The Breed Standard
The Breed Standard is a guideline which puts into words the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a Golden Retriever and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental to the health, welfare or soundness of the breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect the breed adversely. Judges and breeders should check the Breed Watch below for details of any current issues.
BREED WATCH: Excess length of body, short legs, harsh expression.
In Australia, the Golden Retriever is bred and judged according to the Breed Standard of The Kennel Club (UK)