My husband and I really love the goldens with the big, blocky heads. In labrador retrievers, these are called English or bench bred, and the leaner dogs with the narrower, longer heads are are called field labs.
Is there any such distinction for Golden Retrievers? When picking out a breeder, should we just look for parents who have the kind of head we're looking for, or do "blocky headed" goldens actually have a name?
Generally, conformation (show) Goldens have the bigger, blocky heads. Our youngest pup, Tyson, has an enormous head and Tucker also has a larger head, but not quite as large as Tyson's is going to be once he's full grown. A lot has to do with genetics. The parents can be a good indicator as well as previous generations in the pup's line. Also, a lot of dogs who are neutered at a young age don't get a chance to develop a nice full-sized head, which is one of the reasons why I always wait until my dogs are at least 2 years old to neuter. The field Goldens are usually much more slender and have heads that tend to be a bit narrower.