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A good idea.

I recently bought my first dog, and he was raised by the breeder for the first nine months. They decided not to use him as a show dog. There were several nests of pups, so I did get a choice. But coming back to the breeder's two months later to get Archie a trim and bath, boy, was I glad with the choice I made. The puppies who were still there were so full of energy! I know raising a puppy from seven weeks would have been too much for me at this point in time.

I live alone and am an adult diagnosed with Aspergers. I can confirm a 'love you' Golden (male) is perfect company for someone with ASD. I just wish I could have had the privilege of growing up with such a friend.

I posted some pictures of my loving boy in the introductions thread yesterday along with some words about his personality, in case you're interested.

Anyway, a Golden could work wonders for your child's emotional well being, giving her/him the opportunity to experience the unconditional love a Golden has to give and having a close friend that is hard to find for a child with ASD in the human world.
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Leif is very lucky in the fact that his overactive imagination and good looks have helped him make/keep some friends but as he's getting older, he's having a harder and harder time of it as kids get meaner and meaner and don't appreciate his differences anymore.

Max was really the perfect dog for him in every way. He lets Leif lay all over him and is content to lay with his boy forever. Max is always up for a game or some attention and doesn't seem to mind when the boy gets a bit rough with him (not that Leif realizes he's too rough.) I know that when Leif had some bad days at school I would know by my son walking in the door, putting his bookbag down, and hugging the dog for a long time. I used to know because he would get upset over nothing at home and have a rough night. Now, a long hug and all is right in the world again. I am so thankful for Max, I don't think many people would understand how thankful, for that very reason.

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In my experience, males are more luvy-duvy, cuddly, and willing to please.

Females can be independent and more cat-like in attitude. They tend to let you know when they want attention, and are pretty demanding of it when the time comes. The rest of the time they pretty much don't want to be bothered.

This is an 18 year old picture of me, Rusty, Nikita and Podo (My first two Goldens, and first Siamese). Can you tell from their expressions which the female is? It's not hard LOL:
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We are looking for a puppy and are hoping to get one in September. One thing we haven't decided on is what sex to get. Can anyone offer any advice as to which would be best to get with two kids - age 4 and 6, the youngest is autistic too. Thanks.

Also, what do you have and why?

I also want to know you. I know that autism and AS have very distinct differences but as my son is older, maybe at times, I could be of help.

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That is so true apart from out Lottie, shes Love you and love me all rolled into one.
Yes, Sadie is the same way, so were our 2 previous goldens 1 male, 1 female.
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I've had 4 male goldens and currently have a female, and honestly, all 5 have been love-bugs. All of my dogs are rescues, and I have adopted whichever dog needed a home. Gender is irrelevant in my situation.
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