About Golden Retrievers

For an overview about the Golden Retriever breed, here's a short video from Animal Planet: http://animal.discovery.com/videos/breed-all-about-it-golden-retriever.html

The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness Shire in Scotland. Lord Tweedmouth bred Nous, a yellow Wavy-Coated Retriever to Belle, a Tweed Water Spaniel, and they had a litter of four puppies. Over the years he crossbred with black Wavy-Coated Retrievers, Irish Setters, and Bloodhounds to improve the breed. He wanted to create a strong, agile hunting dog that could gently retrieve waterfowl under conditions of extreme wet and cold. Initially, Golden Retrievers were registered as Flat-Coated Retrievers, but by around 1912, the breed was recognized as a separate breed, the Yellow or Golden Retriever and several years later Yellow was dropped from the name.

Golden Retrievers were first brought into the United States in the 1890's and were first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1925.

The Golden Retriever Club of America was formed in 1938, and it is one of the largest parent breed clubs in the AKC with 5,000+ members.

Goldens physically mature in around 2 years and may take as long as 2-3 years to mentally mature.

They have a dense, water-repellent outer coat and a soft, wooly undercoat.

Males average 23-24 inches in height and 65-75 pounds while females average 21-22 inches in height and 55-65 pounds.



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Many people don't realize that there is a need for furry blood donors, but blood is needed to save the lives of injured and sick animals. Quality emergency and critical care cannot be achieved without the availability of blood. Wheatridge Animal Hospital operates Denver Veterinary Blood Bank, the only 24-hour, full service animal blood bank in the Metro Denver area. The demand for life-saving blood products continues to increase and Denver Veterinary Blood Bank is welcoming new donors to help meet these needs and save more lives.

To qualify as a canine blood donor, your dog needs to be between the ages of 1 and 7, weigh over 50 pounds, have a friendly disposition, be in overall good health, and not on any meds except Thyroid or heartworm/tick preventative. Each donation takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

To learn more about blood donation, visit the blood donation website for Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.

Be Prepared! Pet Disaster/Emergency Tips

By Cary R., GRFR Volunteer

Many Colorado families with pets must learn to live with the risk of natural and man-made disasters, including wildfires, floods, tornadoes, blizzards, severe thunderstorms, earthquakes and infectious diseases.

We know that there will eventually be disasters in our state. But will the next disaster threaten your household? Would you be prepared if it happened tomorrow? Individual, neighborhood and community planning are the best methods by which we can seek to protect human and animal lives.

Animal lives are necessarily going to take second priority to human lives in an emergency situation, so the better prepared we are for all aspects of disaster management, both as individuals and as a community, the more likely we are to enable local emergency personnel to commit resources to saving animals.

Read more: Be Prepared! Pet Disaster/Emergency Tips

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