There is no surprising that golden Retriever is one of the most popular dogs in the u.s. It’s all good with the Golden: he’s highly clever, friendly, good-looking, and faithful. He’s also energetic. The Golden is slow to mature and retains the silly, playful personality of a puppy until three to four years of age, which can be both pleasant and irritating. Many keep their puppy traits into old age.

There’s one other probable drawback to the breed: He’s definitely not a watchdog. He might bark when strangers come around, but don’t count on it. Most likely, he’ll wave to and fro his tail and flash that characteristic Golden smile.

You’ll need to take special care if you’re raising a Golden puppy. These dogs grow very rapidly between the age of four and seven months, making them susceptible to bone disorders. They do well on a high-quality, low-calorie diet that keeps them from growing too fast.

The good-natured Golden Retriever isn’t disturbed by the noise and commotion of kids — in fact, he thrives on it. He’s a large, physically powerful dog, though, and he can easily knock over a small child by mistake.

As with every type, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any relations between dogs and young children to avoid any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.

The Golden’s approach toward other pets is the more the merrier. He enjoys the companionship of other dogs, and with proper introductions and instruction, can be trusted with cats, rabbits, and other animals