With their signature yellow-gold coat and calm nature, the Golden Retriever has been a staple in families for generations. And if you’ve ever met one, it’s easy to see why! Eager to please and playful, these active pups capture our hearts with their silly antics, their sweet demeanors and their love that knows no bounds.
Originally bred to be a gundog and retriever, Golden Retrievers quickly gained a reputation as great family dogs due to their sunny disposition and affinity for people. Today, these spectacular pooches are the third most popular dog in the U.S., but for families, Golden Retrievers are #1!
Here are the top 5 reasons why Golden Retrievers make the best family dogs!
And when we say friendly, we MEAN IT ! Your Golden wants to be your buddy, and the kids’ best friend, and snuggle up with the cat, and befriend the other dogs in the house too. In fact, anyone who comes into this pooch’s orbit will be subjected to lots of love and affection! Want a guard dog? You’ll have no such luck with a Golden Retriever, as they are more likely to lick a robber than chase them out of the house. Often, they view human kids as their siblings, and can play rough, but a bit of training can ensure they restrain from biting during play. With the right upbringing, Goldens will be calm and gentle companions for the entire family.
Ever wonder why so many service dogs are Golden Retrievers? It’s because these dogs are so incredibly intelligent and easy to train. From sports, to scent tracking, to service and therapy work, this breed can do it all. With their keen sense of smell, problem-solving skills and pawmazing attention to the needs of their humans, Golden Retrievers show their cleverness at work and at home. While you can easily train a Golden to help with chores or new commands, they can also learn to alert you if there’s a problem with the kids, or even help Grandma stand up.
With so many woofderful traits, it’s easy to fall in love with a Golden Retriever! And if you share your home with one, show them just how much they mean to your family with these 5 Ways to Spoil them!