1. What is an English Cream Golden Retriever?
There is actually no such breed as an English Cream Golden Retriever. The term English Cream is a slang term that was coined by Americans and attached to those Golden Retrievers that happen to be cream colored in England, Europe, Australia, and even Canada. In actuality, Golden Retrievers in England and all of Europe range in color from cream to gold. Many Americans have become enamored with the cream color, but it is more than just their color that makes the European Golden Retrievers beautiful. They are bred to a different standard. See the next question for more details.
2. What is the difference in an English Golden Retriever and an American Golden Retriever?
See our page English Golden Retrievers Compared to American Golden Retrievers for a summary of the differences and similarities in appearance and temperament.
3. Why are there so many names for Golden Retrievers bred to the KC Standard?
English Golden Retrievers are actually referred to as simply Golden Retrievers in Europe and in other countries around the world. It is only in the U.S. that a different name has been attached to them. Most likely it is because the cream color of many of the Golden Retrievers in Europe and some of the other beautiful attributes of those Goldens overseas makes them stand out as different in the U.S.
They are registered in the United States with AKC like any other Golden Retriever and they are not always cream. Many of the most beautiful
4. What are the health differences between American and English Goldens?
As is discussed on our home page, we feel that there are health differences. Most notably, there is evidence that the cancer rate in Golden Retrievers is less in Europe than in the U.S. Click Here to see results of a study done by the Golden Retriever Club of America on cancer. Click Here to see results of a study done by the Kennel Club in England on cancer. These studies were not meant to be compared. The sample was not large enough to make the results conclusive. However, the difference is noticeable. About 60% of American Goldens die of cancer. 40% of Golden Retrievers in England die of cancer. We feel that these results cannot be ignored. We think that the overall health of English Goldens is better. The average life span is more than a year longer.
However, there are a few health issues that are a bigger problem in English lines. Go to our Health page to read about several problems that many Goldens are prone to. This page also discusses how we test to screen for those problems.
5. Is Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia more prevalent in Golden Retrievers in the United States or in Europe?
Though some breeders are saying that there is less hip dysplasia in English Golden Retrievers, I do not believe that to be true and have never seen any evidence that supports such statements. Read our page on Hip Dysplasia in Golden Retrievers to understand the different ways that hips are tested and how the criteria for what is considered an acceptable dog to breed differs between the continents. Read our Elbow Dysplasia in Golden Retrievers for information on this health issue. Hip and Elbow Dysplasia is a problem in all Golden Retrievers and your best chance of getting a dog free from it is to get a puppy whose parents and other relatives have been tested and received good test results and to take care of your puppy’s growing joints while he/she is young.
is PRA-1 and OFA eye testing?
Read our Genetic Eye Problems in the Golden Retriever page for information on the eye diseases that we feel should be tested for before breeding a litter.
7. I have seen a test on a few breeders website for Ichthyosis. What is it?
Read our Ichthyosis page for information on this minor skin problem that we are now testing for.
8. How much do English Golden Retrievers shed?
We sweep or vacuum almost every day and brush the dogs often. In the spring and summer, I still have some white fuzz on my brown hardwood floors. Of course, I have 6 Goldens in the house which is far more than most will ever have. My females will blow their coat a couple of months after weaning a litter of puppies. You can almost see the hair falling out at that time, but they do not shed again for many months, almost a year. Some Goldens will profusely shed in the spring and have a much thinner coat for the summer. English Goldens
9. Which makes the better pet, a male or female?
With Golden Retrievers, there is not a lot of difference in the personality/temperament of boys and girls. Both are loving and sweet. I believe the parents of a litter make a bigger difference in temperament than the sex of the puppy. However, with that said, I will say that within a litter, there is probably a bigger percentage of girls that are calmer and a bigger percentage of boys that are more loving and less independent. These are only generalities though and I’ve had litters where the calmest puppy in the litter was a boy and the most loving was a girl. The biggest difference between the sexes is in size and look. Boys are 10-15 pounds heavier and boys will have a bigger, blockier head whereas a girl’s head will be more feminine.