Esquire Golden Retrievers
Gosh, what brought that thought up?I thought of another question. I know some breeds (chondrodystrophic ) are more likely to have "swimmer puppies". Have you ever seen it in Golden's? Or if it were to occur would it be likely seen with other serious congenital defects because Goldens are not chondrodystrophic ?
Yes, there are swimmers in Goldens. We had one a few years ago, actually. In fact, some here might remember him, as I posted about the challenges.
The dam of this litter, Khaleesi, was from a litter of three. One of those three was a swimmer. A super challenging little puppy we called Cappuccino because of his coloring. He was tiny, born at only 11 oz. He began to fade early on, and we had to tube feed him and try all sorts of things to keep him alive. Then he became a swimmer, and that was certainly challenging, too. We made a little sling for him and took care of him 24/7, and he grew out of it and was eventually able to stand.
Today he's a perfectly healthy, perfectly normal Golden.