Red Golden Retrievers – The Working Brother to the Golden Retriever

The Red Golden Retriever at a Quick Glance

  • Weight- 55-75 pounds
  • Height- 20-24 inches
  • Lifespan- 10-14 years
  • House or apartment- They would do a lot better in a house with a fenced-in yard.
  • Temperament- Funny, Loyal, Smart, Devoted, Gentle, Trustworthy
  • Exercise- 25-45 minutes
  • Grooming- Brush them two to three times a week
  • Health problems- Cancer, Hip and elbow dysplasia, Skin disease, Von Willebrand disease, Cataracts, Thyroid issues, Bloat, and Ear infections.
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The Red Golden Retrievers is one of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world! They may look like some new dog breed, but they are the working brothers to the Golden Retrievers.

They date back to the 19th century; some people credit Lord Tweedlemouth with the creation of the Red Golden Retrievers. However, others say it was just a runt of a Retriever that mated with an Irish Settler that created this fascinating dog breed. I tend to think that Lord Tweedlemouth created the Red Golden Retriever!

The Red Golden Retrievers are purebred dogs, but despite that fact, the American Kennel Club keeps saying that they are not purebred. Due to the redness of their coat.

This specific Retriever breed was and still is bred to work unlike there sibling the Golden Retriever. The Red Golden Retrievers are shorter and leaner than there taller, broader, thicker boned, and thicker chested brother/sister. The Golden Retriever, on the other hand, was breed more for being a show dog.

The Red Golden Retriever is often mistaken for an Irish Settler, allow me to explain the coat of the Red Golden Retriever can range from a dark rusty color to a reddish hue which can make it seem as if they are an Irish Settler. They have a double layer of fur that allows them to be warm and dry even if their outer coat gets wet in the winter.

What are the socialization needs, temperament and training needs of the Red Retriever?

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The Red Golden Retriever’s temperament is more intelligent but also really friendly to newcomers. So if you’r looking for a watchdog/guard dog that also doubles as a great hunter then the Red Golden Retriever is not for you. They love being with the family, and if you give them a job to do while you are there they will go completely crazy.

They love two things in life, you and the family, and JOBS! It’s like Christmas morning for a child when you give them a job. It could be as simple as tossing the ball, or playing hide and seek and this will make them feel as if they have fulfilled there life’s duty.

Their temperament is kind, loving, caring, funny, loyal, devoted, trustworthy, smart, they trust you and everyone they meet wholeheartedly.

Socialization

Their Socialization needs are low, but like all dogs, they need to learn manners and the best way to do that is to introduce them to other dogs, things, and people. As Ceaser Milan says Dysaplin, exercise and affection and in that order!

Some of the best ways to train and socialize your puppy is taking your puppy to puppy classes. This gets he/she to be trained by a pro, this also allows he/she to be socialized with other puppies. The one thing you should never do while your puppy is unvaccinated is taking her to the dog park.

They can get some really bad diseases if they are unvaccinated, the dog park can also be really rough for a puppy and could scar her for life. Making her fearful and maybe even aggressive towards other dogs out of fear from a traumatic experience.

Training of the Red Golder Retriever

The Red Golden Retriever is smart and so therefor easy to train, this is why they are a great dog for new dog owners. Unlike with the Rottweiler, Great Danes, and other large dogs that are extremely alpha driven, the Red Golden Retriever won’t constantly try and become the alpha male if given the chance.

You need a firm grip on your power at all times with those dogs, but the Red Golden Retriever is a mild dog. Which makes them the perfect training ground for if you decide to get a Rottie, Great Danes, and or other headstrong alpha male dogs.

For training the Red Golden Retriever you need at least 15-30 each day while they are puppies in order to have a perfectly behaving Red Golden Retriever. When they reach adulthood, they will be happy with at least 5-10 minutes of new training, or tricks.

When training never be harsh or heavy-handed, they learn best with gentle treatment your goal is to not rule by fear but rather love. Any animal we train need’s to be trained gently.

What are the exercise, grooming needs and health problems of the Red Golden Retriever?

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Red Golden Retriever is an extremely active dog. They are not the type that is happy with just a few minutes exercise walking to and from the mailbox. They need a good amount of daily exercise, 30-40 minutes of walking, 15-25 minutes of jogging, and or 10-15 minutes of running and playing.

The Red Golden Retriever LOVE’S attention and must have it every second of the day whenever you are home. If you don’t give them the care that they seek, they can become quite sulky. They can also have a pretty big streak of mischief in them especially if they have not had enough exercise.

Grooming needs of the Red Golden Retrievers

They will shed like nobodies biz, they even shed worse than the Labradors if you can believe it. If you pit the Labrador vs the Red Golden Retriever in a shedding competition, the Red Golden Retriever would win. That is when it is winter and summer, during the spring and fall months you’r gonna be swimming in the hair.

Brushing them will take about 15 20 minutes every week during the summer and winter months, while spring and fall your gonna need to take a sick day leave just to brush your dog.

Red Golden Retrievers Health

Red Golden Retrievers health problems are pretty bad, the Red Golden Retriever can get:

  • Cancer
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Skin disease
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Cataracts
  • Thyroid issues
  • Bloat
  • Ear infections

Cancer

One of the saddest things I have learned is that all Retrievers are 15% more likely to get cancer than any other dog breed. The types of cancers are hemangiosarcoma, which is a very dangerous form of cancer. It is like a blitz, one day it is not there the next Hemangiosarcoma is there.
Lymphosarcoma, Mastocytoma, and Osteosarcoma are the other three most common diseases.

Hip and elbow dysplasia

Hip and elbow dysplasia is one of the most common ailments in most pure-breed dogs.

Skin diseases

Thank’s to the dense double coats that the Red Golden Retriever have, they are more susceptible to skin diseases. Most of it is just allergies are due to dust, and pollen but it can also be from the food.

Von Willebrand disease

Von Willebrand disease is a deficiency in the protein that the blood cells use to clot interestingly this is the most common disease in humans and dogs.

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Cataracts

Cataracts happen at a very late stage of any life.

Thyroid issues

The easiest way to remember what the thyroid does is to remember it is the thermostat in your body. It controls the stomach origins and if it is off, then your dog will be feeling off, the good news is that the thyroid disease can be quickly fixed.

Bloat

Bloat happens when you run your dog around right after a meal, the stomach starts to twist itself into knots. In turn that builds up gasses, if you don’t catch this in time, the dog will die the symptoms are bloated belly, pacing, dry heaving, restlessness.

If caught in time the vet will open the stomach and proceed to untwist the stomach, sometimes after the untwisting, the vet will ask if you would like to have the stomach stapled to the chest to prevent it from happening again.

Ear infections

When you have an ear infection it normally happens from not cleaning your dog’s ear’s often enough. The best way to prevent this from happening is to clean your dog’s ears out every two weeks.

Conclusion

From all that I have read and studied, the Red Golden Retriever is still one of my favorite dog breeds beside’s labrotties! I hope you will agree with me and so I wish you the best of luck with your new Red Golden Retriever. Remember this line right here: Dysaplin, exercise and affection and in that order! I hope you and your new Red Golden Retriever a happy life!

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