Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Crate, Puppy, Socializing, Obedience
San Clemente, California, United States
Posted January 9, 2019
Golden Retrievers are the quintessential family dog. They are everything that you imagine when you are thinking of adding a dog to your family. They are high energy and need their outdoor time but after a long day ready to snuggle up by your feet or maybe even on your lap.
My golden retriever, Meiji, is my golden child. He is the best dog that I have ever owned. He is easy to train, pleasant to be around, and has a lovely goofy personality.
Golden Retrievers are not one person dogs. They love everyone. I take my dog to the park, and he will go and sit with other families. Do not expect them to guard your home. My breeder told me before I took my baby home that your golden will more likely help a burglar carry the tv to the car than do anything about them coming in your home. I believe it.
This is the first dog I have had that does not run to the door barking madly if someone is there or if something loud goes by. If someone comes in my home he is there to greet them with kisses, but that is it.
Do expect a lot of chewing and eating inappropriate things. Get health insurance ASAP. You will use it. These dogs are prone to accidents. I swear my dog is on a war path to kill himself constantly.
Do not get a golden if you plan on just keeping it in the backyard and not paying attention to him! Golden retrievers crave attention. Mine expects me to pet him every few minutes if I am home. They are social creatures and Velcro dogs.
If you are willing to train a pet, looking for a large dog, and want a pet that enjoys time with you, a golden will never do you wrong. I plan on having nothing but goldens the rest of my life!