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9 Awesome Golden Retriever Quotes You Can Use Today (With Authors)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Whether you’re thinking about adopting a Golden Retriever or just love the breed, we can learn a lot about Golden Retrievers from popular dog quotes. Often, these quotes are popular because they capture a unique truth about the breed. Understanding these truths can help you understand your canine or figure out if this breed is right for you.

Surprisingly, there are actually many different Golden Retriever quotes out there. As an extremely popular breed, many people have a lot to say about them.


The 9 Awesome Golden Retriever Quotes (and Their Authors)

1. Dean Kootz

“Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick a hand in greeting. In spite of their size, they think they are lap dogs, and in spite of being dogs, they think they are also human, and nearly every human they meet is judged to have the potential to be a boon companion who might, at many moments, cry, “Let’s go!” and lead them on a great adventure.” Dean Kootz

The famous author Dean Kootz sums up Golden Retrievers pretty well in this quote. Despite being large and sometimes a bit intimidating, these dogs have huge hearts and love people. They are far more likely to love someone than bite at them. Even if you tried to train a Golden Retriever to be a guard dog, their predisposition to being extremely people-friendly would make this difficult—if not impossible.

Simply put, if you’re looking for a quote that sums up Golden Retrievers pretty well, then this is the one you need.

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2. David Rosenfelt

“The face of a Golden Retriever feels like home.”David Rosenfelt

Many dog owners will absolutely agree that looking at a Golden Retriever feels a lot like going home. These dogs exhibit unconditional love to just about everyone they meet, making them great friends and companions.

While this quote speaks more to our feelings about Golden Retrievers than the dog itself, it still expresses what many Golden Retriever owners feel. Plus, this quote is succinct and sweet, which can be difficult to find when you’re talking about these loved canines.

3. Michael Ian Black

“There is something about the human condition. I don’t think dogs are like “If only I was a poodle instead of a Golden Retriever, I’d be totally happy.” Dogs are happy with who they are.”Michael Ian Black

Golden Retrievers are known for being completely happy doing whatever it is they are doing. Golden Retrievers don’t wish that they were something else or try to be something they aren’t. They are completely themselves all the time—and that’s exactly why so many people love them.

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4.  Anonymous

“Putting the ‘retrieve’ in Golden Retriever.”Anonymous

Golden Retrievers are known for their lovable, companion attitude. However, they were originally bred to retrieve. Therefore, they are quite active and require a decent amount of stimulation. These dogs are known for being extremely active. Therefore, they do best when paired with an extremely active owner, as well.

While these dogs do make great companions, many people make the mistake of thinking that they are low-maintenance. This isn’t true and often leaves people with dogs that they can’t properly take care of. Therefore, be sure that you can take care of one of these dogs before you decide to adopt one. This quote helps us remember that.

5. Anonymous

“Trying to be the person my Golden Retriever thinks I am.”David Rosenfelt

Our dogs always believe that we are the best people. We couldn’t possibly do anything wrong. While it isn’t usually possible to be the person that your dog thinks you are, it is a good metric to aim for. Sometimes, being our best just means being the person that your dog thinks you are.

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6. Caroline Knapp

“Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, a universe that features not just new colors but new rituals, new rules, a new way of experiencing attachment.”Caroline Knapp

Loving a dog is very different from loving a person, a cat, or anyone else. Dogs are a different being altogether and loving them opens up a brand-new part of your life. Everyone should fall in love with a dog—even once.

As one of the most lovable dogs, Golden Retrievers easily fall into this category.

7. Mark Twain

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”Mark Twain

There are many people that would rather be with their dogs than people, including Mark Twain. You’d be surprised by the number of famous writers that love dogs and Golden Retrievers. Dogs bring out a different side in all of us and touch a part of our soul that stays in the dark, otherwise.

The Golden Retriever dog works with the owner
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8. Betty White

“Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a Golden Retriever, one’s life and one’s outlook are never quite the same.”Betty White

When people fall in love with a Golden Retriever, they are often changed forever. These dogs are much different from a person or a different pet. While all dogs are absolutely devoted, Golden Retrievers seem to have a particularly caring heart that speaks to many people (which is one reason they are so popular).

Therefore, as Betty White says, you are never quite the same after you fall in love with a Golden Retriever.

9.  Anonymous

“Scratch your dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”Anonymous

To round out this list, here’s a quote that all dog owners can identify with. Anytime you start scratching your dog, you better plan on being there for a while. Most dogs love to be petted and will sit there all day if you let them.

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Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs in the United States for a reason. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of quotes about them that speak to their devoted nature. Many writers and other celebrities have spoken about these wonderful dogs, including Mark Twain.

Therefore, if you’re looking for a quote about these dogs, then there are many to choose from. We’ve included some of our favorites above that speak to the truth of these dogs.

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