The Golden Retriever loves company very much. It is an exceptionally friendly, balanced and confident dog. It has a kind and obedient nature, rather reserved and totally peaceful. It is very adaptable, barks very rarely and has an excellent sense of smell. This breed is exceptionally intelligent, and works for its owner’s appreciation with pleasure. It reacts sensitively to scolding as well as to the atmosphere prevailing in the home and does not like to be left alone. Most of them love jumping into the water and they all like exercise.
This breed gets along wonderfully with other canines; even males can live together with other dogs without any problems. Its relationship with other pets can also be good, although it requires proper and thorough socialization. The Golden Retriever has a great time in the company of children; it is too docile to object to anything; therefore, the parents must make sure that their children do not prod and poke the dog too much. Most Retrievers like people very much, so they greet welcome guests and unexpected visitors in an equally friendly way.
The coat of this breed should be brushed and combed regularly, especially on those spots that tend to stick together, such as around the waist. Once or twice a year, it is advisable to take the Golden Retriever to a well-reputed groomer to get its hair trimmed. The fur of those dogs that compete at shows requires much more grooming; before competitions, grooming is almost mandatory for this breed.
The Golden Retriever is a quick learner, and what it has once learned, it will remember for life. We should never treat it rudely because that can hurt its sensitive nature. Training must be varied and consistent, with the emphasis being on rewarding proper behavior.
This breed adapts well to its environment, but it must be taken outdoors regularly for a walk or play. The Golden Retriever is a very tenacious dog that loves being outside in nature. It usually loves swimming and retrieving, and, of course, it adores long walks in nature. After reaching adult size, it can join its owner in his or her daily running training.
The Golden Retriever is a very popular dog in almost all dog sports, such as obedience and agility tests. All over the world, there are a lot of Goldens that work as rescue dogs or guide dogs. Thanks to its excellent sense of smell, the Golden Retriever can achieve outstanding results in tracking as well.