The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. My next door neighbor had one while I was growing up. Let me tell you that that was the most well behaved dog I have ever seen. Of course, breed as well as good training had to do with that.
The breed is known to be friendly and their tolerant attitude makes the golden retriever to be a wonderful family pet. The intelligence of the breed also enables it to be a highly capable working dog. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters (hence the name), tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. They’re also natural athletes, and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience. So, if you want a hunting or show dog, you should definitely look into the golden retriever.
As mentioned before, golden retrievers make for amazing family pets. But please remember that this is a large breed of dog. Golden retrievers need lots of room to run around and get exercise. This breed does not adapt well to apartment living. If you are a new pet owner, this breed is pretty okay when it comes to temperament. However, their size may be a challenge to some novice dog owners.
This beautiful breed is also known for being highly sensitive. Therefore, your dog will be probably be in tune with your feelings. For example, if you are sad you will probably be in for some cuddles. The sensitivity also plays a part in the fact that golden retrievers do not like to be left alone. So, if you travel often and do not plan to take your pup with you, this may not be the breed for you.
Picture taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Retriever
This breed has a lot of good things going for it. They are great with kids and are very friendly towards people in general. This is a very good quality in a dog, especially if you entertain company often. Golden retrievers are not only good with people, but are also excellent housemates to other dogs as well. So you most likely won’t have to worry about fighting between pets.
However, where there are pros, there are also cons. Golden retrievers are beautiful dogs. A lot of them have long, beautiful coats. Which means they shed. A lot. They also tend to drool when begging. Unfortunately, health problems are also common. The long hair also makes them much harder to groom and they have the potential for a lot of weight gain. That’s why it is important for them to get a lot of exercise. Of course, they also have a high energy level.
I would recommend this breed if you are a very active person. If you need a family friendly dog, consider the golden retriever if you can keep up with the grooming. The breed is not for everyone, but for the right person this is a great kind of dog to have.