FCI-Standard N° 111

GOLDEN RETRIEVER

ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 28.07.2009.
UTILIZATION : Gundog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing
Dogs, Water Dogs.
Section 1 Retrievers.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Symmetrical, balanced, active,
powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Biddable, intelligent and
possessing natural working ability; kindly, friendly and confident.
HEAD : Balanced and well chiselled.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Broad without coarseness; well set on neck.
Stop : Well defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Preferably black.
Muzzle : Powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately
equals length from stop to occiput.
Jaws/Teeth : 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 : Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
Ears : Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
NECK : Good length, clean and muscular.
BODY : Balanced.
Back : Level topline.
Loins : Strong, muscular, short-coupled.
Chest : Deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung.
TAIL : Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks,
without curl at tip.
LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS :
General appearance : Forelegs straight with good bone.
Shoulder : Well laid back, long in blade.
Upper arm : Of equal length as the shoulder blade, placing legs well
under body.
Elbow : Close fitting.
Forefeet : Round and cat-like.
HINDQUARTERS :
General appearance : Hindlegs strong and muscular.
Stifle : Well bent.
Lower thigh : Good.
Hock : Well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither
turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable.
Hind feet : Round and cat-like.
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
Hair : 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 AND WEIGHT :
Height at withers : Dogs 56 – 61 cm (22-24 ins);
Bitches 51 – 56 cm (20-22 ins).

FAULTS : 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.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
N.B.:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Source: www.fci.be/en/

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