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The Beloved Golden Retriever

The Warmth of the Golden Retriever

It is no secret that Golden Retrievers like to snuggle. You better make that room on the couch, because the Golden Retriever will wrap you up in their warmth, and in the process wrap around your heart too. If you just need a hug, or a friend to stream Netflix with, the Golden Retriever is the perfect companion and couch buddy. But don’t be fooled, the Golden Retriever is no slouch, they love to hike and enjoy outdoor activities. The Golden Retriever is just as athletic as they are calm and relaxed.

People Pleaser Extraordinaire

Golden Retrievers love to please their people and make new friends. Our adoring praise makes them turn to putty in our hands and causes the Golden Retriever to flop onto their backs offering up their furry bellies for a scratch or rub. Whether it’s a scratch behind the ear, or a belly rub, the Goldie loves to receive and offer affection. Golden Retrievers also love children, and give a lot of gentle affection, and protection, to the wee ones.

The Golden Retriever is Not Just a Pretty Face

Golden Retrievers are among the smartest of dog breeds. Since, the Goldie loves to please their people, they enjoy learning tricks that make their people proud. Some known tricks a Goldie can learn are, putting away their toys or fetching a specific toy. Due their intelligence, the Golden Retriever is easy to train for basic obedience as well. After that Netflix streaming session of your favorite show, with your Golden buddy, grab some treats and go have some training fun with your Golden Retriever. You’ll be amazed at how quick the Golden Retriever picks up on your commands.

What’s in a Bark

Golden Retrievers don’t bark a lot. Therefore, guard dogs they are not, but at home they are quiet and relaxed. So, when that delivery person comes to your door, your Golden Retriever will not make a fuss as some dog breeds tend to do. When the mail delivery truck is heard coming down the street, the Golden Retriever won’t make a peep. When you have visitors, the Golden Retriever will come lumbering up to greet them and with proper training the Goldie won’t jump but give out many kisses instead.

The Not-So-Judgy Goldie

Golden Retrievers do not discriminate when getting along with other pets and animals. While, they might prefer the most affection and share better if they feel equally loved or loved a bit more. Golden Retrievers are just lovers at heart and that shows in their interactions with other animals and people alike. Don’t worry about the smaller pets and children in your home, as it is true that the Golden Retriever may be a larger breed, they are as gentle as they come.

Our House is Not a Home Without a Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is loyal, even-tempered, intelligent, playful and kind what more can one ask in a companion? Well the Goldie asks more, because the Golden Retriever temperament makes them lay at your feet, get you out-and-about for walks and play, and then snuggle with you on the couch, because all they want is time with their people – time with you. Devoted, that is what Golden Retrievers are, absolutely devoted, and once you have one in your life you cannot help but become devoted too.

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The Prim and Proper Breed: Fun Facts about Poodles

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According to the American Kennel Association, the Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. While being known as one of the most fashionable dog breeds, you can find standard, toy or miniature poodles in black, white, gray and brown. Here are 7 fun facts you probably didn’t know about one of America’s favorite dog breeds.

They’re of German Descent

Despite their tight association with France, poodles hail from Germany, where they were given the nickname pudel, which translates to puddle and to splash about.

They might give off the appearance of wealth and luxury, but poodles were originally bred to work. It could have to do with their athletic build and ability to swim extremely well, which led to hunters using them to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water. What’s better, they have a naturally soft mouth which allowed them to gently pick up wounded or dead game.

They Were Bred to Work

They might give off the appearance of wealth and luxury, but poodles were originally bred to work. It could have to do with their athletic build and ability to swim extremely well, which led to hunters using them to retrieve ducks and other birds from the water. What’s better, they have a naturally soft mouth which allowed them to gently pick up wounded or dead game.

Their Hairstyle isn’t Just for Looks

The poodle hairstyle serves a purpose beyond helping them win dog show ribbons. Because poodles were bred to jump into freezing cold water, their hair was designed as protection for those conditions. With light and fluffy fur, the pattern helped to protect vital areas from cold waters without weighing them down.

They Come in Three Varieties

Did you know that the poodle is the only dog that comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Now that’s variety! While each size caused a variation in the breed, the American Kennel Club still considers all three falling under the same breed.

Their Fur Never Stops Growing

Speaking of their hair do, the poodle’s fur will grow continuously over time. That means even though they don’t shed like most dogs, they do require regular grooming. On the bright side, they are considered hypoallergenic and generally odorless!

Poodles are Very Smart

You might not be surprised by this fact, but poodles are one of the smartest breeds, second to the border collie. Because of their intelligence, they’re also extremely easy to train.

Elvis Was a Big Fan of Poodles

When Elvis was stationed in Germany, he had a poodle named Champagne and was known to give poodles as gifts to the women he loved. We wouldn’t be surprised if he had his very own poodle statues throughout his garden at Graceland, especially knowing he had quite a collection of poodles on the property.

Poodles are one of the most loved dog breeds in America, and for good reason. If you’ve ever considered adding this breed to your family, perhaps the facts above will help make the decision a little easier for you!

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