The Golden Retriever was originally developed by British aristocrats as a retrieving dog and companion. Today, in almost every country, the Golden remains in the top ten most popular breeds of dogs as a companion, hunter, search and rescue dog, and therapy and assistance dog.
The Golden Retriever is a large dog (55-75 lbs. average) that is one of the most outgoing, friendly, playful and even-tempered breeds out there. I have never met one that is even remotely aggressive, and most are very intelligent and catch on quickly to what they are being taught. The biggest complaint I probably hear owners of these beautiful dogs voice is the fact that they are not the least bit wary of strangers or other dogs, they just approach people and animals with a curious boldness that can be worrisome for the sake of the Golden. Grooming for these guys is not extensive, just an occasional bath and brushing at least three to four times a week, particularly around the thicker areas of hair such as the haunches, behind the ears, and chest, all being areas that tend to get tangled easiest. They do shed, but much less than what a Lab or shorter haired dog does.
If considering this breed, there are currently (as of 6-8) four Golden Retriever puppies available at the Sherman Animal Shelter, two of which are pictured below. If you are not from the North Texas area, check with your local shelter as they are found there on a regular basis, and there are also many Golden Retriever Rescue sights on-line. To get a better look at this breed, you can check them out on Episode 6 of Pet Commando: Golden Reunion.