Keighley Registered Golden Retrievers
A symmetrical, powerful active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor long in the leg,
displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and
self-confident. Primarily a hunting dog, he should be shown in hard working condition. Overall
appearance, balance, gait and purpose to be given more emphasis than any of his component
Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy. Hostility or aggressiveness towards other dogs or people,
undue timidity or nervousness in normal situations is not in keeping with the character of Golden
Retriever. Dogs displaying poor temperament should be excused from the ring.
Males 23-24 inches (58-61 cm) in height at the withers, females 21.5-22.5 inches (55-57 cm).
Length from breastbone to buttocks slightly greater than height at withers in ratio 12:11. Weight for
dogs, 65-75 lb. (29-43 kg); bitches 60-70 lb. (27-32 kg).
Coat and colour:
Dense and water repellent with good undercoat. Texture not as hard as that of a short-haired dog
nor silky as that of a setter. Lies flat against body and may be straight or wavy. Moderate feathering
on back of forelegs and heavier feathering on front of neck, back of thighs and underside of tail.
Feathering may be lighter than rest of coat. Excessive length, open coats, or limp, soft coats are
undesirable. The natural appearance of the coat or outline should not be altered by cutting or
clipping, other than the trimming of the feet and neatening of stray hairs. Colour lustrous golden of
various shades. A few white hairs on chest permissible but not desirable. Further white markings
to be faulted except for greying or whitening of the face or body due to age. Any noticeable area of
black or other off-colour hair is to be faulted.
Broad in skull, slightly arched laterally and longitudinally without prominence of frontal or occipital
bones. Good stop. Foreface deep and wide, nearly as long as skull. Muzzle when viewed in
profile, slightly deeper at stop than at tip; when viewed from above, slightly wider at stop than at tip.
No heaviness in flews. Removal of whiskers for show purposes optional.
Black or dark brown, though lighter shade in cold weather not serious.
Scissors bite with lower incisors touching inside of upper incisors. Full dentition. Obvious gaps
created by missing teeth to be faulted.
Friendly and intelligent, medium large with dark closefitting rims, set well apart and reasonably
deep in sockets. Colour preferably dark brown, never lighter than colour of coat. No white or haw
visible when looking straight ahead. Dogs showing functional abnormality of the eyelids (such as,
but not limited to, trichiasis, entropion, ectropion or distichiasis) are to be excused from the ring.
Rather short, hanging flat against head and with rounded tips slightly below jaw. Forward edge
attached well behind and just above eye with lower edge slightly below eye.
Medium long, sloping well back into shoulders, giving sturdy, muscular appearance with
untrimmed natural ruff. No throatiness.
Forequarters muscular, well coordinated with hindquarters and capable of free movement.
Shoulder blades wide long and well laid back, showing angulation with upper arm of
approximately 90 degrees. Shoulder blade and upper arm (humerus) should be approximately
equal in length, setting closefitting elbows back beneath the upper tip of the shoulder blades.
Legs straight with good bone. Pastern short and strong, sloping slightly forward with no
suggestion of weakness.
Topline level from withers to croup. Well balanced. short coupled, deep through the heart. Chest
at least as wide as a man's hand, including thumb. Brisket extends to elbows. Ribs long and well
sprung but not barrel shaped, extending well to rear of body. Loin short, muscular, wide and deep,
with very little tuck up. Croup slopes gently.
Well bent stifles (angulation between femur and pelvis approximately 90 degrees) with hocks well
let down. Legs straight when viewed from rear.
Medium size, round and compact, with thick pads. Excess hair may be trimmed to show natural
size and contour.
Well set on, neither too high nor too low, following natural line of croup. Length extends to hock.
Carried with merry action with some upward curve but never curled over back or between legs.
When trotting, gait is free, smooth powerful and well-coordinated. Viewed from front or rear, legs
turn neither in nor out, nor do feet cross or interfere with each other. Increased speed causes
tendency of feet to converge toward centre line of gravity.
White markings beyond a few hairs on chest. Dudley nose (pink without pigmentation). Low
hound-like ear-set. Slab-sidedness, narrow chest, lack of depth in brisket, excessive tuck up,
roach or sway back. Cow hocks and sickle hocks. Open or splayed feet.
Deviation in height of more than 1 inch (3 cm) from standard either way. Undershot or overshot
jaws. This condition not to be confused with misalignment of teeth.
As published by the Golden Retriever Club of Canada