Golden Retrievers, despite their big size, are very easy to care for because of their biddable nature. In fact, they are one of the top choices for families and first-time dog owners. They are gentle, intelligent, confident, friendly, and affectionate. They are slow to mature and they tend to retain their childlike and silly personality. They are friendly to everybody, which does not make them good watchdogs because they will happily shower strangers with kindness and love. They enjoy being around people and are very eager to please. This means that they need to live indoors with their family and cannot stand being left alone.
They are great for families with young children. However, supervision is needed during interactions with toddlers as they may accidentally knock them over. They can also get along with other animals, regardless of type and size. As a full-fledge retriever, they are over the moon when they have something to carry in their mouths. A newspaper, ball or soft chewtoy will be perfect.
The Golden Retriever is also naturally smart and obedient. It easily learns things and could retains the skills it acquires. Because of their great characteristics, including patience and focus, they can sit quietly for long hours in hunting blinds. They excel in obedience training and even ranked as one of the top breeds in obedience trainability. They can also be trained as assistance, search-and- rescue, and service dogs. No need for harsh or strict methods because The Golden will enthusiastically participate in training.
Golden Retrievers may have general pre-dispositions, but this does not mean that each is not unique. Each dog breed’s temperament and intelligence are shaped by different factors which include, but are not limited to, its genetics, the environment where the puppy is raised, as well as the training it receives.