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Breed standard

In Australia, the Golden Retriever is bred and judged according to the Breed Standard of the English Kennel Club.
 

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover, sound with kindly expression.

CHARACTERISTICS

Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability.

TEMPERAMENT

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.

EYES

Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.

EARS

Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.

MOUTH

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, ie upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK

Good length, clean and muscular

FOREQUARTERS

Forelegs straight with good bone, shoulders well laid back, long in blade with upper arms of equal length placing legs well under body. Elbows close fitting.

BODY

Balanced, short coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung.

HINDQUARTERS

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. Cowhocks highly undesirable.

FEET

Round and cat-like

TAIL

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

GAIT/MOVEMENT

Powerful and good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and fee with no sign of hackney action in front.

COAT

Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense, water-resisting undercoat.

COLOUR

Any shade of cream or gold but neither cream nor mahogany.

SIZE

Height at withers: Dogs: 56-61 cms (22-24 inches)

Bitches 51-56 cms (20-22 inches)

FAULTS: Any departure from the forgoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree

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