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8 Problems Only a Golden Retriever Owner Would Understand

Written by: Arlene Divina
Arlene Divina, one of the content writers at IHD, loves going on adventures with her adorable fur baby. She now creates informative content for pet parents. Read more
| Published on June 6, 2023

Golden Retrievers are one of the most beloved dog breeds, cherished for their gentle nature, intelligence, and the constant joy they bring into our lives. But there are some humorously relatable ‘problems’ that only Golden Retriever owners can truly understand.

1. The Goldilocks Hair Affair

Golden Retrievers don’t just shed, they generously donate fur to every corner of your home. Get ready to find golden fluff on your clothes, in your food, and even in your work presentations. The joy of owning a Golden Retriever means accepting that your house will glitter with fur and you will be running a never-ending, one-person cleaning campaign.

2. The Retriever Retrieval Syndrome

Golden Retrievers are bred to retrieve, and they take their job very seriously. You will often find them bringing you gifts – socks, shoes, remote controls, even a leaf they found particularly interesting. Get ready for countless games of fetch and having to pretend that you’re thrilled with each slobbery offering.

3. The Extreme Friendliness

Forget about having a guard dog. Golden Retrievers would most likely welcome an intruder with wagging tails and slobbery kisses. These dogs love everyone they meet, making them the worst choice for a watchdog but the best choice for endless snuggles and laughter.

4. The Eternal Puppy Syndrome

Golden Retrievers are like Peter Pan; they never want to grow up. Regardless of their size, they’ll still think they can fit on your lap. This often results in comical situations, like your grown-up Golden trying to squeeze into a puppy-sized bed or settling onto your lap, oblivious to their size.

5. The Wet Nose Nudging

Golden Retrievers are masters of the ‘nudge.’ Whether you’re working, reading, or having a quiet moment, they’ll subtly push their wet nose into your hand, demanding attention. And more often than not, their adorableness will win, turning you into a full-time potter.

6. The Water Obsession

Golden Retrievers love water, whether it’s a pool, a lake, or even a small puddle. Don’t be surprised if your Golden tries to turn every walk into a swim session or finds the only mud puddle in a 10-mile radius. As a Golden Retriever owner, you’ll be a frequent flyer at the local car wash and your pup’s personal towel service.

7. The Foodie Alert

Goldens can be complete foodies. They have an uncanny ability to appear whenever there’s food around, giving you their best “starving dog” impression. Their love for food, coupled with their excellent puppy eyes, can make diet control a challenging, yet amusing task.

8. The Tail-Whipping Incidents

Golden Retrievers have strong, whip-like tails that wag furiously when they’re happy (which is almost all the time). Be prepared for drinks to be knocked off tables and for small children to be swiped off their feet. It’s a tail tale that every Golden Retriever owner can relate to.

These so-called ‘problems’ are just part and parcel of sharing your life with a joyful, loving, and ever-so-slightly clumsy Golden Retriever. Despite the shedding, the slobber, and the tail-whipping, the greatest problem is resisting the urge to get another one. After all, can you really have too much golden love?

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