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Val - 2011-09-27
English Setters are wonderful dogs but they are dreadful puppies! If you can survive the first 18 months with one, you are home-free. You will need an ample supply of bitter-apple products to protect your wooden furniture (particularly chair legs) and I would strongly advise obedience training. But they really are fantastic dogs once they mature - loving, loyal, sweet-natured and cuddly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-27
    Sounds like you were busy ---- they are excellent pets though. Puppies can be a pain at times but they are cute.
  • erin - 2012-12-30
    You are SO right about them being dreadful puppies! Ours wasn't a chewer but was always into or up to something. He's such a good boy now at two that you'd never know he was such a little hellion for the first few months!
  • mk baker - 2013-05-07
    Stop...don't believe everything you read (on the internet in particular.)I've had many dogs of all breeds - 'drop-out' seeing eye dogs, dogs from'Pet Finders.com,' - etc. My only 'pure' dog was kind of pushed upon me by my youngest daughter. Her first great love was the son of a family who, for generations, has bred and trained champion fied trial and bird hunting, English setters. I have to admit that my Grouse Ridge English Setter is the greatest, loving addition to our family. That INCLUDES from her puppy-hood. GROUSE RIDGE ENGLISH SETTERS are supreme Englisg Setters!
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Anonymous - 2013-03-18
Can you please tell me who this dog is in the photo. I'd like to contact the owner

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-18
    It sure is a cute Chocolate Labrador! As you can see by the credits, the picture originated from Wiki Commons as a public domain photo. Perhaps they can help you find the owner. Good luck!
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Jada Stevenson - 2011-12-14
I love this dog honestly, But i think it is expensive for really know reason. All dogs prices are unbelieveable to me and probably some other people too. Like I would really go to the store and by a 1,000 dollar dog please you must be crazy. But that is my opinion. All dogs gave they own special things about them and some just are plain. The ones that are plain prices should be lowered.

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Sandy - 2012-07-04
I have a 14-yr-old Black Lab, Noelle, that I love with my life. She has much gray on her muzzle (& elsewhere) now, but she is just as beautiful as the day we brought her home. She is very loving, affectionate, always striving to please & keeps the household in order reminding the other 3 pets of their place within. She often reminds them that she's 'the boss'. Many years ago my family had a female Black Lab, Misty, that lived almost 13 yrs. She came to live with me while I was on maternity leave until her death. We also had a beautiful, gorgeous female Golden Retriever, Amberlinn, who we lost at 4-1/2 yrs. old when my son was in 5th grade. A year or so after Amberlinn's death, we were so lucky to find the breeder who had Noelle's parents. I missed Amberlinn so desperately; I couldn't believe we had another beautiful little girl Labbie. I am an animal person having been raised with a combination of dogs, birds & fish & I feel that the Labbies truly fill your heart. While I would be very happily in love with many different breeds, there's just something that Labbies do to grab your heart; they are truly my top choice. I cannot imagine never living with a Retriever.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-05
    Yep, you are an animal lover - great.
  • Joana - 2012-10-24
    It could be that she has a short coat. Since Goldens aren't like Poodles or Bichons, whose hair needs to be cut every 4 weeks because it keeps gnwoirg they do not shed their coats there isn't anything you can give her to encourage hair growth. However ..Thyroid disease is very common in Goldens and one of the side effects is a very poor coat. It will be dry and short and sometimes thin. Of course there are other symptoms but this is usually the first one owners don't usually associate it with anything 'medical' so it goes undiagnosed until other problems develop it is detected with a blood test. Dogs with thyroid disease are put on medication and once regulated their coat fills in and thickens up becoming shiny and healthy.
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john - 2011-09-25
My lab wont stop farting and I have no idea why! Any ideas?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-09-25
    Your lab is most likely passing gas due to what he is fed. Make sure you are feeding them a high quality dog food and not much (if any) people food. People food in general is not good for dogs. Lots of carbohydrates including starches and fibers can cause them to not digest their food all that well and cause gas. Also, if they swallow too much air while gulping down food, this can also cause gas.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-25
    My dobie did this quite a bit and it was the food. Big Time. I called the breeder and she recommended Eukanuba and said that is what she fed. I fed Euknuba to all my dogs after that and no problem.
  • Neyde - 2012-10-24
    Thanks Karen for the great tips and reminders. I've nocetid a huge difference in the dogs I was caring for when I cut down on their dog food and added a mixture of rice, veggies and other leftovers such as beef juices when I made a roast. The dogs that had skin issues cleared up and the older ones seemed to be more energetic. Just like with us, too much junk food isn't good for them.
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sandy s. - 2010-07-07
I have 3 wonderful dogs who I absolutely love. I researched on dog training tips from www.doggedhealth.com and prepared myself for training them. The tips worked great and now all 3 of my babies are well behaved and happy dogs!

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  • Dee - 2011-06-16
    Hello, do you know vizsla beeder here in Montreal?
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Brittany - 2012-06-02
My husband and I had a Cocker Spaniel and were fairly pleased with him. He was a wonderful dog, loved attention, and was cuddly. It was very tough for us to send him to a new home. He was like one of our own children.

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Eileen - 2011-07-09
I have a female Golden Retriever and she's almost 4 years old. She is loved by everyone in the family and she even loves her small companion the female Shih Tzu. They always play together and often compete for their attentions, but they do get along. We give both of them same amount of attentions. One thing about her is that now I own two rabbits and I have the dog gate to keep them (both dogs and rabbits) apart and she always put her nose through the gate to watch my rabbits. Silly girl. :-)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    They would probablyjust play. My daughter had 9 bunnies and 2 dogs and now just 2 bunnies and 2 dogs but she lets the bunnies and the dogs play. I guess the fenced in yard gets to be fun when she has to round them all up. She has a large dog and a real tiny one and all do well. Supervise --- or sure. Retrievers are gorgeous and always so friendly. Shsh Tzu seem to run th home though I think - NO?
  • Eileen - 2011-07-09
    I did allow my golden retriever to be near my rabbits, but she did accidentally step on one of them so I took her out. My shih tzu did chase one of my rabbits and he did butt head with her which he showed that he's not afraid of her. He did seem he had bitten her so I couldn't let that continue. So, I have kept both of my dogs and my rabbits apart since that happened. Maybe will try again after both of my rabbits are potty trained, I will allow both to roam inside the house like I did with my male Dutch rabbit did roam vefore I got my female Mini Rex rabbit.
  • Jada Stevenson - 2011-12-14
    Aww That is so cute . I always wanted a puppy golden retiever so bad. But I come to think it is a lot of money , and my mom said Not right now. When is the right time then lol.

    God Bless , Jada :-)
  • Nina - 2011-12-14
    I love this dogs they are so beautiful. I have six of them on my farm.

    Peace and Blessings.
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Asian Fisherman5893 - 2008-09-16
You want a Mixed dog? I, well my girlfriends parents do, they have a Golden Retriever mixed with a Husky. It has the baby blue eyes, the nose is not as long as a retriever, and the body is just under as long as the Husky. It has big paws with the not so long legs, tail is like a retriever, and the nose has somewhat tanish to brown spots too. So if you want a mixed dog this is it!

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  • raymond - 2010-04-22
    Do you have any pics of the dog? Thanks...
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MJ Reynolds - 2011-08-30
FREE.....to a VERY GOOD HOME. English Springer Spaniel, male, nuetered, 2 years old, house broken, loves children. Is mainly white, with a few light brown patches. Located in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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