Why, of course, Virginia, there is indeed a Santa Claus and there are also white golden retriever puppies with coats the color of shimmering moonbeams. These dogs are now being recognized for their exquisite and unusual coloring as well as their overall good looks and sweet disposition.
Although the white coloring is more of an ivory or cream color it still
makes these dogs truly stand out among a crowd of other golden retrievers.
These dogs are more well known in Europe, England and Australia than they
are in the United States but their popularity is beginning to grow as more
people discover the unique beauty that is a white golden retriever.
Golden retrievers have long been one of the most popular of all dog breeds.
Their lush coats in shimmering shades of red and gold have made them
instantly recognizable even to casual observers.
Their gentle nature, calm
demeanor and intelligence make them a top choice as a family pet. This
breed of dog also features a variation of the golden color which is quite
The white golden retriever is becoming one of
the most sought after and most misunderstood of all the breeds.
The British Golden Retriever has a number of differences from the typical
American Golden Retriever. Some of these features are only slight
differences in the build of the dog and may only be noticeable to those
people who are very attuned to the documented standards concerning this
breed of dog.
For instance the British Golden Retriever has a wider, shorter muzzle than
the Golden Retrievers that are bred and shown in the US. The forehead of
these dogs has a blocky appearance as well.
These dogs also have a deeper
chest, and the tail and legs are also shorter than their American
The eyes of these particular dogs are also round and very
dark in color. These dark eyes are one of the startling features that you
will notice when you first see a white golden retriever.
The light color of their coat also intensifies the darkness of their eyes.
The typical Golden Retriever that most people are familiar with has a coat
that is some shade of shiny gold. They have a longer muzzle and a more
triangular shaped, delicate head.
Their eyes have a slanted shape and the
color of their eyes can range from amber to medium brown. These dogs also
have a longer, flagged tail, a slight angulation of the hindquarters, and
stand 1-3 inches taller than the British golden retrievers.
The coat of a British bred white golden retriever can be
cream colored to gold. The only two colors that are not allowed are dark
red and mahogany brown. The cream color for the coats of British golden
retrievers has only been an approved standard since 1936.
It is interesting to note that the reason the lighter shades were approved
is because golden retrievers in the 1800s had very light colored coats.
darker golden shades were introduced later and UK judges decided that
rejecting those dogs with pale colored coats was unfair. Even so, no white golden retriever will be allowed in the show ring.
Many golden retriever enthusiasts are working to have this ruling changed
but it is highly doubtful that a white golden retriever
would ever be allowed to compete head to head with a golden colored dog.
What may eventually happen is that the white golden retriever breed will be allowed in the show
ring but it will only be placed in competition against others with a
similar coat color.
Top breeders have discovered that the more unusual coloring of a white golden retriever has captured the attention of the
public. No other retrieving breed has a white or light cream colored coat
such as the ones seen in these dogs and this makes them truly unique
specimens in the dog world. Perhaps the “yellow lab “is the closest in
appearance and if you compare the yellow coloring of a Labrador retriever
to the shimmering pale color of a white golden retriever
it is like comparing “night and day”.
Bear in mind that none of the coats on any white golden retriever will truly be snowy white. The fur
is cream colored but in many instances it will be the lightest shade of
cream that you can imagine. At first glance the coloring does indeed seem
to be a shimmering white.
Breeders are quick to pick up on what attributes people are looking for in
a dog. Even now there are efforts to refine and improve the coloring of the white golden retriever to make it as close to pure white
are also important in any dog and luckily the efforts of the breeders are
being directed at the entire animal. In addition to insuring the light coat
color breeders are working to
maintain the intelligence, docility and sweet nature of the golden
with each successive litter of puppies.
The golden retriever has always been considered one of the best dogs for
children and families. Now the white golden retriever is
creating more enthusiasm and interest in this gentle, beautiful dog breed.