White golden retriever puppy: 5 Myths that aren’t true

If you have heard about white golden retriever puppies, then you have probably noticed how expensive they seem to be.

That said, there seems to be a bunch of thoerys as to why they are so premium, why breeders value this breed and wether they are a official breed.

Well, I’m a person that likes to dig deep and fish out the facts before “believing” hearsay…

image of 3 white golden retriever pupppies

So I did just that and today I’m going to share everything I discovered.

Lets dig in!

1. Are white golden retrievers rarer than goldens?

This is 100% NOT true as all-white English cream golden retrievers date back to the early 1900s which were the exact same time that you would have first come across a golden.

The reason that the white golden retriever puppy is perceived to be rare has been purely down to market perception rather than on solid hard facts. There is absolutely no rarity in an English cream that differs from your commonly known golden.

A few of the old tricks up the sleeve!

Breeders have been using this tactic in order to increase their perceived value which in turn allows them to sell these dogs for more money. Now, this is not to paint all breeders with the same brush as you will find reputable breeders that still provide honest prices.

But as you may already know, just like the stock market a perceived value or amount the consumer is willing to pay will usually affect the priced value.

In simple term, if someone is willing to pay, then a breeder will be more than happy to sell it to you at that price.

How to deal with breeders after reading this?

Now you know that there is no rarity around this dog it is important to make this clear to any breeders that may be trying to get some quick cash out of you. Although this may be the case you should still not force it on them to sell you the pup at a cheaper price.

As for the moment, it is their own and they are entitled to price them however they choose. I would just recommend that you simply go and check out another breeder as it is obvious that some will still provide you honest service too.


2. Are English white golden retrievers stronger?

Before we even get into this question you first need to ask yourself what this even means. Like really? How can a common household owner test the strength of their dog? Also if you did for argument’s sake have a stronger golden. Then why the hell or what the hell would you do with it.  

We are not professionals looking to seek and destroy and neither are our dog’s tools in any shape or form. The first thing I had to ask was, why? Anyways, as you can see this is the 2nd question on the list and so as promised I set out to get those all-important answers. Heres what I found…

True or not?

The answer to this question is surprisingly a big fat no. Although it totally depends on how you want to see it. Before you get all confused, let me explain.

So when I set out to find some more info on this dog I wanted to see if there were any muscular type differences that may the reflect on their strength is put to the test. Even if I could have found some sort of experiment or something that would have been great too.

The resource

Anyways, I managed to come across the Wikipedia article about goldens. Which then went on to explain that all English retrievers have a more muscular build. Now although that does not mean strength. It’s a good indication that you will start to see a few differences in these dogs depending on their place of origin.

I don’t know about you but I was really and truly kinda surprised at this. But as I said it is still not concrete enough for me to change my answer as it proves nothing. Let’s move onto question number 3 to see the 3rd myth and how I busted it.


3. Do English cream golden retriever puppies live longer?

Now seeing this question looming around on the internet was also amusing to find. I mean, why would a dog live longer because of their color?

But if we were to say that their genetic makeup is differentiated by color which in turn also reflects the health of a different kind of breed, then that sounds like it needs looking into. And that’s exactly what I decided to do as that’s what I do best.

What did I find?

I found that from Wikipedia the white golden retriever lives up to an average of 12years give or take. The only difference I could say this had to a golden is the fact that goldens usually have a range of 10 to 12 years.

But don’t you think that’s just kinda being picky? I deficiently do. So if you ever find that someone tries to claim that a white golden can live longer than make sure to tell them it’s not true.

Common myths

All of these commonly used myths are not standing strong. They so far have all been proven wrong or not to be true, to say the least. Well, it’s not over yet as we got 2 more to check out. And the next one is even more interesting as it is one that I have heard more recently than the rest.


4. Is a white golden retriever puppy more laid back than goldens?

So this was not actually a question that I saw but instead was an article that I found that used this as a statement. As you can imagine I am not here to name and shame, and so I decided not to share the actual blog post that I read.

Although on the other side of the coin that’s kind of what I’m doing without revealing these phonies haha. But with all jokes aside, it’s important that we make the internet a valued place once again as it is a place for us to get good information in a time of need.

And Google is like my second home these days so its important the right information is shared on the search engine.

Onto to the next…

Now that I’m over my little rant we can move onto the next section of the question. Whenever I find a question or statement I will then try to break it down so that I can see if other areas can relate to it.

In short, what I did when I found this statement involved me going out and searching to see if there was a difference in the temperament of the 2 colors. I deiced to go to check out several articles for this answer from reputable services and to my surprise…

What was the answer?

And you guessed it. The answer to this question is NO. There s not a difference in the temperament of the dog based on their color at all.

What you can instead look at is the immediate parents and track record of the upbringing of the dog as that will usually indicate any unusual behavior.

It’s nice to know that you don’t need to pay thousands to get all this real information right. And that’s the kind of info that everybody should be sharing on the internet. But unfortunately, they don’t.

So this is again another question r statement to be precise that is currently being shared on the internet and is false. That’s why I’m always preaching to you guys to do your homework before making any final decisions on this kinda stuff.

Before I sidetrack any more, let’s get into the 5th and final question.


5. Are white golden retrievers actually referred to as white?

This is an interesting question and the reason it is…is basically that its something that could have kinda made sense. I have always pondered at the thought of whether a white golden retriever or a cream golden, is actually the colors they are legitimately registered as.

For this one there was only 1 place I could go to get the answer and that was the AKC.

What is the AKC?

Many of you how to read this blog may already know who the AKC is. But we still have to remember that there are also others that may not be as clued up with all of these names. And so for those of you who don’t know who they are.

Well, I have decided to create a small section of this post to explain. The AKC who is also known as the American Kennel Club. Their main job is to be the responsible or governing body for a pedigree registry for dogs. Now without getting too into it, they are basically the big dogs that call the shots when it comes to official dog breed names, etc.

So now that you know who the AKC is its time to find out what info I found out from them.

So are goldens actually white cream or gold?

Drumroll please….the AKC officially only recognizes golden retrievers as 3 main colors. These 3 colors are lightly golden, golden and dark golden. You will commonly find that breeders have a white golden retriever puppy registered under the name of a light golden.

Although they are marketed as white it is not, in fact, the case when we take the professional term into consideration. The next time a breeder tries to give some of this false information than just be wary of whatever else they try to pass on after.


A little something I put together to help you

With all the fake information that you may find online, it is important for you to know your stuff before spending money with a breeder. Because of that, I diced to put together a little guide to help you to steer clear of those doggy dealers that are out to rip you off.

Buying a dog

Before going out to purchase a pup from any breeders, it is the first important for you to research information about the breed, dog and breeder. Don’t make the mistake of going in all guns blazing because you made an emotional attachment to an image you saw online.

Remember every dog is different and it is important for you to know the history of the dog before bringing them into your home. A few things to look out for when buying from a breeder is a health certificate and a certification of registration from the breeder too.

9 times out of 10 if they are a little reluctant to give you this information, then it is a clear warning sign that they are to stay away from. Another thing is to make sure that you are paying the correct amounts.


How much does a white, cream or purple-colored retriever cost?

No silly there is no such thing as a purple retriever..although it would be kinda cool. But no its just to signify the ridiculous names that you can find online. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1200 to $1500 for a golden from a reputable breeder give or take.

It’s important that if you see prices above $3000 that you ask where the hell they have got that price from. Not literally but you get the idea. Only because if I am paying that much for a golden retriever then I’m expecting it to come home and poop out some golden bricks. Seriously!

Check the official sites first

Make sure to check out places like the AKC and the GRCA for accurate prices that you should be paying on this breed. Then and then only should you be happy to pay a price that can kind of compare from a private breeder.

I always tend to check what the AKC recommends on most things although they are not always 100% right. But whatever they say usually goes, so its a great place to begin your research.


From going through 5 different myths we are able to bust them all with a big fat NO. Although some of these questions may have different answers. But that will totally depend on how you look at them.

One thing that I know for sure is that you should not trust everything that you read online. Instead, I suggest you equip yourself with some great knowledge and you should be surfing through the net just fine.

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Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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