Golden Retriever

Temperament: Intelligent, friendly, and devoted. Very active and needs daily exercise. Sheds seasonally and needs occasional grooming.

Height: 21.5-24 inches

Weight: 55-75 pounds

Life Span: 10-12 years

Breed Average Outlier Index: 0.24

Breed Average Genetic Relatedness: -0.02

Breed Average Internal Relatedness: 0.02

Last 10 Recently Added Public Dogs!

No.NameGenderOutlier IndexAverage Genetic RelatednessInternal Relatedness
1 Tigana PJ Willow F0.300.01-0.01
2 Tigana PJ Marigold F0.320.010.01
3 Tigana PJ Blaze F0.36-0.040.18
4 Tigana PJ Skye F0.330.05-0.10
5 Tigana PJ Monty M0.31-0.01-0.06
6 Tigana PJ Zuma F0.220.07-0.12
7 Rusty Creek Next Chapt'r at Skyefire M0.27-0.05-0.01
8 Gaylan's Miss Purple F0.24-0.02-0.04
9 Gaylan's Mr Rust M0.160.050.03
10 Gaylan's Miss Raspberry F0.190.03-0.07

The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland around 1850 in order to create a specialist retriever that was capable of retrieving over rough terrain. Indigenous retrievers at the time were crossed to a tweed water spaniel (now extinct) for the original cross then to other breeds such as Irish Setters, sandy-colored Bloodhounds, the St. John's water dog of Newfoundland, and wavy-coated black retrievers. The progeny of these breedings were then inbred to set the breed type and consistency. The Golden Retriever was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 and the breed was first registered in Canada in 1927. Currently Golden Retrievers fill a diverse role worldwide from seeing eye dogs to search and rescue.

Breed Standard coming soon!'

One of the most prevalent issues in Golden Retrievers appears to be cancer at a young age. This is indicative of derailment of the immune system.

Analysis of Golden Retrievers shows the majority are clustered in one area genetically, however there is the presence of genetic outliers. Breeders could seek out genetic outliers to redistribute their genetic diversity. Internal relatedness (inbreeding) comparison to village dogs showed loss in diversity from village dog ancestors, however not as much as some other breeds that have been thus far investigated.

Golden retrievers have 3.462 effective alleles (alleles most represented) versus an overall average amount of alleles of 7.455. The overall average number of alleles indicates Golden Retriever Breeders could work to redistribute their rare alleles to maintain the diversity they still have within the breed.

Analysis of Golden Retrievers shows the majority are clustered in one area genetically, however there is the presence of genetic outliers. Breeders could seek out genetic outliers to redistribute their genetic diversity. Internal relatedness (inbreeding) comparison to village dogs showed loss in diversity from village dog ancestors, however not as much as some other breeds that have been thus far investigated.

20 different STR-associated DLA Class I and 19 DLA Class II (Table 6) haplotypes were found among 226 Golden Retrievers tested. DLA class I haplotypes 1066, 1069 and 1071, and class II haplotypes 2045, 2046, 2047, 2048, 2049, 2050 are unique to Golden Retrievers among the breeds that have been tested to this time. Only 44% of the DLA types contribute to most of the diversity.

The follow includes dogs with birthdates listed in the database.

DLA Haplotypes in the Breed

The Dog Leukocyte Antigen or DLA is the region in the canine genome that controls the immune system, among other things. There are three classes or areas, and the VGL Canine Diversity Test genotypes or records the two regions with the most variation. Because it is an area that mutates more rapidly than others, the method VGL uses is ideal for identifying specific combinations of DNA, and not merely showing whether a dog inherited two of the same sets of genetics from its parents or two different ones.

"Haplotype" is a generic name for a set of genes that are bound together and inherited as a set. The DLA Class I and Class II haplotypes are very tightly bound and represent about 2 million base pairs of DNA - a sizeable chunk. These two haplotypes together make an extended haplotype that is nearly always passed from parent to puppies as a pair. We therefore have two tables below showing both the combinations of DLA found in this breed and how often they appear, and also how often they appear individually.

Remember that frequency percentages do not show how many dogs carry them, but rather how many of these haplotypes exist in the breed as a whole. Every dog has two sets of DLA haplotypes, one inherited from dam, and one inherited from sire. These almost never recombine in new generations.

DLA Class I/Class II Combinations :

Class I HaplotypeClass II HaplotypeFrequency in the Breed

DLA Frequencies :

ClassHaplotypeFrequency in the Breed
Class I10039.47%
Class I10061.05%
Class I10145.79%
Class I10626.32%
Class I106528.95%
Class I106636.32%
Class I10671.58%
Class I10686.84%
Class I10693.16%
Class I10700.53%
Class II20019.47%
Class II20031.58%
Class II20050.53%
Class II20071.05%
Class II20171.05%
Class II20216.32%
Class II20453.16%
Class II204635.79%
Class II20471.58%
Class II204826.84%
Class II20491.05%
Class II20505.79%
Class II20510.53%
Class II20535.26%

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No.NameGenderOutlier IndexAverage Genetic RelatednessInternal Relatedness
1Abby's Cimmaron FlameF0.24-0.030.04
2Ambermist Harvest OdysseyM0.180.01-0.01
3Aureate Maurgold Spiritus TrysF0.22-0.040.04
4Blazen's Reasonable RequestF0.120.020.12
5Blazen's TX TwisterM0.130.00-0.03
6Calliope Tigana Cream TangerineM0.30-0.04-0.08
7Casey Aquaria MachenF0.180.000.03
8Chablisse Peace Pipe Up At FarawayF0.330.030.00
9Chablisse Pure Bliss SerenadeF0.36-0.02-0.18
10Chablisse Pure Bliss Unbridled JoyM0.300.02-0.11
11Chadwicks Desert Guide H AggieF0.28-0.040.09
12Chadwicks Desert Guide H SargentM0.29-0.03-0.01
13Chadwicks Desert Guide H TheiaF0.26-0.04-0.12
14Chadwicks Desert Guide I DanM0.24-0.030.04
15Chadwicks Desert Guide J HeidiF0.29-0.04-0.10
16Chadwicks Desert Guide J ShephardM0.24-0.01-0.11
17Clark's Aureate Inverness QuestM0.13-0.020.09
18Cydney's Urban DelightF0.29-0.05-0.15
19Desert Guide AutumnF0.15-0.010.14
20Ducat Watermark Thnkful 4 Teddy BearM0.32-0.110.14
21Gallo Gold What’s 1 More At WakemupF0.21-0.110.22
22Gaylan's Born ReadyF0.17-0.030.06
23Gaylan's Desert WindM0.18-0.010.10
24Gaylan's DreamcatcherF0.27-0.05-0.11
25Gaylan's Hole In OneF0.20-0.010.03
26Gaylan's Miss GreenF0.150.02-0.03
27Gaylan's Miss PinkF0.130.040.09
28Gaylan's Miss PurpleF0.24-0.02-0.04
29Gaylan's Miss RaspberryF0.190.03-0.07
30Gaylan's Miss RedF0.150.020.15
31Gaylan's Mr BlackF0.23-0.010.01
32Gaylan's Mr BlueM0.25-0.010.02
33Gaylan's Mr GoldF0.21-0.040.14
34Gaylan's Mr RustM0.160.050.03
35Gaylan's Mr TealM0.170.04-0.06
36Gaylan's Ready for the StarsM0.23-0.020.03
37Gaylan's Take Me HigherF0.28-0.03-0.14
38Giddygold Pure Magic Of CinnamonM0.41-0.190.39
39Glenbrier Sympathy For The DevilM0.180.01-0.09
40Glenbrier's Book of DaysF0.36-0.140.11
41Glenbrier's Something WickedF0.27-0.070.05
42Golden Romance Hot TangoM0.26-0.060.14
43Gu84U HazelF0.18-0.060.18
44High Time's Wild TurkeyM0.15-0.050.14
45Honora's Fabulous Lil Deuce CoupeM0.200.02-0.16
46Hyegold Midsmr Knights DreamM0.190.02-0.07
47Jacaranda Trinity's Sea StormM0.240.02-0.07
48JK Shalimar's Foreign AffairF0.100.010.13
49Kali Amazing AdrianF0.230.02-0.10
50Kiss of CreamF0.32-0.05-0.01
51Lycinan Rowdy RascalM0.22-0.01-0.12
52Machen Golden Dream of BlakeM0.26-0.070.11
53Maywood's Daydream BelieverF0.190.02-0.14
54Maywood's First Shootin StarF0.170.030.01
55Maywood's Sweet Spice Of LifeF0.190.04-0.07
56Morgen's Lil' Bit of SkyefireM0.21-0.02-0.03
57Pine Run's Kiowa Picture ThisM0.270.01-0.02
58River's Dirty Girl ScoutF0.160.000.00
59Rusty Creek Next Chapt'r at SkyefireM0.27-0.05-0.01
60Sandspur It's Easy To Be MeF0.22-0.030.02
61Sansue Blue SparkleF0.36-0.100.21
62Shadycove Boomerang LouieM0.240.03-0.11
63Shyan's Final Lap Around ShalimarF0.080.030.09
64Sierragold Midsummer SerenadeF0.280.030.02
65Sir Kremling of the Colorado RockiesM0.21-0.03-0.06
66Skyefire All That GlittersF0.140.020.08
67Sonza White ImageF0.27-0.060.06
68Sonza Wind In The WillowsF0.27-0.050.16
69Spiritlodge Sporting ChanceF0.28-0.010.04
70Spirits Bad Habit At WakemupF0.19-0.040.03
71Sunfire Aureate SpellboundM0.140.05-0.17
72Sunshine After The Storm IIIM0.200.000.13
73Sunshine One Toke Over the LineF0.25-0.02-0.06
74Sunshine's Sweet Irish CreamF0.18-0.070.19
75Tashel Tairis New Light in my LifeF0.270.02-0.18
76Tigana Cairngorm Blessed ThistleM0.25-0.010.03
77Tigana PJ BlazeF0.36-0.040.18
78Tigana PJ MarigoldF0.320.010.01
79Tigana PJ MontyM0.31-0.01-0.06
80Tigana PJ SkyeF0.330.05-0.10
81Tigana PJ WillowF0.300.01-0.01
82Tigana PJ ZumaF0.220.07-0.12
83Tigana's Triple ExultationM0.270.01-0.16
84Wakemup Easy MoneyM0.23-0.100.14
85Wakemup Wild Night Out M0.30-0.100.06
86Yellows Yellow-Watermelon-YippeeM0.160.010.13
87Zanira Nerf BlasterM0.170.000.03

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