Yes, that happens. Some Goldens do carry the sable factor (and/or the bicolor (tan-marked) factor). The accidental litter we had in 1971 (sable farm collie x Golden Retriever) had a pup very similar to the example shown, as well as two black-and-tans.
I had a golden retriever / rough collie mix growing up. We had him from the time he was weaned until he was 14yrs old. He was red, like a darker golden retriever with white markings on his face, white paws, tummy and chest with a white tip on his tail. One of his littermates had identical markings over black, instead of red. He was the best dog ever. <3
Hi Kelly, I had one that I adopted from the East Northport, NY Pound in 1982 at age 2.5…had him till 1993. HE was the BEST DOG EVER too!! He came with the name Duane, and he was born in Pennsylvania. He had the exact same coloring you describe in your dog….but he was a light golden reddish color…maybe call it orange. Send me an email and I’ll send you pictures. email@example.com. I’ve been searching for one ever since. To this day I think of Duanie often,even though I have had great dogs since and have great dogs even now. Duanie is a legend in my memory.
Beautiful dog! I had a dog named Juno who I believe may have been a Rough Collie mix with either a Siberian Husky or a Golden Retriever? He was beautiful and had such a sweet personality. Juno lived over 17 years and was a great friend. Feel free to see pictures of him at my blog…
I had a collie/retriever mix named Beethoven (already named when i got him) which was almost identical to your picture, except his color was a lot lighter, almost a halfway between the two browns and he was a much larger version (due to the fact that i couldn’t get my grandma to stop feeding him table food)
He was the sweetest tempered, most loyal and docile dog i have ever owned.
We have a dog that looks exactly like this one too! Her name is Mazey! Everyone always compliments us. Unfortunately she must be mixed with some kind of crazy breed because she does not have the demenor of a golden retriever:(