Golden Retriever Puppies and Dogs

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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Golden Retriever Puppy for Sale.


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Golden Retrievers, affectionately referred to simply as Goldens, are typically medium to large dogs with strong athletic builds. They are often described as having expressions that exude intelligence and gentleness. And these are both qualities that most Golden Retrievers have in abundance! Goldens usually have thick coats that can be either straight or wavy and soft drop ears. Some Golden Retriever mixes retain these characteristics while others may have a very different appearance. Size, color, coat and even the shape of the head, ears and eyes will vary dependent on the mix.

Most Golden Retrievers will shed all year round. They may shed more excessively, at least twice each year, when their coat is changing for the season. Regular brushing will minimize the amount of fur that is shed throughout the home. And like other breeds with water repellent coats, the Golden should only be bathed when necessary to avoid removing the natural oils from their oat.

Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent and social animals that require exercise and mental stimulation to avoid boredom and the resulting behavioral problems or hyper activity. Most Goldens will love swimming related activities, playing fetch, which is a form of retrieving, and even playing hide and seek. This is an activity that mimics search and rescue activities. Don’t forget to reward your pet with high praise or small treats when he finds you! If these activities are not possible for you on a regular basis, a long walk or a brisk run will help keep your Golden Retriever happy.

Those who share their home with Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes frequently describe them as tremendously intelligent companion animals that love everyone and everything, including other animals. They can be extremely eager to please, affectionate, devoted and obedient. In fact, they actually love to learn! This is a breed that is known to be particularly gentle and patient with children and to display equal parts of charm and playfulness.

5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Golden Retriever for sale from a store, or Golden Retriever Breeder:

  1. Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Golden Retriever dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Golden Retriever breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
  2. Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Golden Retrievers. There are also Golden Retriever rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Golden Retrievers. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on
  3. Be a Hero - Selecting a Golden Retriever rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  4. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  5. Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Golden Retriever dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Golden Retriever dog for adoption, rather than for sale.

Golden Retriever Focused Rescues

Below you'll find many Golden Retriever focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Golden Retriever focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your rescue or shelter account. Thank you!

  • Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - Knoxville TN
  • Rescue A Golden of Arizona - Phoenix AZ
  • Golden Retriever Club of British Columbia - BC Wide BC
  • Golden Retriever Rescue Foundation - Leona Valley CA
  • Gold Haven Golden Retriever Rescue - Littlerock CA
  • Golden Retriever Rescue CT - East Lyme CT
  • Coastal Golden Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc. - Jacksonville Beach FL
  • GREAT Rescue of NE Florida Inc. - Jacksonville FL
  • Golden Hearts Rescue - Middleburg FL
  • Citrus Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. - Inverness FL
  • Joshuas House For Golden Retriever Rescue - Lecanto FL
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta - Atlanta GA
  • Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue - Des Moines IA
  • As Good As Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Northern Illinois - Woodridge IL
  • Golden Retriever Rescue and Community Education - Plainfield IN
  • Kansas City Golden Retriever Club - Overland Park KS
  • Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND) - Louisville KY
  • Gulf South Golden Retriever Rescue - New Orleans LA
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland Inc. - Great Mills MD
  • Golden Retriever Rescue Lifeline Inc. - Parsonsfield ME
  • Great Lakes Golden Retriever Rescue - Grand Rapids MI
  • Golden Recovery Retrieving Retrievers Rescue Midwest - Blue Springs MO
  • Gateway Golden Retriever Rescue - Saint Louis MO
  • Cape Fear Golden Retriever Rescue - Wilmington NC
  • Triad Golden Retriever Rescue Inc. - Greensboro NC
  • DoLittle Animal Rescue - Garner NC
  • Golden Acres Golden Retriever & Friends Rescue - Fallon NV
  • Companion Golden Retriever Rescue Program - West Jordan UT
  • Golden Retriever Rescue So. Nevada (GRRSN) - Las Vegas NV
  • Long Island Golden Retreiver Rescue Inc. - Plainview NY
  • Golden Endings:Golden Retriever Rescue - Ostrander OH
  • Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue Inc - Bath OH
  • Golden Retriever Rescue Resource - Waterville OH
  • Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue - Oklahoma City OK
  • Liberty Golden Retriever Rescue - Boothwyn PA
  • Keystone Golden Retriever Rescue Inc. - DuBois PA
  • Golden Retriever Adoption Placement and Education (GRAPE) - Springfield PA
  • Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - Reinholds PA
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of Central PA - Centre Hall PA
  • Secours Golden Retriever Rescue Quebec - Montreal QC
  • Grateful Goldens Rescue of the Low Country - Mt Pleasant SC
  • Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue - Greenville SC
  • Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue - Germantown TN
  • Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue - Franklin TN
  • Golden Retriever Rescue Alliance - Fort Worth TX
  • Gold Ribbon Rescue - San Antonio TX
  • Dallas Fort Worth Metro Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. - Dallas TX
  • Brazos Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - Bryan TX
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston - Houston TX
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas Inc. - Dallas TX
  • SEVA Golden Retriever Rescue - Yorktown VA
  • Golden Huggs Rescue Inc - Williston VT
  • Inland Empire Golden Retriever Rescue - Spokane WA
  • Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue - Renton WA