The Breed Standard is a written description of the ideal golden retriever. It is the blueprint breeders use for their breeding programs and judges apply in the conformation ring. If you are considering getting a golden, it tells you what you can expect your dog to look like, if you get him from a breeder who is trying to produce good quality goldens.
General Appearance: 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 parts.
Faults: Any departure from the described ideal shall be considered faulty to the degree to which it interferes with the breed’s purpose or is contray to breed character.