There are three different varieties of Golden Retrievers: Canadian, British, and American.
There are minimal differences between these three types. They are mostly on their external appearance and have emerged naturally over the course of breeding. They have no effect on temperament or health of the dogs.
CANADIAN GOLDEN RETRIEVER
The Canadian Golden Retriever’s appearance is more distinct among all 3 types. Their hair is shorter, thinner and less feathery as the other two varieties.
They may also stand taller than the others by about two inches.
BRITISH GOLDEN RETRIEVERS
British Golden Retrievers have a signature long, feathery coats. Furthermore, they are slightly smaller than the Canadian.
The British and American are similar in their sizes, coat and temperament. The biggest difference between them is their build. British Goldens have broader skull, more powerful forequarters and rounder, darker eyes.
AMERICAN GOLDEN RETRIEVERS
American Golden Retrievers are the most slender and least muscular. Their coats are as long and wavy as the British but are usually darker.
While their coats are darker, the American Golden’s eyes are mostly lighter and their shape are more of triangular or slanted-shaped rather than round.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ALL VARIETIES
No matter the variety, most Golden Retrievers are loving, affectionate, attention-seeking and athletic. However, due to the Goldens characteristic long wavy coat, people usually think of the American or British variety.