Steve Kruse

Steve Kruse is the owner of StoneHenge Kennels in Iowa where he works to breed healthy, well-mannered dogs that will make good pets.

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Golden Retrievers

by Steve Kruse

Golden Retriever

According to the American Kennel Club, golden retrievers consistently rank in the top five breeds of dogs registered in American homes. This popularity comes as no surprise, given the intelligence and personality of this breed of sporting dogs.

Originally bred as Scottish Highlands hunting dogs in the 1800s, the active breed has remarkable athletic abilities and an easygoing temperament. Because of its high level of intelligence, the golden retriever is also easily trained and eager to please. Engaging in obedience and agility training works very well for this breed. They also make wonderful service or search and rescue dogs.

With highly energetic personalities, golden retrievers require consistent exercise and intellectual stimulation. In the absence of these things, they may become high strung and destructive; therefore, they require access to plenty of free space to roam, whether it is a yard or a nearby park.

Physically, golden retrievers grow to a height of 20 to 24 inches and may weigh as much as 80 pounds. In spite of being highly active, they gain weight easily, so controlled feeding is necessary. The breed is also prone to hip problems and skin allergies.

With their friendly, eager to please personalities, golden retrievers make terrific family pets.

About the author: Steve Kruse is a dog breeder and kennel owner. He raises an array of dogs, including golden retrievers, and serves as Director of the Iowa Pet Breeders Association.

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