Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever IrelandName of Kennel / Prefix / Affix:

Balibeau Golden Retrievers

What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs ?

I have been involved with dogs all my life with my grandfather and father breeding English Springer Spaniels

What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years ?

The breeds my family have owned over the years are English Springer Spaniels, German Short Haired Pointers, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers

What Breeds of Dogs have you got now ?

Golden Retrievers and one Border Collie

What would you consider to be your main Breed and the one people associate you with ?

Golden Retrievers

What attracted you to this breed ?

Their intelligence and eagerness to learn and work

What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of this Breed ?

This breed should be worked in some way may it be gundog work or obedience. They make a great family pet and love lying in front of the fire but also love to work

Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming ?

Personally I recommend a two mile walk daily and daily exercise is essential and at least brushing once a week. Trimming is also a good idea as this is a long coated breed and can become unkempt if not trimmed

Does the Breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or bitch is used at stud or bred from ?

The breed clubs recommend eye testing and hip scoring, but DNA, Elbow scoring and heart testing is also available and I personally believe that if the tests are available for your breed then we should take the opportunity and do them for the health and wellbeing of the breed.

Finally, how would you sum up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited too ?

Characteristics of this breed are biddable, intelligent and they should possess natural working ability. They are a kind, friendly and confident breed and any departure from this should be considered as non-natural for this breed. Golden Retrievers are very versatile and can fit into many homes but I would recommend a home that can give them the time and energy that this breed deserves.

For more information on the Golden Retriever breed check out our Golden Retriever Web Site 

Also, we are delighted to announce that we will be representing the Golden Retriever breed at Pet Expo’s Dog Breed Village held at the RDS Dublin on 16th & 17th November 2013