SECRÉTARIAT GÉNÉRAL: 13, Place Albert I - B 6530 THUIN (Belg.)
FCI - Standard N° 110/22.01.1999/GB


ORIGIN : Great Britain.


STANDARD : 22.01.1999.

UTILIZATION : Retriever.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs.

                                              Section 1 Retrievers.

                                              With working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Strong, upstanding dog with a degree of elegance. Distinctive coat.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Intelligent, steady, reliable.

Bold, friendly, self confident and independent. May seem aloof.

HEAD : Wedge-shaped in both side and front profiles. In proportion to body size.


Skull : Foreface and skull equal length. Planes of skull and muzzle parallel.

Stop : Slight.


Nose : Black in blacks and brown in livers.

Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes : Large, not prominent, oval-shaped, obliquely set. Dark brown in blacks; in livers brown tone to blend with coat colour.

Ears : Rather small, set slightly above level of eye; lying close to head, covered with small curls.

NECK : Strong and slightly arched, of medium length, free from throatiness and flowing freely into well laid back shoulders.


Topline : Strong and level. Slightly longer from withers to root of tail than from withers to ground.

Loins : Short, deep and powerful.

Chest : Deep with well sprung ribs, oval in cross section with brisket reaching elbow. Forechest visible. Ribs extend well back.

Flank : Slight tuck up.

TAIL : Flows from topline. Should reach approximately to hock, carried straight on a level with topline when moving.


FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight, set well under body.

Shoulders : Well laid back and muscular.

Upper arm : Upper arm and shoulder blade approximately equal in length.

Pasterns : Strong.

HINDQUARTERS : Strong, muscular.

Stifles : Moderate turn of stifles.

Hock : Well let down and well bent.

FEET : Round, tight with well-arched toes.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Effortless, powerful gait with good extension and drive. Parallel movement. At speed, legs tend to converge.


HAIR : Body coat a thick mass of small tight, crisp curls lying close to skin, extending from occiput to tip of tail; without undercoat or bare patches. Elsewhere hair smooth.

COLOUR : Black or liver.

SIZE : Ideal height at withers : Dogs: 67,5 cm (27 ins), Bitches : 62,5 cm (25 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.

N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


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