August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Golden Retriever Dog & Puppy Breed Information
Golden Retrievers are happy, kindly, healthy, hunting dogs requiring moderate coat care. At 65 pounds and about 23” the Golden’s glorious coat, strong head and soft expression have earned him a secure place as an ideal family dog.
Photo Courtesy of Gloria Kerr, Krishna Golden Retrievers presents: Krishna's Idyle Tyme "Norma Jean"

Golden Retriever Puppy & Breed Information

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The Golden Retriever evolved in England, arriving here in the 1920s as a sturdy, sound, hunting dog, ideally in hard working condition. The friendly, intelligent expression and personality soon made him a popular family dog.

Golden Retriever Coat, Color, Care: There is no trimming or special care. The dense, water-repellent undercoat doesn’t mat and the close outer coat doesn’t tangle although the tail and legs are richly feathered. While the golden color may shade to light cream, there should be no white markings or black hair.

Golden Retriever Personality: Goldens are eager to please, alert and self-confident with no sign of shyness or laziness. The Golden Retriever is animated but calm mannered, excellent with children, small animals, and other dogs. Not nervous or high strung, he has a strong desire to work so try therapy, nursing home visits, obedience, or even tricks. He needs purpose and will tackle any kind of job.

Exercise Requirements: Golden Retrievers will chase a ball and relentlessly retrieve anything you lose. The breed thrives on regular outdoor exercise and although a fenced yard will do, Golden Retrievers will never turn down a bicycle jog or a good run in the field which will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.

Health Concerns: The Golden Retriever grows quickly and tends to be overweight without sufficient exercise. Thus, he may develop hip or elbow dysplasia or other bone and joint-stress problems. Goldens are prone to hereditary cataracts and PRA, as well as entropion (the eyelids or eyelash fold inward and rub against the cornea). Heart problems are not common but aortic stenosis is on the increase. The Golden Retriever is long-lived compared to many dogs his size and keeping your Golden fit and active is important. Good diet and freedom from unneeded medication usually prevent food or contact dermatitis allergies.

More Golden Retriever photos and the Official Golden Retriever Breed Standard

Golden Retriever AKC Standard
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