Golden Retriever American Kennel
A symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not
clumsy nor long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and
possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident.
Primarily a hunting dog, he should be shown in hard working condition.
Overall appearance, balance, gait and purpose to be given more emphasis
than any of his component parts. Faults--Any departure
from the described ideal shall be considered faulty to the degree to
which it interferes with the breed's purpose or is contrary to breed
Males 23-24 inches in
height at withers; females 21½-22½ inches. Dogs up to one inch above or
below standard size should be proportionately penalized. Deviation in
height of more than one inch from the standard shall disqualify.
Length from breastbone to point of buttocks slightly greater than height
at withers in ratio of 12:11. Weight for dogs 65-75 pounds; bitches
Broad in skull, slightly arched laterally and longitudinally without
prominence of frontal bones (forehead) or occipital bones. Stop
well defined but not abrupt. Foreface deep
and wide, nearly as long as skull. Muzzle straight
in profile, blending smooth and strongly into skull; when viewed in
profile or from above, slightly deeper and wider at stop than at tip. No
heaviness in flews. Removal of whiskers is permitted but not preferred.
Eyes friendly and intelligent in expression, medium
large with dark, close-fitting rims, set well apart and reasonably deep
in sockets. Color preferably dark brown; medium brown acceptable. Slant
eyes and narrow, triangular eyes detract from correct expression and are
to be faulted. No white or haw visible when looking straight ahead. Dogs
showing evidence of functional abnormality of eyelids or eyelashes (such
as, but not limited to, trichiasis, entropion, ectropion, or
distichiasis) are to be excused from the ring. Ears
rather short with front edge attached well behind and just above the eye
and falling close to cheek. When pulled forward, tip of ear should just
cover the eye. Low, hound-like ear set to be faulted. Nose
black or brownish black, though fading to a lighter shade in cold
weather not serious. Pink nose or one seriously lacking in pigmentation
to be faulted. Teeth scissors bite, in which the
outer side of the lower incisors touches the inner side of the upper
incisors. Undershot or overshot bite is a disqualification.
Misalignment of teeth (irregular placement of incisors) or a level bite
(incisors meet each other edge to edge) is undesirable, but not to be
confused with undershot or overshot. Full dentition. Obvious gaps are
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck medium long, merging gradually into well laid back shoulders,
giving sturdy, muscular appearance. No throatiness. Backline
strong and level from withers to slightly sloping croup, whether
standing or moving. Sloping backline, roach or sway back, flat or steep
croup to be faulted. Body well balanced, short
coupled, deep through the chest. Chest between
forelegs at least as wide as a man's closed hand including thumb, with
well developed forechest. Brisket extends to elbow. Ribs long
and well sprung but not barrel shaped, extending well towards
hindquarters. Loin s hort, muscular, wide and deep, with
very little tuck-up. Slab-sidedness, narrow chest, lack of depth in
brisket, excessive tuck-up to be faulted. Tail well
set on, thick and muscular at the base, following the natural line of
the croup. Tail bones extend to, but not below, the point of hock.
Carried with merry action, level or with some moderate upward curve;
never curled over back nor between legs.
Muscular, well coordinated with hindquarters and capable of free
movement. Shoulder blades long and well laid back
with upper tips fairly close together at withers. Upper arms
appear about the same length as the blades, setting the elbows
back beneath the upper tip of the blades, close to the ribs without
looseness. Legs, viewed from the front, straight with good
bone, but not to the point of coarseness. Pasterns
short and strong, sloping slightly with no suggestion of weakness.
Dewclaws on forelegs may be removed, but are normally left on.
Feet medium size, round, compact, and well knuckled, with
thick pads. Excess hair may be trimmed to show natural size and contour.
Splayed or hare feet to be faulted.
Broad and strongly muscled. Profile of croup slopes slightly; the pelvic
bone slopes at a slightly greater angle (approximately 30 degrees from
horizontal). In a natural stance, the femur joins the pelvis at
approximately a 90-degree angle; stifles well bent;
hocks well let down with short, strong rear
pasterns. Feet as in front. Legs
straight when viewed from rear. Cow-hocks, spread hocks, and sickle
hocks to be faulted.
Dense and water-repellent with good undercoat. Outer coat firm and
resilient, neither coarse nor silky, lying close to body; may be
straight or wavy. Untrimmed natural ruff; moderate feathering on back of
forelegs and on underbody; heavier feathering on front of neck, back of
thighs and underside of tail. Coat on head, paws, and front of legs is
short and even. Excessive length, open coats, and limp, soft coats are
very undesirable. Feet may be trimmed and stray hairs neatened, but the
natural appearance of coat or outline should not be altered by cutting
Rich, lustrous golden of various shades. Feathering may be lighter than
rest of coat. 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 according to its extent. Allowable light
shadings are not to be confused with white markings. Predominant body
color which is either extremely pale or extremely dark is undesirable.
Some latitude should be given to the light puppy whose coloring shows
promise of deepening with maturity. Any noticeable area of black or
other off-color hair is a serious fault.
When trotting, gait is free, smooth, powerful and well coordinated,
showing good reach. 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 to reflect true gait.
Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy. Quarrelsomeness or hostility
towards other dogs or people in normal situations, or an unwarranted
show of timidity or nervousness, is not in keeping with Golden Retriever
character. Such actions should be penalized according to their
Deviation in height of more than one inch from standard either
Undershot or overshot bite.
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