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Golden Retriever

The coloration of this retriever has helped to make it one of the most popular of all breeds. The coat can vary from shades of cream to gold, but must not be red. The Golden Retriever is a responsive dog to train, and provided it receives plenty of exercise it makes an excellent family companion.

History of Golden Retriever

Although it has been suggested that this retriever evolved from Russian circus dogs, it is more likely it was bred from crossings that started with a yellow Flat-coated Retriever and a Tweed Water Spaniel, with Irish Setter, Labrador, and Bloodhound introduced later.


Until 1920 it was known as the Golden Flat-coat.

Other Names of Golden Retriever: Yellow Retriever or Russian Retriever.

Identification keys of Golden Retriever

  • well-spaced, brown eyes
  • broad skull and powerful muzzle
  • ears level with eyes
  • black nose preferred
  • well-defined stop
  • straight, wellboned forelegs
  • round, rather cat-like feet
  • good feathering on tail

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