Golden Retriever


ORIGIN : Great Britain.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability; kindly, friendly and confident.

HEAD : Balanced and well chiselled.

CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Broad without coarseness; well set on neck. Stop : Well defined.

FACIAL REGION : Nose : Preferably black. Muzzle : Powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately equals length from stop to occiput. Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Eyes : Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims. Ears : Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.

NECK : Good length, clean and muscular.

BODY : Balanced. Back : Level topline. Loins : Strong, muscular, short-coupled. Chest : Deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung.

TAIL : Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS : General appearance : Forelegs straight with good bone. Shoulder : Well laid back, long in blade. Upper arm : Of equal length as the shoulder blade, placing legs well under body. Elbow : Close fitting. Forefeet : Round and cat-like.

HINDQUARTERS : General appearance : Hindlegs strong and muscular. Stifle : Well bent. Lower thigh : Good. Hock : Well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable. Hind feet : Round and cat-like.

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

Hair : 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.

SIZE AND WEIGHT : Height at withers : Dogs 56 -61 cm (22-24 ins); Bitches 51 -56 cm (20-22 ins).

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