Golden Retriever Breed Maintenance
While the Golden Retriever is the perfect family companion, he can also be very high maintenance. He requires regular brushing and bathing. The Golden Retrievee is considered to be an excessive shedder and his hair will mat if left ungroomed. When grooming, pay close attention to his underbody and where his legs and body meet. These areas tend to have excessive matting. He will have major shedding twice a year, during this time, daily brushing is required to keep the hair from getting everywhere in your home. Even after shedding all their undercoat, the Golden Retriever will still shed and hair will get on your furniture and clothing. You can use a shedding glove on him once a day to help alleviate the excessive shedding but it will not completely eliminate the hairs that tend to find their way onto everything. Golden Retrievers love water and dirt. He will find mud puddles, ponds and pools. Regular baths are recommended when he discovers mud or dirt. Freshwater rinses are recommended when he gets into ponds, streams or pools to remove any debris or chlorine from his coat. He is playful so expect him to think bath time is just another game. Be prepared to have a bath with him! Ears should be cleaned once a week and kept dry to prevent ear infections from occurring. Regular nail trimmings about every 2-3 weeks should also be done. Teeth brushing to keep teeth and gums healthy should also be done daily or at least weekly.