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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Golden Retriever

About Golden Retriever

Country of Origin, History of the Breed

Like many of the sporting breeds, the Golden Retriever was developed in Britain in the 1800s. The dog was bred on the Guisachan Estate in Scotland, which was owned by Lord Tweedmouth. Here, the Golden Retriever initially evolved from crossing a yellow Retriever of flat-coat ancestry with a local and now extinct breed known as the Tweed Water Spaniel – a Retriever with a tightly curled coat.

Lord Tweedmouth’s goal was to breed a hunting dog that would be stronger and more active than other Retriever breeds in existence at the time. As a rugged, medium-sized dog, the breed was valued for its ability to hunt on land and in water. Sportsmen admired the dog's athletic ability and diligence while their families enjoyed the gentle, friendly nature of the pet. By the late 1800s, the Golden Retriever was well known in North America.

A General Description of the Dog

The Golden Retriever is a strong, medium sized dog with a moderately round skull and ears that are triangular, pendant (hanging) and fall approximately to the level of the jaw. In the American line of Golden Retrievers, the eyes are set farther apart and are slanted and triangular in shape, compared to the British line. Males have a broader skull and muzzle and a thicker neck than females. The dog’s medium to dark brown eyes have a deep and gentle expression with a spark of intelligence. The body is slightly longer than tall and is well angulated in the rear. The powerful dog gaits with fluid movement; its thick, muscular tail is carried level with the back and is almost always wagging.

Goldens with undershot or overshot jaws and dogs more than an inch off the stated height are disqualified in the show ring.


The Golden coat is dense and water-repellent with a thick undercoat. The outer coat is firm and resilient and can be straight or wavy; the legs, underbelly, neck and tail are feathered with longer, lighter hair. As the name suggests, the coat color can range from cream to gold, but must not border on red or mahogany. With the exception of greying or whitening of face or body due to age, any white marking, other than a few white hairs on the chest, are not permitted in the breed standard.


The AKC standard states that males should be 23-24 inches in height at withers; females 21½-22½ inches.


Male: 65-75 pounds;
Female: 55-65 pounds.


  1. I hope to have a dog like this one. I miss my dog I left in my province.. huhhu..

  2. I love golden retriever, but, since we have a small house, what I have now is a mini Pinscher! Tnx for sharing! =)

  3. I am a fun of golden, having two miss Primrose's Dream Cerise and Zitablue du Bosquet Mignon, Greeeting from Belgium


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