The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
AKC Video (link - https://youtu.be/BlaAtBKoHHg
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel:
Golden Retriever Club of America Illustrated Study Guide
SCC Video (link - https://youtu.be/fkOIWuOOVYQ
View more videos on SCC's YouTube Channel:
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Video (link - https://youtu.be/QTalCT6hpWM
T his and other breed videos are available in full length here: www.meisterpetztv.de
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
The Golden Retriever Club:
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
TKC 2014: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/749411/golden_retriever.pdf
The Golden Retriever Club of America National Health Survey1998-1999: https://goldenretrieverfoundation.org/doc/healthsurvey.pdf
The GRCA Electronic Health Survey at 1 Year: Data on Longevity and Cancer: (2012 OFA): https://grca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/health-survey-1year.pdf | PDF version: https://grca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/health-survey-1year.pdf
UK: Population Analysis
TKC 2015 - Population analysis of the Retriever (Golden) breed: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/686348/retriever__golden_.pdf
GRC Dog Database: https://www.grc.pedigreedatenbank.de/home.php
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
1. The Kennel Club, UK:
2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (
in Swedish) and/or English Summary
3. Finland: FKC Database:
4. US: GRCA: Recommended Health Screenings for breeding dogs:
5. UK: The Golden Retriever Club: (BVA/KC Hip, Eye and Elbow Schemes) plus additional breeding and health test information
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (GR-PRA1); Progressive Retinal Atrophy (GR-PRA2) and Ichthyosis (ICT-A) are recorded by The Kennel Club (5-17-2019) [
https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1160398/r-breed-dna.pdf] -- Also see: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/
HGTD: Golden Retriever:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Golden Retriever Foundation
Golden Ring (FI) health articles:
My Dog DNA: Golden Retriever Overview:
MAF: Golden Retriever Lifetime Study: The primary goal of the Study is to identify the incidence of and risk factors for osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma and high grade mast cell tumors.
https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/golden-retriever-lifetime-study - GR Lifetime Study: https://www.americanveterinarian.com/news/these-3000-golden-retrievers-have-1-thing-in-common
Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study (GRLS) Update - January 1, 2018
Golden Retriever Club of America - Health Research Information
MAF: Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Special Call research proposals (2018):
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
UK: The Golden Retriever Club: https://thegoldenretrieverclub.co.uk/
US: Golden Retriever Club of America: https://www.grca.org/
Finland: KULTAINEN RENGAS - GOLDEN RING GR ry: https://www.goldenring.fi/
Sweden: Möjligheternas ras | Golden retrieverklubben: http://goldenklubben.se/
Germany: VDH: Golden Retriever Club e.V.: https://www.grc.de/