Article by James Drake
Do White Golden Retrievers exist? The answer to that is ‘no’. There are no purebred White Golden Retrievers. They can be various colors of gold, from dark gold to light cream, but there are no white ones.
Often people will sell “Rare White Golden Retrievers” or “English White Golden Retrievers” but they are not totally white, they are a light cream. This sales pitch is put forth by breeders who are looking for an extra dollar amount and selling what may be a crossbreed dog. They do this to give you the impression that they are breeding a rare type of white golden. They will advertise the value of the dog and will encourage the buyer to buy this rare dog.
Many breeders sell their so-called White Golden Retrievers at higher than normal price. This gives the impression that it is in fact a rare breed. People who are not familiar with the breed can easily be led astray and led into a business deal that is less than reputable. Color is preference and does not affect the dogsÂ’ temperament. If you are in the market for a puppy and are dealing with a breeder offering one of these ‘rare’ dogs, you should make the necessary inquiries as to heritage.
Have the puppies any record of genetic testing? Are both parents on the premises? Do the parents have documentation of their status as thoroughbred goldens? If you are not aiming for show status and are looking for a pet, buyers beware. Many breeders will charge higher prices for the lighter colored dogs.
The thought of a White Golden Retriever sparks interest in buyers. A purebred golden cannot be white. A mixed breed can be white and some pedigree dogs will have coats that are close to white. The English Golden Retriever is lighter than the American and Canadian goldens. They are not totally white. These pale dogs should be the same price as the other shades of dogs, not more.
It is possible for a golden to be bred with another breed and give birth to white puppies. They are not pedigree White Golden Retrievers. The temperament of the golden may not pass to the puppies. It is possible that the puppies will have the temperament of the dog that bred with the golden. Temperament and health concerns are of prime importance. It is also possible that the puppy with the white coat will darken with age. You cannot be sure of adult coat color in a mixed breed puppy.
Keep in mind that there is no such animal as White Golden Retrievers. If you are coerced into the purchase of one, you are not getting a purebred dog. You may not have that wonderful temperament of a purebred golden and may have spent twice as much for that mixed breed dog that is passed off as a pedigree. Always check the reputation of the breeder. Do your research as to breed standards. Talk to owners who have purchased from the breeder and be sure you are getting what you are hoping to have. A Golden Retriever is a gift of love and devotion that is unsurpassed by other breeds.
James Drake is a Golden Retriever enthusiast and enjoys helping others taking care of this amazing breed. For more great information on White Golden Retrievers, visit http://www.golden-retriever-guide.com.