Candy Rock Golden Retrievers offers the English Cream Golden Retriever puppies for Sale in Oxford, NC. Known in US and Canada as the English Cream Golden Retriever, the European Golden Retriever is still simply a Golden Retriever. What exactly is the difference between the American Golden Retriever we mainly see here in the USA and the English Cream Golden Retriever. Well, the short answer is that while the English Cream has a lighter coat, it is still simply a Golden Retriever. However, held to slightly different standards in most ways they are exactly the same. Most people ask me if the English Golden is blockier or bigger and the answer is no! But lets go over the European history and breed standard of the English Cream Golden and what the differences are.
The UK Kennel Club breed standard, adopted across Europe says coat color is:
”Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany.”
And the AKC standard says it is:
”Rich, lustrous golden of various shades.”
The Golden Retriever's coat comes in all shades of gold from light to dark. When different Golden Retriever Clubs across the world describe the breed
using words like 'rich' and 'lustrous' in the U.S. breed standard caused breeders to favor the darkest shades. While in Europe, lighter colors are specifically mentioned. So breeders hoping to achieve the best match to the standard and win show titles would err towards light-colored puppies.
Another point of difference in the breed standards is size.
22-24 inches (male) 65-75 pounds (male) Average 10-12 Years
20-22 inches (female) 55-65 pounds (female)
What's important to remember is that breeders on both continents are still working with the same breed of dog. There has been no known difference in temperament. The Golden is known across the world as the ultimate people dog. The Golden Retriever can trace its roots back to the 19th century. A Scottish aristocrat named Lord Tweedmouth founded the breed as a gentleman’s hunting dog and retriever. Lord Tweedmouth wanted a dog with a thick double coat, who wouldn’t mind the cold Scottish climate. But, differences in opinion about the ideal Golden Retriever has meant that in each country, breeders have typically tried to achieve slightly different looks.
Goldens were recognized by the United Kingdom Kennel Club (UKC) in 1911. Around the same time, fans of the breed started taking them to America and Canada. The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognized the new breed in 1925. And the American Kennel Club (AKC) followed suit in 1932.
This recognition by three separate breed registries is the crux of why European Goldens are sometimes described as being distinct from American Goldens. Each breed registry has drafted and agreed its own description of the ideal Golden Retriever. This is known as a breed standard.
Most countries outside of the USA and Canada use the breed standard set by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), who in turn have adopted the UK Kennel Club version. So European Golden Retriever breeders trying to produce show-quality Goldens follow the UK breed standard, and American breeders follow the AKC standard.
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