This description from AKC describes my thoughts exactly on this dog being able to live either in or outdoors.
This active and energetic Sporting breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise. His water-repellant double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing.
His temperament is very family oriented and thus he does make a great indoor pet for those choosing so. But, this is a HUNTING dog with log hair bred for life for outdoors. And, I personally feel it's an injustice to keep him confined indoors. But ,those are my thoughts and feelings.
My original post was requesting help for kennelling my rehomed Golden. I was quickly reminded of how this was an injustice to this animal to keep him away from a family inside of a home and this was repeated over and over and over to me; even suggesting a rehome this poor animal AGAIN because I might be insufficient to care for an animal because I chose to keep him outside. My wife and daughter have hair allergies, yes, and that prevents keeping a long haired dog inside. But I still have my own set of ideas and values regarding hygiene and so forth of keeping a big dog in the home. I REPEATEDLY kept asking to keep the thread on focus, but you guys would not stop. Over and OVER and OVER posts were put up degrading me for keeping the animal outside. Until you finally pushed me over the edge and FORCED me to give my opinion of YOU....which I had respectfully held back.
One person said, I forget, I think 99% of you guys keep your dogs indoors and I am strictly in the minority with keeping a Golden outside. I'm sure that's true.
I'm also relatively sure that, just like me, those that do not choose to keep a hunting dog in their living room floor have chased away from this forum.
Again, members here in this clique can voice THEIR opinion very freely and without restraint. But when I was forced to voice MY opinion...oh my..it was a different story.
People are and should be passionate about their pets. And, public forums should be open to discuss and learn as a resource not chastise and judge. Or the forum should be private and membership selective.
If this forum is to be open to the public, and not just a few Golden cliques, then it needs to be clearly defined before a member joins:
This forum is only meant to discuss the culture of Golden's that are kept indoors.
Nothing else. Period. along with any other predefined conditions that might need to be known up front. Don't let somebody join then make meat out of them for not agreeing with you. That's misleading and sort of like bait for a fight.
Again, I applaud those of you that have chosen to keep these hunting dogs in your domicile. Especially those rescued. Bentley clearly demands a lot of constant attention. I cannot imagine what a home would be like with an animal that size demanding that much attention inside or the damage he would do. That must be horrendous pressure inside of the home.
I am an excellent dog owner and will continue as such. And, my family and myself are thoroughly enjoying Bentley a lot.
You need someone who won't stand up for their values and beliefs. You need 'yes' people here or you need to make the forum private, invitation only.
As I leave,I encourage you to be nicer to new people here.
Or at the very least, warn them up front, they need to leave the forum unless they abide by the pack rules here of:
'if the dog ain't IN at home, then you ain't IN here.'
This will be my last post.
I have requested that my account be deactivated.
I truely wish each of you the best and hope you have great holidays ahead,