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curious about eye color

People stop me all the time and tell me how unusual Harvey's eye color is for a golden. I finally had my dad take a picture that captured the color so I'm attaching it here.

I know brown is the norm for goldens but is this that unusual?

I looked it up on the akc site and for goldens, it says this:
"Eyes friendly and intelligent in expression, medium large with dark, close-fitting rims, set well apart and reasonably deep in sockets. Color preferably dark brown; medium brown acceptable"

What does acceptable mean? Does that mean the ideal for showing dogs?

Harvey is just my buddy, not a show dog and I didn't get him from a breeder so I'm not sure if he actually is pure-bred but they said he was. Makes no difference to me but I was just curious. Thanks!
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He looks pure. It's just a fault when showing it's not uncommon in some lines.
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Thanks! I was kind of thinking that was the case.
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Funny, I was just thinking about Goldens with those "golden amber" eyes and just how striking it is. I love Harvey's eye color.

I think acceptable means that although the preferred color is dark brown, light brown is accepted and not a fault.
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Funny, I was just thinking about Goldens with those "golden amber" eyes and just how striking it is. I love Harvey's eye color.

I was thinking that too... Stephanie's Quiz (FlyingQuizini) has beautiful amber colored eyes that I just love every time I see a picture of him!!
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Ranger's got different coloured eyes, too. He gets called "creeper" because of them...and i had one lady scream that "he's a wolf!!" When I asked her why she thought that, she said because wolves have "yellow eyes just like that."

It's funny, I remember my old golden having the darkest, chocolate-pudding eyes ever, then was surprised at how light my border collie's eyes were. Then I got Ranger and thought how DARK the border collie's eyes seemed in comparison. Ranger definitely wins for lightest eyes in our family of dogs.

Here's my creeper "wolf" dog:
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My Sam had 'orange' eyes. They faded over the first 4 or so years of his life and remained a light brownish orange for the remainder of his life. Ike's are still dark brown but I've noticed that they are getting a little lighter. He's 3. I wouldn't be surprised if they turned an orange color in another year or two. I actually think the color is prettier than a dark eye.
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Ranger's got different coloured eyes, too. He gets called "creeper" because of them...and i had one lady scream that "he's a wolf!!" When I asked her why she thought that, she said because wolves have "yellow eyes just like that."

It's funny, I remember my old golden having the darkest, chocolate-pudding eyes ever, then was surprised at how light my border collie's eyes were. Then I got Ranger and thought how DARK the border collie's eyes seemed in comparison. Ranger definitely wins for lightest eyes in our family of dogs.

Here's my creeper "wolf" dog:
I love Ranger's eyes they are so pretty and they shine against his black coat. That lady is a nut, one - wolves have incredible eyes and two - Ranger's eyes are amber not yellow.
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I love Ranger's eyes they are so pretty and they shine against his black coat. That lady is a nut, one - wolves have incredible eyes and two - Ranger's eyes are amber not yellow.
I agree... Ranger has beautiful eyes. They stand out against his coat and they have a soft expression.

That lady was a nut.

@OP - My first golden had eyes the same color, so I always have a soft spot for eyes that color.
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I cracked up picturing some crazy lady yelling wolf and running. lol

And don't get me wrong, I think our "wolfdogs" are pretty darn cute I love the color too. I was just wondering what the norm was cause Harvey is my first golden and I've had even more people than usual stopping me lately to point out Harvey's eyes. They're being complimentary though, not running for their lives from the wolf.
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