English Cream Golden Retriever - Popular Family Choice

English Cream Golden Retriever - Popular Family Choice

Author WDF Staff


Golden Retrievers are the most popular choice for family pets in the world. These dogs have amazing temperaments, and there is a good reason for their popularity. There aren’t many breeds that are so intelligent, friendly, and full of affection. The men’s golden best friend maybe started as a gun dog, but they prefer living the suburban family life these days.

You might be wondering why is the term “English Cream” important and how are English Cream Golden Retrievers different from the “standard” Goldens. The truth is there are some slight differences, but they are a part of the same breed. Here is what you should know if you are interested in English Cream Golden Retrievers.

What exactly are English Cream Goldens?

The term “English Cream” refers to a different shade of these dogs. Golden Retrievers usually come in various shades of golden color ranging from nearly white to darker yellow/brownish shades. That doesn’t mean these dogs have different genetic material. It is just like in humans; some have darker hair while others have lighter hair.

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English Cream Retriever is a name given to white Golden Retrievers. Some breeders are trying to use the situation and convince their buyers that this is a rare and unique color imported from the UK or Europe. The truth is that English Cream Goldens are not that rare and can be found all over Europe and the US. These dogs are also called European Golden Retrievers and rare white Goldens. Both are misleading terms because these dogs are not that rare.

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Do they have different temperaments?

One of the best things about these dogs is their character. That is what makes them so famous and beloved by families across the globe. Golden Retrievers are relatively energetic, so you will have to make sure you provide them with plenty of room to run and spend their energy. Even if you do not have a yard, these dogs will be happy with going to a dog park to play with other dogs.


One of the most attractive things about the Goldens, in general, is their friendliness. They are outgoing, playful, and great with kids of all ages. They have plenty of energy, so there is no problem keeping up with the toddler’s pace. These dogs are highly food-motivated, so training them with treats is a pleasure. They are devoted and loyal to their families.

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English Cream Retrievers are precisely like that. They love being a part of the family and will do anything they can to shower their owners with love and affection. One of their best features is their sensitivity to their owner’s feelings. There are plenty of online videos showing how thoughtful and supportive these dogs are. That is one of the reasons why so many English Golden Retrievers are chosen as guide dogs or service dogs.

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One of their defining characteristics is their intelligence. These dogs can perform complicated tasks, which is something you would expect from a service dog. Goldens are also often chosen as search and rescue dogs, cadaver dogs, police dogs, emotional support dogs, and therapy dogs. All of these things wouldn’t be possible if these dogs aren’t as intelligent as they are.

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Difference between English Cream Retrievers and Golden Retrievers

Over the years, different bloodlines developed differently. All Golden Retrievers, no matter English or American, come from Scotland and share their DNA. However, selective breeding made some difference between the two “varieties.”

English Cream Golden Retrievers have been bred to a different standard than the classic European Retrievers. Even their name “English” comes from the fact that most dog shows were held in England. Some of the lighter dogs were imported to the US via Canada, where dog owners preferred lighter dogs. Naturally, they started selectively breeding the lighter Goldens to create stable and healthy bloodlines.

white golden retriever

Subtle differences

There are subtle differences that a trained eye can quickly notice. Even though these dogs are part of the same breed, they are held to slightly different standards. Standard or American Golden Retrievers have:

  • Darker color
  • Almond-shaped eyes
  • Slightly upward curved tails
  • Thinner, lighter appearance
  • 10 - 11 years life expectancy

The most noticeable difference between these two types is their color. Americans have darker golden color while English Cream Retrievers are nearly white. They also have:

  • Round eyes
  • Tail leveled with their back
  • Stockier build and more mass
  • 12 years life expectancy

Some breeders say that these dogs are less prone to cancer, but that is yet to be 100% proven.

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Problems with the registration

While these dogs are a part of the same breed, the US cynology body does not allow these dogs to be registered as “Cream” Retrievers. The cynology association in the US only allow Goldens to be registered as dark golden, golden, and light golden. Most breeders register their dogs as light golden Golden Retrievers.

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English Cream Golden Retriever price

When it comes to getting a dog, there are a few things to consider. The buying part is not the only thing you should account for. These dogs can get relatively large, and they are heavy shedders. Think about the amount of food, vet bills, insurance, and toys you will get your dog. All of those things are important and should be a part of your dog’s life.

english cream retriever puppies

Different breeders will ask different amounts for their English Cream Golden Retriever puppies. You mustn’t fall for marketing tricks like this being a rare or unique color. The average price for a well-bred English Cream Retriever puppy can range anywhere from $1.500 to $2.000. Of course, top breeding and dog show champion lines can go a lot higher.

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