The English Golden Retriever
There has been much controversy regarding the name "English Cream Golden Retriever" in the breeding world. Is there such thing? Obviously, we believe so but first we must define what an "English Cream Golden Retreiver" is.
"Cream" - The most common misconseption is that "English Goldens" are all cream/white. On the other hand, English Goldens go from almost pure white all the way to dark red. Sand Dune Golden kennel has chosen, just out of personal taste and nothing more, to purchase light colored Goldens (we just think they are so much more beautiful!). The other common misconception is that "Cream" Goldens are healthier and/or have a better temperament. Once again, that is false. The color is just asthetic and has no bearing whatsoever on the Goldens temperament or health benefits. Some people have also tried to state that there are health defects associated with the "Cream" colored Golden Retreiver. That couldn't be farther from the truth. As you will read below, there is scientific studies from the GRCA and the British Kennel Club disproving that color has any negative health defects whatsoever. In fact, the "English Golden" has been shown to be healthier and live longer than the American Golden Retreiver but it has nothing to do with the color of the dog.
"English" - The most common misconception is that "English" means that the dog was imported in from England or has English origins. The truth is all Goldens have a English origin and most "English Cream" Goldens are not from England at all. Why then do we call them "English" Golden Retrievers? There are major breed standards in the Golden Retriever world today: The AKC (American Kennel Club) and the KC (British Kennel Club). Most of the worlds, outside of the US and Canada go by the KC standards. So the term "English" Golden retriever is given to Goldens that gas a geneology and has been bread according to the British Kennel Clubs standards. Many times people give them the name British Goldens, European Goldens or even English-type Goldens. Sand Dune Kennel personally likes British and European Goldens over English Golden but the name has already been coined and popularized which is why it is used on our website. The name is of no importance. For more information please see the article
The health differences between the English Golden and the American Golden are staggering. It is the greatest reason why a serious dog seeker will consider purchasing an English Golden over an American Golden. The money saved in purchasing an American Golden pales in comparison to the vet bills accumulated over the dog's lifespan.
Cancer was the cause of death for 61.8% of American Goldens to a 1998 health study conducted by the Golden Retriever Club of America, making it the breed's biggest killer. The most common types of cancers in goldens are hemangiosarcoma, followed by lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumor, and osteosarcoma. The incidence of cancer among English bloodlines is significantly lower than in the American lines. In fact the British Kennel Club did a very extensive study recently and found that cancer only caused the death of 38.8% of English Goldens. The median age of an English Golden is 12 years and 3 months according to the study, but the median age of an American Golden is only 10 years 8 months. This means that on average an English Golden will live 1 year and 7 months longer than an American Golden and English Goldens get cancer almost 1/2 as often as American Goldens.