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09/29/2022

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Golden Retriever Characteristics

It should come as no surprise that Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs in the United States. Golden Retrievers are intelligent, friendly, affectionate, and loyal. They also make great hunters, workers, and guides for the blind. While active and energetic, they are also easy to train and make for a gentle and loving family companion.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Accommodating

Golden Retrievers are a popular family dog full of energy and ceaseless playfulness. Their color can vary from light golden to cream to dark golden. Bred to work with people, they enjoy pleasing their owner and helping with jobs around the house.

Golden Retrievers are active and require at least one hour of daily exercise. Without it, they may exhibit behavioral problems. True to their name, Golden Retrievers enjoy retrieving anything you want to throw. A favorite hunting companion, law enforcement personnel often use them to sniff and track things.

Golden Retrievers are heavy shedders, requiring frequent brushing to get the loose hair out of their coats.  These coats typically come in their iconic golden shade, but can be black, red, or white as well. Goldens love to carry something in their mouths like other retrievers, whether it is a ball, toy, or bone.

Golden Retriever puppies require special care early on because they grow quickly during their fourth to seventh months. This makes them prone to bone disorders, but overall, they are generally healthy. They will maintain their playful puppy personality well into their third year of age.

Golden Retrievers are a large breed and grow to weigh between 55 and 75 pounds. The typical lifespan for a Golden Retriever is 10 to 12 years. They are loyal, loving companions.

How dog-friendly is Minnesota?

Minnesota has some excellent dog-friendly accommodations and services and is well on its way to becoming one of the more pet-friendly states. It’s a great place to own a dog!


We evaluated scores across two primary studies to get accurate state rankings. Both studies ranked states according to various pet-friendly criteria like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of hiking trails and dog parks.


The first study, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Minnesota as 14th most pet-friendly state. This includes a good ranking for its animal welfare laws which evaluate laws against abuse, neglect and fighting.


Safewise, a national safety evaluator, ranked Minnesota as the 26th most pet-friendly state. A little lower than Pawsafe, but still doing pretty well comparatively. 


Combining these two studies together puts Minnesota towards the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states.

Are cities in Minnesota pet-friendly?

The personal finance site Wallethub ran a study to evaluate cities for pet-friendliness. They reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country. Here’s how Minnesota’s biggest cities stack up.

Minneapolis

Minneapolis ranked 28th on the list, scoring 63rd place for pet budget, 25th for pet health and wellness, and 25th for outdoor pet-friendliness. 


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Minneapolis ranked 27th on the list at 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 people.

St. Paul

Even though Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as the Twin Cities, they rank differently in terms of pet-friendliness. St. Paul also ranked well, but just a few spots lower than Minneapolis at the 33rd spot for overall pet-friendliness.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Minnesota

BringFido lists Minnesota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1800 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Minnehaha Park and Minnesota Point as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Thirty-five percent of Minnesota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not a whole lot lower. 


What kinds of dogs do Minnesotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Minnesota are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Beagles, and French Bulldogs. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Minnesota

Minnesota saved 52,742 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,380 animals were killed over this same period. 


Thirty-two out of 90 of the animal shelters within Minnesota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is rather low, but the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state but is improving.

 

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