This is a very active breed that needs a lot of exercise, but not as much as other retrievers. The good thing about them is that, their usual activity requirements involve daily walks and playing fetch.
Golden Retrievers enjoy almost any kind of outdoor activities where their owners can participate in. Be it running, biking, walking, hiking, swimming, or even playing chase with the kids.
Although they’re naturally even-tempered, their size makes it impractical to have them as apartment dogs. It’s important to give them enough space to roam around, because having them confined is definitely unfair to them.
Also, to keep your Golden Retriever happy, it should get at least 1.5 hours or more of exercise a day. You also have to know that a Golden Retriever won’t exercise by itself! It would be the owner’s job to throw for fetch, play tug, run. You can’t let them run loose in a yard, because this won’t motivate them at all. They’ll just give you the puppy eyes and ask you to let him go back in.
Suitability as a Family Pet
Golden Retrievers are great for families. However, it’s also important to note that because these are big dogs, it’s ideal to have ample space in your home.
There should be enough space for water, food, dog bed, and play area. Also, most of the time, they crave to be with their family/owners. That means you should be ready to find your buddy following you around, trying to be by your side all the time. That also means you’ll probably find them under your feet, or beside you. This could be uncomfortable if you’re living in a small space.