FCI-Standard N° 111
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.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER-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.
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
Elbow : Close fitting.
Forefeet : Round and cat-like.
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
Hair : Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting
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).
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• 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.