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Golden mix that's all black?

I joined here because a lot of people have told me my dog, who is all black, could possibly have some Golden retriever in her. I can see where that might be possible as she does look retrieverish to some degree, has the great big plume of a tail, and her personality matches the description for the Golden retriever. We're pretty sure she has border collie in there and while Flat-coat has been mentioned many times her head shape doesn't match the "one piece" look of the flat coat.

So anyone know anything about genetics? Is it possible that a dog that's a mix of Golden and something else could end up all black? Or is that highly unlikely?

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I was also thinking flatcoated retriever.
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Can you post any pictures of her? A lot of people here can take some educated guesses.

If whatever other breed she has in her, is black, then I don't see why not. Like Lab / Golden mix.

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Very possible that a Golden mix would be black. I have a friend whose purebred Golden became pregnant by one of her clients black labs. All the puppies were solid black and most had the longer, Golden type of coat.

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My Moose is a golden retriever/border collie cross. As you can see, he's mostly black, but does have a white blaze on his chest. His personality is all golden though.

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It's entirely possible. One of the dogs that we had when I was a kid was a golden retriever/black lab cross. Mom was golden and dad was a black lab. We rescued him from the shelter when he was a puppy. He was all black with a longer coat like a golden. We also had a yellow lab/golden retriever mix who was a pale golden color. Could you post a picture or two?

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I'm glad to post pictures! I didn't want to inundate the group with pics of my girl (her name is Dahlia, btw). I take...let's just say "a lot" of pictures (I have over 2000 on my flickr account). Here are a few.

Laying down in the grass, good frontal picture of her face (her nose is all black; she had recently cut it there, hence the pink splotch):



Dahlia's head from the side.



Dahlia standing from the side (she was wagging her tail in the pic):



And just because, here's a couple others:



Here's the gigantic tail.



I hope those help!
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I can definitely see a bit of golden in her, especially in that fourth picture. She looks a lot like the golden/black lab mix I had growing up.

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I suppose, as I consider it, it's possible she has more than one retriever in there, since her history is unknown. We're almost 100% positive there's border collie in there as she shows herding behaviors (stalking, eye, crouching down, attempting to herd the geese and ducks at our local pond). But there could be a bunch of retrievers in there with it.
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Welcome to the forum.
All my dogs have been rescues so, I know nothing about breed standards.
But - I think Ranger on here has a full black GR cross.

She has a beautiful coat and such an impressive tail!!!


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