I have found a golden retriever puppy, who’s able to be rehomed with me tomorrow. (...) I’m very partial to golden retrievers & I think they’re the best dogs! I know dogs are a lot of responsibility so I’m not down playing anything. They’re cute but I know they’re a life long commitment.
I'm an experienced dog owner and if I had four young kids including a newborn, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I wouldn't be able to cope with a puppy as well. But I'm not you. Only you know if you can cope or not. We all have different thresholds.
However, just to dispel a myth: golden retrievers puppies look
cute but they aren't
cute in the broader sense of the term. Goldens were created to be working dogs. That means they are intelligent and energetic. They are also retrievers
, which means they are hard-wired to explore the world through their mouths. As puppies, until you teach them the rules of the human world, they are mouthy, they nip and bite, they are excitable and they can be destructive (chewing or eating stuff) if not properly supervised. These traits tend to be made one hundred times worse by busy, noisy environments (e.g. a family with four young children). Golden retrievers are indeed the best dogs, but they aren't born that way. In most cases it takes an enormous amount of human input (training, supervision, structure, exercise, etc., over a period of a couple of years) to turn them into Hallmark family dogs.
In addition to the golden mouthiness, a puppy will pee and defecate in your house for up to four months, until it is fully house-trained. For the first couple of months, it's like a newborn human, in that it has no control whatsoever over the muscles that regulate elimination. It will pee in the house because it simply can't help itself. For the first month or so you'll have to get up in the night to take it outside. You'll need to commit to training and socialization because behaviour that is "cute" in a 10 lb. puppy isn't cute six months later, when that puppy has grown into 60 lbs. of muscle and attitude. If you don't train it properly, it will drag you down the street when you walk it on leash. It will break furniture and lamps in its exuberance. It will run through closed screen doors to get into the back yard. It will knock your children down and potentially hurt them.
Puppies are hard work. You really, really have to want one in order for it to be fun.
Best of luck.