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The average Golden Retriever will be between 21 - 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh in between 55 - 75 lbs. Weight and height are all determined by the gender of the dog and the linage of the dog. Some lines of Retrievers are on the smaller scale, while others are on the larger scale.
The Golden Retriever would be an excellent companion and working dog for you.
Both the Golden Retriever and the Labrador are great family pets. They are naturally gentle with children and enjoy being around their families. Both breeds have a loyalty streak that you can count on. Both will most likely react the same, so neither one is better than the other when it comes to protection and alerting to a bear. But understand that every dog is different, and if you have a shy or reserved dog, they might not feel confident enough to raise an alarm or protect the way you want him/her too.
As the owner and breeder of Golden’s when a bear entered our yard our male, two young females and one older female went on the attack. The females barked and gave chase along with the male. When the bear took a fighting stance on its hind legs and held their ground the male golden, Rusty, stood on his hind legs nose to nose with the bear. The bear backed Down, thank god, knowing it was out numbered when two more of our Golden’s showed up as back up. 6 to one was more than the bear bargained for. Yes, we caught it all on our security cameras.
That would all depend as to what you are thinking is a farm dog. The Golden Retriever is a great breed to live on a farm, as long as the dog is still a part of the family and gets social interactions, exercise and attention. They do not have herding instincts, they would not do as a working farm dog. But an all around great companion on the farm, yes this breed would do very well.