Are Golden Retrievers Good Family Dogs?

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Goldens are one of the most popular dog breeds around. Are they good family dogs?

But not everyone realizes that they make wonderful family dogs, as well.

In fact, Golden Retrievers are arguably the best breed if you’re considering adding a new furry family member to your household.

However, before you can adopt this gorgeous breed and welcome it into your home.

 There are some things you need to know about the Golden Retriever’s temperament.

And behavior to make sure that this is the right breed for you and your family.

 

How Active do they need to be

You might have heard that Goldens are active dogs, but they’re ranked low in terms of exercise needs.

This means that they don’t need a ton of exercise to stay happy and healthy.

Instead, they make great house pets who love to be around people and don’t need to get outside all day long.

Expect your Goldie to follow you from room to room at home or on walks.

But you can expect them to live longer than most other breeds because of their relaxed lifestyle.

If you want a dog who will run and play with you for hours, choose another breed.

But if you want a pet who will sit by your side for years, look no further than these sweet pups!

 

How big do they get

The size of these dogs can vary from a low of 25 pounds for females to as high as 50 pounds for males.

It is important to remember that these are still large dogs and can cause significant damage to people and property if left unattended or allowed to roam free.

They need lots of room outside in which to run, exercise, and play—and a large family may not be able to provide enough attention for such an active dog.

If you’re looking for a great companion with relatively low-energy needs.

However, then you’ll likely find that a golden retriever will fit right into your home!

 

Should you have more than one?

Can you really have enough dogs in your life? Of course not!

But it is important to ask yourself if you are truly ready for another furry friend before taking home a golden retriever of your own.

These dogs thrive on human companionship and require plenty of attention and exercise.

You may find that two golden retrievers will be twice as much work as one, but for many families, two dogs simply make sense.

Some owners even keep three or four goldens at once!

 

Do they shed a lot?

A fair amount, but if you’re prepared to spend a few minutes each day brushing them, they should be OK.

If you have allergies, definitely don’t get a Golden!

It can be very hard for allergy sufferers to deal with dog hair in general, and Golden hair is particularly coarse.

Do they need a lot of exercise?

Definitely. Goldens are bred as hunting dogs, so they need lots of exercises every day.

At least an hour or two of walking or running around your neighborhood.

Ideally, you should take your dog on long walks (or runs) at least three times per week.

They also love swimming and playing fetch; if possible, set aside time every day to play these games with your pet.

 

Do They Get along with other dogs?

While they’re not quite as agile or trainable as some other breeds.

Golden retrievers do have a good reputation for getting along with other animals and people.

They are known to get along well with cats, dogs, and kids.

However, individual pets may have their own preferences, so we recommend getting them together to see how they play off each other first.

Remember that it is important to teach your dog proper socialization skills from an early age in order to ensure that he does not become overly aggressive towards other animals.

If you are looking for a companion animal who will happily spend time playing fetch with you.

Go jogging on trails with you or just curl up next to you on your couch while watching TV.

Then a golden retriever might be right for you!

 

Do They Get Along With Small Children

Yes!

Like all dogs, it is important to socialize and train your Golden early so that he or she gets used to being around children and also knows how to respond appropriately when playing with children of different ages.

You can start training them when they are still puppies by putting them in close contact with babies, toddlers, older children, and adults that come over frequently.

By being exposed to many people at a young age, your dog will be less likely to bark when strangers enter your home later on in life.

 

Is training easy?

The answer is not an easy one, but it’s an honest one.

The truth is that training your Golden retriever is not easy and you shouldn’t expect it to be an easy task.

On one hand, they love their owners deeply and they want to please them.

But on another hand, they are stubborn creatures who get bored very easily and have a strong will to do what they feel like doing instead of what you want them to do!

 

Will they keep my home safe from intruders and burglars

Yes, these dogs have a strong sense of territorialism, making them great at alerting their owners if someone is trying to break into your home.

If you are like most parents and want to keep your child safe from any danger, having a dog around will do just that!

These dogs will also be great for keeping your home safe from any burglars or intruders that may try to break in during the night when you’re sleeping peacefully in bed.

They will bark loudly as soon as they hear an intruder entering your home, alerting you immediately so that you can call 911.

They are known to be very protective over their family members, which makes them one of the best choices for families with children.

The best part about golden retrievers is that they are very friendly towards strangers and new people entering your house so long as they know that you approve of it first.

So if you have friends coming over often, these dogs won’t mind at all!

 

Can I take them on vacation with me?

This issue depends on your specific golden retriever and where you’re planning to go. Because of their thick coats.

Goldens can overheat easily in warmer climates.

So they should always be in air-conditioned rooms when you’re out at restaurants or visiting friends on a sunny day.

They are also known for getting car sick.

So if you plan to take them with you while driving anywhere, make sure to stop frequently for breaks.

You may want to consider bringing along some dog-safe anti-nausea medication just in case!

 

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of reasons that you might want to adopt a golden retriever.

You like dogs, you want a new friend, or you like their floppy ears and friendly disposition.

However, before bringing one into your family.

It’s important to consider whether they’re right for your family in terms of their size and needs and your personality type.

Do you have a cat? Check out this article on which breed gets along with cats.

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