8 Lies About White Golden Retrievers (And The Truths You Need To Hear) – Golden Hearts
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8 Lies About White Golden Retrievers (And The Truths You Need To Hear)

There are tons of lies and myths about white golden retrievers floating around the internet…

They’re rare…


Better tempered…

But are any of these claims even true?

In this post, we’ll address the eight common lies about white golden retrievers and share the truth with you.

Let’s dive in!

What Really Matters With White Golden Retrievers

No matter what color a golden retriever is, here’s the most important thing when it comes to health and personality: its pedigree.

Just because a golden retriever is white (or even gold, or red) doesn’t mean it’s necessarily any better than other golden retrievers.

For example, if a golden retriever comes from healthy, good-tempered parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents (no matter what shade of gold they are), its likely to be a happy, healthy dog.

On the other hand, if cancer and hyperactivity run rampant in a dog’s genes, it’s likely to pass that on to its puppies.

So keep this in mind as we dive into the eight common lies about white golden retrievers.

Lie #1: They’re White

white golden retriever family

This is a lie because “white” golden retrievers aren’t actually white, they’re cream-colored, or pale golden.

And another thing about their color—color can vary within a litter, so two cream-colored goldens may produce dogs that are lighter or darker than them.

Lie #2: White Golden Retrievers Are From England

When people think of white golden retrievers, most of them think of English Cream golden retrievers.

And here’s the thing about English Cream golden retrievers: most of them aren’t from England!

Golden retrievers are originally from Scotland, so they don’t get the name from the breed’s country of origin, and most breeders in America who breed these dogs import them from all over the world, including:

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Ukraine
  • Hungary
  • Spain
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • The Netherlands

Here’s how they probably got this name…

In the early 1900s, all dog shows were in England.

In America, we called the dogs that won these shows, “English Champions,” so likely the “English” part of the name stuck whenever we saw a dog that looked like these “English Champions”.

And here we are 100 years later still calling them “English” golden retrievers (source).

Life #3: White Golden Retrievers Are A Different Breed

Some people think that white golden retrievers are a different breed.

They’re not—they’re still the same old lovable breed of golden retrievers that gold goldens and red goldens are.

They have similar personalities, tendencies, and many of the same physical traits (besides their lighter coats, obviously).

Lie #4: White Golden Retrievers Are Healthier

Just because they’re light-colored doesn’t automatically mean they’re healthier than other goldens.

They’re not not healthier, it just depends on their pedigree.

If a light-colored golden retriever comes from healthy parents, then yes, it’s likely to be healthier than a golden retriever who comes from unhealthy parents.

Lie #5: White Golden Retrievers Have Better Temperaments

white golden retriever temperament

This lie is just like lie #4.

It’s not that they have worse temperaments, it’s just that their temperaments depend on their pedigree, not their color.

If they have parents with wonderful temperaments, then they too will likely have a wonderful temperament.

This is part of the reason it’s so important to pick a good breeder if you want a good dog.

Lie #6: They Shed Less

All golden retrievers shed a lot.

Given that English Cream goldens have long, thick coats, the chances that they shed less are very slim.

Lie #7: White Golden Retrievers Are Rare

This is a lie because not only are they becoming more popular in the US, but they’re also very popular outside of the US.

This lie, like many of the others, may have been spread by those trying to make some extra money off of these goldens.

Lie #8: They’re Not Recognized By The AKC

You can get registration papers on your English Cream golden retriever if your breeder has them.

The reason many people think that golden retrievers are not recognized by the AKC is because the breed standard says, “Predominant body color which is either extremely pale or extremely dark is undesirable.”

It’s undesirable, meaning these shades of golden retrievers probably won’t be winning any dog shows anytime soon, but many cream-colored golden retriever breeders have golden retrievers that are registered with the AKC.

Bonus Lie: White Golden Retrievers Can Fly

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This is a lie because the golden retriever pictured above can clearly fly…

Just kidding, enough with the lies!

In this next section, we’ll get into some truth about these wonderful dogs.

The Truth About “White” Golden Retrievers

Light-colored goldens are great family dogs that are typically stocky with blocky heads.

They’re sweet, loving, devoted, athletic dogs that love to have fun and will be playful puppies for a long time (some even claim that these dogs are puppies for life!).

They make great service and therapy dogs because they’re smart, gentle, devoted, and good-tempered.

They’re also usually more expensive than “regular” goldens.

This could be because good breeders have decided to breed this style, so they naturally charge more, or because many of the lies above are rampant and people can get away with charging extra for them.

Either way, expect to pay more if you want one of these beautiful goldens.


So there you have it, the lies and truths about white golden retrievers.

Have any questions about these goldens?

Have you owned one of them?

Let me know in the comments below!

And if you liked this article, you’ll love our Complete Guide To Golden Retrievers!

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