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English Cream Golden Retrievers:

 

English Crème/Cream Goldens

The term 'English Cream' Golden Retrievers has become synonymous with the 'British type' Golden Retriever.  In actuality, the 'British type' Golden Retriever can also be found in a range of colours varying from a very light cream colour, to a much darker golden colour.

During your search for a Golden Retriever puppy you may have come across the terms Rare White, English White, English Cream, Irish Cream, Rare White Russian, Platinum Blond etc. to promote the lighter coloured Golden Retrievers.

Unfortunately, what many people don't realize, is that 'cream' is a common colour in the Golden Retriever, and NOT RARE at all.  By using the term 'rare', and adding the descriptive terms such as 'Rare White Russian' etc... some breeders are charging much higher prices for this so called 'rare' colour.

Both the British type Golden Retriever and the American style Golden Retriever breed standards allow for a broad spectrum of golden colour ranging from extremely light to extremely dark golden.

Color is a personal preference that has nothing to do with the Golden Retriever as a whole.

 Please visit this link to see the Illustrated Breed Standard of the Golden Retriever as defined by the Golden Retriever Club of Canada, which includes a photo of acceptable color ranges of the Golden Retriever.   This broad range of colour can not only be found in all countries around the world, but both light and dark shades of colour can even be found in the same Golden Retriever family!

 

What is the difference between British Golden Retrievers and American bred Golden Retrievers?

In general, the 'British type', or 'English Golden Retriever' is a heavier dog, with a flatter croup, and curlier hair than its American counterparts.  They have a broad skull, and deeper, wider muzzle.  Fanciers feel that the British type is a more balanced dog, have better front ends, as well as broader heads.

The 'American' type Golden Retriever generally is a lighter weight, more angulated dog, with a straighter, heavier coat than the British 'type'.  Fanciers feel the American type Golden have better rear quarters, better movement and excel in showmanship.

While there are may be different 'styles' of Golden Retriever based on each country's breed standard and each breeder's interpretation of that standard, there is only one type of Golden Retriever the world over and all are equal in value and quality.

For a more in depth comparison of the difference between British & American Golden Retrievers, please visit: "What Exactly Is An English Golden Retriever?" written by Bev Brown.

 

Resources:

United Kennel Club Golden Retriever Breed Standard

Canadian Kennel Club Golden Retriever Breed Standard

American Kennel Club Golden Retriever Breed Standard

Golden Retriever Club of Canada

 

 

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