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Your English Cream Golden Retriever

There are few dogs more lovable, hardworking, and faithful than the golden retriever. There are even fewer dogs more adorable than a cream colored puppy, sometimes mistaken for a white golden retriever. These days, many people are in search of the English cream golden retriever. So, how do you find the perfect puppy? What do you need to know, and what should you be looking for? In addition, how would you find one of these handsome retrievers in America?

I remember when I first saw a snowy colored golden retriever. I wondered, what breed is this dog? These dogs can be called white, platinum, blonde, cream, English, British, and by other names. All of these names refer to the same dog, as long as that dog is a purebred golden retriever. To understand this mysterious white golden, you must learn a few things about the Golden Retriever Breed Standard. The Breed Standard in America is slightly different than the Breed Standards in Europe and other countries. This is why American goldens have their own distinctive look. They tend to be a little taller, more slender, and often have longer coats.

British and European Breed Standards allow a golden retriever to have a coat of a pale, cream shade of gold. Technically, this is not a white color which is not allowed. The American Breed Standard does not allow a golden’s coat to be this light in color. So, our ‘snowy’ looking golden retriever should conform to a European Breed Standard, and should have the look and temperament of a British or European golden. Another example of these differences is that you will often see American goldens with coats having a reddish or mahogany shade of gold. European rules do not allow coats of this color. You can read the British Breed Standard at The Kennel Club’s web site, thekennelclub.org.uk. The American Breed Standard can be found at The American Kennel Club (AKC)’s web site, akc.org.

If you are looking for a cream golden retriever puppy, it is best to buy from a breeder. Whenever a dog becomes as popular as the golden, the breed becomes a victim of over-breeding for profit. Health defects and bad temperaments become common. That is why it is important to find quality breeder with a responsible breeding program. A little extra work and research is important when you are investing in a puppy that will live about 10-15 years. The internet is a good place to start searching for a breeder. However, it is a tremendous advantage if you can find a breeder within travel distance, so you can visit the breeder and see the dogs in person.

Your breeder should be breeding cream colored golden retrievers conforming to a European Breed Standard. These dogs could be British or Australian, but never American. All of the dogs in the program should be purebreds, and should be registered with the KC, or the appropriate kennel club. In America, the dogs should be registered with the AKC, because imported purebreds can be reregistered with the local national kennel club. Your American breeder will have imported cream goldens from a European country and their registration paperwork. You can always check the registration numbers by contacting the KC, AKC, or the appropriate kennel club. Look for a 3-5 generation pedigree. Asking the breeder should be no trouble.

Good breeders pay close attention to the health of their dogs. A puppy should not be sold until he or she is 7-8 weeks old. Bad breeding has led to a number of hereditary health problems in goldens. Goldens should be tested for common health problems, so they don’t pass on these defects to the litter. The dogs should have certified paperwork for hip dysplasia with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Also look for testing and certification for the eyes, knees, thyroid, and heart. Sadly, cancer is the leading cause of death for goldens. Often, a good breeder will offer a puppy and health guarantee. If something goes wrong, you will be able to return the dog. It is also a good sign if your breeder’s goldens have a record at dog shows and competitions.

If at all possible, visit the breeder in person. You can see the conditions of the grounds, and spend time with the goldens. Meet your puppy’s parents, and if you were lucky enough to make early reservations, pick out your new puppy from the litter. Make sure you are fully committed before making a lifelong investment in a puppy. Remember, goldens grow up to be large and energetic dogs. Make sure you have the space and can make the time commitment to care for your golden. Also, adult golden retrievers shed and require grooming about twice a week. This breed is great for families, and have many talents as hunting, service, and competition dogs. Best of luck!

The Rare White Golden Retriever Becoming Quite Common

It is easy to recognize The Golden Retriever breed by their shape and color which can range from almost white to the red-mahogany coloration. The once rare European white Golden Retriever is becoming quite common and more popular.

The dog community recognizes what lineage is typically associated with the various colors of Goldens. The white Golden has many other names that have been given to them. Among the most popular are; British cream, blond, platinum blond, and light. These varieties of colors are used to identify the difference between the Kennel Club Standard for British and the American bred Goldens.

We now know that there are a great variety of colors in this breed and there is a connection between the American bred dog and the European bred with the white coat being the most recognized. In fact, while some do not recognize the white coat as a purebred. But the American Kennel Club will register them as a purebred dog. Standards for Golden Retrievers in America demand the golden color but allow for the various shades. Other than white, the severe dark or light color is unwanted. However the European standard allows for any of the gold or cream colors.

While many of the attributes of all types of this breed are similar, there are some differences between the various types. As an example, there is a difference in the consistency of the European and the American breed. White Goldens typically have shorter coats that are not as full. Also, they normally have a different body construction than their American counterpart. Both Golden bloodlines have distinguishable differences in their mouth and nose with the White being larger. Square heads and larger bodies are also normal with them.

The American Kennel Club allows for lighter amber-colored eyes compared to the European Kennel Club where such a feature would be penalized. Dissimilar ears are noticeable between the bloodlines. The European and the American Kennel Clubs have a difference of opinion on what position the dog’s ears should be; the Americans want them to be higher and behind the line of their eyes and the Europeans want to be on the same line as the eyes. The Kennel’s requirements have created quite a distinguishable physical attributes between the bloodlines.

The white Golden Retriever is becoming increasingly sought after by families and individuals because of its bright, easy going personality with children and adults. It is a very affectionate dog. The American Kennel Club is not going to give them any show awards but they are becoming a loving part of many families in America.

The Features of a White Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers actually come in several different shades of color, from rust through to white. Those bred in America tend to be of the more golden to rust colorings, whilst those bred in Britain and in Europe are much lighter in color. But that is not the only varying feature between the different breeds in the countries. What is interesting is that the American Kennel Club has quite a strict attitude towards the color of the golden retriever and other body features as well.

Purebred white golden retrievers can be registered with the American Kennel Club, but in essence there is a lot of difference between American and European golden retrievers. To differentiate between the various colors the lighter colored goldens have been given many different names.

The American Kennel Club will accept many different shades of golden, but they do not like the extreme in color to either white or very dark golden, whilst the European Kennel Club will accept the palest of golden they will not accept the red or mahogany color golden retriever.

The ideal coat of a retriever.

Regardless of color the basic coat of the golden retriever is much the same. It was a bred to be a hunting dog and it was required that they could run, swim and withstand the wet and the cold climates. The ideal coat for a hunting dog was thick hair, but not too long or too short. Over time the American goldens seem to have developed a thicker coat and quite long at that. Goldens do get trimmed to make a tidy coat, but not trimmed back to make a short coat.

The different physical appearance of the two breeds.

The European retriever does tend to have a stockier body, a head that is more block shaped, a larger mouth and a longer nose. Another feature desired by the European Kennel Club is that the ears are the same level as the eyes and they do not accept the lighter amber eyes that can be in some of the American goldens.

The American retriever’s body is not so stocky and the American Kennel Club (AKC) requires the ears to be well behind and above the level of the dog’s eyes which when comparing the look of the two dogs, does give quite a different appearance. The AKC does also allow the goldens to have lighter colored eyes, even to a lighter amber color.

The golden retriever has a wonderful friendly disposition and more and more families are taking them on as family pets. The color choice between the white golden retriever and other shades may be affected by where you live and if you can get the shade that you want. Their nature is lovable, friendly and adoring of their owners. Children just love them and the dog returns that love unconditionally, making them the ideal family pet dog.

White Golden Retriever

For your typical dog enthusiast, the golden retriever could vary from a subtle creamy shade to a nearly mahogany, reddish hue. For individuals who are a part of the golden retriever committee, they have a strong understanding of the variations in color and know which ones originate in North America and Europe.

White golden retrievers are alluded to with a vast array of names, such as the English golden retrievers, English cream golden retrievers, blond golden retrievers, European golden retrievers, white goldens, light goldens and platinum blond goldens. These names, as a rule, are used in the United States to tell apart the British golden retrievers Kennel Club Standard from the American bred dogs. Even as the purebred white goldens are able to be signed up under the American Kennel Club, there are various distinctions between European goldens and American goldens. The most apparent distinction between the two is their coats’ color. The standards for the American golden demand a variety of hues in the golden color. Both the incredibly light or very dark colored coats are objectionable while the European standards demand a golden or cream color, so long as they are not mahogany or red colored.

The coats’ textures vary between the white European goldens and American goldens. The first goldens were bred explicitly to work as hunting dogs. The breed was expected to endure freezing temperatures, dash through foliage on a regular basis and venture over rivers and lakes. The golden coat could be thick without being too long or short. The American golden is prone to having a longer coat, and in some cases, the coat gets too long. In addition, the European and American golden distinctions are quite obvious in their build. The white golden is prone to having a nose of greater length with a more prominent mouth than any of their American relatives. They also happen to be heavier in build with a more block-shaped skull. The American Kennel Club permits the more lightly colored amber eyes as contrasted with the European Kennel Club where it results in automatic disqualification. The ears also have distinct features. While the European Kennel Club wants the dogs’ ears to be at the very same level of their eyes, the American Kennel Club requires that the goldens ears’ are from behind and over both of the dog’s eyes. This is something that results in two incredibly distinct looks between the American and European standards.

The white golden exhibits features that are highly desirable in the minds of dog enthusiasts and owners. These dogs are relaxed, content, smart and adore all people. They are filled with energy, amazing with children, other pets and are very excited to make their masters happy. With there being so many different names that people give to their white golden retrievers, it is apparent that America’s love of dogs is vast. The amount of white goldens in the United States has increased progressively over the past couple years. Even while they don’t qualify to compete in the American Kennel Club shows, the white golden has found his way into the hearts and minds of people all across the country through his amiable personality and unconditional love for all.