In a word, Golden Retrievers are great. They are amiable, joyful, loyal, and take great pride in pleasing their masters. Goldens make a great pet for any situation (unless you hate shedding dogs!)
The breed began in the late 1800’s when a Scottish nobleman set out to create “the perfect hunting dog.” More advanced rifles meant fowl were being shot at greater distances and with greater accuracy, and the breeds of the day were inadequate trackers.
The Golden Retriever (first called the “Golden Flat-Coat”) was bred to fill this gap. Their soft mouths and instinctual love of water comes directly from their breeding to hunt down water fowl and bring it back, unharmed, to their masters.
The first Goldens arrived in North America in 1894.
Their outstanding talents and willingness to please, make Goldens phenomenal guide dogs, hearing dogs, hunting dogs, drug sniffing dogs, and search and rescue dogs.
The first three dogs to win the AKC’s Obedience Champion titles in 1977, 1978, and 1979 were all Golden Retrievers.
Like all bigger dog breeds, Golden Retrievers require daily exercise to stay healthy.
Their long coat requires regular brushing. A dense, thick undercoat keeps the dogs warm while the waterproof golden outer coat whisks away water.
Most Goldens respond best to upbeat training styles and harsh rebukes are seldom necessary. They are inordinately intelligent and eager to please, which makes training them easier compared to other breeds.
Would you ever consider getting a Golden Retriever?