Golden Retriever


Thinking about adding an adorable golden retriever puppy to your family? You probably have many questions about their temperament, care requirements, and training. Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and to discover how to recognize reputable breeders.

Things to know before adopting your golden retriever puppy

Golden Retriever puppies are excellent family dogs because of their playful temperament. They are not considered quality guard dogs because they love almost everyone they meet.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), golden retrievers are “serious workers at hunting and field work, as guides for the blind, and in search-and-rescue, enjoy obedience and other competitive events, and have an endearing love of life when not at work.”

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Average size

Your lovable golden retriever puppy grows into a medium size dog. Males grow 23-24 inches tall and weigh between 65-75 pounds. Females grow 21.5-22.5 inches tall and weigh between 55-65 pounds.

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Golden retrievers have a thick, double coat that sheds twice a year. During shedding season, you will need to groom them several times a week to reduce hair spreading throughout your entire house. Many owners vacuum their homes often because the hair can multiply rapidly. As with most dogs, golden retrievers need occasional baths and have their nails trimmed to be in optimal health.

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Because they were originally bred to be hunting dogs, golden retriever puppies and adults need plenty of exercise. They can become destructive if they don’t receive daily walks or runs for at least 30-60 minutes a day. If you have an active lifestyle, golden retrievers would love to join you on your runs, bike rides, and trips to the beach.

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Your golden retriever puppy will be playful and highly energetic. They will love to play with you and provide constant companionship throughout their lifetime. While they require much time and attention in their care and training, your golden retriever puppy will quickly become an important member of your family.

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Golden retrievers are incredibly intelligent. Because they are quick learners, they must be mentally stimulated with puzzle toys and games, or they can become bored and destructive. These intelligence and quick learning traits are helpful for training guide dogs, therapy dogs, and search and rescue dogs.

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Golden retrievers are prone to several inherited health issues: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, various eye problems, and heart disease. After they are grown, it is best to
have them vet checked annually to maintain optimal health.

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It is best to give your puppy high-quality dog food. They consume a lot of food, and it can be expensive to feed a full-grown golden retriever. It is also not recommended to give your puppy table scraps. Dogs can eat select human foods such as apples, carrots, cucumbers, and eggs. Contact your vet if you have any questions about how to feed your puppy. Learn more about foods your puppy can eat and those to avoid at the World of Dogz.

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It is recommended that you attend puppy training classes to familiarize yourself with your puppy’s needs and schedules. The earlier your puppy becomes socialized with various experiences and people, the better. If you work diligently with your puppy, they’ll be eager to please you. However, if your puppy doesn’t receive enough exercise or attention, they’ll be less likely to obey. You can also use treats during training exercises to emphasize good behavior.

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About Playful Puppies LLC

The Best for Your Pet!

We’re a small family-based business located in New Haven, Indiana. We started raising puppies in 2016 and are passionate about doing what is best for our puppies and their parents. We’re USDA and BOAH licensed as well as a member of ICAW (Indiana Council of Animal Welfare). All of our puppies and parents are vet checked. Our vet and his staff are an essential part of our kennel. They are available to us 24/7 and provide us with the best health care possible.

Playful Puppies' Adoption Package

How We Work

Pet Adoption Process


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Find your pet

Once the deposit is made, your full name, phone number, address, and email are collected to create your receipt and sales contract stating our health guarantee.


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Know your pet

We send weekly updates and pictures of your puppy so that you can watch them grow! We wait to register your puppy until he/she is ready to go home and we know the new name of your pup!



Take your pet home

Your puppy will be sent home with a vaccination record to show your veterinarian, a small bag of food, and a blanket to help your puppy’s transition. The remaining balance can be paid upon or before pick up. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why AKC register your dog?

Your golden retriever puppy will come with an AKC puppy protection packet. You will receive an AKC Registration Certificate, and your dog’s name will be recorded in the registry. This is why we don’t register our puppies until their family claims them and we know their name. You will be eligible to participate in exciting AKC events, including agility, obedience, tracking, field trials, dog shows, junior showmanship, and many others!

The AKC packet also includes:

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What should a breeder give you?

According to the American Kennel Club, a reputable breeder should give you a contract to sign. They should also strive to produce healthy puppies. Remember to purchase from reputable breeders when searching for puppies to adopt. Otherwise, you could be funding an organization that mistreats the dogs that are bred. View our blog to learn more about how to choose a golden retriever puppy breeder

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Do you have any other questions?

If you have any other questions about our adoption process or our available puppies, feel free to give us a call! We would be happy to help you find the perfect puppy for you or your family. 

Can’t find your question?

AKC registered means that your dog’s bloodline and name will be permanently recorded by the American Kennel Club.

Golden retriever puppies usually sell for between $1,000-$3,000.

Golden retrievers are very affectionate and are good with young children and other dogs. They can also be trained to be search and rescue or therapy dogs.

Golden retrievers are not known to be aggressive. They are open to strangers and love meeting new people.

Golden retrievers usually live between 10-12 years.

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