Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Golden Retriever

Retriever (Golden)

Golden Retriever


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
28.07.2009.
KC
March 1994

UTILISATION

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FCI
Gundog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 1Retrievers
With working trial

KC
Gundog
UKC
Gun Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The Golden Retriever was developed in late 19th century Scotland and England primarily by crossing Flat- and Wavy-coated Retrievers, Tweed Water Spaniels, and a red Setter. The Golden was bred by British aristocrats to be a dual-purpose dog, able to retrieve waterfowl and upland game birds and also to be a companion. Lord Tweedmouth produced some of the early foundation stock by mating a yellow Wavy-coated Retriever named Nous to his Tweed Water Spaniel, Belle. The Golden Retriever’s friendly disposition, attractive appearance, and high level of trainability have made this breed one of the most popular in the United States. Today, Goldens are found at field trials and dog shows, in family homes and nursing homes, leading the blind and serving as ears or hands for handicapped persons. The Golden Retriever was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1956.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
KC
Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
UKC
The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized, well-balanced dog with a distinctive golden-colored coat; small, drop ears; and a natural tail carried level with the back or with a slight upward curve. The correct relationship of length of body to height is 12:11. The Golden Retriever is a dog without exaggeration. The Golden Retriever should be evaluated as a working gun dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog’s ability to work.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability; kindly, friendly and confident.
KC
Kindly, friendly and confident.
UKC
The breed’s most readily identifiable characteristic is its rich, lustrous golden color. Another essential charac-teristic is proper temperament. A Golden Retriever is friendly, calm, compliant and compatible with people and other dogs. Goldens are particularly good with children. The Golden Retriever’s friendly temperament is reflected in his kindly expression. The Golden Retriever is a powerfully built dog, with a good nose for tracking, a soft mouth, and an eagerness to learn.

HEAD

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FCI
Balanced and well chiselled.
KC
Balanced and well chiselled, skull broad without coarseness; well set on neck, muzzle powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately equals length from well defined stop to occiput. Nose preferably black.
UKC
The head is proportionate to the size of the dog and is without exaggeration of any sort. When viewed from the side, the skull and muzzle are roughly parallel to one another and joined by a well-defined, but not abrupt, stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Broad without coarseness; well set on neck.
UKC
The skull is broad and slightly arched laterally and longitudinally. The skull is clean without prominence of orbital arches or occipital bones. Cheeks should be clean.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Preferably black.
UKC
The nose leather is black. A slight fading of nose pigment (“winter nose”) is not serious. Nostrils must be large and open.

Muzzle

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FCI
Powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately equals length from stop to occiput.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
In profile, the muzzle is deep and, measured from nose to stop, is slightly shorter than the skull, measured from stop to occiput. The bridge of the muzzle is straight. Viewed from the top or the side, the muzzle is slightly deeper and wider at the stop than at the tip. Lips are close-fitting, with dark pigment. Removal of whiskers is permitted but not preferred.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The Golden Retriever has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
KC
Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
UKC
The eyes are set in to the skull, but not too deep, and wide apart. They are medium sized and somewhat triangular in appearance, but never so much as to give a hard expression. Eye color is brown. Darker brown is preferred, but a medium brown that does not detract from the desired kindly expression is acceptable. Eyelids are close-fitting, and eye rims are dark.

Ears

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FCI
Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
KC
Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
UKC
The ears are drop and rather short, with the front edges attached well behind and just above the eyes. When pulled forward, the tip of the ear should just cover the eye. The ear leather is pliable. The lower part of the ear should be well furred with short, soft hair. The hair is slightly longer where the ear attaches to the skull. At rest, the ears may be drawn back half folded into the neck ruff. When alert, the ears are drawn up and forward with the inner edges of the ears close to the cheeks. A Golden Retriever with a correct temperament will not normally keep its ears at the “alert” position for long periods of time, in or out of the show ring.

NECK

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FCI
Good length, clean and muscular.
KC
Good length, clean and muscular.
UKC
The neck is of medium length, blending smoothly into well laid back shoulders, giving a sturdy, muscular appearance. The neck is free of throatiness.

BODY

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FCI
Balanced.
KC
Balanced, short-coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung. Level topline.
UKC
A properly proportioned Golden Retriever is slightly longer (measured from prosternum to point of buttocks) than tall (measured from the withers to the ground), and length of the front leg (measured from point of elbow to the ground) should approximately equal one-half of the dog’s height. Whether the dog is standing or moving, the line of the back is strong and level from the withers to the slightly sloping croup. The loin is moderately short, muscular and deep, with very little tuck-up. The ribs extend well back and are well sprung out from the spine, forming a broad, strong back, then curving down and inward to form a deep body. The brisket extends to the elbow. Viewed from the front, the chest between the forelegs is well filled and is at least as wide as a man’s closed hand.

Back

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FCI
Level topline.

Loin

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FCI
Strong, muscular, short-coupled.

Chest

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FCI
Deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.
KC
Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.
UKC
The tail is a natural extension of the topline. It is thick and muscular at the base and tapers to the tip. A tail of the correct length extends to the hock but never below. When the dog is relaxed, the tail hangs down naturally. When the dog is moving or alert, the tail is carried level with the back or only slightly above level, with a merry action. The tail should never curl over the back or be carried between the legs.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight with good bone.
KC
Forelegs straight with good bone, shoulders well laid back, long in blade with upper arm of equal length placing legs well under body. Elbows close fitting.
UKC
Shoulders are smoothly muscled. The shoulder blades are long and well laid back with the upper tips fairly close together at the withers. The upper arm appears to be equal in length to the shoulder blade and joins it at an apparent right angle. The elbows are close to the body. The forelegs are straight, strong and sturdy in bone, with strong, short, slightly sloping pasterns.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back, long in blade.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Of equal length as the shoulder blade, placing legs well under body.

Elbow

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FCI
Close fitting.

FEET

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KC
Round and cat-like.
UKC
Good feet are essential for a working retriever. The feet are of medium size, round and compact, with well-arched toes and thick, elastic pads. In the field, toenails help to grip the terrain so they should not be cut back so far as to be useless. Dewclaws may be removed. Excess hair around the feet and between the pads may be trimmed.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round and cat-like.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Hindlegs strong and muscular.
KC
Loin and legs strong and muscular, good second thighs, well bent stifles. Hocks well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable.
UKC
The hindquarters are broad and muscular. In profile, the croup slopes slightly. The angulation of the hindquarters is in balance with the angulation of the forequarters. The stifles are well-bent, and the hocks are well let down. When the dog is standing, the short, strong rear pasterns are perpendicular to the ground and, viewed from the rear, parallel to one another.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Good.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Powerful with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.
KC
Powerful with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.
UKC
When trotting, the gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and well coordinated, showing good but not exaggerated reach in front and drive behind. When moving, the dog’s head moves forward so that the head, back line, and tail are nearly even. The back line remains level with only a slight flexing to indicate suppleness. Viewed from any position, legs turn neither in nor out, nor do feet cross or interfere with each other. As speed increases, feet tend to converge toward center line of balance. It is recommended that dogs be shown on a loose lead and moved at a moderate speed to reflect true gait. Poor movement should be penalized to the degree to which it reduces the Golden Retriever’s ability to perform the tasks it was bred to do.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
KC
Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
UKC
The Golden Retriever has a dense, water-repellent double coat. The outer coat lies close to the body and may be straight or wavy. The coat texture is firm and resilient, neither coarse nor silky. Undercoat is soft and dense. The untrimmed coat forms a natural ruff around the neck, blending into the front of the neck and chest; moderate feathering on the back of the forelegs and the underbody; and heavier feathering on the front of the chest, the back of the thighs, and the underside of the tail. Coat on the head, lower part of the ears, paws, and the front of the legs is short and even. Feet may be trimmed and stray hairs neatened, but neither the natural appearance of the coat nor the outline of the dog should be altered by trimming.

COLOUR

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FCI
Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
KC
Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
UKC
Color may be any shade of golden, but it must be rich and lustrous. Body color that approaches cream or red is undesirable. Some latitude may be given when judging a lighter-colored puppy whose coat shows promise of darkening with age. Feathering may be lighter than the rest of the coat, and lighter shadings extending upward from the underbody are typical and acceptable. These lighter shadings must not be confused with white markings. With the exception of graying or whitening of face or body due to age, any white marking, other than a few white hairs on the chest, should be penalized in proportion to its extent.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers: dogs: 56-61 cms (22-24 ins); bitches: 51-56 cms (20-22 ins).
UKC
Standard height for males is 23-24 inches, and for females, 21½-22½ inches. A correctly built Golden Retriever male in working condition should weigh between 65-75 pounds, and a female should weigh between 55-65 pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 56 - 61 cm (22-24 ins);
Bitches 51 - 56 cm (20-22 ins).

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Teeth: Misaligned teeth; level bite.
Eyes: Light eyes; eyes too dark, creating a blank expression; eyes set obliquely; white of eye or haw visible when dog is looking straight ahead.
Ears: Low-set, hound-like ears.
Neck: Long, upright neck; short, stuffy neck.
Forequarters: Weak pasterns; upright shoulders; out at elbows.
Body: Sloping topline; slab-sidedness; chest too narrow, too shallow or too wide; excessive tuck-up.
Hindquarters: Cow hocks; spread hocks; sickle hocks; over-angulation.
Feet: Splay or hare feet.
Coat: Trimming other than described above.
Size: Dogs up to one inch above or below standard height should be penalized proportionately.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC

Teeth: Missing teeth leaving obvious gaps.
Nose: Pink nose without pigment.
Eyes: Functional abnormality of eyelids or eyelashes.
Neck: Ewe neck.
Coat: Excessively long coat; open coat; soft coat.
Color: Any noticeable area of black or other off-color hair.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Overshot or undershot bite. Albinism.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.