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I have a number of friends who show Goldens, and one friend who trials them, and barking or wining is an eliminating fault. Goldens are gundogs, just like Labradors and as such should not be noisy dogs. Below is a friend showing her Golden at Windsor.

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When you look at dogs in the gundog group maturing/growing up, Labradors on average mature quickest, Flatcoats the slowest and Goldens at a point between. Both Goldens and Flatcoats are less forgiving of training mistakes. There are also some Goldens with very poor temperaments. There is also a lot more work looking after the coat, it matts very easily, then all you can do is cut the tangle out.
 

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Goldens are a coated breed, they need a lot of time devoted to looking after the coat where Labradors and Rotties need very little. Nobody should buy a heavily coated breed without looking at the time needed to look after the coat. You should see the time people take trimming the coat for the show ring. Thinning scissors to lighten the coat, trimming the line of the tail. A lot of work or it ends up a tangled mess.
 

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Thats not an issue for her as shes a dog Groomer. She has heard from more rottie breeders who have all told her she needs experience first. One explained it a bit better saying its to do with socialization most breeders wont give a pup to first timers as socialization is key to them not having some of the issues the breed are known for and a lot of us prefer owners who know what there doing when socialising a rottie pup they need very careful socialization
 

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One thing to be aware of with both golden retrievers and rottweilers, is that both seem to be more prone to some cancers than other breeds, and it will be that certain lines are more prone than others, so lots of research needed for anyone considering that sort of breed. I know FCRs and Bernese Mountain Dogs are also more prone, along with Scottish Terriers, just because within the closed gene pools the problem has become concentrated.
 
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