Well, I don't know much about dogs but base on the research I saw with a friend friend during school days; I think golden retriever is good for the family and as a pet too. Golden retrievers is the classic family companion. They are obedient, playful, intelligent, well mannered, great with kids, and kindly to strangers. They are good watchdog too, but make lousy guard dogs as they love people far too much to be effective. Golden retriever are always at the top of their obedience classes and are often the champion of sporting competition. Hunters find them to be reliable birds dogs , and their keen sense of smell and sought after narcotic sniffers. Golden retriever need people and are best suited for large, active family.