However, Black Golden Retrievers do indeed exist, thanks to genetic diversity. This diversity can occur in many different ways.
The Retriever Family Tree
Surprisingly, the distinctive golden shade was itself the result of a genetic anomaly.
The first Golden Retriever pup was actually the runt amongst a Curly-Coated Retriever litter. Unlike his black-coated littermates, this puppy boasted a bright yellow coat- which is unusual for Curly-Coated Retrievers.
Later, this dog was bred with the now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel, eventually producing a litter of blonde puppies. These yellow-haired furry tykes are what we now fondly call the Golden Retriever.
But is it possible to see a Black Golden Retriever in rare cases, considering that the first Golden Retriever was itself a rarity?
How Black Golden Retrievers Get Their Color
All purebred Golden Retrievers have the same recessive genes that are responsible for the blonde coat.
However, sometimes, variations in color can occur due to genetic mutations. These variations usually manifest as speckles of darker pigment, but a full coat of black hair is very rare.
The more plausible possibility is that the Golden Retriever has been bred with another black dog, likely a black Labrador Retriever due to its similarity to the Golden Retriever. It’s more likely that the pups’ entire coat will be a consistent black.
But keep in mind that a fully-black Golden Retriever might not be a purebred Golden Retriever- no matter how much a breeder might claim so.