English Cream Golden Retrievers: Everything You Want to Know

Posted by Christy Caplan
English Cream Golden Retriever

These dogs are still Golden Retrievers. An English Cream Golden Retriever is just a light-colored version of their friends!

Here are some other cool facts about this unique colored retriever, according to Canidae:

  • While Golden Retrievers that meet breed standards and have cream-colored coats are accepted by the Canadian and English kennel clubs, the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the cream-colored coats.
  • Reputable Golden Retriever breeders focus on healthy bloodlines, not a specific coat color.
  • You certainly can find very light-colored Goldens, but they are not actually white or platinum - nor are they rare or necessarily imported.

Are cream-colored Golden Retrievers still Golden Retrievers?

Yes! English Cream Golden Retrievers are often thought to be a different breed, but in truth, there is no such breed. An English Cream Golden Retriever is just a light-colored Golden Retriever.

How do English Golden Retrievers compare with American Golden Retrievers?

American goldens descend from English lines imported to the U.S. via Canada. However, the breed developed differently than its ancestors because it was bred according to American Kennel Club standards rather than the UK's Kennel Club. The differences don't stop there!

  • Color: English Goldens have a lighter color!
  • Head: They also have a broader head
  • Eyes: Their eyes are round while American Goldens have almond-shaped eyes
  • Tail: English Goldens have a long, protruding neck

About the Golden Retriever

Goldens are emotionally intelligent dogs, and many Golden Retriever owners find their dogs know exactly how to comfort them. That intuition is what makes them awesome service and guide dogs.

But they were originally bred to be bird retrieval dogs for waterfowl hunters and make great sporting dogs in the field. Their golden coats are water-repellant and can range from a dark auburn to white.

Golden Retrievers are America's third most popular dog breed behind Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. They make great family dogs due to their desire to please and agreeable nature.

What colors of Golden Retrievers are there?

  • Cream
  • Light Golden
  • Golden
  • Dark Golden

Experts share that there are four colors. Pet Helpful explains the history behind the cream color:

"The cream color was added to the English standard in 1936. After years of selective breeding, these lighter specimens were given the name "English cream golden retrievers." Today, these light-colored specimens may also be called English golden retrievers, European golden retrievers, blond golden retrievers, light golden retrievers, white goldens, or platinum blond goldens."

Health issues that you need on your radar include elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, hemangiosarcoma and lymphosarcoma.

Goldens are used for search and rescue, and as service dogs in addition to being wonderful family pets! Contact the Golden Retriever Club of America as a resource about reputable breeders. A good breeder will promote the health of the Golden Retriever breed, not the light cream, lighter-colored, or other various shades.

Do you know anyone that lives with a Golden? Let us know what characteristics you love about this breed!

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