Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 22-24 in (56-61 cm) Bitch: 20-22 in (51 -56cm)
Weight: Dog: 65-75 lb (29.5-33.5kg) Bitch: 55-65 lb (25-29.5kg)
Coat: Flat or wavy with good feathering and a dense, water-resistant undercoat
Color: Any shade of gold or cream, but neither red nor mahogany; a few white hairs on the chest are permissible
|Some dog breeds owe their existence to the dedicated
work of one individual, and such is the case with
the Golden Retriever. Lord Tweedmouth, from the
Scottish Highlands, was responsible for developing
the breed from retriever/spaniel stock in the l850s.
He wanted a dog that could work in heavy cover,
swim strongly, and retrieve from cold water. These
abilities, together with the dog's happy nature, helped
to ensure its enormous worldwide popularity.
The Golden Retriever perfectly combines the roles
of sportsman's companion and family pet, being an
excellent gundog, of sound temperament, and gentle
with children. It is also a popular show dog that
works well in obedience competitions. Requiring
regular brushing and ample exercise, the Golden
Retriever is best suited to a country environment.
It will, however, adapt to suburban conditions
provided that good walks and a garden are available.