If any member/breeder wish to participate in this study especially if they have a "wet" puppy, please contact the Breed Health Coordinator in the first instance. firstname.lastname@example.org or 01388 835112
Please DO NOT contact the University of Cambridge direct at this stage as the details of the study are yet to be finalised.
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The Golden Retriever is a relatively robust and healthy dog, however there are some conditions which you will need to be aware of. These include hip dyspasia, elbow dysplasia and a number of eye diseases. Further details of these can be found in “Health Schemes” below. Please bear in mind despite best efforts to limit hereditary conditions by testing breeding stock, there is no guarantee puppies are always going to be free from hereditary diseases. It is also important to recognise that temperament, conformation, working ability; as well as health; are all factors in producing an animal sound in mind and body.
From 1 January 2010 all breeding stock must be identified by either microchip or tattoo before taking part in any health schemes.
The following are current recommendations. Please note eye and hip screening is mandatory for Accredited breeders:
The Animal Health Trust is conducting research to try and locate the mutations that produce Hereditary Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Multifocal Retinal Dysplasia. It is anticipated that DNA tests for these conditions will be available in the near future.
In addition, cancer research into Mast Cell Tumours, melanomas and soft-tissue sarcomas is being undertaken in our breed. It is hoped by establishing the genetic mechanisms of these cancers clinicians will be able to determine which therapies will be the most effective for affected animals, as well as identifying which animals will be at greater risk in developing particular cancers.
The inaugural meeting of Breed Club/Society health representatives was held with our Health Coordinator, Margaret Woods on the 18th January 2010.
In December 2009 one of our committee member tragically lost her dog to bloat. The following link explains what to look for and how quickly this devastating condition can kill. Please read BOTH sections of the article.
Breed Watch information is set out below the standard
Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.
Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability.
Kindly, friendly and confident.
Balanced and well chiselled, skull broad without coarseness; well set on neck, muzzle powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately equals length from well defined stop to occiput. Nose preferably black.
Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.
Moderate size, set on approximate level with eyes.
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Good length, clean and muscular.
Forelegs straight with good bone, shoulders well laid back, long in blade with upper arm of equal length placing legs well under body. Elbows close fitting.
Balanced, short-coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung. Level topline.
Loin and legs strong and muscular, good second thighs, well bent stifles. Hocks well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable.
Round and cat-like.
Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.
Powerful with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.
Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
Height at withers: dogs: 56-61 cms (22-24 ins); bitches: 51-56 cms (20-22 ins).
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, and on the dog's ability to perform its traditional work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed, and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.
From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/services/public/breeds/watch for details of any such current issues.
If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded.
Legs too short in proportion to depth of body and to length of back
The AHT have begun a Glaucoma project and since 2014 have examined Golden Retrievers as part of that project. Click Here for further details of the condition and project
Dick White Seminar 15th October 2011 - Following on from this seminar please click on the relevant pages to find further details of the related subject