Think that a Golden Retriever may be right for you?
It’s no secret that Golden Retrievers are among America’s most popular dog breeds. Goldens are gentle, love children, and are very intelligent, which makes them the perfect family dog. Whether it’s jumping into the water to retrieve a ball or playing tug of war with a stick, Goldens thrive when they get time to run around and play outside.
Golden Retrievers tend to be:
- Outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please family dogs
- Relatively easy to train
- Known for having a joyous and playful approach to life (and often maintain this puppyish behavior into adulthood)
Keeping Your Golden Happy
As sporting dogs, Goldens need a lot of exercise. “These active members of the Sporting Group make poor couch potatoes,” According to the American Kennel Club. “They’re always ready for action, whether it’s a game of fetch, hiking, swimming, or other exercise.” In fact, Golden Retrievers are natural athletes (including swimming!) and can excel at a variety of sports. Because of this trait, if you are sedentary or don’t have time to take a Golden out for daily exercise, it might not be the right breed of dog for you.
Goldens are most happy when they are in service. You’ve probably seen many Golden Retrievers working as service animals in hospitals, airports, and just about anywhere that an individual may need help from a dedicated and trained canine. Despite their playful, sometimes goofy demeanor, they learn quickly and can master a multitude of skills, including how to perform as search and rescue dogs in disaster areas. And they are excellent therapy dogs, often serving in schools or care facilities where they can uplift people of all ages and abilities.
Think that a Golden Retriever may be right for you? Remember to look beyond breeders. There are many Goldens or Golden Retriever-mixes in shelters or at rescue facilities that also need a loving home. Check out Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies for more information.