4. Golden retriever
A very affectionate and popular breed, the golden retriever is highly regarded for its intelligence. They can learn well over 200 commands, making them indispensable companions both in the home and in the workplace.
Loyal, loving and patient, with a willingness to please and a love of learning, this is a fabulous companion pet to bring into your family.
These are sturdy dogs that top the scales at 80 pounds, so they need a bit of room but can easily be apartment dogs if they’re sufficiently exercised. But they would probably prefer a medium-size backyard.
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