What are English Cream Golden Retrievers? Are they different from American Goldens? How are they similar? Are there REALLY health differences? Are there exaggerations on the internet? What is the history of the breed? You will find answers to these questions and more on this page.[Read more…] about What Are English Cream Golden Retrievers?
About English Golden Retrievers
Ichthyosis is a condition characterized by scaly skin and dandruff. It does not cause itching, scabbing, or hot spots. Ichthyosis is not the same thing as allergies. In Golden Retrievers, it is usually very mild. However, in other breeds it can be much more severe. The Golden Retriever Club of America says that it is a rare condition even though a high percentage of dogs are testing positive for it. A few breeders are making a big deal out of it. Most don’t test for it at all. We, along with a growing number of other breeders are taking a middle of the road approach. We do the test and use the results in making good breeding decisions. At the same time, we feel that this is a minor issue and that there are many other concerns that are more important.[Read more…] about Ichthyosis
Genetic eye problems in Golden Retrievers fall into two categories. The diseases that should be tested for on a yearly basis by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist is the first category. Those diseases for which there is a DNA test make up the second category.[Read more…] about Genetic Eye Problems in Golden Retrievers
25% of English Goldens Have Some Level of Elbow Dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia in Golden Retrievers has only been tested for in the last decade and according to OFA’s website is not as widespread as hip dysplasia. 11% of the Golden Retriever x-rays sent to OFA for evaluation show some signs of elbow dysplasia. However, almost 25% of the Golden Retriever x-rays sent to BVA in England show some level of elbow dysplasia. Most breeders do not check for it in either place. In fact, according to the Golden Retriever Club of America’s website, probably most breeders who belong to the GRCA do not test for it.[Read more…] about Elbow Dysplasia in Golden Retrievers
Almost 20% of Golden Retrievers tested by OFA show hip dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia is a problem in Golden Retrievers in both America and overseas. According to OFA, 19.9% of the Golden Retriever hip x-rays evaluated by OFA show hip dysplasia. This statistic would undoubtedly be higher if all breeders would send in x-rays on all their dogs whether good or bad. Many of the worst dogs are being left out of these numbers. Statistics from BVA