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We had babies late Sunday night; 6 girls and 2 boys! Kenai and puppies are doing well.
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It should also be noted that 'English Cream' is a slang term. It has stuck here in America much like Kleenex has for any tissue. 'Rare White Goldens' or any other moniker is a ploy to try and convince you that a coat color is the most important aspect of a dog. Structure, health and Temperament are what you want to be looking for. Goldens are always referred to as Golden Retrievers in their country of origin. The distinction is made to identify what standard the animal has been bred to. The AKC and CKC have a different standard than almost every other country in the world. Most Clubs adhere to The Kennel Club (England) standard. These two different standards are what has produced the varying look and ultimately the varying temperament and health.
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What are the differences of Breed Standard? While its true that many imported Golden Retrievers have lighter coats than the American lines, there ARE varieties of coat color in the European clubs. My animals are all of imported stock and while I strive to have light coats, my focus is on the whole dog. The various clubs have quite similar standards in Europe with the most notable difference (other than allowing cream coats) is that they allow for a smaller (by 2 inches) animal. Weight is nearly the same to a bit smaller, but their clubs do not generally dictate a weight. They have broader heads and the eyes are rounder and noses are darker and coal like in their contrast with the light coats. The typical chest structure allows for a more protruding chest area than seen in their American counterparts and strong solid necklines supporting those gorgeous heads, while the Americans tend to have more 'apron' hairs. While some Americans breeders will say that the hind quarters of Americans are superior, I would dispute this as I have seen some quite lovely structured rears and angled thigh/stifle combinations. These look to me to balance the rest of the dog's structure - though I'm quite sure the superior American breeders and the European breeders could debate structure until the cows come home!
*Please consider carefully the breeder's knowledge of Goldens. If they advertise the 'Rare white Golden', 'Platinum blondes', or like the 'goldens Oprah owns'; that they have missed the point of the choosing a healthy line. They are chasing a fad and likely don't have the great lines. The pretty coat is just icing on the cake - you want the health and temperament to be the brag issue. If they don't get it - you won't get it.
These characteristics are the phenotype (what you see)...These dogs are beautiful, but its the GENOTYPE (what you don't see) that makes them sought after.
Years of careful planning, outcrossing, linebreeding, testing, and a devotion to the dog, not a focus on money have produced excellent animals. This is seen not only in the well sculpted bone, the chiseling of the musculature; but in the health standards as well. Generations of testing, generations of health, of only breeding worthy animals have allowed the European qualities to remain steadfast. Cancer has also become a horrible plague on the American lines of both fame and common line. I have now developed a separate page talking about this important and devastating issue in greater detail Cancer information While cancer is occurring in the European clubs, it is to a much lesser degree and occurs at an older age; not bringing down the average life expectancy. Most notable is the TEMPERAMENT of these fabulous animals.
The approach to breeding in European countries is culturally different. Breeding is focused on improvement, camaraderie, and mutual respect. Competing Kennels often use each other's dogs to improve qualities and traits. Exposure of animals is greater as Breeders often travel to many different countries to compete and get new blood in their lines. What you get is a much broader perspective on the standard and genetic information is shared and used to mutual benefit. I am very pleased to say however that among my local/regional English Breeders we have formed a lovely community of knowledge sharing, support, and referrals between those of us who practice ethical breeding.
Once you are exposed to the practices that we have been blessed to discover and bring here, its just hard to look anywhere else. I will be forever grateful to the Breeders who have provided me with such wonderful animals, support, and information. As long as I don't have babies (birth to 4 weeks is a total 'black out' period for me) you are welcome to come and see what I mean.