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Everything You Need To Know About Owning A Golden Retriever In Singapore

Golden Retrievers, also commonly referred to as Goldies, are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States and the world. With their gentle, sociable, and loving demeanor, they make great and loyal companions for life. 

If you’re thinking of owning this fun and affectionate dog, read on to find out more information about their key traits, how to care for them and more! 


We’d like to thank the following contributors for their valuable input towards this topic:

  • Dr. Ellen Marcinkiewicz (DVM) from Breed Advisor,
  • Sakura Davis, a Veterinary Technician and Consultant from CatPet and
  • Jen Jones, a Professional Dog Trainer and Behaviour Specialist from Your Dog Advisor.

  • *Disclaimer: The content in this article provides general information that should not be used as a substitute for professional advice from a vet. For an accurate diagnosis of your dog’s health condition, please consult a vet.

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    Key Physical Traits

    Weight
  • Male: 30 - 34kg
  • Female: 24 - 29kg
  • Height
  • Male: 58 - 60cm
  • Female: 55 - 57cm
  • Life expectancy10 - 12 years
    Coat
  • Light golden
  • Golden
  • Dark golden
  • Common Personality Traits

    golden retriever resting

      Playful

    Golden Retrievers are very energetic dogs that love to have fun. They enjoy staying active and playing all sorts of games.

      Friendly

    They have a sweet, bubbly and gentle personality. Due to their kind temperament, they’re great with children.

      Intelligent

    With an eagerness to please their owners, Golden Retrievers are highly obedient and can learn commands easily.

    Caring For A Golden Retriever In Singapore

    Residing in a HDB

    a happy golden retriever

    Golden Retrievers aren’t allowed to be kept in HDBs. This is due to their large size, as HDB dogs can’t be taller than 50cm or heavier than 18kg.

    You can refer to this list of HDB approved dog breeds to find out which dogs are allowed in HDB flats!

    Grooming for a Golden Retriever

    Golden Retrievers are a double-coated breed.

    Undercoat: Curly and wavy
    Overcoat: Long and straight

    Despite having long fur coats, they are able to live in tropical climates like Singapore. But it’s important to make sure that they have enough water and shade.

    Like Shetland Sheepdogs, their coats shouldn’t be shaved as doing so will expose their skin to heat and potentially leave them with permanent skin damage.


    Grooming tip!
    Golden Retrievers are prone to ear infections especially if they enjoy swimming. To prevent this, pluck out their ear hairs and clean their ears at least once a month.

    Regular baths, a brushing routine and consistent grooming will keep the coat healthy and help with heat insulation. 

    As they tend to shed profusely throughout the year, Sakura (Veterinary Technician and Consultant from CatPet) recommends that you should brush your Goldie at least once a week to keep it under control. 

    Exercise for a Golden Retriever

    As active dogs, Golden Retrievers require daily exercise in order to keep them healthy and happy. Some ideal exercises include walking, running, hiking and swimming

    Depending on the type of exercise, Jen (Dog Trainer and Behaviour Specialist from Your Dog Advisor) mentions that at least 1 hour a day is ideal with playtime in between. 

    The amount of exercise will also have to be adjusted depending on your Goldie’s age and condition. 

    For a fun weekend activity, you can bring them to a dog park. This is a safe and designated space for dogs to run around and socialise with others.

    Diet For A Golden Retriever

    golden retriever puppies eating from a dog bowl

    Golden Retrievers are classified as large dog breeds that are extremely energetic and playful.

    To keep up with their active lifestyle, you’ll need to feed them the right combination of fats, protein and carbohydrates.

    A healthy, balanced diet should look something like this:

    • protein (at least 30%) 
    • fat (12 – 18%)
    • and carbohydrates (30 – 35%)

    The more active your Golden Retriever is, the more carbohydrates you should feed him. 

    Make sure you feed them according to their unique dietary needs, activity level, weight and age. If you’re unsure, consult your vet and adhere to their instructions. 

    How To Train A Golden Retriever

    golden retriever dogs playing with a dog toy

    Training a Golden Retriever as a puppy is important because it imparts them with the skills to integrate among people and other animals. 

    The good news is that it’s generally simple to train them because they are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners.  

      Make dog training fun

    To keep your Goldie intrigued and engaged during training sessions, use fun games. Employ a happy or playful tone of voice instead of being stern and yelling.

      Give rewards

    Make use of dog training treats or toys to reward the specific behaviours or tricks you’re trying to teach him.

      Be patient

    While they are easy to train, exercise patience and ensure that your training expectations match your Golden Retriever’s age and skill level.

    Alternatively, you can send your Golden Retriever to a dog training school if you’re clueless on where to start.


    Training tip!
    According to Emma at Totally Goldens, it’s important to train Golden Retrievers to like grooming as they’ll be getting groomed often. Get them accustomed to being touched by touching their paws and giving full-body massages.

    Common Health Issues

    a sad golden retriever

    Hip and elbow dysplasia

    Hip and elbow dysplasia is a form of arthritis that’s common in large dog breeds like the Golden Retriever. It can also be attributed to improper nutrition and obesity.

    It occurs when joints rub and grind against each other, causing deterioration and walking difficulties.

    Symptoms:
    • Decrease in activity and range of motion
    • Difficulty in jumping, running and climbing stairs
    • Swaying or hopping during movement
    Treatment:
    • Supplements
    • Medication
    • Physical therapy
    • Surgery

    Chest conditions

    As a large dog breed, issues with the heart and lungs are quite common for Golden Retrievers.

    One such chest condition is subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS), which causes blockages in veins that carry oxygenated blood out of the heart.

    Symptoms:
    • Obvious lethargy
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fainting
    Treatment:
    • Medication
    • Surgery

    Cancer

    Veterinary Oncologist Dr. Cheryl London explains that Goldies are unfortunately more susceptible to certain cancers than other dog breeds.

    They usually develop 4 types of cancer: hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma, mast cell tumors and lymphoma.

      Symptoms:

    • Lumps and bumps underneath their skin
    • Abdominal swelling
    • Sudden weight loss

      Treatment:

    • Chemotherapy
    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy

    Allergies

    Golden Retrievers face two common allergies – food and skin allergies. These may be triggered by environmental allergens, fleabites, and food allergens.

    According to Dr. Ellen (from Breed Advisor), signs of allergies tend to start between 1 – 3 years of age.

      Symptoms:

    • Mild to severe itching of the skin
    • Constant licking of paws
    • Frequent ear infections

      Treatment:

    • Food: Medication, throwing out the trigger food, hypoallergenic dog food
    • Skin: Medication, hyposensitization therapy

    Ear infections

    Golden Retrievers are prone to ear infections.

    The large size of their ears can cause moisture to be trapped in the inner ear, causing bacteria and yeast buildup. 

      Symptoms:

    • Constant scratching at the affected ear
    • Redness and swelling of the ear canal
    • Odour emitting from the ears

      Treatment:

    • Medication
    • Ear cleansing

    Price Of Owning A Golden Retriever In Singapore

    a golden retriever resting in the field

    One-Off Costs

      Licensing

    All dogs must be licensed according to the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules. This ensures traceability in the event of an outbreak of animal-related diseases.

    The cost of the license will depend on the number of dogs you own and the license that you’re applying for.

    Category1-year license2-year license3-year licenseLifetime license
    Dogs below 5 months of age$15 per dogN.AN.AN.A
    First 3 dogs$15 per dog (sterilised)

    $90 per dog (non-sterilised)
    $25 per dog (sterilised)

    $165 per dog (non-sterilised)
    $230 per non-sterilised dog$35 per sterilised dog
    Subsequent dogs$180 per dog

    OR

    A reduced license fee of $15 for the 4th dog
    $325 per dog

    OR

    A reduced license fee of $24 for the 4th dog
    $460 per non-sterilised dog$460 per sterilised dog

    OR

    A reduced license fee of $35 for the 4th dog

    Credits: National Parks Board

    To apply for a new dog license, you can do so via the Pet Animal Licensing System (PALS).

      Sterilisation

    Sterilising your dog can help prevent a number of health problems that may be potentially difficult or expensive to treat.

    The cost of this procedure ranges from $150 – $500. It’ll also be more expensive to sterilise female dogs as compared to male dogs.

      Microchipping

    A microchip will help to provide reliable and secure information about your pet if they get lost or stolen.

    The cost of this procedure is around $50 – $90.

    Recurring Costs

    • Food: From $120+ per month
    • Vaccinations: Ranges from $30 – $60 per vaccine
    • Grooming: About $50+ per session
    • Medical and dental: About $50+ per consultation

    You may also have to consider other additional costs including things like pet insurance and dog accessories.


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    Fun Facts About Golden Retrievers

    a smiling light golden retriever

    They are originally from Scotland

    Golden Retrievers originated in the Highlands of Scotland in the late 1800s.

    As hunting was popular amongst the Scottish elites, these dogs were bred to be excellent hunting companions that could maneuver terrains easily. 

    They make great service dogs

    Due to their intelligent and gentle nature, they are suitable to assist people who have physical or mental disabilities.

    They can serve as guide, hearing and medical alert dogs.

    They are a popular choice to star in movies

    Goldens are a popular choice of breed to star in movies as they are easy to train.

    With their striking golden coat, they are also a beautiful and photogenic breed. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    a smiling golden retriever in a field

    Do Golden Retrievers bark a lot?

    Golden Retrievers only bark occasionally and are generally more quiet as a breed. When they do bark, it’s usually more friendly than aggressive.

    Do Golden Retrievers bite?

    Like other dogs, Golden Retrievers will possess a natural tendency to bite.

    But they don’t usually bite hard and are one of the easiest dogs to be around, making them great family pets.

    Do Golden Retrievers shed a lot?

    Due to their long fur coats, Golden Retrievers will shed a lot.

    Giving your Goldie a thorough brush once a week will help in clearing loose hair and prevent it from getting all over your house.

    Can you leave a Golden Retriever alone?

    Golden Retrievers can be left alone. But you’ll need to make sure that they have access to water and the bathroom.

    This is also highly dependent on their age. For example, you should never leave a puppy alone.

    Owning A Golden Retriever In Singapore

    Before you decide to own a Golden Retriever, think carefully as taking care of them is an important commitment.

    We advise you to conduct thorough research on how to care for them and ensure that you’re ready to welcome your new furry friend into your family!

    Article by:
    Andrea
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    There's nothing Andrea loves more than dancing and playing the Sims 4. She is highly intrigued by astrology and enjoys fantasy novels of any sort. You can often find her obsessing over adorable animal videos.
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