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I cannot begin to understand how that of the mahogany color is probably close to being extinct in the golden retriever world. If it disappeared entirely where is our concerned for the founders of our lovable breed? Just now I browsed to a link http://www.goldenretriever-france.com/english/standarde/coule.htm here it is stated that Wendy Andrews shows the two unacceptable extreme colors: the white of the Samoyed and the mahogany of the Irish Setter. This picture clearly shows the range of accepted colors, the two ends being forbidden as well as the frontier between permissible and forbidden is quite tight. Sad to know that just because it is pleasing to the judges eyes that the tendency in show line goldens in the rings has been to load them with hair which is the opposite of what working gun dog should have. Not to mention, ones that becoming loaded with bone and are becoming lighter in color. That is why impossible to find a mahogany golden these days.

The best marker we would know is the color of the Irish setter. What the heck is wrong if some international judges may consider that a Golden Retriever having the color of the fourth (from the left hand-side) is already too dark and thus does not match the standard? How could someone not love the looks of the darker ones? If there are many different shades of red or mahogany and if they can’t see that the darker color the sleeker it is, not much of the less boxy look that’s not even necessarily for a hunting dog, and they have less joint problems, and are much better looking. Why are they even judging the contest?


 


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    My name is Jene and my companions own me. With a varied background; I have been involved with their breed not long enough, but I'm here to stay. That is because I consider myself an advocate for these breeds of dogs. I am an advocate for common sense dog training and not the latest fad that appears on different breeding plans. I will improve my breed the way I know and through the ways I have learned. I can't stand anyone with a known-it-all attitude who believes that they are the pinnacle of the breeds they own and look down their collective noses at the rest of the dog world. I may have to acknowledge the importance of pedigrees but the decision to breed a dog extends beyond their bloodlines. I am not one of those self-gratifying-band-wagons of  "I'm a responsible breeder”, however, I'm also always willing to share my experiences - in the hopes that I may be of any help to others & avoid some of the mistakes I made along the way.

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