Golden Retriever Boyfriends Are All The Rage On TikTok Right Now

If there’s one thing you can count on TikTok users for, it’s their ability to bring attention to some of the most common dating tropes we’ve likely all experienced but don’t talk about nearly enough. (We all remember the “Ben phase,” right?) And while most of the dating trends that get highlighted aren’t necessarily positive, the golden retriever boyfriend is the exception. With more than 70 million views on the platform, the hashtag #GoldenRetrieverBoyfriend is having a serious moment. But what is it all about?

What is the golden retriever boyfriend trend all about?


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♬ original sound – Mae Stephens ♡︎

If you’ve ever had a golden retriever as a pet, you know how loyal, playful, and loving they are. The TikTok #GoldenRetrieverBoyfriend craze puts this in human form. According to people on the app, this dog breed makes the ideal partner and is therefore the most desirable.

What is it exactly about golden retrievers that stands out? It’s a combination of qualities rather than just one. They’re usually agreeable, outgoing, energetic, and really goofy. That means you’ll never have a dull moment when you date one of these guys.

The sad part is that golden retriever boyfriends tend to be hard to come by. They’re the embodiment of the dream guy, and if you do find one in the wild, he’s probably already taken or certainly won’t be single for long.

Why are women so into guys like this?


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♬ La Vie En Rose – Emily Watts

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to answer this question. The golden retriever boyfriend is so desirable because he makes life easier. He’s not high maintenance or needy, he doesn’t try to control you, and he’s content to sorta go with the flow in life. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have his own personality and can’t stand up for himself. However, he’s not someone who’s into drama or feels the need to throw his weight around. He just enjoys the simple things in life with you by his side.

Not only that, but you can pretty much bet that a golden retriever boyfriend will go out of his way to make you feel loved and adored. We’re talking breakfast in bed, gifts “just because,” and plenty of talks about feelings. As long as you return the gesture, they’ll be forever loyal and happy to stay by your side forever.

Is the golden retriever boyfriend really just about men?


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♬ Dandelions (slowed + reverb) – Ruth B. & sped up + slowed

If you think about it, all the qualities that we praise in these men are traits that women can have too. Maybe men are seeking golden retriever girlfriends who are fun, loyal, and affectionate. When they find one, they should show her off on TikTok too! After all, women are just as deserving of praise and compliments as men are when we go out of our way to be awesome partners, don’t you think?

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill