Are golden retrievers good hunting dogs?

Some are, especially those that are properly trained and bred to be used as hunting dogs. Genetics plays a great deal in how well and how driven a dog is to be used for hunting. Golden retrievers bred to be used for hunting mainly water fowl. There are several lines though that have this hunting strain bred out so that they are only good as pets or service dogs for the blind and handicapped. However, there are still a number of bloodlines that exist that breed such dogs for use in hunting. They are not bred to fight or attack animals like Rottweilers or Rhodesian Ridgebacks or even Irish Wolfhounds are, but rather to go into the water, fetch the birds that have been shot by the hunter and bring them back to the hunter.