DOG lovers would be barking mad to miss this event in Glendenning on Sunday.
The Golden Retriever Club of NSW will host a family fun day at Blacktown Canine Centre to raise awareness about the breed.
It's for golden retriever owners to bring their dogs and learn how to groom and train them.
There will be obedience training, retrieval ability tests, grooming and trimming demonstrations and dog treats and games to play.
It's also a chance for potential pet owners to find out more about the breed.
"There will be lots of dogs for people to pat and cuddle," club secretary Jacquie Dixon said.
"Golden retrievers are a great family dog if they're bred properly.
"They have a fabulous temperament. Kids can roll over them and pull their tails and a golden retriever will tolerate it.
"They're also good companion dogs."
She said golden retrievers weren't the best choice for anyone who didn't like dog hair as they do shed their coat and need weekly grooming.
"Golden retrievers are not guard dogs," Mrs Dixon said.
"They would rather lick you than bite you.
"They're a family companion dog so they love to be involved. It's not a dog that you can leave in your backyard.
"They can be very destructive when they are bored."
"Any dog can turn aggressive if it's not bred properly."
Mrs Dixon has been involved with golden retrievers for 21 years and breeding them for 18.
"My first golden was a fabulous boy who spoilt me for any other breed," she said.
"My husband bought me my first breeding girl for my 40th birthday."
The club, which is in its 50th year, was the first of its kind in Australia.
■ Meet golden retrievers at Blacktown Canine Centre this Sunday, 10am-2pm, in Owen Street, Glendenning. Details: grcnsw.org.au.