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Loving A Golden Retriever

Jul 22, 2008
The Golden Retriever is a beautiful dog. It makes a wonderful family dog, as it is eager to please people and very friendly. For those who want their dog to meet the Golden Retriever standard set by the American Kennel Club, the expectations are clear. The Golden Retriever standard has very specific qualifications. There are many aspects of the physical characteristics the dog must meet, and each are clearly defined. They are broken down into many categories such as general appearance, coat, color, forequarters, hindquarters, head, neck, topline, body, gait, temperament, size, proportion and substance.

Each of these categories is measured against very specifically definitions of the Golden Retriever standard, which is the model of the perfect Golden Retriever. Defined within each category are also things that are considered faults. Beyond these faults, there are a couple of things that will automatically disqualify the dog from being a Golden Retriever standard. These things are a deviation in height of more than one inch from the standard, either too high or too small, and also if there is an undershot or overshot bite. These are the only two automatic disqualifiers.

For specifics of the Golden Retriever Standard, one should consult the American Kennel Club. Some of the things that the AKC considers are the size (males, 23-24 inches at withers, females 21 - 22 ), weight (males 65-75 pounds, females 65-75 pounds), and body shape ("neck medium long, merging gradually into well laid back shoulders, giving sturdy, muscular appearance. No throatiness."). Golden Retrievers are also expected to have a tail that is thick and muscular at the base, and to be carried happy, wagging and level or curving upward. It should never be curved over the back or between the legs.

The coat should be a lustrous golden color. The mid-gold range is best, though it can range from lighter to darker. There can be feathering on the lack of the forelegs and underbelly, front of the neck, behind the thighs and underside of the tail. The natural appearance of the coat should be maintained, without any clipping or cutting of the fur, but too long a coat is undesirable.

A Golden Retriever should meet the American Kennel Club standards if at all possible. These standards can be found at the AKC website, and include many items such as coat, gait, head, eyes, tail, forequarters, hindquarters, etc. The dogs that meet the American Kennel Club standards will have some certain things in common.

The standards help maintain the integrity of the breed, and need to be upheld. Breeders should not sell dogs as Golden Retrievers that don't meet the AKC qualifications, and these qualifications are available for anyone to see, so that all are clear on whether or not a particular dog meets the Golden Retriever standards.

They will muscular, and have a lot of energy, as they are hunting dogs and like to stay active. They will be eager and self-confident. Their tail should be held out, and their eyes will be friendly, alert and intelligent-looking.

To get the specifics of the American Kennel Club Golden Retriever Standards, one should check the AKC website.
About the Author
About the author: Carol Matthews is a passionate lover of the Golden Retriever and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Golden Retriever . Among other topics there, you will find out more about Golden Retriever Breed Standard plus a whole lot more.
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