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Is he a golden?

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Hey recently adopted a golden with no paperwork from a local breeder, just wanted to make sure that he is a golden or not? The breeder has confirmed it as a golden. I have attached some pics.

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I don’t think it is a purebred because of the markings. Your pup appears to have a white patch on its paw. Goldens don’t have white in the dna. They also don’t show patches. Others more knowledgeable than me could explain why.

You have a very cute pup, and I hope you’ll love him all the same.
 

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I don’t think it is a purebred because of the markings. Your pup appears to have a white patch on its paw. Goldens don’t have white in the dna. They also don’t show patches. Others more knowledgeable than me could explain why.

You have a very cute pup, and I hope you’ll love him all the same.
I read that goldens might in rare cases have white markings
 

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My first thought is that there’s something else in the mix producing the high ear set and white markings. HOWEVER, when dogs aren’t selected for show type the appearance can drift away from standard. I’ve seen photos of field-bred Golden Retrievers with high ear sets and white markings and I imagine the same genetic drift might occur in other lines of Golden Retrievers.

Purebred or mix, he looks as if he’ll be a wonderful dog. Those eyes and that expression... so intelligent and attentive.
 

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Not a purebred?
Your dog is just as loveable whether purebred or not - my first dog was a mix, with an amazing temperament. So yes, goldens can have white patches, especially if they have some field breeding in the background. That being said, I would guess your lil cutie might be a mix. If you are really, truly curious, you could do a DNA test. I wish those had been available when I had my girl, because we always wanted to know what her parents were like - she was such an incredibly sweet dog. :giggle:
 
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