READY TO PLEASE THE WHOLE FAMILY
With a friendly disposition and desire to please, the attitude of this breed has made it the fourth most popular family dog in the United States, according to the AKC.
The golden retriever’s temperament is a defining characteristic of the breed, and it’s described in breeding terms as “kindly, friendly and confident”. These are good family pets, and are they particularly patient with children, especially if they’re properly socialized and trained since birth.
These aren’t one-man dogs, and in general are equally friendly with strangers and those they already know. Their trusting, friendly nature makes them bad guard dogs. A typical golden retriever should be calm, naturally intelligent and docile, with an exceptional desire to please. The breed is distinguished by its intelligence: puppies learn quickly if they’re trained with patience and consistency.
The dog is also known for its intelligence. The breed is catalogued in fourth place (of 131 breeds analysed) in Stanley Coren’s dog intelligence classification, just after border collies, poodles and German shepherds, due to its capacity for being trained and obey commands.