Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hope nobody got offended about the "gag" comment!
Just trying to be realistic and you have all given me such great tips about bathing and brushing and what to expect! I am almost daily sweeping my home the way it is with my children. They do help out with the sweeping as well, so maybe it wouldn't be that bad. We do have a cat, and I don't really even see his hair except on our darker couch. So maybe the shedding, as long as I'm doing regular brushing, would be tolerable. Yes the whippet is a hound, and that's the major flaw with the whippet is that it wont' be as easy to train or as willing to please me as the golden is. However, it has the easier coat and seems to stay clean/odorless without much maintenance. So that's what I've been trying to decide between. Someone suggested waiting a few years and I'm not opposed to that either!
Other questions came up as I was reading:
How exactly do you bathe a golden? LOL Do I put her in a tub?
So there are "field" goldens with a lighter coat? Is this light in color AND thinner? It seems like I've seen thick, curly, dark haired golden and lighter, thinner, straight-hair goldens. I do prefer the latter. So do I just make sure the sire and dam have those traits?
So I should be looking for a golden from a breeder who focuses on obedience? Any other tips like this?
I'm from MN, so if anyone can recommend a couple hobby breeder who do the health testing, etc, please let me know!