photo by: L Edward
FCI-Standard N° 111 / 29.
01. 1999/ GB
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
UTILIZATION : Gundog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing
Dogs, Water Dogs.
Section 1 Retrievers.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Symmetrical, balanced, active,
powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Biddable,
intelligent and possessing natural working ability;
kindly, friendly and confident.
HEAD : Balanced and well chiselled.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Broad without coarseness; well set on neck.
Stop : Well defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Preferably black.
Muzzle : Powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface
approximately equals length from stop to occiput.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular
and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely
overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes : Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
Ears : Moderate size, set on approximate level with
NECK : Good length, clean and
BODY : Balanced.
Back : Level topline.
Loins : Strong, muscular, short-coupled.
Chest : Deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung.
TAIL : Set on and carried level
with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight
with good bone.
Shoulders : Well laid back, long in blade.
Upper arm : Of equal length as the shoulder blade,
placing legs well under body.
Elbows : Close fitting.
HINDQUARTERS : Hindlegs strong
Stifles : Well bent.
Second thigh : Good.
Hocks : Well let down, straight when viewed from
rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly
FEET : Round and cat-like.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Powerful
with good drive. Straight and true in front and
rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney
action in front.
HAIR : Flat or wavy with good
feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
COLOUR : Any shade of gold
or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white
hairs on chest only, permissible.
Height at withers : Dogs 56 - 61 cm (22-24 ins);
Bitches 51 - 56 cm (20-22 ins).
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points
should be considered a fault and the seriousness
with which the fault should be regarded should be
in exact proportion to its degree and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical
or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should
have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.