About the Breed

About the Breed

What Goldens Love to Do

A breed of many adventures. As excellent hunting and family companions, Goldens excel as Therapy, Service, Guide, and Search & Rescue dogs. Their participation in events such as Conformation (the show ring), Obedience, Agility and Rally trials, Tracking tests, and Hunting tests, is well-known. Most of all, they are family members who are equally comfortable with a hike, swim, romp in the snow, snuggle on the sofa, or taking up most of your bed at night! . View the Photo Gallery now!

History of the Golden Retriever

GRCA is proud of the Golden Retriever’s rich heritage. Discover the journey of a breed that began in the nineteenth century in Scottish Highlands. Learn about the early ancestors that created this wonderful companion dog who served their families necessity to hunt upland game for daily subsistence. Learn more now!

AKC Breed Standard

The Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club has approved the following revised Standard for Golden Retrievers submitted by the Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc., to be effective September 1990. Learn more now!

Illustrated Study Guide – Understanding the Breed Standard

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GRCA Code of Ethics

Here you will find the most current revision of the Code of Ethics of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA). Learn more now!

Health & Research

All prospective puppy buyers want their new puppy to have the best possible chance for a long, healthy life, and regular veterinary care is important to achieving that goal. In addition, the risks for many significant health issues can be greatly reduced through careful breeding practices, beginning with certain screening examinations of the parents of a litter. Each breed has its own particular hereditary problems, and Golden Retrievers are no exception. Learn more now!

Judges Education

Check out the wealth of educational tools for aspiring AKC Judges, Exhibitors and careful Breeders. Review the AKC Standard for Golden Retrievers and access our Illustrated Study Guide to Judging the Golden Retriever. Learn more now!


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The Golden Retriever Foundation

Our sister organization aimed at promoting knowledge of Golden Retrievers; diseases, genetic defects, and injuries affecting our breed; proper care, treatment and breed health; and rescue and rehabilitation of displaced Goldens. Learn more now!

Recommended Reading & Viewing

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