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13 of the world's most gentle dog breeds

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Dec. 21, 2016, 10:37 a.m.
golden retriever

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Golden retriever

Look around parks and family gatherings and you'll no doubt find at least one golden retriever romping with a slew of kids or chasing tennis ball after tennis ball. There's a reason why these gentle dogs are so popular.

Golden retrievers are intelligent, friendly and devoted, according to the American Kennel Club. Goldens are good at whatever they do, from guide dog work to search and rescue, but they are also perfectly happy hanging out with the family.

They want nothing more than to please the people they love, says the AKC. They enjoy being silly, but need training and exercise to combat boredom.