We have an elderly Goldie at the moment who seems to be trying to beat the record for being the oldest Goldie on record I have started to think about a new pup when she goes to the great dog kennel in the sky and I have been looking at the working goldies. I have had three GRs over the years, the first was what I feel as a more old fashioned gr. her father was Westly Samual and many other other older famous kennels were in her pedigree. She was a great dog, sound, gentle, a good golden colour and great with my kids. The next was almost white and really lived up to being a dumb blonde and although she lived til 14, she suffered badly from arthritis in the spine and her back legs slowly became unable to support her. The current dog has been a character to say the least and has not been good socially with dogs and strangers, rather out of character for a GR, hard work, but worth the effort. All three have come from show stock although the current dog has working dog on the female line. I like the darker colour of working dogs and the less profuse coat, but my main worry is that a working dog may be too much for us now. We are in our early sixties, still pretty fit and active and experienced owners of GRs as well as other breeds. Are the working line a more active dog? Would we be better to look at the show lines which tend to be quieter? Health is also a big factor in our next dog, hip scores etc will need to be good, and I assume a working line should be a better put together dog as they need to be fit and strong to work in the field. I hope some of you may be able to answer some of these questions. Thank you in advance.