Golden retrievers are a large gun dog breed that is known for being good hunting dogs, guides for the blind, and useful for search-and-rescue situations.
The term, “retriever” comes from their ability to retrieve shot game such as ducks and other game birds without damages due to their soft mouth.
What’s the golden retriever egg challenge? This is a challenge where people try to see if their golden retriever can hold an egg in their mouth without breaking it. It is a light-hearted game that both the owner and the dog will enjoy.
Golden retrievers are super intelligent and obedient canines. They enjoy being active, and they are a breed that likes to please their owners. Golden retrievers are very capable of learning new tricks.
How it Started
When a licensed veterinary technician, Carrie, read that a golden retriever’s mouth is so soft that it could hold an egg in its mouth without cracking, she decided to give it a try with her 8-year-old dog, Sookie.
Much to their surprise, the dog succeeded. They recorded the dog calmly obliging as a raw egg was placed between her teeth, held for a moment, and then told to spit it out… without a single crack.
Carrie’s niece, Haley, took the adorable video and posted it online on twitter with the caption: “my aunt read online that a golden retriever’s mouth is so gentle they can hold an egg in their mouth without cracking it, so she tried it on her dog and well”
Shortly after the video was posted, it started to become viral with over 7 million views and shared over 100,000 times. People began taking videos of their dogs putting eggs in their mouth and posting a video captioning it, “Golden retriever egg challenge”
The challenge has been getting some backlash saying that it is unsafe to do this with their dogs. Dr. Paula Parker, a veterinarian from Australia, said the cute video is not worth the risk. “Placing a raw egg (in the shell) in a dog’s mouth is a health risk. It is a choking hazard as the egg may become lodged in the dog’s throat.”
If the egg were to crack, it is possible that the sharp shards of eggshell could injure the animal’s throat and cause other problems.
Even if the egg didn’t break, it is possible to have salmonella inside as well as outside the shell, so therefore, the bacteria could lead to health concerns including diarrhea and vomiting.
Why Carrie Was Confident in Her Dog
If some veterinarians are saying that this challenge has some health risks, why would another vet create the challenge?
Carrie stated that she knew her dog’s abilities and was confident that she could do the trick or spit it out. She is a very obedient and patient dog.
The dog would always be able to balance different objects on her head patiently if she was rewarded a treat afterwards, she was a quick learner.
It’s important to know your dog before doing the challenge, as there are possible negative outcomes, you shouldn’t try the challenge if you are not confident your dog will succeed. Also, this challenge became about because of golden retriever’s mouths are so soft, so it should not be tried on other breeds.
Golden Retriever Traits
Golden retrievers are very versatile and a favorite in many homes. They’re known as bird dogs, family dogs, service dogs for the disabled, and search and rescue dogs. They have many traits that make them such a popular breed.
They are even-tempered, intelligent and very affectionate. They are playful and gentle, making them a perfect pet for children and families. But their playfulness makes them not so good guard dogs, and they don’t bark very often.
Golden retrievers respond really well to obedience training which is why they are such a popular service dog breed.
They are a hard-working breed that is great for hunting and fetching ducks and other game birds.
Golden retrievers are bird dogs at heart and need a lot of exercises. They like to run and play fetch. If they are getting the exercise they need, they can adapt to any living environment.
Here are some quick facts about golden retrievers:
- Life expectancy: 10-12 years
- Weight: Female, 55-71 pounds and male, 65-75 pounds
- Height: Female, 20-22 inchases and male, 22-24 inches
- Colors: Dark golden, cream, light golden, golden
- Temperament: Intelligent, friendly, trustworthy
- Popularity: Fifth most popular dog breed
Caring For Golden Retrievers
Golden retrievers are a perfect child’s pet because they are easy to care for and are extremely friendly.
When choosing food for a golden retriever, you should look for labels that say, “complete and balanced” which means the brand passed tests to ensure that it provides all the necessary nutrition that your dog needs.
Look for food that lists meat as one of the first two ingredients, and that doesn’t include grain within the first five ingredients. Meat is the most important source of nutrition for this breed because they are carnivores.
Depending on the golden retriever’s age, there should be a feeding schedule in place. Puppies eat more often than adult dogs. Here is was a typical feeding schedule will look like:
- Puppies 8-12 weeks old should be fed 4 times a day
- Puppies 3-6 months old should be fed 3 times a day
- Puppies 6 months to a year should be fed 2 times a day
- Dogs past 1 year need to only be fed once a day
Golden retrievers are active dogs and need a lot of hydration. Your dog should always have access to fresh, clean water at all times. Water should be changed at least once per day.
Golden retrievers aim to please so rewarding them with treats is a good way to train them and keep them happy. But you should avoid giving them too many treats to prevent them from becoming overweight.
Avoid Toxic Food
Dogs love human food, but there are certain foods that are actually toxic to them. These foods include:
Golden retrievers have long coats that are either wavy or straight. Being long-haired dogs, they require regular grooming to prevent matting and shedding.
- Use a natural bristle brush
- Brush all surfaces, the back, side, stomachs, tail, chest, and ears
- Watch for scabs, scratches, cysts, and irritation. Monitor for a couple of days and call veterinarian if problems don’t go away.
- Do not shave your golden retriever. Their double coats are meant to protect them from all weather conditions, even heat.
Their floppy ears should be inspected and cleaned regularly. Use a wet cloth to clean their ears and do not use cotton swabs. If you notice a buildup of wax or a foul smell, call your veterinarian.
When you hear clicking on the floor when they walk, that is a sign; it is time to clip their nails. Make sure to clip their nails a little bit at a time to avoid clipping the quick, which is a blood vessel inside the dog’s nails.
Teeth should be inspected and cleaned regularly. Avoid using human toothpaste to brush their teeth because the ingredients are toxic to dogs. Here are ways to keep your golden retriever’s oral health in check:
- Brushing with a toothbrush
- Quality dental chews
- Using high-quality, healthy dog food
Golden retrievers are energetic dogs and need regular exercise. They should get a 20-30 minute walk twice a day. Younger dogs need more exercise than older ones. They like to play fetch, swim, and play with stimulating toys.