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Why a Golden Retriever Could be the ideal Dog for your Family

Yard News Aug 7, 2014

Bridge Farms Golden Retrievers ar ideal for families

Selecting the right dog for you and your family is something you should never take lightly.

There are over a hundred dog breeds from different countries around the world and the pet dog you choose for your family is very important.

At Bridge Farm we breed top quality Golden Retrievers and we’d like to tell you why we believe they make excellent family dogs.

The Kennel Club categorises dog breeds into groups and each breed group has similar distinguishing characteristics.

The Golden Retriever is in the Gun Dog Group and the Gun Dog Group contains some of the oldest and most popular dog breeds.Bridge Farms Golden Retrievers

Many of the dogs in this category were traditionally bred for hunting, but today most people who own gun dogs simply keep them as family pets.

Those hunting & retrieving traits, can though, contribute to some of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a gun dog type.

Goldens are natural retrievers, they enjoy fetching a tennis ball as much as a pheasant.

But don’t let that happy silly face fool you, the Golden Retriever is bred to be tough and strong.

They have happy outgoing personalities, a personality trait that makes the Golden an enthusiastic and responsive pet.

They will play the retrieving game for what seems like forever, and will enjoy every minute of the time spent with you.

And; while any Golden will enjoy simply laying around the house or wrestling on the floor with your family, a well trained retriever will be highly proficient in the field.

As puppies, little fluffy bundles of gold, Goldens are full of energy and can be a little mouthy.

So, you have to make sure you control and direct your Golden’s need to chew by providing appropriate chew toys.

Remember, puppies aren’t fussy and they never discriminate. A slipper, shoe or chair leg works just as well for them as a squeeky rubber bone.

However, Goldens are very trainable athletic and very good natured

  • They have a keen desire to please.
  • You will find them performing, with tails wagging and eyes shining, in the obedience and agility arenas
  • And most important of all, they are excellent with children

Bridge Farm - Healthy Happy Golden Retriever Pups

The Golden Retriever is generally a light yellow to a deep golden honey in color.

Some can be tend towards the reddish hues, which is becoming a popular colour today.

  • The Golden’s coat tends to get a little deeper in colour after the first year
  • They grow about twenty-four inches tall at the withers (shoulders), with female dogs being slightly shorter
  • The Golden’s coat should be long and can be either flat or wavy

To keep your Golden happy and healthy, the whole family should learn to enjoy grooming.

They will have to regularly brush their Retriever properly or your pet dogs coat will tend to form thick uncomfortable knots & mats

It’s great then that most Golden Retrievers love the time and attention they get while being groomed

So, if you are looking for pet dog that will be great with the kids and also help de-stress and improve the fitness of the adults in the family, you should definitely spend some time looking at Bridge Farms Golden Retriever Puppies.

A Healthy Golden Retriever

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Dog owners should take these few small but essential steps to ensure their healthy Golden Retriever enjoys a long life.

Providing proper daily care is key as is being able to recognise the signs of trouble early.

Healthy Golden Retrievers aren’t just well loved family pets, they’re also extraordinary working dogs, which is why keeping them healthy should be the main goal of any responsible Golden dog owner.
Bridge Farm - Fox Reds & Golden Retrievers in the River
And while this gun dog breed has its fair share of common doggy ailments, a healthy Golden retriever doesn’t have to succumb to them.

By following these few simple health tips, Golden Retriever owners can ensure their dog stays happy, healthy and disease free.

  • Regularly Check Your Golden Retriever for Skin Problems

    Checking a Golden Retrievers skin regularly is a must, as skin problems and conditions are common in Goldens. Although skin checks should be a routine part of any vet exam, owners should also be on the lookout for anything new and unusual. Lumps or bumps, sores, flaky or crusty skin, redness and scabbing can all signal trouble, large vet bills and warrant quick treatment. Skin checks are also a good time to look for fleas, ticks and other doggy parasites.

  • Keep Your Dogs Ears Clean and HealthyBridge Farm - Golden Retrievers Playing in the River

    Like many dogs with floppy ears a Golden Retrievers ears are highly susceptible to infections. Red pussy or foul-smelling ears can be a sign of an ear infection or other ear disorder and should be treated promptly by a veterinarian to make sure you avoid any more serious problems. Ears that don’t show signs of infection but contain excess wax or other debris should be cleaned using a proprietery cleaning product or an organic alcohol and vinegar solution.

  • Feed Your Retriever a Good Nutritious Diet

    Just like their owners diets, what a dog eats can affect his health. Poor nutrition can result in unhealthy weight issues and dull thinning coats. That’s why it’s important to make sure your Golden Retrievers diet is balanced and full of nutrients. Choose a dog food that lists whole foods, like chicken, beef, carrots and peas as its primary ingredients, rather than fillers, such as cornmeal and soy. Also try hard to avoid offering your dog table scraps, which can lead to doggy obesity.

  • Make a Point of Exercising Your Golden Retriever Every Day

    Golden Retriever need daily exercise to use up all their energy and keep them trim and fit. The nice thing about Goldens is they won’t require any coaxing to go on a walk or fetch the ball. They are keen exercisers by nature and love playing with their owners. Golden retrievers also excel at dog sports, including agility and flyball, so participating in any of these activities is a fun and rewarding way to keep a Golden healthy and happy.

  • Groom Your Dog for Health as well as Beauty

    Brushing and bathing a Golden Retriever doesn’t just enhance the dogs good looks. Grooming can actually help nourish the skin and coat as well as eliminate bacteria that could become problematic. Goldens don’t need a bath and clip very often, maybe every couple of months, but daily brushing helps loosen dirt and stimulates circulation. Brushing is also a good time to check for fleas and ticks, clip nails if necessary, and brush the teeth.

Bridge Farm - Fox Red Retriever Loxi

Keeping your Golden Retriever healthy takes lot’s of time and care, but the reward is well worth it. If your dog feels fit and well he will provide you and your family with unlimited joy and companionship; well into his golden years.

Bridge Farm Summer 2013 – Bringing in the Hay & Puppies

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Bridge Farms Emma - a beautiful Golden Retriever pup

Summer 2013 … where do the days go?

Phew!! it’s been hot, hard work and tiring but so far, Summer 2013 at Bridge Farm has been great fun.

Aside from the great updates from new happy Connemara pony owners like Tina, Susie, Rebecca and Johanna …

Comet arrived Thursday, and has settled in very well and it’s like he’s been with us forever already, and everyone at the yard is making a fuss of him. I can honestly say that buying Comet has been a great experience Belinda has been fantastic phoning me all the time keeping me informed of Comets progress and letting me text her all the time with my many questions … Rebecca

Very pleased with the vetting, vet couldn’t fault him at all! No-one is more excited then Emily about bringing Sky home on Friday … she is so happy, she really did love him to ride. Think that bond is forming already  … Joanna

… We’ve also had a great hay crop, which should see us through the winter. there’s nothing as pleasing as seeing a barn full of new hay.

Summer 2013 and a good crop of hay for Bridge Farm
Bridge Farm brining in the hay in Summer 2013
Hay making at Bridge Farm, Essex in Summer 2013

And not forgetting the best fun of all … Puppies

They’re growing fast and getting into everything, but they are some of the best looking young dogs we’ve ever had. The Golden Retrievers are beautiful but the fox red retriever colouring is really stunning and you can see why they are one of the most popular dogs to own today.

Bridge Farm puppies - growing fast and looking good

Emma and Meme (below) are really quite special and we’re planning to put them in pup. If you fancy owning a gorgeous Fox Red or a fantastic Golden let Belinda know of your interest and she’ll get in touch to let you know when they’ll be available.

Bridge Farms Emma - a beautiful Golden Retriever pup
Bridge Farms Meme - a stunning Fox Red Retriever pup

Well July is just about over and August just around the corner

No Summer holidays planned for Bridge Farm, but lot’s of enjoyable work with our new Connemara ponies and bringing on the horse’s and ponies that are still waiting for their new families.

We feel very lucky sometimes, as there really is nothing better than doing what you love and enjoy.

I’ll leave you on this beautiful Summers day at Bridge Farm, with what makes us feel it’s a job worth doing …

Well I was choked when the judge placed us first and over the moon with my handsome boy, whom I love so much and shed a little tear or three.
Our first show and our first red rosette. The judge loved him and agreed with me that he is a handsome boy, although Fionn already knows that!
Fionn is wonderful, love him to bits, best thing I’ve ever done was to buy him … Tina

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Bridge Farm has some new arrivals. A bunch of energetic, bouncy, fluffballs that are adding great big Christmas smiles to everyone’s days.

These are our first ever Fox Red retrievers and they’re reputed to be highly intelligent. We’re hoping they’ll make great working dogs with excellent retrieving skills.

So far they seem to love us humans, and their fun personalities are proving they are rare and special.

New Fox Red Puppies at Bridge Farm

Paul & Donna with three of our new puppies

Everyone loves puppies, so we thought you’d all enjoy a few photos of the new puppies running around.
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Fox Red Labrador Retrievers have the darkest yellow Labrador retriever colouring. It is a really dark reddish colour and makes our Fox Red puppies a unique type of Labrador retriever.

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