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American vs English

Aren't there two different "kinds" of Golden Retriever ?

The Golden is a mid to large size dog, suited to sitting in a "duck blind" all day, as well as small enough to be able to haul over the side of a boat while all wet (after a retrieve).  The acceptable standard size for females is 21 1/2 - 22 1/2 inches at the shoulder; for males this is 23 to 24 inches.  There is only 1 inch variance either way.

Just based on size alone, a small female at 20 1/2 inches and 45 lb will look very different than a large male at 25 inches and 95 lb !

Coats can be "flat" or "wavy";  'show' dogs tend to be bigger and stunning compared to 'field' dogs who are smaller, more lithe and faster.  Just because the dog does well in the show ring does not mean it can't work in the field and vice versa !

They are all suppose to tend toward the mean in the breed standard.

Breeders sometimes refer to the "English" vs the "American" type dog.  The "English" varies from 'cream' colour to 'mid-gold', is heavier boned and a little less tall or lanky; this dog is blocky and square in head and muzzle.  Think like a  Labrador,  but with longer hair and a more laid back temperment !   The "American" type dog is a bit taller, softer in the head and muzzle, and varies from 'mid-gold' to 'copper' colour, but is never 'cream'.
Think Setter - ish.

These descriptions are a gross exaggeration;  types are not about the colour variation, but about the difference in structure !  

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American vs English
Females vs Males
Hunting and Field
Genetic Screening
Show Dogs
Kennels At A Distance
'Home' vs 'Kennel' Raised
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2016 -We're still here!

Many of our loyal Golden owners have wondered where we are.  My apologies for not keeping this site up to date, our puppies seem to be sold even before they are born.. Zoe, pictured here is our next potential mom. She delvered a lovely litter in 2013 and her "kids" have grown into beautiful young adults.  Zoe will be bred to our English import Camrose Jackanory Silmaril (Jack).  Watch for exciting news about this proposed litter and others planned for 2016.



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