The Golden Retriever is the perfect pet for any family since dogs belonging to this breed are usually well balanced companions. They are playful, intelligent, obedient, well-behaved and above all great with kids. They are good pets but make lousy guard dogs as they love people. Golden Retrievers need people and are best suited for large, dynamic families.
Golden Retrievers tend to be at the top of their obedience classes and are commonly the champions of sporting competitions. Those who enjoy outdoor hunting activities find them to be reliable bird dogs for their strong sense of smell. They need large amounts of exercise, reason why it is important to keep them active or give them long, daily walks. They can benefit from any type of outdoor activity from walking, to playing, biking, hiking or even swimming.
Though they are naturally even tempered and don’t need long hours of exercise, their considerable size makes them unsuitable for apartments or houses without backyards. They need space to move around, and confinement can be negative to any Golden Retriever.
Golden Retrievers are extra easy to train. They love to please their owner and will do practically anything for a bit of praise or a treat. This characteristic makes them an excellent choice for first-time dog owners. Their easy training has made them a popular choice as therapy dogs. In recent years they have also been a favorite choice of police forces, who train them as drug, money and bomb detectors as well part of their rescue teams.