Look at this cute puppy:
This isn't a golden retriever, although it is just as cute as one. This is a Hovawart. It looks like a golden retriever with a lab's head. But, it comes in black, blond, or black and gold. They are "determined, obedient and affectionate, especially toward their master. Loyal to the family. Excellent with children..."
This little fluff ball IS a golden retriever. An English Creme Golden Retriever
How could anyone pass up this little guy? That snow-white fur and black nose and eyes. This is a gorgeous dog and the breeding of them is a lot more selective than that of regular goldens. These are the creme-of-the-crop.
A golden retriever is always a good choice of dog - so loyal and gentle and playful. I would be delighted to breeding them for families!
Now, take a deep breath before gazing into these sweet eyes:
Floppy ears? Check!
Cute? Check! Check!
"a happy, jovial breed with an enthusiastic nature and strong affinity to people and children. They are strongly dependant on people and crave attention and physical contact."
Um, can we say perfect.
I think I may have found the breed I was looking for.
But, since it is so fun to learn about other breeds, I'll keep looking. Just for fun.