Ruthie ~ An English Cream (White) Golden Retriever

Everyone knows that golden retrievers are beautiful dogs blessed with long, shiny coats in some shade of gold — and they have wonderful demeanors to boot.

If you've seen the English cream golden retriever, or "white" golden retriever, in magazines or ads, you may be wondering what it is and where you can get one. What makes them different from the average golden retriever that you see every day in America? Are they the same breed? Is the only difference the coat color? In this article we will take a look at some differences and learn the truth about English cream golden retrievers.

Below, you'll find answers to these questions:

  1. Are cream-colored Golden Retrievers still Golden Retrievers?
  2. Are American Golden Retrievers genetically different from English ones?
  3. How do English Golden Retrievers compare with American Golden Retrievers?
  4. Do English Retrievers shed less?
  5. Are cream or white-colored Golden Retrievers healthier than darker Goldens?
  6. Are white Golden Retrievers rare?
  7. What colors of Golden Retrievers are there?
  8. How much do cream (white) Golden Retrievers cost?
  9. How to buy a white Golden Retriever puppy from a breeder?
  10. Can cream-colored Goldens be officially recognized by the AKC?
  11. What do different countries' kennel clubs say about cream-colored retrievers?
  12. What is the history, temperament, and general health of the breed?

Are Cream Golden Retrievers Still Golden Retrievers?

Yes. It's incorrect to call a lighter-colored golden retriever by a different name. Sometimes, breeders change their name to trick buyers into thinking that these lighter-colored dogs are rare. Some breeders incorrectly call them "rare white European golden retrievers," "exquisite platinum imported golden retrievers," or "English cream golden retrievers." But, no matter what they are called, they are golden retrievers; they are recognized as such by English and Canadian authorities.

Are American Golden Retrievers Genetically Different From English Ones?

Somewhat. Even though American goldens descend from English lines imported to the U.S. via Canada, the breed evolved and developed differently than its English counterpart because it was bred according to the American Kennel Club standard rather than the standard of the Kennel Club of the UK. Let's take a look at a few of the differences.

English Golden Retriever vs. American Golden Retriever

  English American


Generally Lighter

Generally darker


Level slope

Back slopes down a little


Broader head

Narrower profile that blends into skull


Round, level eyes



Level with eyes

Behind and just above the eyes


Long, protruding neck. Clean and often trimmed ruff.

Medium length, muscular, and untrimmed


Level with back

Slight upward curve


Heavier, stockier build

Leaner, more lightweight appearance


Male: 22-24 in. Femaie: 20-22 in.

Male: 23-24 in. Female: 21.5-22.5


12 years

10-11 years

Cancer Rate



Do English Retrievers Shed Less?

Because English retrievers have less hair, you will notice less hair around the house, but this does not mean that they shed less compared to their American counterparts. All retrievers shed at the same rate and usually shed the most during spring and fall.

Are Cream or White-Colored Golden Retrievers Healthier Than Darker Goldens?

The color of the coat has nothing to do with a dog's healthBut ancestry could possibly have an effect on health.

  • There is at least a little evidence that, on average, English bloodlines are healthier.
  • A 1998 study found that 61.8 percent of American goldens died from cancers, such as hemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, mast-cell tumors, and osteosarcoma, whereas a 2004 British Kennel Club Purebred Dog Health Survey for Golden Retrievers found that only 38.8 percent of goldens from English bloodlines were affected by cancer.
  • Research also found that goldens from English bloodlines had an average lifespan of 12 years and 3 months whereas American goldens lived for an average of 10 years and 8 months.
  • This data does not necessarily mean that an English retriever is immune from cancer and will die only at a ripe old age.
  • There is plenty of anecdotal evidence of English retrievers dying from cancer and living shorter lives than expected.
  • The health of your dog will depend on good breeding lines not on whether it is English or American, cream-colored or toffee-colored.
  • The secret to health and longevity is ultimately a combination of nature and nurture—good genes plus optimal care by responsible owners.

Are White Golden Retrievers Rare?

No. Those who are looking for a "white" or "platinum" golden retriever will be disappointed. While some goldens may appear very light in color, they are not actually white. The color white doesn't genetically appear in this breed. Any ad offering "rare white golden retriever puppies" should be interpreted as a scam! Terms like "white," "platinum," "rare," or even "English cream" are marketing words used to trick buyers into paying more for an ordinary retriever with a lighter coat color.

A "white" golden is also frowned upon by both British and American kennel clubs. Any amount of light-colored hair is considered a fault and will be penalized.

Golden Retriever Colors

  • Cream
  • Light Golden
  • Golden
  • Dark Golden

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.


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3.67 years!
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191.28 weeks!
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