Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy. The typical Golden Retriever is calm, naturally intelligent and biddable, with an exceptional eagerness to please.
A symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident. Primarily a hunting dog, he should be shown in hard working condition. Overall appearance, balance, gait and purpose to be given more emphasis than any of his component parts. Faults--Any departure from the described ideal shall be considered faulty to the degree to which it interferes with the breed's purpose or is contrary to breed character.
Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland and England, and were designed to be the perfect hunting/retrieving dog. Goldens have an excellent nose used for both tracking downed prey, but also for narcotics detection.