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Do Field Goldens make good family dogs?

Looking to get a field golden. They were bred for hunting. We have no intent on hunting with this dog, but have heard many say they are great family dogs too. Of course the breeders are telling me this, but looking for other opinions. I have an 8, 5 and 3 year old. Is this a good fit for a family with young kids?
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What is your idea of a good family dog?

How are your kids with rough-tumble dogs around?

^ I'm asking the questions, not making statements about field bred goldens - which can be pretty different from one to the next, based on their owners, etc.

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They can--they do tend, generally, to be higher energy, busier, and more mouth oriented than Goldens not bred specifically for field work. All Golden puppies need structure and training and clear boundaries, but these guys in particular do tend to need that really consistent activity and training, because if you do not provide it, they will invent their own fun.

A major consideration with a dog from a pedigree selected specifically for retrieving ability and prey drive is that they are going to be highly mouth oriented. They pick up and carry, and potentially eat, just about anything they can get their mouths on. So with young kids in the house, ensuring that toys and shoes etc are picked up is vital as well. So you have to consider whether your kids will be able to maintain a non-clutter standard that will keep the puppy safe (as swallowing some of those objects is a recipe for obstruction surgery!)

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Tayla, although we are not her original owners, came to us at 4 months. She was from a breeder in TN. She would not have been good with kids. Not a mean bone in her body, but she was one of the worst biters as a puppy. Nothing helped until she was a year. She also needs a job, actually several of them. She is not a calm dog, but at almost 2 years she is getting better. Would I ever get a field bred puppy, no way. She fell into our laps and it was a horrible first year. More work than I could imagine. SHE IS GOING TO BE AN INCREDIBLE DOG AND I LOVE HER TOTALLY.

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What is your idea of a good family dog?

How are your kids with rough-tumble dogs around?

^ I'm asking the questions, not making statements about field bred goldens - which can be pretty different from one to the next, based on their owners, etc.
I need a tolerant, confident dog that can live in a crazy, loud house. We always have something going on. I have my 3 young children and there are 8 more next door that my kids play with daily. We have a fenced yard for play and activity and we would walk at least once a day. Not sure I have more time than that to exercise a dog.
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Have you considered adopting an adult dog?

The problem with puppies is they can be.... whatever you make of them. They can be the sweetest pups, or as my mom referred to every single one of our dogs - "puppies from hell". And that is a concern because you have ten million kids running around your yard from the sounds of it.

With an adult, you are buying the dog that has the exact temperament and behaviors that you want in a dog.

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I'd definitely avoid a "field" golden and go for a more mellow line. Lila is from field lines, actually half and half and she was the easiest pup ever. But Hazel was WILD, she would never have made it with young kids.

Adopting adult may be a good idea, as long as it has been fostered and the dog's personality is known. Rescues can be as much work as a pup, but not always. Pups are a lot of work not just to potty train but they demand a lot of attention and training needs. Find a reputable breeder and tell them you want a mellower pup. You'll find someone that can match you up. Lots of good advice on finding good breeders in the puppy forum. They do NOT advertise.


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I have raised both field bred and confirmation bred and I prefer field. As puppies I didn't think my field bred Wyatt was more work at all. Puppies are work period. �� Both need training and lots and lots (did I say lots?) of exercise. Personally I wouldn't adopt an older dog unless I was certain of their history. Not with young children JMO.

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The two dogs sleeping on my bed both think they are good house pets. ( I tend to agree.) So long as you do your part, the dogs will do theirs.

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Pixie is a fieldGolden. She is my first golden and my first dog too, so I won't be able to give yo as good of an advice as people already gave in here.
She is an amazing pet, and conquered her place as a family dog. But, it is always eyes on Pixie, or else... We run with her, we go for walk, I go to obidience and agiility classes. Still, if by any change we cannot exercise her 3 days in a row, get ready for trouble! Cause she will find it! She has a lot of energy and it is up to us to deal with that so she can be a home pet!

With 3 kids, you will have to see how much time you would have to dedicate to a puppy (but I guess that is any puppy). Pixie was mouthy, but never hurted me. Now my neighboors new puppy!!!! He has shark teeth!!! I have more marks from him than Pixie's entire puppyhhood, so I guess that is also linked to the puppy and how much you tolerate (I corrected Pixie since day one, they are still in the "that is so cute" phase!).
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