Golden retrievers are the classic American family dogs, and there are good reasons why. They are known for their warm and loving natures, and for their patience with children. They are also eager to please their owners, which makes them a snap to train, an attribute that should be attractive for first-time dog owners. On caveat: Their famously beautiful coats do require vigilant grooming, but they are not actually difficult to groom. Frequent combing and brushing should do the trick.
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