Why Golden Retrievers Are Great Family Dogs

Golden Retrievers are friendly, intelligent, athletic and gentle dogs. They are easily trainable as they are ranked as one of the most intelligent dogs according to Stanley Coren’s “Intelligence of Dogs” Scale. This breed adores people, and does not make a good guard dog because they tend to be overly social.

The breed is loyal to their family pack and accepting of strangers. These dogs are exceptionally patient and tolerant with human children. And have also been noted to have maternal instincts to other animals young that have been abandon. “Golden” dogs have been known to take over primary care of kittens and zoo animals that have lose their mothers. These dogs are an active and fun-loving breed that loves to work.

This breed is willing to please their owners and they like to have a “job” to do. Because of their hard working traits and motivation to please Golden Retrieves excel at agility and obedience trails. Their willingness to learn and calmness has made Golden Retrievers the ideal dog for becoming guide dogs, mobility assistance dogs and search and rescue dogs. The Golden Retriever learns best with training styles that complement their gentle nature such as positive reinforcement, not harsh criticism. These dogs require daily grooming and exercise, and loves water play, activities that will only strengthen the bond between the dog and your family.

Golden Benefits For Children

Golden Retrievers become your child’s favorite playmate. They are up for anything! They love to swim, they also like long walks and they love any kind of out door activity! They can spend hours outdoors playing then come in house to cuddle and continue to play with their young humans. Children gain confidence with their social and academic skills as they role play “teacher-student”, plot play with the family dog. The dog will listen attentively while the young humans discuss their challenges and triumphs and contemplate new ideas. Golden Retrievers are docile and trainable. They fit well with families and make great companions to each member without showing favoritism.

Golden Retriever Owners Say These Lovable Things About Their Dogs

“Goldens” LOVE to be the center of attention.

If you take the attention away, at least keep the pats coming

They want to work hard to impress you

They think they are lap-dog size, so don’t worry about making sofa room, your lap is cozier

They don’t just eat food – they eat lots of other things too, always watch what they put in their mouths

They shed moderately

Whether you leave for the day or 5 minutes – you get the same elated response every time! Very loving!

“Goldens” are very loyal

They want to be your best friend always

They fit well in families with other pets

Golden Retrievers As Part of The Family

These dogs add love and fun to any family considering a dog. Golden Retrievers have a reputation for being guide dogs because of their docile demeanor. They have also been noted to help children with autism learn academic and social skills as they are open minded, supportive companion, who demonstrate affection and inclusiveness. Any family and child can explore the love, attention and memories a Golden Retriever will add.

Would you consider a this breed for your family? Do you own a Golden Retriever already? Tell us about them!