Golden Retriever personality
Golden Retrievers are a kind and affectionate breed, which is why they have become one of the top choices for a family pet. With their long, glossy, flaxen coat, it's not hard to see why so many people fall in love with these dogs.
Golden Retrievers were originally working dogs and bred to retrieve game as their name suggests. They're clever dogs too; thanks to their intelligence and ability to be well trained, they also make excellent guide dogs for the blind, as well as other types of assistance dogs.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise and love long walks off the lead. They also crave mental stimulation in the form of interactive games. Like other intelligent dogs who were bred to work, they need to have a job to do. Teach yours to fetch the paper, wake up family members, or compete in dog sports. A tired golden is a well-behaved golden.
They love creature comforts though and once they're back home after a long walk, will like nothing better than to curl up on the couch with you.
Perhaps the one job the Golden Retriever is not suited to is being a guard dog. He is so keen to impress and say hello to just about everyone he meets, he's more likely to roll over than protect your home.
The Golden Retriever is considered one of the smartest breeds and these dogs are often used on search and rescue teams because of their keen sense of smell and tracking abilities.