Don’t Be Decieved: English Cream Golden Retrievers

Our breeding program started out with a Scottish platinum blonde puppy named Sophie. While we focus on maintaining their “Scottish Heritage and Type,” our dogs vary from light to dark.

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A male "English cream" Golden Retriever. A male “English cream” Golden Retriever. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Golden retrievers come in a wide spectrum of colors. Sometimes they are bred as rare “English Cream” golden retrievers. This upsets me as much as when I hear the term “golden lab”. Each one is special in their own way, and fall under most breed club standards.

Here is a great article from The Golden Retriever Club of Canada that provides some great insight on the topic.

“English Cream Golden Retrievers”

In recent years there has been a sharp increase in internet marketing strategies aimed at specifically promoting cream-coloured Golden Retrievers. These light dogs are sometimes being presented to the general public as being exceptionally rare or extremely valuable and are often called ‘English Cream Golden Retrievers’ or ‘Rare White European Golden Retrievers’ or ‘Exquisite Platinum Imported Golden Retrievers’. Such cream Golden Retrievers are frequently being touted as being healthier, of…

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Made this GIF Yesterday

I love snow, nom nom nom nom nom nom nom

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I learned Photoshop with the intention of boosting my resume and getting a new job. But now I just spend all day making dog gifs.


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Man Selling Juiced-Up Ferrets as Puppies

 The Daily Mail published a story today about an Argentinian dog breeder who brought things to a bizarre new level.

After purchasing two Toy Poodle puppies from this breeder, the owner brought his new pets to the vet for their first checkup. He received devastating news. The puppies were suffering from an incurable condition for which there is no treatment available. The condition? The puppies weren’t puppies at all – they were ferrets.

The owner was scammed by a man who pumped the rodents full of steroids, applied hair products to their fur, and blow-dried it with a roller brush for maximum volume. The breeder brought the ferrets to a busy outdoor market passing them off as Toy Poodle puppies, charging $150 each. I don’t know what’s harder to believe: that there’s a man sitting at home blow drying rodents; or that there’s a person who actually believed they were puppies.

My mom and her dog breeder friends suddenly seem remarkably normal.



Stuart Watching the Westminster Dog Show

I was hoping to watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but Stuart made it a little difficult.

Stuart is 3-year-old Golden who has been living with me in Cambridge for the past few months.

He freaks out at any animal on the television, but goes especially crazy when he sees dogs. But when a Golden comes on – be it a commercial, TV show, YouTube, etc. – he just seems to want to play and remains fairly calm.

Hmmm….He’s definitely a Golden supremacist.

Barking up the Canine Family Tree

At first glance this incestual family tree looks like it belongs to family of hardworking meth cooks hiding somewhere deep in the Appalachian mountains, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Once learning that each member of this family has a full set a teeth, there is only one more possible explanation: this is an outline of a very complicated (and meticulously planned out) group of dogs.

When a breeder begins to establish her breeding program, she as her own idea of the perfect dog.  She then carefully selects breedings that will produce puppies with the traits she is looking for: intelligence, movement, coat, temperment, physical build, height, etc. The idea is that her line will improve with each generation and she will eventually produce her “perfect dog.”

To ensure she gets the characteristics she is looking for, a breeder will often integrate “line-breeding” into her program. Line-breeding, not to be confused with inbreeding, is a perfectly acceptable breeding tactic when used properly. Breeders use online databases to analyze potential breedings and make sure that they are not too closely related.

Even though I live with them, I still get their relationships confused. The fact that they all look alike doesn’t exactly help. All I know is that each one of these dogs are pretty awesome creatures, so there has got to be something good getting passed down.

Random facts about this family tree:

  • It can be considered a line-breeding on Disney and/or Sophie
  • All these dogs are currently in our house with the exception of Disney, Sophie’s Sister, and Sally.
  • The oldest is Sophie (age 14) and the youngest are Peter and Jill (6 months)