He's cute, he's cuddly... but is a golden retriever puppy the best choice for your family? Everybody loves a golden retriever puppy! They star in movies and commercials because they capture our hearts and make us go "awwwww!" the second we see them. Golden retrievers are loving, kind, compassionate, and amazing family dogs. If you're thinking of buying a golden retriever puppy, here are some factors you should consider: 1. They like (need) to play. A LOT! 2. They shed. A LOT!