My GSD experience has been lovely, every land shark minute of it. You know exactly what you’re getting with the breed. My worst puppy? A golden. I had my GSD (Rossi, who past years and years ago), and my ex husband always wanted a golden as a hunting companion. Did my research, found what I though was a wonderful breeder, got her AKC paperwork, breeder agreed to keep her an additional 3 weeks until my ex’s birthday. He loved the gift, until he realized that she was never going to get any larger. Seemed more like a corgi/golden. She was super short. And chewed on EVERYTHING. We divorced when she was 1yr old. I took my GSD, and he kept the Golden, for two weeks. Called and said he worked to much for her, and asked if I could take her. Sucker that I am, I said yes. She had been with me for a week, managed to chew out of her metal crate, and proceeded to eat all the drywall off the laundry room walls, as far up as she could reach. In my brand new house. During the 2 hour time frame I was grocery shopping. After getting her checked at the vet, I decided it was time to rehome her. I never bonded with her, and my ex obviously did very little with her, and I never wanted a golden to begin with. Rehoming her was the best decision I made, because I never could love or bond with her, so I just went through the motions.
She went to a family that kept in touch, and she finally got the life she should have had. Even though they had to do an emergency surgery on her when she was 4 for an obstruction. 7 rocks, countless socks, and a pair of panty hose. I’d take a GSD, an Australian Shepherd, and a Mal all at the same time before I ever considered getting another golden!