Here are some of mum's photos - I'm on the left in the first photo...
Now for a quick lesson as many of you have commented on my pale blond colour (or "color" if you are American), but here our breed standard is similar to the British breed Standard so us goldies are often lighter than our American friends.
The British Kennel Club breed standard is:
Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
Our NZ Kennel Club breed standard is:
Any shade of gold or cream, but neither red nor mahogany. The presence of a few white hairs on chest permissible. White collar, feet, toes or blaze should be penalised. Nose should be black.
Americans tend to prefer their dogs darker so that is what they are more used to seeing. The American Kennel Club standard is:
Rich, lustrous golden of various shades. Feathering may be lighter than rest of coat. With the exception of graying or whitening of face or body due to age, any white marking, other than a few white hairs on the chest, should be penalized according to its extent. Allowable light shadings are not to be confused with white markings. Predominant body color which is either extremely pale or extremely dark is undesirable. Some latitude should be given to the light puppy whose coloring shows promise of deepening with maturity. Any noticeable area of black or other off-color hair is a serious fault.
Here is a picture of me - I am the one on the left.
Here are some more photos of the chaos and fun...
Wishing you all a good weekend,