We got ours about 3 or so years ago.....my wife was at our old vet's in Romeo (Krause) and a lady was there with a couple of pups. They struck up a conversation and my wife was offered one on the spot. After convincing me, we got her the next day.
As for training, she started on us immediately!
Gracie is now a member of the family, and 'Mom' to Dixie (beagle) and Moo (Jack Russell).
I'm a fan... they seem like great dogs. Neighbor breeds them and they make great companions.
As for hunting, I've only seen a one golden retriever that hunted. I know there are a bunch out there, but it seems as if hunting is not a primary purpose of the breed these days. Someone on here (sorry for not remembering) has a golden, maybe they can throw you in the direction of a breeder if your planning on hunting the dog.
Personally I'd avoid them simply because of their hair. That's just me. I don't see the sense in all the grooming when there are so many comparable short-haired breeds. (I can just see you Setter folks grinding your teeth)
I voted no, thinking the question was concerning hunting. I grew up with Goldens and loved them but they were never great hunting dogs. I think finding a Golden from hunting stock would be difficult but possible. As a family dog, I think they are great.
We have a three year old golden, she is a great family dog very very playful and friendly,we have her inside an invisble fence on our property,she barks at the deer and tries to scare them but I think they know her range poses no danger to them.
I didnt do very good on grouse this year(poor shot mostly!!) but the numbers are down. And i believe goldens are good hunters. Theyre one of the top retrievers and upland dogs for america. they come in second. labs are first
There is an interesting article in last month's Gun Dog magazine regarding field bred Goldens. From the right lines I'm sure you can get a good hunter. As mentioned in previous posts many breeders are not breeding for the field and those dogs may not be adept in the field.
Regardless of whether they hunt or not there are a lot of very nice goldens out there with a lot of very satisfied owners. That makes them good dogs in my eyes.
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