Children and dogs are perfect together, right? Well, not always. Golden Retrievers have a reputation as the quintessential kid-friendly canines, so it comes as a surprise and big disappointment for many families to learn that we require all children to be at least age 8. This policy, while not always a well-received one, is truly in place for the benefit of both our dogs and our adoptive families. We pride ourselves on both successful and safe adoptions.
We do make exceptions for puppies under the age of 6 months.
The Golden Retriever breed is, sadly, not the same as it was 20 or 30 years ago. Over-breeding and under-socializing have created many dogs that no longer fit that wonderful “family dog” image. This is not to say that it is not a wonderful breed, because it most certainly is! However, we are seeing many more behavior and temperament issues now than we did in the past, and this has affected our placement policies accordingly.
The following factors may help you further understand our policy:
Adapted from material originally published by Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida. We are grateful for their assistance.