Don’t Be Decieved: English Cream Golden Retrievers

A male "English cream" Golden Retriever.

A male “English cream” Golden Retriever. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Golden retrievers come in a wide spectrum of colors. Sometimes they are bred as rare “English Cream” golden retrievers. This upsets me as much as when I hear the term “golden lab”. Each one is special in their own way, and fall under most breed club standards.

Here is a great article from The Golden Retriever Club of Canada that provides some great insight on the topic.

“English Cream Golden Retrievers”

In recent years there has been a sharp increase in internet marketing strategies aimed at specifically promoting cream-coloured Golden Retrievers. These light dogs are sometimes being presented to the general public as being exceptionally rare or extremely valuable and are often called ‘English Cream Golden Retrievers’ or ‘Rare White European Golden Retrievers’ or ‘Exquisite Platinum Imported Golden Retrievers’. Such cream Golden Retrievers are frequently being touted as being healthier, of having better temperament, of having stronger longevity and the implicit suggestion is that they therefore are more valuable than the more golden-coloured Golden Retrievers bred in North-America. Due to these common marketing ploys the average puppy buyer sometimes mistakes such light-coloured Golden Retrievers for being a separate breed. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is only one Golden Retriever breed, governed by the breed standard endorsed by various recognized Kennel Clubs around the world.

The Golden Retriever Club of Canada would like to emphasize to breeders and puppy-buyers alike that the cream colour has always been part of the full spectrum of colours found in our breed. We furthermore direct you to the following section of our Golden Retriever Club of Canada Illustrated Breed Standard (click here to view the GRCC Illustrated Breed Standard): “The acceptable range of colour in the Golden Retriever is broad. While a medium gold is always correct, coat colour can range from cream to a darker coppery gold. Any dogs within this range of colour should be considered equally, based on their merits, including balance, head type, movement and structure. “

The photo below furthermore illustrates the common shades of cream and gold found on this continent and all of these particular dogs are bred right here in North America. This broad range of colour is not only commonly found around the world, but both light and dark shades can also occur in the very same Golden Retriever litter, with full siblings varying in colour from very light cream to a rich gold.

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Some breeders favor different styles of Golden Retrievers and some may even have a personal preference for a lighter or a darker golden, but good breeders never focus exclusively on a specific colour, since this would unnecessarily narrow the gene-pool and may cause genetic predispositions towards hereditary health issues to become magnified over time. Furthermore, the various styles have nothing to do with colour, but rather reflect the individual breeders’ aesthetic preferences and their interpretations of the breed-standard. Good Golden Retrievers of differing styles should, however, all possess strong breed-type. They should be readily recognized as Golden Retrievers, whether they are a rich gold or a pale cream.

The Golden Retriever breed originates from Scotland, which is a part of Great Britain. All Golden Retrievers across the world are descended from this original Scottish stock. To call the current light ones ‘English Cream Golden Retrievers’ is incorrect terminology, and in fact the majority of these dogs do not even come from England, but are bred right here in North America or are descended from dogs that have been imported from various European countries, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia. You can also find very dark coloured Golden Retrievers overseas, just as you can find very pale cream North American bred Goldens.

The cream colour of a Golden Retriever might be considered very attractive to some puppy-buyers, but this colour does not signify that such a light puppy is particularly superior or that it is necessarily well-bred, or that it should ever be referred to as an ‘English Cream Golden Retriever’. It is our position that a breeding program which focuses mainly on colour should be viewed with some skepticism. If claims are being made that the light creams are more valuable or healthier than darker coloured Golden Retrievers, then the buyer should be aware that such statements are blatantly incorrect.

We instead urge all new puppy owners to carefully review all recommended health clearances and ask the appropriate questions about longevity in the pedigree of any puppy. It is never the colour of a Golden Retriever that determines its temperament and working-ability or its health and potential longevity. Instead the quality of a Golden Retriever will be determined by the care the individual breeder has taken, by adhering to the standard when breeding, as well as by doing careful pedigree research and screening for soundness in mind and body.

*The above article was posted with permission from The Golden Retriever Club of Canada

Please share your constructive thoughts in the comments below.  In my opinion, they are all equally wonderful.

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Golden Retrievers Bring Joy, Healing to Boston

6 Golden Retrievers from the Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dogs will be in Boston to help bring joy and comfort to the thousands of people attending the area for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st.  2 of the comfort dogs,  Addie and Maggie are already in Boston.  They also plan to visit hospitals and first responders.

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Luther, Ruthie, Hannah and Rufus will arrive in Boston tomorrow and will be stationed at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkley St.- just a few blocks away from where the bombings occurred last year.  The dogs work for about 3 hours at a time and then are given a break.

Here they are with LCC president Tim Hetzner and their wonderful handlers, preparing to leave.

Photo - LCC Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs - Facebook

Photo – LCC Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs – Facebook

President of LCC Charities Tim Hetzner says

Our goal is to bring mercy and healing to those that are not only physically affected, but emotionally affected, too.”

Here’s some coverage of the comfort dogs visiting Boston last year:

Dogs will be available at the Boston Lutheran Church at 299 Berkley St:

Thursday 5-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

Friday 3-7 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Monday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Travel expenses and other expenses are covered by donations from the public.  If you would like to donate to the LCC Comfort Dogs, please click here.

 Comfort Dogs are returning to Boston for Marathon Weekend – Yahoo News

 

Golden Retriever Poisoned at the Park

Boulder County, Colorado – Amos, a 6 month old golden retriever was playing at Buckingham Green Park when his owner noticed him eating something on the ground.

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It was a meatball with green pellets in it, believed to be rat poisoning.

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Amos was rushed to the vet, where he stayed the night, and he appears to be recovering well.

At least two other dogs have eaten the poisoned meatballs, and Animal Control officers have searched the park and found more meatballs along trails and under trees. Local residents who have attended the park recently with their dogs are being encouraged to have them checked out. Hopefully they can find the person responsible for this. So scary!

Anyone with information on the incident should call the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-4444.

Peaches Geldof and her Golden Retriever “Parpy”

Yesterday I was shocked when I heard the news that Peaches Geldof-Cohen had died at the age of 25.  Just last month she appeared on a show called “Top Dog” with her golden retriever “Parpy”.  Peaches was the middle daughter of musician Bob Geldof, and a model and writer.

Photo:  Pete Dods

Photo: Pete Dods

I followed her on Instagram and loved seeing photos of her and her boys, and her other dog Bogwot, a Newfoundland.

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As of this evening, her Instagram account appears to have been deleted. No cause of death has been determined.

Roy Dyer of the Essex Dog Display team had worked with Peaches and Parper just last month and said “She thought the world of her dog Parper, she would talk about how he loved running around at home and in her garden.”

Peaches had a golden retriever named “Flossie” as a child.  She explained to her Instagram followers:
We had a golden retriever growing up her name was Flossie that’s how I knew they were so good with kids apart from all the hype about it anyway
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