You might have heard about English Golden Retrievers and maybe even about Canadian Golden Retrievers. If you have, then you’re probably wondering what’s this all about. Officially, they are not classified as separate breeds, they’re not even classified as varieties of the same breed.
Nevertheless, there are three types of Golden Retrievers; the two already mentioned and American Golden retrievers. Next you might be wondering if there is any difference between them, after all they are not classified separately.
Rest assured all types of Golden retrievers share the friendly personality, loyalty and intelligence as well as training habits, potential health problems and so on.
Are there any distinctions between the different types of Golden Retrievers after all?
Fortunately, the differences are not in their personality or temperament, but in their appearance. The English Golden retriever is the original. He is the first type of Golden retriever, the others have evolved from him since World War II.
The English ones, also known as English Cream Golden Retrievers, are believed to be the most faithful to the original body type. They are heavier, better muscled and stronger than their counterparts.
The differences can best be seen in the skull and forequarters. Their skull is broader and their legs shorter and more muscular, the tail is also shorter. These differences might not be apparent at first but once you know to look for them you can see the changes are quite big.
Their coats are lighter in color and, overall, less fluffy. English Golden retrievers also have different kinds of eyes. They are generally darker and more round, smoother. By contrast, the other two have almost slanted eyes and are of brown color.
Interestingly enough, the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs don’t allow cream-colored coats. The British standard specifically allows this coloration. Their coats range from pure light cream to a slightly darker golden coat.
With regards to English Golden retriever bloodlines
While this is not because of the breed itself, English Golden retrievers are associated with less cancer risk. This is only because some American bloodlines are known to have a lot of cancer, but they are still bred extensively.
This doesn’t mean English Golden retrievers can’t develop cancer, it just means the risk is reduced. Also, in some places American dogs are not even tested for hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia if they don’t display at least some symptoms.
Even though they are closer to the original Golden retriever type, they are not nearly as popular, at least in America. But they are still quite common in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. And by the looks of things you can expect them to be gaining ground in the United States as well.
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