The most popular breed of dog with a golden coat may be the Golden Retriever, revered for their silky flaxen fur. Other breeds include American Cocker Spaniel, Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Hovawart, Finnish Spitz and Pharoah Hound.
Modern dog breeds exhibit a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns in their coats as a side effect of selective breeding of other desirable traits. It is believed that many colors developed during the domestication of dogs. Some breeds may exhibit multiple colors in addition to gold, including Beagle, Basenji, Tolling Retriever and Boerboel. Many variants of gold exist in various shades of reddish-yellow, fawn, apricot, honey and straw, often varying in tones due to countershading, or natural camouflage.