike love positive rewards, which will help ensure they are well-behaved.

Common Health Issues

Both breeds are typically healthy and have similar life expectancies — 10 to 15 years for Cardigans and 10-13 years for Pembrokes. With proper breeding, many genetic health conditions can be avoided. It is important to have hip and ophthalmologist evaluations to catch potential joint issues, progressive retinal atrophy, and degenerative myelopathy

Due to their low build, Cardigans and Pembrokes are prone to developing hip dysplasia and back injuries. Doggie parents should avoid letting their pup jump between furniture and the floor. It is also important to ensure your pup’s joints are receiving the nutritional support they need to stay healthy. Look for a glucosamine for dogs supplement and/or omegas for dogs to support their joints and reduce inflammation.

Fun Facts

According to legend, Welsh fairies relied on Pembroke Welsh Corgis to work their cattle, pull their coaches, and even carry them into battle! For this reason, Corgis are sometimes known as "enchanted" dogs.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis were named the 11th smartest breed by Stanley Coren in his book "The Intelligence of Dogs."

People think that Corgis and their body parts look like all sorts of food! Their stubby legs resemble "drumsticks," especially from the back. And the Japanese even have a word for their fluffy butts — the Japanese word for "peach!"

Famous Corgis

Many people are aware of the Queen of England's penchant for the breed. She's owned at least 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis or mixes in her lifetime, giving them the royal treatment even after they've passed.

Horror writer Stephen King has affectionately referred to his Corgi Molly as the "Thing of Evil" on social media since she joined the family in 2015.

Anime fans might recognize Ein, a Pembroke Welsh with enhanced intelligence, who joins the Bebop crew in Cowboy Bebop. Netflix is making a live action reboot of Cowboy Bebop.

Finally, comic lovers can check out Tori the Corgi and her sardonic munchkin cat friend Samuel in their series on Webtoons.

In its early days, Amazon even had a Pembroke Welsh Corgi mascot named Rufus, who joined his editor-in-chief owner at work!

Corgis to Follow on On Instagram

Ralph the Corgi may be the most famous Corgi influencer with 318k followers.

Geordi La Corgi & Scotty are an adorable duo you don't want to miss.

Don't forget to check out Tibby's fun and festive IG.

What to Expect When Owning a Corgi

Your expectations will differ based on the breed. With a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, you'll have a small, loyal and energetic friend who will keep up with you — and keep you on your toes! The double-coat needs more attention but is beautiful nonetheless.

If you choose a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, you'll have a gentler and more timid dog that loves spending time at home with you. However, it will still require socializing, and you must be watchful of your dog's weight.

Overall, both Corgis make excellent additions to a family or even a ranch!

9 Heartwarming Rescue Dog Tales

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Did you know that May 20 is National Rescue Dog Day? To celebrate, we've gathered 9 stories about rescue dogs who had to overcome incredible odds to survive. Hopefully, their miraculous stories will inspire you to check out your local dog shelter the next time you're searching for a furry best friend.

Gargoyle/Landis 

It's hard to imagine having to live in a cage so small that it deforms your body, but that's exactly what happened to poor Gargoyle. With no room to grow, this pit bull's legs began to fold in half, and his spine started to curve. Fortunately for Gargoyle, he was rescued and rehabilitated. He even got a new name — Landis. You'll definitely want to check out this sweet pittie's unbelievable transformation here.

Champ

According to the vet who treated him, Champ was about 12 hours away from death when a passerby rescued him. Maggots covered his body, and he was so emaciated his body could not regenerate its own red blood cells. To save Champ, the vet had to give him blood transfusions. Fortunately, Champ was a fighter and had an outstanding will to live. His recovery, as shown in this video, was simply amazing.

Josh

Born with a neurological disorder, Josh the beautiful goldendoodle has trouble walking and even standing. His life is literally two steps forward, three steps backward, or sometimes sideways. But that didn't stop Kimberly and Andrew Hangartner from adopting him. Despite his disabilities, Josh has a happy-go-lucky personality that has turned him into a true internet star.

Tig

When rescuers found this emaciated pup in a Washington, D.C. gutter, they weren't sure he would survive. Tig was so weak that he couldn't even stand or walk. Happily, Tig made a remarkable recovery and also found a loving home. You'll love watching this adopted dog's impressive transformation in this video.

Mercy

Judy Obregon was driving when she spotted a stray dog, Mercy, on the side of the road and pulled over. It was clear the dog was injured and in need of help. On the 20 minute ride to the vet, Mercy held Judy's hand until they arrived at the vet. Mercy had multiple fractures and could barely walk, but she could wag her tail. Even through the pain, Mercy's bright, sweet personality shined bright. Watch Mercy's incredible journey from homeless and hurt to happy and healthy by clicking here.

Sadie

When Brian Myers adopted Sadie, he didn't just adopt a dog. He also found a guardian angel who may have saved his life. This touching video describes how the beautiful German Shepherd paid back her rescuer for saving her life by saving his.

Pepsi

Talk about a rags-to-riches tale. Infected with heartworms, Pepsi was just five months old when he ended up in a kill shelter. Fortunately, a professional animal trainer for TV shows and movies found him and saved his life. Today, Pepsi plays Krypto on the HBO Max show "Titans." You can learn more about this lucky pup here.

Pilgrim

When rescuers found Pilgrim, he was so severely matted they couldn't tell which end was his head. The poor pup also had a fractured pelvis. As you can see in this video, Pilgrim the rescue dog's transformation from a matted mess to a pretty puppy was nothing short of a miracle.

Ellen

Poor Ellen was in terrible shape when rescuers found her on the streets of California. Covered in mange and emaciated, the poor Shepherd mix appeared beyond saving. However, with love, nutritious food, and the proper supplements, she would make a full recovery. You can check out her amazing transformation in this video.

Are You Ready to Save a Life?

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs end up in U.S. shelters each year. And, sadly, around 670,000 of those canines have to be euthanized. Please consider a rescue dog if you are searching for a new canine companion. Not only will you gain a new friend, but you could save a life.

You should start your search for a new furry best friend by checking out your local dog shelter. Another good option? No-kill rescues also have many deserving canines looking for homes.

Before bringing a rescue dog home, you'll want to purchase a few necessities, such as bowls, a leash, food, daily supplements, and a few toys. That way, you'll be able to properly welcome your adopted dog into their forever home.

  • Holly W