If there is anything to prove that there is at least an ounce of purity and good in this world, it is a Golden Retriever puppy. These golden pups are somehow both majestic and completely derpy; they’re simultaneously big ole goofballs and compassionate listeners. If you have decided that a lil’ Golden Retriever is right for your family (which, let’s face it, there are few reasons as to why they wouldn’t be right for you), here are some things to expect once you bring back that fluffy ball of energy and slobbery kisses home.
1. They are kind of like a natural anti-depressant.
Golden Retriever puppy eyes have some sort of magic about them. One look and an instant calm will wash over you; stress simply melts away. Why, you ask? Golden Retrievers are notoriously loyal and obedient and form very strong bonds with their human “pack.” As a loyal part of your pack, your golden pup will be beaming nothin’ but contagious joy from their soulful and loving eyes. No wonder so many golden pups grow up to be such amazing therapy dogs.
2. They make your Instagram game SO STRONG.
You’re probably a good looking person, but there is no question that a photo of your golden retriever pup in a pair of old glasses will get more likes than all of your selfies combined. They can do silly with their big goofy grins. They can look stoic and wise beyond their years with their striking, deep brown eyes. As a puppy, your golden will go from an adorable fulfill to a puppy tween that has limbs and paws that don’t seem to match the rest of its torso. A Golden Retriever puppy’s front legs may even look shorter than its hind legs from age five months to a year, which will only add to the “Awwww!” sensation every photo will elicit. If you’re planning on getting a golden pup in the near future, consider upgrading your phone storage for the copious amounts of photos you will be taking. #CutenessOverload
3. Literally everything they do is adorable.
Just watching your pup go from an adorable average of 10 pounds right when you get him at eight weeks to a sizable 70 pounds at the year mark is cuter than anything you can imagine. Except for going to the bathroom outside, that’s adorable. So is sitting when he’s told. Or falling asleep in your lap. Maybe“Accidentally” taking all of the toilet paper off the roll is the cutest. Or busting your pup discreetly chewing on your brand new pair of sneakers in his new closet lair is the cutest. THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS. Literally everything will be adorable and glee-inducing things if done by a golden retriever pup.
4. They get along with EVERYONE.
This is a good thing, because a puppy this adorable is definitely going to be a popular one. Golden retriever puppies make friends of kids, adults, and other animals with their trademark smile on their face. They are so friendly, in fact, that they may not be the best bet for a guard dog; goldens will greet any stranger, including a break-in, with a welcoming smile on their face.
5. But they will love you the best.
Again, the loyalty of a golden retriever pup cannot be stressed enough; it is strong. Golden retriever puppies are some of the most popular dogs in the United States, and it is easy to see why. At the end of the day, your athletic, big-pawed, adventurous, silly, and loving golden pup will only have eyes for you.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue. Look on Facebook for a Golden Retriever Rescue in your area.