Is a Retriever the Golden Ticket for Your Family?
The golden retriever: a classic, beautiful breed that is often synonymous with the word "dog." This breed has just as much brains as it has beauty. Retrievers are the perfect dogs for families, and we’ll tell you why.
Patience is one of their virtues
It's true that a dog's temperament has a lot to do with nurture versus nature, but retrievers are a breed that for years has demonstrated a tendency toward gentleness. If you train your dog when it's young to listen to your commands and be respectful, a golden’s natural patience will take over from there.
They're fun machines
Golden retrievers are an extremely energetic breed that needs a lot of exercise. A retriever that is cooped up all day is more likely to jump and potentially knock down a small child, so make sure your golden gets lots of exercise. Retrievers are the kind of dog that would love to spend lots of time getting their energy out with an active family.
Babies + Golden Retrievers = BFFs
Socializing your golden retriever with children from the time both of them are small is a good way to foster positive relationships. Kids and puppies that grow up together can learn good behavior and tolerance side-by-side. Plus, they're extremely cute friends.
They’re all ears
Retrievers are considered to be a super biddable dog breed. This means they don’t tend to be stubborn and are good at learning and listening to commands. Thorough training, combined with this dog’s inclination toward obedience, makes this dog the perfect companion.
Loyalty is the Golden rule
Back in the day retrievers served as hunting dog who had to stick by their owner for protection and praise. Even if a Golden isn’t diving into a river after game, they still have a sense of extreme loyalty toward the ones they love.
Check with your shelter or breeder to see if they have a golden retriever you can rescue who has a long track record of working well with families. By doing this, you'll add a family member who is ready for the experience. Is your Golden a family dog? Tell us how your retriever makes your family whole in the comments section below.
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