We got a Golden as our first dog when my three kids were young. Could not have asked for a better pet. They do shed and they are too friendly to be guard dogs but wonderful pets for a family. She lived 14 years and we miss her. Smart, trainable, and lovable.
We looked for a puppy a few months ago, but could not find any close to SC that weren't already reserved. I hope you get one.
I have a close to two year old female golden. Sheds tremendously. Sweet girl and smart. Her nose, from what I’ve seen, gets her in more trouble than anything. Crate trained in the house. Definitely won’t need a vacuum for the crum snatchers anymore.
If you want a dog, have kids and space, then a Golden is a no brainer. Pull the trigger and quit pussyfooting around. There's a puppy out there with your name on it.
Sorry about the bluntness. Sounded like you needed someone to push you off the diving board. So, get on it!!
Also, if you want to bring in a 2nd dog that is always fun with the kids, will be great with the Golden and will take advantage of your space, consider a Whippet as a buddy for the retriever. Those dogs are chill in the house, don't shed and are basically skinny lap dogs. They are also fun to watch outside when they get the zoomies. The golden will try to keep up, which is always hilarious as well.
the so-called Goldendoodle...way, way less shedding and great dispositions also. Labradoodles are a good option also. T-mail me and I can put you on a good source, from a small breeder. Many folks don't realize that standard poodles are considered the 2nd smartest breed, right behind the border collie. Some folks are turned off from standard poodles because of the silly hairdos that are put on the show dogs...but most owners don't do the extreme haircut on their poodles.
I have had Golden’s all my life and have a female now, GREAT DOG’s. You will not find a dog with a better temperament. The only issue is shedding but all the other factors outweigh that. I have a Goldendoodle too. If the poodle genes outweigh the golden’s you have no shedding. Mine apparently has more Golden in her and she sheds like crazy too but has the Poodle genes in energy, she will retrieve a ball and a stick till she drops.
I have an English Golden Cream Retriever. Same as a Golden Retriever, but cream color. Little more of a block head and they stand a little taller in the back and little larger on average when compared to your typical Golden.
If you're in Clemson, the guy to see is only 90 minutes from you at: www.goldensoftroy.com.
Here are 2 pictures of my boy Ben. One of them next to a Golden for comparison.
She was a rescue from the pound. Thought she was a lab mix, but testing determined that she is golden and chow. She has shorter hair like a lab, which is probably from a small amount of Dalmatian in her family tree.
She is super sweet and loving, which I attribute to the golden in her. Every golden I have ever known has been wonderful. I say go for it!
As others have said though, be prepared for lots of shedding!
Finally, please get your dog from a quality breeder and not a puppy mill. I’m sure you were thinking the same.