This!1) the shedding.
If you cannot stand a lot of fur don't get a golden.
2) the infamous doggy odor. How bad is it?
Never experienced this with a golden. I think again it may be an individual dog thing vs a breed.
And it is true about them being individuals when it comes to their coats and whether they are high or low maintenance in regards to bathing. Both my goldens were fed exactly the same and Cody my conformation bred golden was high maintenance and had to be bathed more. Wyatt my field bred golden is very low maintenance ( in more ways than one )and so far has never stunk a day in his life.