White Golden Retriever dogs are playful, affectionate, loyal and confident. These active dogs have broad faces, droopy ears, and long white fluffy fur coats. A purebred white Golden Retriever puppy will be as active, energetic and intelligent as any other shade of Golden Retriever. The white Golden Retriever can make a brilliant companion pet, but they are unlikely to be from working lines as these dogs tend to have a darker coat. They are also not always welcome in the show ring.
- English vs American Golden Retrievers
- Cream vs white dogs
- Grooming and shedding
- Are white Golden Retrievers friendly?
If you have never seen this dog before, a white Golden Retriever is a dog that can definitely turn your head. In fact, because of the strikingly pale coat color of a white Golden Retriever, some people even (quite fairly) assume this is a brand-new dog breed!
Golden Retriever Coat Colors
As with so many purebred dog breeds today, there is a range of acceptable coat colors according to the official dog breed standards in different countries. This color range can differ depending on the breed line.
For example, the spectrum of acceptable Golden Retriever coat colors is different in the American breed standard, set out by the American Kennel Club, versus in the English breed standard, set out by the United Kennel Club.
White English Golden Retrievers
If you’re planning to show your Golden Retriever, coat color can matter. You need to choose a color that is acceptable by your country’s breed-specific show color standards. But, if you are not planning to show your dog, a specific coat color – white, cream, golden, or otherwise – is less important.
What all this means in layman’s terms is that a Golden Retriever may be a pure white Golden Retriever or a dark red-gold Golden Retriever or some other color. But, all of these dogs are still Golden Retriever dogs regardless of their individual coat color differences.
English White Golden Retriever vs American White Golden Retriever
It is already confusing enough to have to sort out the difference between a regular Golden Retriever and a white Golden Retriever dog. Let alone the additional nuances by nationality!
If you are not steeped in Golden Retriever show standards (and most of us are not!), the overall appearance differences might seem subtle. One of the most obvious differences is coat color. The English Golden Retriever breed standard accepts a lighter color spectrum than the American breed standard.
Cream vs White Golden Retriever Dogs
It can be challenging to try and visualize the diversity in the Golden Retriever coat color spectrum. Interestingly, according to both the UK’s Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club Golden Retriever breed standard, pure white Golden Retrievers are not acceptable in the show ring.
White American Golden Retrievers and White English Golden Retrievers are considered a fault. But, cream colored and darker Golden Retriever coat colors are acceptable. The reasons for this distinction are not detailed in the breed standards. But it is important to be aware of this color restriction if you plan to show your Golden Retriever in the future!
Just like Goldens of other colors, medium length fur is the norm, but shorter haired white Goldens can be found. To reiterate, a white cream Golden Retriever, a dark Golden Retriever and an all white Golden Retriever each still belong to the same dog breed. Coat color typically does not impact the size, height or weight of a Golden Retriever. But there’s one exception.
This is whether the Golden Retriever in question hails from the American or English breed line. There are some subtle differences in appearance between these two lines.
How Big Are White Golden Retrievers?
The American Golden Retriever stands 21.5 to 24 inches high (paw to shoulder). Males stand on average 0.5 inches taller than females. Females weigh 55 to 65 pounds and males weigh 65 to 75 pounds.
Across the Atlantic, the English Golden Retriever can stand a likely shorter at 20 to 24 inches high (paw to shoulder). Males stand on average 2 inches taller than females. Females weigh 55 to 65 pounds and males will weigh 65 to 75 pounds.
In general appearance, the American Golden Retriever can look bulkier than its English counterpart. This is typically due to preferred coat clip styles as well as subtle differences in tail carriage, eye and ear placement, slope of the back and muzzle shape.
Coat Type and Grooming Needs
The full range of Golden Retriever coat colors spans the gamut from an all white Golden Retriever to a white cream Golden Retriever to a much darker coated Golden Retriever. Otherwise, the Golden Retriever coat is thick and double layer.
The top layer is a water-repellant thick and coarse layer and the lower layer is a thick, shorter insulating layer. Both layers must be shed out periodically to help the coat function the way it should to keep this dog healthy, dry, safe and warm.
Do They Shed Less?
One common misunderstanding between the American and English Golden Retriever breed lines is that the English breed line sheds less than the American breed line. This myth first arose because the English breed line dogs can have a sparser coat than its American counterparts.
Unfortunately, the amount of hair doesn’t affect how much a Golden Retriever will shed, which is basically all the time and a lot! In fact, both the American and the English Golden Retriever breed lines will shed year-round. As well, both breed lines will “blow their coat” (shed profusely) twice per year at the changing of the seasons.
White Golden Retriever Temperament
Much anecdotal evidence exists that white Golden Retriever dogs have a more calm and laid-back personality than darker-coated Golden Retrievers. But, there is no hard science that backs up this claim. Coat color details aside, the Golden Retriever breed is known as one of the friendliest dog breeds overall.
This breed – regardless of specific coat color – is a top pick for service dog and therapy dog work and is one of the most popular family dogs in existence.
White Golden Retrievers will also be intelligent, affectionate, and loving. They are known to be great with other pets and small children. But, they need plenty of socialization as puppies to guarantee the best personality possible.
Training and Socialization
Golden Retrievers in general rarely meet a stranger, whether canine or human. They don’t make good guard dogs for precisely this reason. They are simply too friendly to readily figure out who is a friend and who is not!
But because Golden Retrievers are fairly sizable and quite powerful, they do need plenty of socialization and training beginning in puppyhood to help them adjust to family and community life.
Socialization should include play time with other dogs, supervised time with other family pets (as applicable), supervised play time with young children and supervised meet-and-greets with at-home visitors and new people outside of the home.
Golden retrievers of all coat colors respond best to positive training and reinforcement methods. Since Golden Retrievers love to eat, treat-based training is always a popular strategy.
White Golden Retriever Exercise Needs
White Golden Retrievers, just like any other shade, need plenty of exercise each day. They are energetic dogs that love the opportunity to run and play. So, they can suit active families very well. This breed will enjoy hiking with you, walking, swimming, and dog sports like agility and obedience.
Training can offer some exercise and mental stimulation. But, Goldens also need some time outside to run about. As relatively big dogs with moderate exercise needs, they may not be best suited to live in small apartments.
As well as getting enough exercise and training, all shades of Golden Retriever need the right type and amount of food. Choosing a healthy Golden Retriever dog food and healthy treats can keep training motivation high and also guard against weight gain, which is a known health issue in this breed.
Golden Retrievers are known to suffer from health problems like hip dysplasia and muscular dystrophy. But, a bigger concern is cancer.
At this time, there is no official health testing requirement (or recommendation) for canine cancer in either the American or English Golden Retriever breed. However, there is also no known evidence that links Golden Retriever coat color to cancer rates either. So, a white Golden Retriever will not be less healthy than any other shade of the breed.
How Long Do White Golden Retrievers Live?
American Golden Retrievers have an average lifespan of 10 to 11 years. In contrast, English Golden Retrievers have an average lifespan of 12 years and 3 months.
These breed line differences are significant, to the point where the Morris Animal Foundation has now commissioned a Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to gather data aimed at reducing cancer incidence in the American Golden Retriever breed.
White Golden Retriever Puppies
Because of the widespread misinformation about Golden Retrievers of different coat colors, you will need to research prospective white Golden Retriever breeders in some detail to be sure you are selecting a reputable breeder to work with. A reputable breeder will always place the health of their litters ahead of producing Golden Retrievers with any specific coat color!
Here, it is very important to remember that a white Golden Retriever is still a Golden Retriever underneath that unique white or light cream coat. Even the whitest Golden Retriever will still have hints of cream or gold running through the coat – if these are not visible during puppyhood, they will appear as your pup grows up.
Beware of any breeder who is advertising that their white Golden Retriever puppies are “rare,” “imported,” “platinum” or other language that indicates the puppies are very hard to come by. These breeders often put profit over the health and quality of life of their puppies.
How to Find a Good Breeder
Instead, look for a breeder of American or English white Golden Retriever puppies that emphasizes a health-first approach to breeding and offers an initial health guarantee as well as a take-back guarantee if your new puppy does not work out for any reason.
Your chosen breeder should also readily volunteer to show you the results of all required and recommended parent dog health testing. And they must be willing to let you meet and spend time with both parent dogs before you commit to taking a puppy.
As long as you choose a reputable breeder, the white Golden Retriever price you will pay should reflect the breeder’s own costs. These can be quite a bit more than the average dog owner realizes. They will also reflect the lineage of each parent dog.
The white Golden Retriever puppies price set by any given breeder may also reflect gender, birth order, “show” quality versus “pet” quality puppies, markings, size and other factors.
Golden Retriever Rescue
Golden Retrievers are a popular breed. So, there are quite a few breed-specific rescue centers around. Take a look at these to see if you can find a dog with a pale white coat.
Rescue dogs are cheaper than puppies from breeders, but are often older. So, it will take more work to train and socialize them well if this hasn’t already been done.
Eric Orrell says
When, will you have a while male available and the price of the puppy ?
Hi looking for cream/white do you now wear I can find a female.
Elizabeth Victor says
This article has been very interesting as I have an English Cream 9 mo. old handsome gem. He is not my first golden. Actually, he is my 6th. They are a marvelous breed! The last 3 have all been service dogs. Only 2 were just great pets & not s.d. candidates.
My own findings are: English Creams are bigger (a quality I needed in a s.d.), he’s 23 ” & weighs 79 lbs. this one is a gentle giant, quickest learner ever (did 6 multifarious dog puzzles in 1 hr.), He has had excellent training from a professional & has been moving toward certification faster than any other dogs we’ve met. It was a strike of good luck to learn about the great breeder, Bennett Brewer, here in Arizona.