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Golden Retrievers            (provided by akc.org)
Goldens are very powerful, active dogs, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor longin the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident.  Primarily a hunting dog, he should be shownin hard working condition.  Overall appearance, balance, gait and purpose to be given more emphasis than any of his component parts.
Goldens measure aproximately 23-24 inches in height at the withers, females 21 1/2 - 22 1/2 inches.  Average weight is 65-75 for males and 55-65 for females.
The coat of a golden is dense and water-reepellent with good undercoat.  Outer coat is firm and resilient, neither coarse nor silky, lying closee to the body, it may be straight or wavy.  Untrimmed natural ruff; moderate on the back of forelegs and on underbody, heavier feathering on the front of the neck, back and thights and underside of the tail. 
Goldens come in all varieties of color, from a lustrous golden color being the majority, while deep dark red and snow white are now becoming more popular.  Feathering is often lighter than the rest of the coat.  The tips of the ears and muzzle are often the color of pups when the reach maturity. 
Goldens have a free gait when trotting, powerful and well cordinated, showing good reach.  Viewed from any position, legs turn neither in  nor out, nor do feet cross or interfere with each other.  As speed increases, feet tend to converge toward center line of balance.  It is recommended that dogs be shown on a loose lead to reflect the true gait.
The temperment of a golden is friendly, reliable, and trustworthy.  Quarrelsomeness or hostility towards other dogs or people in normal situations, or unwarrented show of timidity or nervousness, is not in keeping with a goldens character.