ORIGIN: Great Britain.
PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD:
Retrievers, Flushing Dogs,
Retrievers. With working
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Strongly built,
short-coupled, very active; broad in skull; broad and
deep through chest and ribs; broad and strong over
loins and hindquarters.
Good-tempered, very agile. Excellent nose, soft
mouth; keen lover of water.
Adaptable, devoted companion.
Intelligent, keen and biddable,
with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no
trace of aggression or undue shyness.
Skull: Broad. Clean-cut without
Nose: Wide, nostrils well
Muzzle: Powerful, not snipey.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws of medium length,
jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and
complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely
overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes: Medium size, expressing
intelligence and good temper; brown or hazel.
Ears: Not large or heavy, hanging
close to head and set rather far back.
NECK: Clean, strong, powerful, set
into well placed shoulders.
Back: Level topline.
Loins: Wide, short-coupled and
Chest: Of good width and depth,
with well sprung barrel ribs.
TAIL: Distinctive feature, very
thick towards the base, gradually tapering towards
tip, medium length, free from feathering, but clothed
thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat, thus
giving «rounded» appearance described as «Otter» tail. May be carried gaily, but should not curl over
FOREQUARTERS: Forelegs well boned
and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.
Shoulders: Long and sloping.
HINDQUARTERS: Well developed, not
sloping to tail.
Stifle: Well turned.
Hocks: well let down, cowhocks highly undesirable.
FEET: Round, compact; well-arched
toes and well developed pads.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free, covering
adequate ground; straight and true in front and rear.
HAIR: Distinctive feature, short,
dense, without wave or feathering, giving fairly hard
feel to the touch; weather-resistant undercoat.
COLOUR: Wholly black, yellow or
range from light cream to red fox. Small white spot on
Ideal height at withers:
56-57 cm (22-22,5 ins);
bitches 54-56 cm
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.
N.B.: Male animals should have two
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the