25 Reasons Why Golden Retrievers Are Superior Dogs

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25 Reasons Why Golden Retrievers Are Superior Dogs

Should You Get a Golden Retriever?

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1. Super Friendly

If you have been looking for the best friendly pet to bring into your family, then you should think about Golden Retrievers. There are many reasons why Golden Retrievers are superior to other dog breeds, and one of the reasons they make everyone fall in love with them is because they're super friendly. They will let you in close and will become your best friend. They love playing with you and don't get angry often. Their easy-going personality is something you will appreciate, as is their eagerness to please you and your family. And that is why you should own a Golden Retriever.

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2. They are Quiet

A golden retriever is a type of a large-sized breed of a dog that is usually calm and quiet, easy to train from basic to advanced levels of obedience. They have an enormous love for water and games with familiar faces. The golden retriever is a breed of dog with a long coat and a denser inner coat that offer them enough warmth in the outdoors which probably contribute to their calm and quiet nature. It’s gentle and friendly nature makes it unsuitable as a professional guard dog. However, it is quiet, calm and very lovable, thus making it one of the most popular dogs in the history of the United States.

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3. They are Eager to Please

There are some pets out there who are simply a mess, or those that are very clingy and take up a lot of attention, time and energy of their owners. Not the Golden Retriever! This particular breed of dogs are so intelligent that they are always looking for ways to please their owners and make them happy. Goldens will always ensure that you enjoy having them around. They will willingly and enthusiastically obey your commands (with proper training, of course) and always be there for you when you need them, be it during happy or sad times.

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4. Great with Children

Most children love dogs, but not all dogs love children. If you have kids, you would definitely want a pet that is friendly and playful; one that is able to offer good company for your children. Golden Retrievers are not only cheerful around children, they are equally gentle as well. Not only that, their intelligent nature means that a Golden Retriever would know how to look over, protect or even save kids and newborns, should the need arise.

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5. Sweet and Loving

There are many reasons for a person to choose a Golden Retriever as a pet, and one of those reasons is the fact that they're sweet and loving. If you are looking for a kind of dog who is going to love you after a long day's work, or on pretty much any occasion, there is no other like the Golden. Eager and enthusiastic, a Golden Retriever is known to put on its part hats and celebrate with you when you are happy, and step in to cheer you up whenever you are feeling downsome- definitely a reliable, 24/7 furry friend.

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6. They Get Along with Other Pets

When a new pet is brought into a home, it is important that the pet gets along well with the family. Intelligent and gentle, Golden Retrievers are quick to warm up to your other household pets, including cats or other smaller animals. Their calm nature will also mean less, or no "furry quarrels" at home. In addition to the good company, Golden Retrievers will often help you look out for pets too. Golden Retriever Training Tips

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7. Their Sense of Smell is Impeccable

Golden Retrievers are amazing dogs who are intelligent, enthusiastic and playful. This breed of a dog has a keen sense of smell as well. Although less relevant as a household pet, this unique talent explains why you often see Golden Retrievers at the airport, border crossings and seaports, where they help in tracking down fugitives, or cracking drug trafficking etc.

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8. Hardworking

Dogs are known to be man’s best friends for the longest time. Many keep dogs for security, company and companionship; and dogs work hard to "earn their keep" over the decades. Outstanding as they are, Golden Retrievers are typically more hardworking and attentive than most average dog breeds, allowing them to excel in more advanced tasks like hunting, tracking, detection of narcotics, search and rescue, as well as to guiding the blind. Regardless of the task at hand, you can always expect a Golden Retriever to give it all its got.

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9. Highly Adaptable Pets

Fancy a pet that can adapt to any surroundings as good as you can? The Golden Retriever is tolerant towards the hot and cold, and wouldn't mind accompanying you on one of your work or road trips. They are not fussy pets either, and will be easily contented staying indoors or outdoors on a typical day.  Their ability to adapt to any given environment is one of the quality that makes them stand out.

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10. They're Attentive to Their Owners

Golden Retrievers were bred to be attentive towards its owners- one of the breed's biggest strengths. Fully attentive and enthusiastic, these furry companions are eager to please and will bond closely with their masters. Goldens make faithful companions. If you want togetherness, you will enjoy the attention your canine will give you. He will follow you from room to room and sit with you in the kitchen. This is the best dog to bond with as it is downright needy in its desire for human attention.

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11. Playful

Golden Retrievers are playful, radiant and energetic, making them a favorite companion among kids and adults alike. As Goldens are intelligent, they pick up fast how certain games and toys are played, and will be in the game before you know it.

Do "terrestrial" games bore you? Fret not, for you will have plenty of time to play and bond with your pooch as well in the water, considering how Goldens are adventurous and love the water!

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12. They're Sporty Companions

You don't have to worry about your dog not being able to keep up with you as you jog in the park or as you hike a mountain. As a large and sporty breed, Goldens love to exercise; after all, they were bred to hunt in the old days. In fact, you cannot expect a Golden Retriever to live a sedentary lifestyle as the athletic canine would require a daily exercise of at least half an hour. The fact that the Golden Retriever thrives in a sporty environment makes them the perfect exercise friend. Golden Retriever Training Tips

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13. Strong

Golden retrievers are symmetrical, powerful dogs bred for tough working conditions. Its body consists of muscular, well-coordinated forequarters that enhance its agility immensely. The hindquarters are broad and muscled with equally strong rear pasterns to make up for a solid base and sturdy gait altogether. The medium-length neck merges gradually into the muscular shoulders and its strong back is one of its visible attributes. All said, Golden Retrievers have well-balanced bodies and it’s not hard to see why it ranks among the most popular hunting breeds globally.

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14. Famous

The Golden Retriever does not require much introduction because it is already well known thanks to its long list of wonderful personalities.  Apart from being one of the most popular dogs among the regular Joe, Goldens are often starred in TV series and are happily owned by celebrities and even Presidents like Gerald R. Ford. Wouldn't it be awesome to own an amazing dog loved by so many?

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15. They're Great Hunting Dogs

One look and you can tell that a Golden Retriever is meant for hunting. It possesses an extremely eager personality to begin with; it’s like it just wants you to give it the go-ahead to pounce onto something. In regards to its comprehensive appearance, the dog is extremely powerful with a balanced gait that gives it an edge while out in the wild. It isn’t long in the leg, or clumsy. The hindquarters in particular are strongly muscled and broad, with well angled stifles to complement. It’s simply a highly active dog, bred for hard working conditions such as hunting and it’s not that hard to see why.

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16. They're Full of Energy

This superior breed of dog has great energy and endurance. The reason why they’re full of energy is because in the early days when the breed was developed, they were used to spending long periods of time outdoors, often working for their masters at strenuous activities that required physical effort and stamina.
The fact is that they thrive on activities like this because they’re full of energy. The flip side to this is worth pointing out here too. If their exercise needs are not met in the context of their high levels of energy, this dog can become destructive, especially if he is a young dog and kept in a confined space. The simplest way of putting it is to say that the Golden Retriever is primarily an dog for outdoors because they’re full of energy instinctively due to their breeding and experience.
Whether or not you can meet their exercise and stamina needs is worth considering carefully before you decide to have this superior dog as a pet.

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17. They Love the Water

Having a natural affinity for water is one of the characteristics that makes Golden Retrievers such a superior breed of dog. This is because they can be trained to assist people doing work in or near water such as retrieving waterfowl as a gun dog.
The fact that they love the water is also a positive factor when considering a Golden Retriever as a pet. Long jogs and hikes may not be a thing for everyone to keep fit and in shape. All you have to do is take advantage of the fact that Goldens love the water and let them swim in a nearby lake or in the sea to get all the exercise they need. The Golden Retriever’s thick water-repellent coat keeps his body warm while swimming which comes so naturally to this superior animal.

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18. They have Beautiful Coats

Most of us look not only for pets but rather for beautiful pets. Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, most would prefer to opt for an aesthetically better pet as a lifelong companion. This is where the Golden Retriever shines. This amazing canine does not need its long list of wonderful attributes to amaze you, as its brilliant and outstanding coat would do the job.

Golden Retrievers are known for their lustrous, distinctive fur coats that come in different shades of gold, which are fairly easy to maintain with regular grooming. Gloating and attractive, a Golden Retriever will surely compliment the beauty of your home, in addition to being an amazing companion.

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19. They have Noble Stature

Most pet owners love the attention their pet gets, and would certainly be delighted to know that Golden Retrievers are bound to "turn-heads". Golden have a noble stature and are very easy to notice since they stand out from other breed of dogs, thanks again to the attractive and glistening fur.
The maximum height of a male Golden Retriever is 24 inches whereas a female is typically 23 inches, so expect your pooch to stand out, particularly among a sea of common poodles and pugs.

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20. They have soft mouths

Golden Retrievers are superior dogs because they are loving and playful. They have soft mouths (or rather, tongue) and are certianly not shy to use them. So expect plenty of licks and kisses from this lovable and eager canine.

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21. They Live Long Lives

More often than not people have always preferred to have pets that will be their companions for a longer period of their lives. That is why many prefer Golden Retrievers as their pets as they are generally healthy and can live up to 10-12 years, on top of their already impeccable list of attributes. This will ensure that many more years of sweet and memorable moments with your companion.  In addition, Golden puppies will ensure that the joy in your home continues.

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22. They're Obedient

With the exception of the young and exuberant, Golden Retrievers are typically obedient who learn quickly and thrive on pleasing their owner. This is very important because their size and strength would make them difficult to manage if they are disobedient.
To get the best from your Golden Retriever, it is important to train him from early age to respond appropriately to your commands- a pretty simple task considering the dog’s temperament and high intelligence.
However, it is also a good idea to let a Golden use it’s own initiative sometimes rather than always being obedient. An example of this would be to let him wander freely in a natural park or on a secluded beach where he won’t disturb other users. Although not advisable for young dogs or puppies, this is a good idea for older Goldens because the innate loyalty and obedience of this superior breed means they will come back to you with no difficulty at the end of the day.

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23. They're Easy to Train

Golden Retrievers ranks fourth on a scale of measuring trainability for obeying commands and well deserves that reputation. They are so easy to train because they are (i) intelligent and are avid learners; ; and (ii) very eager to impress their owners, which is why Goldens always give their best in learning.
When you are training a Golden Retriever to learn a specific task or activity, you can expect to have to use fewer repetitions of your command as compared to training a lesser dog breed.
In addition, Goldens like being kept occupied and indeed need this as a stimulation.

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24. They're Fiercely Loyal

Golden Retrievers are fiercely loyal to their owner or master. This is an instinct that is learned from the environment they were bred in and for. Spending time with your Golden Retriever whether he is a pet in your home or part of your workforce will foster a fierce loyalty in your dog and forge a bond that both you and your dog will benefit from.
The loyalty of a golden retriever will be clear in its performance as a watch dog. They will bark at strangers as a form of loyalty but are generally aggressive because it is not in a Golden's nature. However, there are many stories of Golden Retrievers rescuing their owners in difficult or dangerous situations thanks to its combination of intelligence and loyalty.

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25. They're Well-Mannered

Who doesn't love a well-mannered companion? With proper training, Goldens can learn and understand what their masters love or hate, as well as how to behave in front of unfamiliar people, making them even more effective companions than they already were. It is always an added advantage to have a pet that does not paint a bad picture in front of your friends and family.

Should You Get a Golden Retriever?

21 comments on “25 Reasons Why Golden Retrievers Are Superior Dogs”

  1. My first dog, when I was five, was a golden. Unfortunately, I had to watch her be given away to a farm, (because my parentss didn't know how much it would traumatize me.) She chewed hoses, and with a family of four, two working parents and two kids to raise, training wasn't really an option or no one thought of it. Ever since then, I've adored golden retrievers. My family seems to have a bad run with pure breds, and I'd rather adopt then go to a breeder, so I'd like to have a half golden, half something else, but with golden's look. However, I'm not thrilled about them not being good gaurd dogs, and would appreciate some gaurding qualities. Sweet dogs, hope I can have another one day.

  2. We have always had German Shepherds. Since I was a little girl my dad was a breeder and trainer. I learned to be a trainer and have never had another breed. Both my husband and I have always had GS. we are getting older now and have two GS one 4 and one 10.
    I have been thinking about getting a Golden now that we are retired. I have spoke to several who have had them . They love them but have had problems with chewing. I thought because we are he now we should be able to spend most of our time with a new puppy. Our GS are both females and we don't have problems with other dogs. We spent a lot of time with our two girls and travel with them twice a year. I am curious what people think about us adopting a Golden Pup.

  3. I like that you mentioned hard working. My wife doesn't want a pet around the house, but I know that it can be a huge benefit to the home in terms of helping around. As you mentioned, a dog provides security, they can track and hunt, and a lot more as you explained. I will have to tell my wife that a golden retriever would be a great addition to our hunting cabin and hunting lifestyle and to provide a little bit of home security of course.

  4. My first Golden Retriever lived to be 18 years old. Unfortunately, my second Golden Retriever only lived to be 7 years old passing away from hemangiosarcoma. 😭

  5. A bit of advice. Goldens don't actually make good pets. Give up terms like 'owner' and 'pet'. What they are is adopted family. Adjust your thinking. As friends and family they can't be beat among dogs. Professional buddies. But pets? You as their 'owner'? Uh... no. That's not how this really works. You take a Golden home as a puppy and end up with a new member of the family. Embrace that and you will both be off to a good start. They see you as family, and it all makes more sense if you return that. They are not for living outside alone, they need to be with their family. They are not for negative discipline, they just want to make you happy, teach them how. They are always curious and can get bored (intelligence carries it's own set of problems), but love them and they will love you until their final breath. If you want a pet, get a parrot or a goldfish. If you want a canine member of the family, consider a Golden. Unless you can't stand shedding... in which case... I don't know what to tell ya. Learn to live with it. Give up black clothing. Small price to pay.

    1. Totally agree!! My Golden is my best friend and my baby :). She is not a pet or just an animal to feed and clean up after.

  6. How in the world could anyone say they don’t make good pets?!? You must have a cold heart!! They do shed, a lot! But all of that fire comes with love, devotion, personality, and intelligence. If you don’t want a pet inside, don’t get a dog, or get a goldfish. Dogs are sweet, loving creatures that depend on their owners. They give you 200 times the heart you give them.

    1. I don't think that you understood the "tongue in cheek" advice. He was saying that a Golden is and should be a family member.

  7. Hai,
    Since my childhood I wanted a dog at home. But my dream came true at the age of 34 after several tries. Its being 5 years to my marriage and we lost a baby due to miscarriage at early 3 months. We both are very depressed. I wanted to come out of it as soon as possible and planned for a road trip for 2 days. But its not much of a use. Then i have decided that if god is not willing to put a human baby in our home then I will get a fur baby. without a though I got a Golden, she is 34 days when came to our home. Now its her home. We love her alot. Even people started calling me Bellu's Dad (Bellu is her name) and Bellu's Mom(to my wife). She is hardly 2 yrs now, we are enjoying our lives. thank you

  8. Our golden is the apple of my eye.
    He is 12 years old and never left puppyhood.
    He filled a deep void when our children left the house.
    He is spoiled rotton, stinks and sheds. In other words I wouldn't change a single thing about him.

  9. BismiALLAH AlRahman AlRahim

    Salaaam , means peace to all of you

    Kèking a dog at a human home , means torturing this poor dog , who doesn't like to lay in a room nearly all the day , and when the socalled owner of the dog wants to go for a walk , tje dog can walk with him ona wite ,
    no freedom , no chasing , no other dog -friendly activity.

  10. I have a golden retriever named Molson, and he is 10-11 years old. We also have a pure boxer named Lola, and she is 2 years old and a golden retriever/German Shepherd mix named Stella and she is a few months old. She is all black and is very energetic. And then we have 3 cats, all girls.Their names are: Pooh Bear, Rue, and Ella. We have another cat and his name is Tom but he is an outside cat and we hardly ever see him any more. I am only 12 years old and don't have a website, if that's okay. Also Molson, there is something going on with him and we don't know if he misses his dad or what, but his dad is my grandpa and he doesn't live with us. So if anyone knows what might be wrong with him please comment. Thank you. Molson also won't eat at all. It started last night when we fed the dogs at around 6:00 that he would eat. He didn't eat any of his food not even a little.

    1. Lola, I am so sorry Molson didn't want to eat. You sound like a wonderful dog person. Be kind and gentle with Molson. Golden's do miss "their people" or "person". Try to console him, be happy with him. If he continues to be sad or not eat, see if your parents will call and take him to your veterinarian. Thank you for being so concerned about your special boy Golden.

  11. Golden's ate great but , I lost my Holly after double knee surgery. She had a loose blood clot a week after the operation. She was great dog and had me well trained. I am still looking for another Golden

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