Relaxed but responsive, calm but alert, sensible and serene, the Golden Retriever is, in many ways, the ideal family companion. This affection-demanding, multipurpose, easy to train, and attractive breed is even more popular in North America and Scandinavia than in its native Great Britain. Bred to retrieve waterfowl, it has a gentle mouth and would rarely snap or bite - it is specially patient with children. Friendly with everyone, including other dogs, the Golden Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts. While unlikely to attack, Goldens make good watchdogs, loudly signaling a stranger's approach.