Goldens are good dogs but they have so many genetic issues I wouldn't want one. My cousin had one that was allergic to grass and she spent her entire life inflamed and biting at herself and generally being sick. She ended up having to be put down after multiple organ failures and several types of cancer in addition to her allergies, and wasn't all that old at 11. I currently have a beagle. Great dog, and her only health issues are fatty growths (not cancer or anything, just fatty deposits) and a reverse sneeze that was worse when she was younger but is now very rare. Overall, she's rather healthy and spry for around 12 years old and thankfully we never had to deal with her pigging out after fixing her so she's not a lard ball like so many beagles. As for my next dog? I'm fairly convinced I want my next to be a Shiba Inu. From what I've read up on them I like their traits. And the Shiba scream is a funny thing to see when you realize that's their normal behavior. The Akita is another good breed but I honestly don't want a dog that big.