Goldens were bred to retrieve, so you know they can play a good game of catch.
They also love the water, which makes them a great companion on summer days at the pool.
Their intelligence allows them to fill a variety of roles, including service dogs for the blind.
They also comfort people and help aid relief efforts.
Like the residents of Newtown after the tragic shooting last December.
Goldens are basically the ultimate family dog.
I mean, look at that family portrait...
They're the best kind of holiday gift you can get.
Let's not forget how ADORABLE they are as puppies.
And then they grow up looking like this. What a perfect specimen.
They have very friendly personalities.
And they don't mind posing for pics.
Did we mention how athletic they are?
Shadow from Homeward Bound is basically the spokesdog for all Golden Retrievers.
That moment he fell near the train tracks, and you didn't know what was going to happen...
And when Shadow came through the woods, the tears POURED.
Bottom line, Golden Retrievers are perfect.