Hi there, First post here and hoping someone may be able to help. My wife and I are keen dog lovers, our first 'child' was a GSD that we had from a pup until we sadly lost her a 13. We have had a dog shaped hole in our life since having children. My eldest son unfortunately lost his sight last year and has been having a therapy dog come into class this term and the teacher was telling me how much he loves meeting the dog on each visit. Hearing this, we have decided that the time is now right to introduce a dog into our family. After much research, it has become clear that a Golden Retriever is the breed that best suits our situation, we would like the dog to be a companion dog for our eldest (not a service dog, but a loving friend), whilst also being an exercise partner for myself and my wife. After substantial research, we've decided we are definitely leaning towards a working line, for the smaller stature, health benefits and as we feel it would fit into our lives better, however we are concerned about getting a dog that may be too 'hot' or working focussed, as although we can promise lots of exercise, we would hate to have a dog that is bored because we didn't choose wisely. We've now become aware that there are some breeders who are breeding dual purpose golden retrievers, which are lighter boned and smaller than the show types, with the drive and energy, but also an off switch and ability to chill out within the home, a best of both worlds if you were. I've had a look around, but it seems that whilst its fairly easy to find show lines, or working lines online (Champ dogs etc), finding dual purpose litters is a little tougher. Has anyone got any recommendations on breeders that fit this remit, or knowledge of any current or planned litters? We are based in South Devon, but are more than happy to travel for the right dog. Many thanks in advance for your help.