Gentle, bright, protective, loyal, fun.
Golden Retrievers have been one of the most popular breeds of dog worldwide for decades. Known for their obedience, intelligence and friendly personalities, they make ideal family pets. They are also used as guide dogs and therapy animals in many countries around the world.
A Golden Retriever’s coat is usually a rich, golden color. However, their coats can vary in shades, from light cream to deep mahogany, and in coat types, from smooth-coated to wavy-coated, short-haired to long-haired. They have long noses and floppy ears that give them an endearing look.
Golden Retrievers are active, needing plenty of exercise. They love running, swimming and playing fetch. While it is important to make sure that they get enough physical exercise, mental exercise is also vital for them. They get bored easily if not given enough attention and activities to do. These mentally stimulating activities can include obedience classes, agility courses, trick training, scent work games, or puzzle toys. This will keep their minds active and engaged, helping to ensure that they remain mentally healthy.
These dogs are very loyal and devoted to their owners, making them amazing companion dogs. However, while they are extremely oriented toward their person/people, they also love to meet new people and visit new places. Many Golden Retrievers show a high level of patience compared to other breeds. They also make great watchdogs, and can be quite protective of their family. They are especially good with children, and are known for their gentle nature.