I am initially more of a Dobie man myself, but my wife probably couldn't handle 85 pounds of muscle. We both liked the personality of the Golden Retriever, and they are beautiful animals and good family dogs.
Having done work for Dog Rescue Organizations for years, I much prefer going to a rescue than just getting some random puppy. Adult dogs are usually trained and better mannered, have already been neutered, chipped, and vaccinated, and there are many more adult dogs that have trouble finding homes. Everybody wants a puppy, but adult dogs are a harder sell.
But enough about me, here's Max...the retriever of the forest: