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| Physical Characteristics:
Weight: 60-75 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The Golden Irish is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 10-15 years
The Golden Irish is a hybrid breed of the Irish Setter and the Golden Retriever. You will find that mixing these two breeds will result in a pup that is gorgeous and has many of the qualities you want in a dog. When you begin your search for a pup, you need to make sure that you are always working with a reputable breeder, as you want to know that your puppy is healthy. The Golden Irish is not free from any major health concerns, and when determining what types of medical conditions the pup may have, you must look at both of the parent breeds. Some of the health conditions to keep an eye out for include hypothyroidism, heart problems, eye problems, bloat, OCD, Von Willebrand’s Disease, allergies, joint dysplasia, and cancer.
Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects the thyroid in dogs. When the thyroid is not able to function properly, it can result in your dog not being able to gain weight or your dog becoming obese without much control.
Heart problems may also present themselves and are not always evident at birth. It is important to work with your veterinarian to ensure your puppy receives the proper screenings to identify any heart problems.
Eye problems are another concern and they can range in severity from something simple to something much more complex. You may notice that your Golden Irish has a simple eye infection that needs to be treated with medication or they may go blind over time.
Bloat is a fatal stomach condition that can affect your pup and needs to be treated immediately to prevent death. This condition occurs when your pup has too much air in his or her stomach, which then causes it to expand and place pressure on other organs. The pressure from your pup’s stomach will cause organs to malfunction.
OCD is also known as osteochondritis dissecans and is a joint disease that affects dogs. This disease can have an impact on a variety of the joints and is painful.
Von Willebrand’s Disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects the platelets in your pup. Specifically, this disease is present when there are not enough proteins in the platelets, which results in the inability and ineffectiveness of clotting.
Your Golden Irish may have allergies. These allergies can be linked to environmental factors, skin allergies, or even allergies to ingredients in your pup’s food. If you suspect that your pup may have some allergies, you should talk to your veterinarian and request that an allergy test be conducted.
Joint dysplasia is another type of joint condition that your pup may have. Similarly, to OCD, this condition will affect either the hip joint or elbow joint. This painful condition can make it difficult for your pup to get up, lay down, and walk.
Lastly, cancer may affect your Golden Irish, so it is important to work with your veterinarian to ensure the correct screenings are performed yearly. Cancerous cells can develop anywhere in the body from the stomach to the throat and more.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Golden Irish is a wonderful pup to add to your family and will provide you and your children with many laughs. This pup makes an awesome dog for children of all ages. You will find that your dog likes attention and craves it.
In fact, your Golden Irish will show you a lot of affection and play with your children both in the house and in the backyard. This pup is active and requires a fenced-in yard along with two walks per day of at least 30 minutes each.
If your Golden Irish does not receive mental and physical stimulation, he or she will become destructive and will tear up things in your home. It is important to note that this dog will not make a good apartment dog and does need a home to live in.
You will find that while your Golden Irish does like to enjoy life and is lively, he or she will not be a problem in your home and calms down easily.
Your Golden Irish will train easily and is very capable of learning thanks to their intelligence. You will not have too many difficulties, and you will find that this breed is eager to please you. One thing to keep in mind is that you want to use positive reinforcement and be patient as harsh methods will not work.
Grooming your Golden Irish is not difficult, but you will find that this breed does shed a bit and you need to make sure you brush your pup once per day to remove loose hairs and remove any tangles or debris that gets into his or her coat.
Bathing only needs to be done when it is necessary. If you do need to bathe your pup, make sure that you choose a mild shampoo that does not strip the oils from his or her coat.
Your Golden Irish will consume anywhere between 2 1/2 cups to 3 cups of food per day. You will want to make sure you purchase a good quality brand of dry food that provides the right amount of nutrients for your pup.
It is important that you do not feed your pup wet food only because wet food can lead to obesity and does not provide the right nutrients.
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Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Golden Irish is a good family dog and will make an amazing pet for any household. You will find that your pup makes a good companion and will keep your kids entertained. This breed trains easily, listens, and is overall amazing for anyone. This breed ranks a 1.
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