If you asked any knowledgeable dog owner or dog sitter what the Golden Retriever is most famous for, you would probably get two answers. The first answer would likely be a “movie star” due to the breed’s ubiquitous presence in popular media. The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in Hollywood making star appearances in box office hits like Old Yeller (1957), Homeward Bound (1993) , Air Bud (1997), and UP (2009). The dog breed has also made several star appearances in the TV series Full House, Pushing Daisies, and The Drew Carey Show.
The second most recognizable role of the Golden Retriever in modern society is as a working service dog. The first service dogs in the United States were trained in 1929 at The Seeing Eye located in Nashville, Tennessee for WWI veterans that had been blinded in combat. The Golden Retriever’s early selection as a service dog stemmed from the breed’s reputation for being intelligent, hard working, calm, and having a friendly temperament to owners and strangers alike.
As a pet, Golden Retrievers are a top notch choice. Golden Retrievers are often nicknamed the “just right” dog because of temperament, but also because of their ideal size. Usually Golden Retrievers weigh in as a medium-sized dog between 60 to 75 pounds. However, do not be fooled by their size, because Golden Retrievers are still a full-time commitment with their high energy levels.
Their history as a breed designed for retrieving is consistent with their high level of energy throughout the day. A simple walk in the park will not be enough to satisfy their needs. Seattle dog boarding facilities usually combine walks with periods of intensive play like running with other dogs or fetching to keep this breed happy. Hey, if it works for the professionals, it should work even better with individual dog owners and dog sitters.