THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER BREED STANDARD
GENERAL APPEARANCE - Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
CHARACTERISTICS- Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability.
TEMPERAMENT- Kindly, friendly and confident.
HEAD AND SKULL - Balanced and well-chiseled, 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.
EYES- Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
EARS- Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
MOUTH- Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NECK- Good length, clean and muscular.
FOREQUARTERS- 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.
BODY- Balanced, short coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung. Level topline.
HINDQUARTERS- 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. Cowhocks highly undesirable.
FEET - Round and cat-like.
TAIL- Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.
GAIT/MOVEMENT - Powerful with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.
COAT- Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
COLOUR- Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
Height: Dogs 56-61 cms (22-24 ins) at withers
Bitches 51-56 cms (20-22 ins) at withers
FAULTS- 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.
NOTE- Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.