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  • April 8, 2018
  • Posted by editor
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It’s easy to see why Golden Retriever is one of the world’s most popular dog breed, both as a working dog and as a family member. That mane of golden fur and deep brown eyes are hard to resist. Here’s 10 reasons why Golden Retrievers easily top the list of the best dogs ever bred.

1. Goldens are the perfect size.

A healthy Golden Retriever weighs between 55 and 75 pounds. They’re large enough to learn fun, useful tricks, wear human clothes, and participate in many sports and activities. But they’re also small enough to be held for a few moments, and can comfortably lie across your lap without squishing you. While they’re food hogs that gain weight easily, it’s not too difficult to help them burn calories by introducing more physical activity.

2. Goldens assist the disabled.

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of service dog. They’re smart enough for the intensive training required, and large enough to help with tasks like loading laundry or retrieving items, and can even keep their handler steady if they need physical assistance. Goldens are also friendly, yet can be trained to focus on their job, rather than socialize. Lastly, they’re resilient enough to adjust to working in loud, scary situations. Their soft fur and comforting smile make it possible for disabled people to confidently accomplish everyday tasks that we take for granted.

3. Goldens prevent waste.

You’ll never have leftovers with a Golden around. They’re happy to slurp up spills and take care of food remnants, as long as it’s only appropriate foods in moderation. Unseasoned or lightly seasoned meat, fruit and veggies are their favorite leftovers. Even better, save those healthy scraps for training treats; they love to learn when motivated with their favorite rewards. They get highly motivated with food, and they will leave their bowl clean as if there was never any food there. If you are searching for a new bowl for your Golden Retriever, check out what we have in our shop.

4. Golden fur is like glitter.

Have you ever used glitter for an art project or a costume? You probably found specs of glitter everywhere for weeks. Having a Golden Retriever is very similar, especially when they blow their coat during shedding season. No matter how much you sweep and vacuum, there’s always going to be a few stray Golden hairs everywhere you look. Many Golden owners report finding Golden fur for years after their beloved dog passed away. At first, it’s a nuisance, but you do eventually get used to it. You may even stop wearing dark clothing that makes the shedding obvious.

5. Goldens have a soft mouth.

After generations of bringing perfectly intact ducks to hunters, Golden Retrievers still have that gentle mouth. They take treats carefully, and will only bite your fingers if they’re very young or very, very hungry. You can trust a Golden to be gentle when retrieving items and playing with children once they’re mature and have been well socialized.

6. A Golden is easy to talk to.

Golden Retrievers are always interested in what their owners are saying; even if you just need to rant about your day. They’re excellent listeners, perking an ear and tilting their head to show that they care. Even if they don’t understand what you mean, you know you can always trust your Golden to be your confidante.

7. Goldens are basically giant puppies.

A Golden puppy is very playful, and they keep this playful spirit long into adulthood. It’s fascinating to watch your adult Golden play with younger dogs. Many of them make excellent mentors, and their good behavior rubs off on rowdy puppies. Despite their maturity, you’ll catch your grown Golden take on playful, puppy-like poses and enjoying games and activities with you for many years. Even old, white-faced Goldens have that mischievous sparkle in their eyes.

8. Golden Retrievers make adorable awkward teens.

When your Golden is 1 year old, they will have grown to their full height. However, it will take another year for them to fill out. That bumbling, 13-to-23 month phase is challenging; most dogs rebel during their adolescent phase, but you can’t stay mad at them as you watch them trip over those disproportionately big feet.

9. Goldens love kids.

Though you can’t expect any dog to act as a babysitter, it’s fun to watch Goldens interact with children. That gentle mouth and loving gaze helps even the shyest kid open up. Kids who are afraid of dogs tend to be comfortable around a Golden Retriever, especially one that is experienced with young children. Goldens are energetic and sure to get your kids off the couch and away from screens, and make naptime come much sooner. If you’re a parent, it’ll be hard to imagine life without your helpful Golden.

10. Golden Retrievers are eager to please.

Goldens simply love people. They’re easier to train than many breeds because they have a drive to make their owner happy. They love praise and can’t resist a good scratch. With plenty of treats and encouragement, you and your Golden can master any skill. The truth is, as much as you love your Golden, they’ll always love you even more.

Comments

  1. lily
    On February 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm, lily said:

    thank you who ever made this I needed to use these reasons to persuade my parents to get me a GR and they caved now I have a beautiful golden retriever called Venezuela, Vivi for short

  2. editor
    On February 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm, editor said:

    Our pleasure!! Congratulations on your new addition, what a beautiful name!

  3. Robert
    On April 4, 2018 at 6:27 pm, Robert said:

    The healthy weight of a Golden depends on the dog, I have one who’s around 90 pounds and the vet agrees that he’s healthy as a mule.

  4. Mark Calloway
    On August 3, 2018 at 8:23 am, Mark Calloway said:

    Golden Retrievers are one of the best most friendliest fun loving dog breeds that have a very gentle and playful temperament. Log on to https://goldwynns.com to get more information and get your own English cream golden retriever.

  5. Ray K
    On August 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm, Ray K said:

    I have a 7 year old English Golden I found believe or not on Craigslist outside Milwaukee ,
    I’ve always wanted the light beige color , this one came from Finland , has a passport with his paw prints , how fun, a breeder had hime and at the breeder had 6 of them and had to let 2 go so I hit the lottery !! She trained him it’s amazing how smart he is , he even watches TV which I leave on for him, loves animal planet , anyway time to go love your 10 THINGA about a Golden !!

  6. Brett L.
    On September 9, 2018 at 12:43 am, Brett L. said:

    Golden Retriever owners feel like they’ve figured out a secret- that they’re the best breed and frankly no other one comes remotely close. There’s seriously no such thing as a mean or bad Golden. If only humans were so inately good.

    They’re also the cutest animals on Earth (puppies & adults), the smartest breed no matter what studies say (especially emotionally), have an unparalleled magnetism & smile enducing demeanor, are capable of cheering humans up & getting them through life’s hardahips, easy to train, love their families more than any pet, are a perfect mix of mature & goof ball, perfectly co-exist with other pets, are confident but never cocky, care about people more than themselves, are the best breed for Children, & too many other great things to list.

    I cannot emphasize enough that anyone looking to get a Dog go with a Retriever. Golden owners feel like they’re part of a club that know one of life’s greatest secrets & that secret is Goldens. I’m on my 3rd Golden & feel so incredibly lucky my family decided to get one growing up. I feel my life would be far worse had we gone with a Beagle or German Shepard instead, even if they’re solid breeds. I can honestly say Goldens are one of my great loves in life.

    Also, don’t let their shedding or especially size deter you from owning one. They’re far easier to own than a loud mouthed smaller dog, even in the smallest of apartment. Their intellect, will to please, kindness, non-barking nature, wonderful temperament, & versatility more than make up for being relatively large. Small dogs simply aren’t capable of the depth of relationship you’ll have with a Golden. They’re capable of a human level relationship, they just can’t speak.

    There’s truly a 0% chance you’ll regret going Golden. I cannot emphasize that enough. The only negative about Goldens is they’re more prone to Cancer (and several other afflictions) & only live to 10-12 years. That said, I honestly believe much of this is due to Goldens masking health issues because they’re such epic people pleasers. They’ll hide illnesses to a shocking degree & put themselves last. I’ve had them eat puke out of courtesy. They also love walks so much they’ll do it until they’re body falls to apart. After 3 Goldens, I’ve learned that when a Golden exhibits health issues, it’s usually crucial to overreact & go to the vet ASAP. Goldens are also good at knowing how to communicate health issues to their primary owner.

  7. Paul
    On January 30, 2019 at 3:54 am, Paul said:

    I just lost my 14 year old Neon Noodles two weeks again and as a 63 year old man I am still crying over it. He was the only of 5 dogs that slept on my bed and when he couldn’t get up anymore I spent his last two months sleeping on the floor next to him.
    Only dog I ever found as a puppy, he would whine if I moved across the room to work on the computer. When just hanging out he needed to be within touching distance but didn’t suffer separation anxiety. Truly the sweetest, most loyal pet I’ve ever had, I miss him terribly and had to be convinced that he was ready to leave to alleave his suffering, any treatment would have been needless, painful suffering, I have to remind myself that every day. What the breeders have done to make a Goldens so cancer prone is criminal.

  8. Catherine
    On November 2, 2019 at 6:39 am, Catherine said:

    My beautiful Golden boy , Taras , has been my rock and support during very tough times in my life . And now with my limited mobility he helps me move around . He weighs 75 lbs .

  9. Jade
    On November 3, 2019 at 11:39 pm, Jade said:

    Thanks for the info in 4 months time I’m gonna get a gr and if its a boy his name will be Bailey if its a girl it’s name will be cookie I’m glad there good with children cuz I have a little brother that’s so annoying and he never gets off my mums phone so he won’t be on it for long with the gr in town also I’m really lonely there’s no kids in my street so I need someone to talk to for once so thanks so much🙏😊😁

  10. Avery
    On November 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm, Avery said:

    My last dog just got put down three weeks ago and I’ve been so upset but I’ve always wanted another Golden retriever. I’ve been trying to convince my parents every day. Any suggestions on how to change their minds about dogs?

  11. Mimi
    On November 24, 2019 at 6:54 am, Mimi said:

    Goldens really are the best dogs. Incredibly, however, there are Goldens that need to be rescued. Some are mixed breeds, but some are left behind by good people who move or can’t take care of them anymore. They’re young and old, sometimes sick, but they ALL need the love! And they’re all Goldens!! 😄

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