Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Golden Retriever

Retriever (Golden)


ORIGIN

:
FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

:
FCI
28.07.2009.
KC
March 1994

UTILISATION

:
FCI
Gundog.

CLASSIFICATION

:
FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 1Retrievers
With working trial

KC
Gundog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

:
FCI
Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
KC
Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

:
KC
Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability; kindly, friendly and confident.
KC
Kindly, friendly and confident.

HEAD

:
FCI
Balanced and well chiselled.
KC
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.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

:
FCI
Broad without coarseness; well set on neck.

Stop

:
FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

:
FCI
Preferably black.

Muzzle

:
FCI
Powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately equals length from stop to occiput.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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

Eyes

:
FCI
Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
KC
Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.

Ears

:
FCI
Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
KC
Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.

NECK

:
FCI
Good length, clean and muscular.
KC
Good length, clean and muscular.

BODY

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

Back

:
FCI
Level topline.

Loin

:
FCI
Strong, muscular, short-coupled.

Chest

:
FCI
Deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung.

TAIL

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

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight with good bone.
KC
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.

Shoulder

:
FCI
Well laid back, long in blade.

Upper Arm

:
FCI
Of equal length as the shoulder blade, placing legs well under body.

Elbow

:
FCI
Close fitting.

FEET

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KC
Round and cat-like.

Forefeet

:
FCI
Round and cat-like.

Hind feet

:
FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Hindlegs strong and muscular.
KC
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.

Stifle

:
FCI
Well bent.

Lower thigh

:
FCI
Good.

Hock

:
FCI
Well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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

COAT

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HAIR

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

COLOUR

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

SIZE

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

Height at withers

:
FCI

Dogs 56 - 61 cm (22-24 ins);
Bitches 51 - 56 cm (20-22 ins).

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.