There are several physical characteristics which can indicate that a Golden Retriever is in or has a good condition of health. That is why if you are going to buy or adopt a Golden Retriever, you need to remember to do an examination of the body of the Golden Retriever to see whether the dog has the good physical characteristics. Some of the physical characteristics are namely:
The tail of a good Golden Retriever is thick and muscular at the base. It connects seamlessly with the back line. If hanging down, the tail can reach the elbows behind the tailbone or the hock joint, but not too low. As for the position of the tail, it should be flat or slightly curved to the base.
– Fur and colour
Being thick and water-repellent with a good quality of the inside fur or the undercoat indicates that the dog fur of the Golden Retriever is healthy and in a good quality. As for the outer fur, it must be embedded powerfully and easy to be back of being neat by itself while being not too harsh or too soft and falling closer to the body. The fur which is called as the fur tie located in front of the neck and the chest or the ruff of the dog should not be cut. The rear side arm and lower body side should be hairy, while the front side of the neck, the backside of thighs, and the under part of the tail have more dense fur. The Head, the back side, the feet and the legs of the dog must have short and flat fur. Commonly, a Golden Retriever has golden-colored fur with varying degrees of darkness. The longer fur is usually in a less colour than the shorter fur, except for the gray-haired or greying fur on the face and body due to the age of the Golden Retriever.
– Running style and Character
When running, the movement of the Golden Retriever must seem free, smooth, powerful, and well coordinated. It should also show a good step. When seen from any position, there should be no foot rod bent inwards or outwards as the feet must not cross each other. If the gap between the legs decreases, feet tend to come closer together toward the centre of balance.