The Breed Standard Illustrated
All Illustrations by the author.
The Golden Retriever is first and foremost a gundog, originally bred for his working ability and his distinctive colouring, His gentle, kindly temperament and willingness to please has established him over the years as a popular choice whenever a dog is required to work with man; be it as a hunting partner, a Guide Dog for the blind or disabled, as a PAT dog or as a family companion.
In this book the Breed Standard, the blueprint of the ideal Golden Retriever issued by the Kennel Club, is explained and illustrated. Clear, simple diagrams and explanatory text are given for each feature. The complete dog is covered, point by point, with illustrated examples of what is correct and what is incorrect. The anatomy, skeleton, muscle structure, conformation, movement, temperament and essential breed characteristics are all covered. A useful section is included on terminology used in judging critiques.
Mrs Wendy Andrews acquired her first Golden in 1968. She has bred Champions both at home and abroad: She is an experienced Championship Show Judge having judged in the U.K., Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Germany and France.
She believes passionately in the importance of maintaining the truly dual-purpose Golden Retriever and is currently very active on the working side being a successful Field Trialler, Trainer and Judge. She has made up a Field Trial Champion and has trained many other Field Trial Winners. She has had the rare distinction of having a bench Champion and a Field Trial Champion living together under the same roof.