Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted September 4, 2017
We were given our golden by my incredibly incompetent uncle. He was an emotional, untrained mess when we got him. He never quite stopped peeing nervously, but over time he did improve since he learned to trust us and mellowed a bit with age.
Surprisingly, and terrifyingly, when he got startled by something, he would growl. I swear the house would shake and I thought something had crawled out of the void to come get me. That said, he was also the most lovable derp I'd ever met and would never actually hurt anyone.
We considered him pretty dull. Not the brightest bulb for sure. However, he was actually very loyal and obedient if you put your foot down and made your commands clear.
The biggest problem with Buddy was his health. He was constantly sick in on way or another. Hot spots, torn tendons, etc. He was a big dog, and controlling his weight turned out to be an issue, though careful feeding and exercise got him back under control.
Aside from perhaps being even less healthy than the average purebred, and his training issues that we inherited, I think he was a solid example of the breed. Big, loveable, and obedient.