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Ok, I'm stumped. How does a black "Golden" Retriever come about. Is this cross breeding or does it just happen?

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I think you're thinking of flat-coated retrievers. They're similar in body shape and coat length, but the heads of purebred flatties are less broad with almost no stop to them.
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From what I gather, the attitude is also similar but flatties tend to be slightly more aloof and have more drive, in general. They pretty much have to have a job to be happy.

My guy is a flat coat retriever cross so I'm never sure if what I'm getting from him is flat coat personality or his cross. There also seems to be a stigma associated to flat coats about shorter life spans due to cancer. I had one lady ask me how I can get a dog that will die before he's 7 yrs old! Needless to say, I'm hoping that is definitely NOT true!

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Ooooooh now I see. That makes sense now. Thanks for clearing up the confusion
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Many black dogs that are attributed to be flat coat mixes are more likely golden retreiver mixes. In genetics, black is a dominant color and so a golden mixed with anything carrying black...is most likely to result in black or black-brown or blackish-tri puppies.

My golden mix is tricolored (black with some white on paws, chest, head and brown in some of those areas too. Many of her littermates are all black or black with brown points.
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Hmmm...okay well I'm posting a pic of a dog in our local shelter listed as a retriever mix. What are your opinions on breed based on her pic?

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I would say that pup could be a cross between a golden & lab. What a great tongue she has. Are you thinking of bring her home?

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Dog in the pic looks like Lab mixed with something with more coat.

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Ok, I'm stumped. How does a black "Golden" Retriever come about. Is this cross bredding or does it just happen?
Never heard of a black Golden Retriever unless he or she is filthy.
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I think you're thinking of flat-coated retrievers. They're similar in body shape and coat length, but the heads of purebred flatties are less broad with almost no stop to them.
The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of Canada

From what I gather, the attitude is also similar but flatties tend to be slightly more aloof and have more drive, in general. They pretty much have to have a job to be happy.

My guy is a flat coat retriever cross so I'm never sure if what I'm getting from him is flat coat personality or his cross. There also seems to be a stigma associated to flat coats about shorter life spans due to cancer. I had one lady ask me how I can get a dog that will die before he's 7 yrs old! Needless to say, I'm hoping that is definitely NOT true!

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Why would this "lady" want a dog that will die before the dog is 7?
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Hmmm...okay well I'm posting a pic of a dog in our local shelter listed as a retriever mix. What are your opinions on breed based on her pic?


Our beloved Apache looked almost identical to this. She was a springer/ black lab mix. Such a love she was and lived to be almost 15.



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