— Golden Retrievers —
"Few things give me a sense of comforting security like the faithfulness of my dog."
Even tempered, friendly, confident and trustful, easily trainable but also a lover of simple family life. He is a prince, in all his nuances, elegant but at the same time powerful. He loves his owner and looks for him, but he also knows how to enjoy the moments of solitude he uses to recharge himself by sleeping soundly. The pack is essential for him.
The Standard is the guideline that describes ideal characteristics, temperament, color and ensures functions suitable for the breed.
Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
Kindly, friendly and confident.
Head and Skull
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.
Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Good length, clean and muscular.
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.
Balanced, short coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung. Level topline.
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.
Round and cat like.
Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.
Powerful with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.
Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
UK e FCI Standard= Height Males: 56 - 61 cm; Bitches: 51 - 56 cm.
The health checks highly recommended for this breed by the English KennelClub are:
- BONE PATHOLOGIES: - Hip Dysplasia HD - Ellbow Dysplasia ED
- EYE PATHOLOGIES: Annual eye examination and Gonioscopy every 3 years.
- DNA TESTS: Eye Pathology PRA PRA1 PRA2 and Dermatological Patology ICT-A (Ichtyosis)