Finding Your “Perfect Pot of Gold”

Are you ready for a Golden Retriever?

Purchasing a puppy takes a lifetime commitment on your part.
Goldens can live upwards of 15 years if they are healthy, so it is not a decision to be made lightly. It is essential that you choose to share your life with a dog for the right reasons, otherwise you can make both yourself and the dog miserable.

These are high-energy dogs. They are easily trained and love to learn and please.

Goldens need space, and lots of it, both in-house and out.
A yard is a must, and good fencing is preferred. If you want to live with a Golden Retriever, make sure that you have room for one. These big sprawling fellows easily occupy at least one couch cushion or easy chair. Everything’s big, including their muddy paw prints on your kitchen floor and their nose prints on the window. That happy Golden tail can easily clear your coffee table.

Goldens require a lot of exercise.
A normal Golden usually creates a little happy chaos, which is part of its irresistible appeal. These spirited dogs have a great sense of humor and love to retrieve, play, chase, and chew. They need exercise to expend all that sporting energy, or they will entertain themselves in typical canine fashion.

If you’re an active family who loves the outdoor life and plan to take your Golden to soccer practice and baseball games, then the two of you are probably a good match

Hair, hair, everywhere.
The Golden Retriever has what’s called a double coat, which means that he has a soft downy undercoat to insulate him from the cold and heat and a longer outer coat of guard hairs. These hairy critters shed their downy undercoat in huge quantities every spring and drip a little dog hair all over the house all year long. The resulting clouds of dog down all over the house can make you tear out your hair as well.

Brushing will help keep that nuisance dog hair to a minimum. Daily brushing is best — twice weekly is a must. If you use a professional groomer, expect to pay $15 to $25 per grooming session. Being pretty has a price.

On guard . . . not!
If you’re looking for a guard dog, investigate another breed. Most Goldens are complete love sponges who would happily lick the boots of an intruder. You can encourage them to bark at people who approach your house, but you can’t — and shouldn’t — teach them to intimidate or bite. Their very size may deter a home invader, but anyone familiar with a Golden’s love-’em-all attitude knows that a scratch behind Golden ears means instant friendship.

Yes, we will ship dogs, however, this is an added expense and all other options must be exhausted before a decision is made to ship any puppy.

Your puppy is a part of our dogs and we will be there for you throughout your dog’s life. If for any reason you are unable to keep your dog, you will agree to return the dog to River Road Retrievers. This will be in our written contract that is done when purchasing your pup. I do not ever want any River Road Retriever to end up in a rescue or pound, this is not part of our dreams.

Before agreeing to sell any puppy, we will conduct a phone interview and I will help you decide if you have made the right choice and if a Golden is for you.

Contact me today, I would love to talk to you about our Goldens. 615-653-3132

Before buying a Golden please read this article..