Top Producing Sires and Dams
We have heard about the limited gene pool for Goldens, particularly for Field Goldens. As with many such issues,
this may be ill-posed and the requisite data unobtainable or non-existent. Here we begin to try to understand a
limited part of this question using our database of performance Goldens. Although the total number of registered
Goldens is a bit over 2 million, the percentage that have attained a major AKC title is only
Since we are doing the work we get to define what we mean by a "performance" Golden. We mean any Golden
with one or more of the following titles: CH, UD or above, All-Age or above, AX or better, AXJ or above, RE or
above, TDX, VST, or MH. All-Age is not an AKC title but there are very few FC or AFC Goldens.
Our database is based on the Golden Retriever Yearbooks, the GRCA Magazine, AKC Awards magazine, k9data,
Field Trial Retriever News, and the on-line databases of the AKC and OFA . In so far as possible, "every" Golden
retriever who has attained a major AKC title through July 2015 has been included.
This database contains more than 20,300 Goldens with major titles. Dogs with CH titles constitute 52%. All-Age
Goldens (or better) constitute 7%. 53% are males.
The more than 20,264 Goldens with major titles were produced by 5544 known sires and 10,578 known
dams. In addition, 35 sires and 38 dams are unknown and 339 dogs in the database are ILPs or PALs.
The top 150 sires account for 30% of all Goldens with major titles!
The top 150 dams account for 9% of all Goldens with major titles.
The top 25 Kennels in terms of producing Goldens with
major titles. Topbrass leads the pack!
*This assumes that the Golden's name begins
with the kennel name.
Some of these Goldens were, surely, bred more
often than others. Sadly, the number of breedings
is unknown to us. Thus we can not normalize by the
number of breedings to see which Goldens were the
most efficient producers. Moreover, owners play a
critical role. How would one adjust for that basis?
Out of those litters with at least one major title holder:
11,258 litters had only 1 major title holder (56%)
2377 had 2 11 had 9
720 had 3 3 had 9
255 had 4 1 had 11
108 had 5
47 had 6
19 had 7
This looks at successful breedings that produced litters on 2 or more separate occasions and
produced offspring who attained major AKC titles in each breeding. Note that Misty Morn's Sunset
and Faera's Future Classic were each bred to 11 different dams at least twice and each time
produced titled offspring.
The following provides a link to the lifespans of those
OFA Hip classifications are also listed. The code for the
hips is as follows: E - Excellent, G - Good, N - Normal, F -
Fair, NI- Not Listed.
Top Producer Lifespans
The following dams had 6 different breedings of which each one produced at least 1 offspring who attained a
major AKC title. Note: Some may have been a repeat breeding to the same sire.
CH Amberac's 'At A Girl Kindra OD
CH Asterling's Just Buster Loose CD OD
CH Beckwith's Malagold Starfarm OD
Breakwater Topbrass Roulette OD
CH Candlewick's Magic Chain CDX JH WCX OD
Emberain All Buttered Up CDX JH MX MXJ WC OD
CH Krishna's E Z Livin' OD
CH Meadowpond Teasel CDX OD
CH Rush Hill's Crime Of Passion OD
CH Summits Mysterious Ways OD SDHF
Sunfire's Rainier Lux OD
Tanbark's Here Comes The Sun OD
CH Thornfield Skylark OD
The following dams had 7 different breedings of which each one produced at least 1 offspring who attained a
major AKC title. Note: some may have been a repeat breeding to the same sire.
CH Laurell Yats Of Luck OD
Shenandoah Of Stilrovin CD *** OD
Shoreland's Razz Ma Tazz CDX OD