The golden retriever has been a staple family dog breed for a long time, and with good reason -- this dog is an absolute sweetheart that loves anyone and everyone. Perfect for large families, small families, toddlers or teenagers, golden retrievers are also one of the easiest breeds to train, as their combination of intelligence and eagerness to please makes them much better attuned to positive reinforcement than other dogs. Their one drawback is that, being universally adored, golden retrievers trustingly assume that everyone is their friend. As guard dogs, they're more likely to roll over on their back for a belly rub than bark out a warning when confronted with a shady character or a sneaky burglar.
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