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Are Golden retrievers good with kids?

Are Golden retrievers good with kids?

Golden retrievers are the number one pick breed for families with small children. This is because of their amazing, gentle nature, and because they are normally not aggressive and are very patient dogs. However, many wonder if Golden retrievers good with kids? And if they are, how do we know they are good with kids?

Are Golden retrievers good with kids?
Golden retriever kissing baby (Source: Google)

Are Golden retrievers good with kids?

There are many breeds that are amazing with children. When we’re talking about Golden retrievers they are not only good with kids, they are actually very good for kids! You can’t even imagine how beneficial it is for children to grow up with Golden retrievers, and dogs in general. Why? They will teach your child responsibility and how to take care of another being. Your dog will also teach them loyalty, compassion, and even cooperation. Besides that, they will always have a friend in your Golden retriever!

But what is it that makes Golden retriever such amazing family dogs? Why exactly are they good with kids?

Golden retrievers are usually not aggressive

Well, that’s for several reasons, starting with the fact that they are not aggressive. If you take care of your Golden retriever and socialize it, there is no chance of them being aggressive.

Working on your Golden retriever’s socialization is important for your children and everyone around you and your dog as well. Why? If your Golden retriever isn’t familiar with, for example a woman with a hat on, they might react aggressively. This is why you need to introduce your dog to different types of people and of different ages. Here I don’t mean that you need to make a casting for the people in your town. Socialization happen when you take walks with your dog in the park or around the city.

The proof of how unaggressive Golden retrievers are is the fact that they would usually not even attack an intruder. Yes, they would bark if someone broke into your house. However, they are more likely to bring the bad guy a toy than attack them. You know that’s true!

Are Golden retrievers good with kids? - Golden retriever with child
Golden retriever with child (Source: Pinterest)

How good are Golden retrievers with babies?

Golden retrievers have a very developed instinct to protect. When they see a fragile little being in their house they will develop a deep bond with the new baby. But despite this, please never leave your dog unsupervised with your baby. Yes, Golden retrievers aren’t aggressive and are great with children, but you never know what could happen. Golden retrievers are huge dogs and probably are heavier than your child. They could accidentally knock your child down or harm them in any other way.

Your children need to be taught too

Before getting a dog, you need to teach your child how to treat the dog. That little puppy might be just a dog, but it deserves to be treated with respect and kindness.

You need to teach your child that it should be gentle and patient with the dog. And most importantly that they should never ever hit the dog.

Another important thing you need to teach your child is that, when the dog is eating, they should leave it alone until it finishes its meal.


If you’re thinking about getting a Golden retriever but are having second doubts because of your child. Don’t! If you educate your child and properly train your dog you shouldn’t have any problems. Besides that, dogs are great for a child’s overall development and social skills development. However, always remember to keep an eye on your child and dog, and never leave them unsupervised.

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.