Golden retriever breed standard
Retriever pet care guide
If you are thinking of buying a golden retriever not just for a pet but also for showing then you will have to find a breeder that breeds puppies specifically for show. To enter a dog in a show it must meet certain standards set out by the Kennel club, every breed has what the kennel club calls a standard and only dogs matching as close to this standard will win top prizes. The breed standard for the golden retriever is set out below:
General appearance – the dog should be a sound, active, well balanced dog with a kind expression.
Characteristics – intelligent, biddable and should posses a natural ability to work.
Temperament – a confident dog that is kind and friendly.
Head and skull – the head should be broad well balanced and well chiselled and should be set well on the neck; the muzzle should be wide, powerful and deep with the nose being black.
Eyes – the eyes should be dark brown set wide apart with dark rims.
Mouth – the jaws should be string with a perfect and regular scissor bite; the upper teeth should closely overlap the lower teeth and be set square to the jaw.
Neck – the neck should be clean and muscular with good length.
Forequarters – the forequarters should be straight with excellent bone, the shoulders should be well laid back and be long in the blade with upper arm being of equal length. Elbows should fit close to the body.
Body – the body should be balanced well being short coupled and deep through the heart, the ribs should be well sprung and deep with level top line.
Hindquarters – loin and legs should be strong and muscular with good thighs and strong stifles, the hocks should be straight when viewed from the rear with cow hocks being very undesirable.
Feet – the feet should be cat like and round.
Tail – the tail should be level with the back and reaching to the hocks in length with no curl at the tip.
Gait – the stride should be long and free, straight and true in the front and rear.
Coat – the coat can be wavy or flat but must have good feathering with a dense water repellent undercoat.
Colour – the coat can be any shade of cream or gold but shouldn’t be red or mahogany in colour.
Size – the adult dog should be 22 to 24″ to the withers with the bitch being 20 to 22″ at the withers.
Faults – any departure from the points listed above will go against the dog and points deducted accordingly to the degree of departure.