Second only to the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever is the most popular breed in the US. And when it comes to choosing a dog for the family, the Golden always seems to top the list. It's not surprising—this easygoing breed has everything most families look for:
- Driven to please. Golden Retrievers live to please their owners, so training can be fun. They typically love to learn tricks, too. So if you want to teach your Golden to balance a biscuit on his nose until you give the command to eat it, he'll happily play along.
- Playful. Not only does the Golden love to have fun with the children, he can endure most of the tail-pulling, ear-twisting, and rough-and-tumble games kids may throw at him. Retrieving can keep a Golden occupied and entertained for hours, whether the object is a thrown stick, tennis ball, or flying disc.
- Gentle. Goldens don't typically get angry or frustrated easily, and love to spend time with the people in the family. They're calm and love to give and receive attention. So don't be surprised to find your Golden cuddled up with you on the couch while you're reading a book.
- Trainable. Highly intelligent, the Golden loves to follow direction and will work hard to learn commands and to follow them. They excel in obedience competition.
- Adaptable. If you give a Golden two good walks each day, play frequent fetch games, and take him out for a run once a week, he can adapt to almost any lifestyle, even apartment living. Goldens are also relatively quiet—something the neighbors will appreciate.
Of course, Goldens are more than just wonderful family pets—they're an exceptionally versatile breed. This retriever is an outstanding hunting dog, guide dog for the blind and narcotics dog, as well as an outstanding competitor in agility and retriever field trials. No matter whom they live with, Goldens greatly enhance the life of their owners.