>>2041852 excuse you? because running and rough play is bad for dogs, you able-bodied swine. these dogs aren't being raped by their owners by having to run and compete for their balls. each of them gets xir ball individually and without having to break a sweat for it. and then they get as much treats as they want to because they know better than you how much they want to eat. #FATACCEPTANCE
A. There's no reason for the lab to bulk up. It's not like it needs to be physically intimidating, or overpower things like other bulky breeds such as your Molossers. If anything, extra bulk hinders its ability to do the one thing the breed is for: moving quickly through reeds, water, etc. to retrieve an already dead or dying bird.
B. The breed standard is changing to favor a dog that's neither more muscular nor better at it's job, but just one that's bigger for the sake of bigger. Take a look at the 2014 Westminster champion who would fit in quite well with the fat lot in OP's post.
There's a reason we really aren't seeing dual champions anymore, and why we have to make such a distinction between 'field' and 'show' labs. This is a breed with one of the highest rates of obesity in the dog world, and rather than working on keeping their dogs functional and healthy the breed standard is instead choosing to steer into the skid.
To get back to OP's question, your best bet is to train the dog to bark intimidatingly at strangers. It shouldn't be terribly difficult to find a trainer who can handle that, and you don't have the risk, responsibility, or expense of building a dog up to be a physical threat to anyone.
Yes, that's getting to be a pretty standard look for a show Golden.
And breeding to just be 'comfy, cuddly family dogs rather than hunting dogs' is kind of core to the issues the Golden is having right now. They're rapidly losing their functionality (they're becoming a rarer and rarer sight at field trials), and with a leaning towards stockier and lazier dogs they're falling into issues like an even higher obesity rate than Labradors have (62% vs 58%).
Get a gun and sit on the porch with it. Alternatively, if you see the little shits around then get said gun, open your door, and say "GET OFF MY PROPERTY OR YOU'RE DEAD." Legally nothing can be done to you (especially if your state or area has anything like castle doctrine) and since it's your property, you're in the right completely.
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