Flat or wavy, dense undercoat
Moderate - High
Affectionate and playful
The Golden is athletic, well balanced, and symmetrical. Its appearance reflects its
merry and outgoing temperament, and is usually never sulky or aggressive. This large
breed is similar in appearance to the yellow Labrador Retriever, especially when young.
The most obvious difference is the Golden Retriever's luxurious coat, which varies in
shades of golden yellow.
It is one of the most common family dogs as it is easy to handle, very tolerant, and
normally very happy and friendly. Goldens are fairly unruly as puppies. However, once
they reach maturity, Goldens remain active and fun-loving while developing an
exceptionally patient demeanor, as befits a dog bred to sit quietly for hours in a hunting
blind. Other characteristics related to their hunting heritage are a size suited for
scrambling in and out of boats and an inordinate love for cool water.
Golden Retrievers were first accepted for registration by the The Kennel Club of
England in 1903, as Flat Coats - Golden. They were first exhibited in 1908, and in 1911
were recognized as a breed described as Retriever (Golden and Yellow). In 1913, the
Golden Retriever Club was founded. The breed name was officially changed to Golden
Retriever in 1920
Some famous Goldens include Comet from
Full House and Duke from Bush's Baked