About English Golden Retrievers

The Kennel Club of England's Breed Standard 

 

As we are fanciers of the English golden retriever, we strive to follow the Kennel Club of England’s breed standard when we make breeding decisions. It is as follows:

 

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 chiseled, 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, i.e. 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 arm of equal length placing legs well under body. Elbows close fitting.


Body: Balanced, short-coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung. Level topline.


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. Cow-hocks 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 with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.


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


Colour: Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.


Size: Height at withers: dogs: 56-61 cms (22-24 ins); bitches: 51-56 cms (20-22 ins).

 

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