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How Are English Cream Golden Retrievers Different?

If you've been thinking of getting a golden retriever, you've probably been looking at puppies from various breeders. Along the way, you might come across some breeders selling English cream golden retriever puppies. At first glance, these pups may look about the same as any other golden retriever. But there are actually some important differences between English creams and other golden retrievers—and they're important to understand before you purchase a pup. Here are some of the most important points to consider.

They have a lighter coat throughout their entire life.

When they're just puppies, English cream golden retrievers may not look like they're too different in color from the more common American golden retrievers. However, as they grow older, the difference in their coat color will become more obvious. English cream goldens are not white, but some are so light you could call them off-white. Others are a slightly darker cream. All are significantly lighter than the goldenrod color of an American golden.

They tend to be calmer.

English cream golden retrievers and American golden retrievers are actually the same breed. However, they come from different bloodlines within that breed, which means they have some different characteristics aside from just their coat colors. English creams tend to be calmer and more subdued than their American golden retriever friends. If you're older, less mobile, or just want a dog with fewer zoomies, an English cream puppy may be a good choice for you.

They're more likely to come from Europe.

The golden retriever, as a breed, originated in Scotland. So technically, all goldens can trace their bloodlines back to these early, Scottish dogs. However, most American golden retrievers are descended from lines of dogs that have been in the U.S. for a long time. Many English cream golden retrievers have closer ties to Europe. Their parents may have been imported, or perhaps their grandparents may have come from Europe. They don't all come from England—that's a bit of a misnomer as many are imported from Scotland—but it's easier to find a cream with close ties to Europe.

Now that you have a better understanding of what distinguishes an English cream golden retriever from others in the breed, you can start shopping for puppies! Regardless of which type of golden retriever you choose, you can count on your pup being a friendly, loving companion for many years. 

For more information about English cream golden retriever puppies, contact a local breeder.