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In goldens I haven't seen a calm, outgoing puppy turn into a fearful, timid adult. But I have certainly seen a slightly hesitant puppy turn into a fearful, timid adult.
You do seem to see more changes in their attitudes toward other dogs rather than toward people. I've seen a LOT of people blame their dog's sudden change of attitude toward other dogs on an event, when it probably has more to do with maturity than anything else. A well socialized, genetiacally sound dog can take a lot of strange events (including being attacked by another dog) in stride. Not saying that there are no events that will cause them to become different, just that a sound dog can really take a lot with no changes in personality.
CH Rosewood Little Giant, VCD2 UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP TD DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD NN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"