English Cream Retriever
A Golden Retriever with a foreign twist
"The breed’s most readily identifiable characteristic is its rich, lustrous golden color. Another essential characteristic is proper temperament. A Golden Retriever is friendly, calm, compliant and compatible with people and other dogs. Goldens are particularly good with children. The Golden Retriever’s friendly temperament is reflected in his kindly expression. The Golden Retriever is a powerfully built dog, with a good nose for tracking, a soft mouth, and an eagerness to learn." -United Kennel Club
A Brief History
The Golden Retriever was developed in the Scottish Highlands as a gundog that could excel in cold and rainy weather. As the breed gained in popularity, two distinct types of Golden Retriever were refined. While the term "English Cream Retriever" is widely known as simply a marketing term and not a valid breed descriptor, we beg to differ. The physical differences, as well as health, structure, and temperament differences are widely apparent when comparing American Golden Retrievers to the European English Cream Retrievers.
English Cream Retrievers are short and stocky built dogs, and should weigh between 60-80 pounds at maturity. They are sometimes described as "big boned."
Accepted Colors and Coat Type
English Cream Retrievers have a gorgeous cream, almost white, double coat. Their outer coat is soft and silky, and they develop long "feathering" on their necks, legs, and tails. Their undercoat is wooly and thick and protects their skin from cold water. English Cream Retrievers are high shedding dogs.
Personality and Temperament
"Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability." -British Kennel Club
Recommended Health Testing
We strive to health test our adult breeding dogs to match or exceed the AKC's CHIC Program standards. Some of our dogs will have less testing depending on their lineage testing. Some dogs will exceed CHIC standards, such as our stud dogs who are offered to outside females with unknown lineage testing.
Follow the link(s) below to view the CHIC recommended health tests for this breed.