10 Facts You Didn’t Know About The English Cream Golden Retriever

English Cream Golden Retriever Feature

Ranking as the 3rd most popular dog breed in America, it is unsurprising that the Golden Retriever is a dog we all know and love.

However, the English Cream Golden Retriever may not be a breed you are as familiar with:

  • What is the difference between the English Cream and the traditional American Golden Retriever?
  • Are there added health benefits?
  • Do English Cream Retrievers cost the same?
  • Are they the same breed?

Not to fear, this article contains a complete guide to the English Cream Golden Retriever, discussing everything from their loving and gentle personalities to what they are like as tiny puppies.

Let’s begin with ten facts you didn’t know about this breed.

1. They Are Actually Called Rare White European Retrievers

English Cream Golden Retriever Portrait
This breed is thought to be about 171 years old

Recently, the term English Cream Golden Retriever has been popping up everywhere, but what dog breed are they?

Sometimes referred to as Rare White European Retrievers or Exquisite Platinum Imported Golden Retrievers, these canines are often claimed to be healthier than standard Golden Retrievers.

However, this is untrue.

An English Cream Golden Retriever is a Golden Retriever that is paler in coat color and English in origin.

They are not pure white, but instead a pale yellow to cream.

2. English Cream Golden Retrievers Were First Bred in Scotland

First seen in Scotland, the English Cream Golden Retriever was bred somewhere between 1854 and 1894.

Around 1868, Baron Tweedmouth of Guisachan bred together his two rare dogs, Wavy Coated Retriever x Tweed Water Spaniel (both now extinct).

The four puppies were used as gundogs and favored for their “soft mouth” grip.

Their skill of retrieval was unrivaled as they could retrieve both in water and on land.

Over time this breed made its way over to America, the first records show the Golden Retreiver popping up in America in around 1910.

Shortly afterwards, in November 1925 the first Retriever was registered with the American Kennel Club being named the American Golden Retriever.

3. English Cream Golden Retrievers Have Three Bloodlines

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It is important to understand the difference between American, English and Canadian Golden Retrievers.

While they are all descended from the same original bloodline, transatlantic breeding has caused slight variations in the breed and breed standards.

Despite their slightly different appearance, personality variations are uncommon, and all three bloodlines have similar temperaments.

English Cream Golden Retrievers have a broad head and body, but are the smallest of the three.

Standing between 20 and 22 inches, they are easy to spot with their round, dark eyes and generally lighter coats.

In comparison, American and Canadian Golden Retrievers are often darker and taller. Canadian Goldens also tend to be slightly slimmer than their American and English cousins.

4. Cream Is Not An Accepted Breed Color

Golden Retriever Dog

Because of this, potential owners may struggle to find an English Cream Golden Retriever.

When reviewing their breed standard you will notice cream is not an accepted color.

5. They Are Not Healthier Than Golden Retrievers

Some breeders will try and advertise these canines as “healthier” because of their cream color coat.

However, there is no evidence to support this.

English Cream Golden Retrievers are prone to the same health conditions seen in darker coated Golden siblings.

Although it is thought to be less common in this breed (when compared with Labrador Retrievers) hip and elbow dysplasia are frequently seen in this pooch.

As with other large dog breeds, hip dysplasia is a developmental condition caused by incorrect formation of the hip joint.

Generally speaking, the condition is genetic, but can also be triggered by obesity at a young age.

In most cases the condition can be managed with pain medication, but in more severe cases hip dysplasia may require surgery to correct.

They are also prone to Osteochondritis Dissecans. This is a condition whereby the cartilage separates from the bone.

It can occur anywhere within the body but is most commonly seen in the elbow, knee, shoulder or hip joints.

Retrievers are also known to have ongoing problems with their eyes and heart.

Conditions such as cataracts are often commonplace in the English Cream Golden Retriever, and although uncommon, it is not unheard of for this breed to develop heart issues such as Cardiomyopathy.

A survey completed in 2004 found that the three most common causes of death for the Golden Retriever were: various types of cancer, heart issues and old age.

6. English Cream Golden Retrievers Should Run For 1 Hour/Day

English Cream Golden Retriever In The Forest
These active dogs need around 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Like other types of Retriever, the English Cream Golden Retriever is at his happiest outdoors.

Nothing brings this breed more joy than a game of fetch with their favorite human- except maybe a cuddle at home afterward.

True to their heritage, these guys love to swim and are true waterdogs.

Consequently, owners should try to take these dogs to places where it is safe for them to swim.

On average, this breed needs around two walks each day, 30 minutes each in length. Try to keep these walks varied to keep their interest and prevent them from getting bored.

Although very good natured, like any other breed, they will grow bored if their exercise needs are not met (this can lead to problem behaviors such as destructive behavior and barking).

7. English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy’s Cost Up To $3,500

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy

The best way to describe these puppies is cute.

While all puppies tend to be cute, these little white balls of fluff manage to be very cute!

It is not uncommon to find varying shades of pale cream to gold within the same eight puppy litter.

English Cream Golden Retriever puppies are often described as little bundles of energy.

These curious pups love to be out exploring and don’t quite understand the concepts of strangers, just friends they haven’t made yet.

Prospective owners can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,500 USD for a Golden Retriever puppy of any coat color.

This price can vary depending on pedigree, show status, location and the breeder’s reputation.

Owners may struggle to find a suitable breeder in America. This lack of supply to meet demand, combined with their high price tag, makes this breed a magnet for irresponsible breeders and puppy farms.

Consequently, when shopping for a puppy it is important to be sure you are finding a responsible breeder.

8. They Are Known For Their Heavy Shedding Coat

Golden Retriever
Retrievers are a playful breed, who are at their happiest while out playing with their owner.

While this dog has a very mellow and low maintenance personality, the exact opposite is true of their grooming routine.

Goldens are known for their heavy shedding and the English Cream Golden Retriever is no different.

If not brushed regularly enough, their long hair will matt, so it is important to brush them from nose to tail tip at least once a week.

While they shed year-round, they will have two yearly “blow outs” whereby they shed their undercoat and grow in a new seasonal one.

During this time, daily grooming with a shedding brush or glove is necessary to give your furniture any kind of chance and to stop the hair from matting.

These dogs love to play in muddy puddles and roll in the mud so bathing when dirty is the best way to preserve their lighter coats.

However, overbathing is very bad for them and causes skin conditions such as Atopic Dermatitis.

Consequently, owners should only bath when necessary, using a shampoo designed for dogs with sensitive skin.

Ears will need regular checks and cleaning to prevent infection and tooth brushing will also need to occur to keep breath minty fresh!

Nails will need to be clipped to prevent them from getting too long; this should be done by a professional, such as a groomer or veterinarian.

9. This Dog Eats Three Meals Every Day

English Cream Golden Retriever Smiling
They love mud, so be prepared to regularly wash their light-colored coats!

There is not a lot that the English Cream Golden Retriever dog does not enjoy!

Like other Retrievers, these dogs are not fussy in what they eat, preferring instead to gobble up anything they can get their cream-colored paws on!

Whatever owners choose to feed, it should be between 2 and 3 cups (or equivalent) of high quality dog food. This should be split into three or two meals each day (one in the morning and in the evening).

Whatever you feed, it should contain around 30% protein, 12-18% fat and 30-35% carbohydrates.

When it comes to treats, try to feed healthier treats such as dog safe fruits and vegetables, as opposed to calorie filled over the counter treats.

This breeds diet works best if you follow the 80/20 rule.

Feeding 80% of your dog’s calories in their main food source and making up the remaining extra 20% with treats.

Some owners recommend feeding bones as a form of dental hygiene.

However, this should be done with caution, only feed thicker bones to avoid splintering, only allow your dog to chew for short periods of time and only ever feed under owner supervision.

10. English Cream Golden Retrievers Are Perfect Family Dogs

English Cream Golden Retriever Face

Kind, loving and gentle, these guys are renowned for their patience with children.

Their kind and playful nature makes them a perfect match for young children.

Although they are considered to be a large dog, they are extremely gentle and are not at all accident prone.

This patience and kindness extends to other household pets.

With good socialization, this loving pooch gets on well with all pets, big and small. Even if they are introduced to one another later in life, the English Cream Golden Retriever is very patient and will quickly adapt to their new companion.

Known to be very intelligent and to enjoy games, a bored Retriever is a menace, barking, howling and even destroying furniture.

To stimulate this canine, it may be beneficial to teach your dog tricks, or even enter them in a canine sport.

They naturally want to please, and consequently they make very fast learners.

It is not uncommon to see one of their siblings in an obedience ring, picking up basic and more complicated commands very quickly.

Although that being said, they are known to have a cheeky and mischievous side and occasionally may put their own fun first!

Summary

An English Cream Golden Retriever (as the name implies) is a Golden Retriever of English origin with a cream coat.

They are slightly different to an American Retriever but have similar genetics and personalities.

Some breeders will try to charge more for puppies, saying that they are healthier, but there is very little evidence to support this.

They are kind and loving dogs, with gentle personalities that win over the whole family, making good dogs for people of all ages, looking for an active dog who loves to play with their closest human companions.

Do you have an English Cream Golden Retriever at home? Are you thinking of getting one? Leave us a comment down below giving us your thoughts on this excellent breed.

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John Woods is the Founder of All Things Dogs and leads our editorial team as our Editor in Chief. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, he has been a dog lover since he was 13 years old. John is parent to Nala, a working lab retriever. John has also volunteered at multiple animal shelters, where he gained firsthand experience of rehabilitation and force-free positive reinforcement training methods.
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40 Comments

  1. Good article that captures the Golden Retriever. However, the high price tag might get people looking for puppy mills. I had a beautiful boy that did not cost an arm and leg to purchase. Not being interested in a show dog, I searched rescues. The dogs may not be show structured, but the personality is still GR!

  2. Great article about English Cream Golden’s. I lost my 14 yr old American Golden in a July. I’ve found a reputable English Cream Golden breeder that I’ve been in contact with. I’m planning on a spring 2020 puppy if all goes well. The breeder has puppies available now ready for adoption in December but to soon after the loss of my Golden in July. The pups are really cute little fluff balls at 5 weeks old now.

  3. We have a beautiful one year female English cream. We had an American Golden years ago-loves him too! Difference in body shape is distinct. Same great personality as our other GR. Loves other dogs and friendly toward new people. Our English is very healthy, playful and extremely smart. She loves to eat everything. Diet is important. This breed is stockier and seems to look thick or a bit overweight. Good luck, and have fun with this beautiful breed!

  4. I rescued my four year old English golden female from Korea last march. She is a delight. She is a happy girl who loves people and demands a lot of loving. I’m very glad to have saved her as she is a beautiful dog who garners attention where ever we go!

    • Golden Retrievers are super-trainable and adaptable. In what respect do you mean a service dog? Like with any dog, their genetics, temperament and training will all contribute to their behavior.

      If you are asking a dog to carry out a particular job it’s essential to research the breeder in the first instance and explain your ultimate aims.

    • My service dog is a 2 year old English Cream. I did not get him for his coat, he could have been red for all I cared. I even asked for a female, but the service agency paired us up and we have been inseparable. He’s serious and knows his job. Yet, he’s not the smartest dog I’ve had, just a happy go lucky dog. I purposefully wanted a GR, because I need a dog who isn’t bored spending his life at my ankle and desiring to learn new things every 5 min (I’ve had Aussies and a Border Collie previously). I think their lack of focus on the world and instead on their handler makes them attentive to the job and great alert dogs (mine is an epileptic alert and response dog). His coat is a wavy cream (yes, he sheds like crazy) and he’s from a lineage without hip, knee or eye problems.

  5. Excellent article! I lost my dog of 14 years, a Westie. She use to always play with the cream GR at the park. She loved them. So— I got a cream GR, Snowy. She is amazing in every way, smart, fun, loyal and loving with everyone she meets, dogs and human. I’m one lucky lady!

  6. It’s good to know that these kinds of dogs have a mellow and low maintenance personality because we have little kids in my family. We want to get this kind of dog because my husband thinks they look really pretty. I’ll make sure to prepare for all the grooming I have ahead of me!

  7. I have a 2 year old English Cream. I hate to say, but I bought her online through a service. I really doubted it, but my friend had bought two of her siblings. They are perfect, I love the breed. This breed is mellow and loving and loyal. Not a mean bone in her body. Her name is Wynter and she is the color of snow with a hint of cream on her head. I absolutely love her. She is the most loving dog I have ever had!

  8. We just got one last night and will be bringing her home Monday or Tuesday! Dutchess Emmeline of Gaul is her official name “Emma” for short! We love her already and can’t wait to enjoy her as part of our family! 🙂

  9. I just purchased a English cream golden retriever a couple days ago and she is so lovable just having trouble with getting her walk with a leash. Any suggestions on how to get her to cooperate easier.

    • How old is your retriever? If she’s a puppy, she will understandably be wanting to explore the world around her. Ensure you take her to places where she can explore and sniff on a long line. When she’s a little more focused, that’s when you can work on leash training. It’s best having a treat pouch on your hip. Encourage her to stay close to you when walking by offering her treats. Slowly, she learns that being close by is a good place to be. You can reduce the amount of treats you give her as she progresses; leaving longer between treats. Yanking and correcting is totally ineffective at teaching leash manners so focus on helping her make positive associations about being close to you.

      • I am in MA and have been looking for a cream golden also. Have not had much luck. Any suggestions of local breeders?

        • We have an English Cream GR, he is beautiful. We previously had two American GRs. Most definitely the BEST dogs! Our Ole came from a breeder in Rice Lake, WI. They are the most beautiful, well mannered, loving and smart dogs.

    • Just be persistent and do it every day inside or out! Consistently repeating the training (one word commands) start at six months of age.

  10. I have a 1 yr old English Cream Named Toby. He is beautiful sweet and loving. He is a bit of a handful with a great personality. My question is his stomach used to be light pink but it’s gotten very dark. I thought it was dirt but it’s not. Is this normal once they start to mature?

    • Have you changed his food recently or has anything changed in his environment? Is he showing any signs of allergy or irritation, like excessive licking or scratching? Is it just his skin or his fur too?

    • Our boy had a white (pink) belly when we bought him at almost ten weeks. The skin on his belly turned dark grey. He is now 9 1/2 months and beautiful. He weighs 70+ pounds and is in his second obedience training class. This dog requires lots of exercise and work.

  11. Our guy is 6 and he is our little man. He loves to play and be chased, while he walks every day in the summer he will actually go jump in the pool and swim laps. Rolling in puddles is also his favorite game. With food he can learn anything within 2/3 reps, with repeats every couple of days. If you find out what he wants to do and tell him to do it he the most obedient dog otherwise he will exercise his right to goof around. He is our best friend.

  12. We lost our sweet and beloved 13 year old GR in September, and have recently adopted an ECGR from the same breeder, hoping he would be as gentle, obedient and mellow. Maybe it’s because he’s only 8 weeks old and we use treats to positively train him. He’s learned to sit and to go to his bed, so we know he’s trainable. Yet he refuses to stop being disobedient, such as trying to scratch at, chew on and eat anything that’s not nailed down, including moss, pebbles, shoes, furniture, etc. We continually redirected him with his toys. Do you have ANY ideas or tips to help us help him grasp what is a toy/food and what isn’t his to chew on or eat?

    • At 8 weeks puppies are still using their mouths to explore their world – much like human babies do. This will last for a few months yet. You are absolutely right in your approach, you just need to keep showing him what is acceptable to grab with his mouth (food, toys etc) and what isn’t. This is also the time when growing an extra pair of eyes would be helpful. Sadly, it’s not possible, so try to puppy proof the areas he accesses as much as possible. So if there are areas where he can easily get at nonedible things outside, can you limit his access with barriers? The same for inside, can you limit what he accesses with baby gates etc? His space needs to have everything out of reach – it’s a lot of work initially, but the best option for his safety. He will get there – every puppy parent has felt like you have, but it just takes time for them to figure out their world and what is acceptable behaviour and what keeps them safe.

      • Thank you so much for your response and the great advice! Our puppy is 18 weeks old now, and with some extra patience from his family combined with your great recommendations, things have much improved! He definitely needs supervision but positive (treat) reinforcement works wonders! ECGR are wonderful family pets!

  13. We have a 13 month old English Golden Retriever. She is a gentle soul. We got her from a family in Moreno Valley that had both the mother and father. Mother was from California and the father was from Texas. The first few months were tough for potty training but a doggy door helped greatly. Things that a struggle include taking a bath and riding in the car. She is scared to death to get in the car or truck. Unlike our 13 year old golden we lost a year ago January. We have tried throwing ham and hot dogs in the car, no luck. Suggestions?

    • It takes a lot of patience to tackle the car sometimes. Start by just having the trunk open or just hanging around by the car. Sit by the car and just let your dog explore. Don’t have any expectations about being around the car, it’s just making positive associations. Open and close a door. Then offer her a treat. Then open and close another door. Place a bed by the car if possible and just let her be around it. Open and close the trunk. Reward her. Open and close the trunk again. Then leave the trunk open. Small behaviors are the way to go. Then one of you sit at the end of the tailgate, offer her a treat. Get up and walk off. Offer her a treat off the end of the tailgate. Cheese is a great one. Be patient and ask her for small behaviors in the right direction. She’ll get there. Once she is accepting getting into the car. Let he back out. Slowly build up her time in the car without even going for a journey. Then close the trunk. Open it again. Again, slowly build up her time with the trunk closed. Then when she is confident, start with short journeys. 1 minute, 2 minutes etc. Always reward her when she gets out no matter how short the journey.

  14. At this time my husband and I have 2 cream colored Goldens. They are Lucy (6-1/2 yrs) and Katie (10-1/2 yrs). Our first, Lilly, died of cancer when she was 8 yrs old. We were devastated as was the breeder. We get so much joy from our girls and so do our granddaughters.

  15. Great article! We just got a 3 month old “English Cream” puppy about a month ago. He has doubled in size and hasn’t even filled out his loose skin yet. It’s like trying to hold onto a 20lb fluffy slinky. He chews on anything the kids drop (and things he can reach) and is constantly stealing shoes to chew on. His movements are still just the goofiest thing you’ve ever seen and he cracks us up every minute of the day. As far as “Mud puddles” go, you can add flower beds, mulch and good old Dirt to the list. We often call him “Dirty Dog 2”. (Dirty Dog 1 is my Westie) He has just started to agree to cuddling since he prefers to play fight with our 7 month old “Meagle” (Min-pin/Beagle)

  16. We have not been without a Golden since 1976, have sometimes had 2-3 at a time. We always have a high quality vacuum. A month ago our Rescue put out a plea for a foster, 9 year old male. We drove the 3 hours, Comet was let out of the house on his leash and a bag was dropped in the driveway with food and meds. He was a beautiful English Cream, that we later found out was in his third home in a year. The next day we called the vet, very healthy with exception of sore hips, but most shocking, not 9 but 12! So our intent to foster and put up for adoption immediately stopped, he has joined the family.

    He is a wonderful, gentle old boy, He has made friends with everyone in our community, people can’t believe his ultra friendly personality. Golden’s are great, in 1976 I thought I bought a yellow lab, best mistake of my life, labs are great too.

  17. Our ECGR is 1 year old today and a lot of her crazy ways are mellowing out a little. She still eats everything in the yard (no illness from it) and isn’t too bad about digging holes. She hasn’t been sick from anything yet but I worry about things she eats…fabrics, plants, etc. Her size is so different from our other golden… she is very very long and limber. She’s a great dog!

  18. So we just picked up Pilot last week, he is a mellow, wonderful pup. 8 wks and 14.8 lbs. Feel like he is a very large pup, his feet are enormous. Wondering what your pups weighed in at at 8 weeks and how big did they end up?
    He was one of 12 pups and definitely one of the bigger pups.

  19. I have a 18 month old Female and Her 9 month old Brother from the same Parents. I live in Eastern Oregon and got them from a Breeder in Idaho. There are a few Breeders near Boise. They have a great bond and are inseparable. She treats Him like a Little Brother.

  20. My golden died after 13 years and we decided to get an English cream. I have noticed a big difference in the shedding I feel like the English cream sheds way way more.

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