Are you thinking about adopting a Golden Retriever? If so, then you’ll be the pet parent of an adorable, friendly dog! Have you thought about where to adopt your puppy? If not, then we’re glad you’re here!
We’ve put together some information on where to find 5-month-old Golden Retriever puppies, and then we take a look at what you can expect from this type of puppy! Let’s get started!
What is a Golden Retriever?
Golden Retrievers are beautiful dogs that have a golden/red coat, “pantaloons” on their hind legs, and deep brown eyes. You’ve probably seen these dogs quite a bit, as they’re extremely popular, and for a good reason. Goldens are one of the friendliest dog breeds around, and they’re always happy!
This dog breed originated in Scotland during the 19th century. As their name implies, Golden Retrievers were bred as hunting dogs that retrieved their pet parents’ waterfowl and other animals. The breed was created by breeding water spaniels and retrievers. The result is the Golden Retriever!
The breed was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1925. Today, Goldens are one of the most popular dog breeds in the US.
Where Can You Find a 5-Month-Old Golden Retriever Puppy?
The best place to find a 5-month-old Golden Retriever puppy is from a breeder. We recommend adopting a puppy from a breeder because reputable breeders follow strict breeding practices, and their dogs are checked for several types of genetic conditions. What’s more, a good breeder always prioritizes their dogs’ health and temperament. The resulting puppies will be healthier, properly socialized, and may have even begun early obedience training.
Reputable breeders truly care about their dogs, so expect to deal with a bevy of questions from the breeder! They will want to learn about you, your family, and your home!
It’s a good idea also to have some questions of your own prepared for the breeder. If you’re not sure what to ask, you can use the following questions with the breeder:
- Why did you choose to breed Golden Retrievers? (They should have a passion for these dogs)
- How long have you been breeding Golden Retrievers?
- What age do you start breeding your dogs? (Goldens must be at least two years old before they’re bred)
- Do you provide AKC registration papers? (They should provide these papers to you)
- Is there a contract when I buy the puppy? (There should be a contract that covers costs, refunds, responsibilities, and more)
- Do you require puppies to be spayed or neutered? (If yes, this should be in the contract)
- What happens if something goes wrong with the puppy? (There should be a guarantee of good health in the contract)
- Do you have references I can talk with?
- Are you a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America or any local Golden Retriever clubs?
- How many litters has the mom had? How old is she? (The mothers should not be bred more than once a year)
- Can you provide proof of the health clearances for these two dogs (the parents)? (They should provide you with these clearances, which you can check online at Ofa)
- Do these dogs have any titles?
- Can I meet the parents? (Meeting the parents is a great way to see how the puppies may turn out. You can get an idea about the puppy’s personality, size, and more. Be sure the parents are both friendly and outgoing)
- Where are the puppies born and raised?
- Will the puppies be examined by a vet before they go home?
- What are the puppies bred for?
Always check your gut instincts when meeting the breeder. If anything doesn’t feel right, the place is a mess, or you notice anything else that seems wrong, then leave. It’s not worth adopting a puppy from a breeder who is not reputable.
Another place to find Golden Retriever puppies may be at a pet rescue, a Golden Retriever rescue, or from the local pound. Be aware; however, you may not know the history, age, or particular condition of the puppy (regarding health issues). Even so, these dogs deserve a great home, too!
Golden Retriever Puppy Development
If you find a puppy around five months old, be prepared for him to grow fast! Golden Retriever puppies grow the fastest between 3-6 months of age. However, they do tend to slow down a bit after they’re six months old.
At six months of age, a Golden puppy has reached about 2/3 their adult weight. These dogs typically reach their full size about the time they turn one year old. However, even if they are at their adult size by one year of age, they will still be puppies. This is because Golden Retrievers tend to take longer to mature. You might say they’re a bit like Peter Pan!
Also, your puppy should have his adult teeth; however, he may still be in the teething stage. That’s because puppies use their mouths to explore their new world! Their exploration includes putting their teeth on things to see how they feel, taste, and more. So, expect a few chewed-up shoes, pillows, and other items around the house!
About the time your puppy reaches their first or second birthday, this is about the right time to have them spayed or neutered. However, always check with your vet about the best time and age to have your puppy “fixed.”
What Do Golden Retriever Puppies Eat?
For puppies between five and six months old, feed them about 3 cups a day. As your puppy reaches seven months of age, you may need to increase this amount to 3 ½ cups to four cups, depending on how energetic your puppy is.
Be sure to look for dog foods that are for the age of your puppy and look for dog food that contains high levels of protein. The food should be marked as “complete and balanced” for large breed puppies of this age.
When it comes to the type of food, the breeder may recommend keeping your puppy on the food he’s used to. However, you can also feed your puppy kibble or canned food.
As your puppy grows, his dietary needs will also change. So, if you’re not sure what to feed your puppy as he gets older, you can contact the breeder or call your vet for their recommendations.
Summing It Up
Golden Retrievers are amazing, beautiful dogs! If you get a Golden puppy, then you’re extremely fortunate! Try to adopt your puppy from a reputable breeder or a dog rescue. And remember that your puppy’s nutritional needs will change as he grows!
We’re sure you and your puppy will have years of happiness together!