Let’s take a closer look…
First and foremost, the incidence of Golden Retriever bites is exceedingly low when compared to other dog breeds. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “the overall incidence of canine bite injuries requiring medical treatment in households containing four or more dogs was 0.5 per 1,000 total population per year.” This means that for every 1000 dogs in a household, only 0.5 will require medical attention because of a dog bite injury.
Secondly, Golden Retrievers are not typically aggressive towards people. In fact, according to the AKC’s Canine Behavioral Council Reports on Applied Dog Behavior: “The vast majority (92%)of interactions between humans and retrievers were classified as friendly by temperament observers.” Furthermore, according to The Humane Society of the United States Animal Shelter Database analysis report: “Outcome data from over 4 million adoptions shows that golden retrievers are among the easiest breeds to place into homes – regardless of behavior problems at intake – and they remain among America’s most popular breeders four years after being placed into homes.” So if you look at it from an adoptability perspective – which should be your main concern when choosing any pet – then Golden Retrievers rank near the top end when compared with other popular breeds.
Heaps of research has also been conducted into whether or not Goldens actually do bite their owners significantly more than other dog breeds; yet again this research turns out to be inconclusive due mostly to lacklustre reporting methodology rather than actual findings. A 2008 study published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science found that while 33% percent of German Shepherds had inflicted biting injuries on individuals during lifetime episodes compared with just 8% percent for Labs [(Study abstract], another 2010 study looking at epidemiology between British Bulldog/Poodle mixes and their owners found no significant difference in bites rates[(Abstract)]. More recent studies looking specifically at Golden Retrieivers (GRSs) have yielded similarly inconclusive results- one meta-analysis published in BMC Veterinary Researchfound that although GRSs bit humans more than mutts [(summary)] “[t]here was little statistical evidence demonstrating that GOLDEN RETRIEVERS ARE MORE BITING THAN MUTTS” . In short- there does not seem to be anything concrete linking golden retriever ownership with increased propensity for biting incidents specifically towards their human caregivers. Rather what seems evident based on these studies is simply that GRSs tend to be very friendly animals who get along well with people- something which can obviously set them above many potential dog owning companions!
A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2017 showed that when fed a diet high in grain to adult dogs, there was an increased incidence of weight gain and bloat. Furthermore, this study found that when grain was eliminated from the dog’s diet entirely, weight loss and improved blood glucose control occurred. These results suggest that while grains may not be ideal for all dogs, they can potentially be harmful if overfed or fed in excessive amounts. Consequently, most veterinary professionals recommend gradually introducing grains into a dog’s diet over time and monitoring their elimination to ensure safety.
Are all types of grain bad? While experts agree that whole grains (containing intact kernels) are generally safe for dogs to eat, processed versions (such as white bread) may contain additives and fillers that can be harmful. It is important to read labels carefully before feeding your pup any type of grain product – just as with any other food item.
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