Folks, do not underestimate your golden. They may not protect your property or possessions but if someone were to threaten you or a family member or attack one of you, that cute cuddly Golden will be putting some serious holes in them with blinding speed.
When provoked, a Golden Retriever is a formidable animal. Never forget that.
Tinkerbell would lead a burgler throughthe house making sure they knew where everything was. But if it was one of us...she'd protect us. Everyone that has met Tinkerbell knows she is a laid back, submissive golden. But one night I woke up to gunshots out in the woods behind our house, Tinkerbell was standing over me, completely alert and protective. And for a dog that normally can sleep thru anything...Then a few minutes later my daughter turned over in bed and hit the wall. tinkerbell jumped from my bed barking like crazy and clawing at my door, until I got it open. At which point she hit Kristal's door at a run knocking it open and jumping on the bed standing over her. She then refused to leave Kristal, and spent the rest of that night and the next couple of nights sleeping on Kristal's bed between Kristal and the window.
And last week, she put herself between kristal and the neighbor's dog that had gotten loose. The neighbors dog is a bit aggressive and I wouldn't trust it, it came into the yard towards Kristal barking and Tinkerbell put herself between them, teeth bared, growling, etc. teh other dog stopped anad it's owners were able to grab it.