Understanding The European Golden

The European Golden Retriever...

The European Golden Retriever is still simply a Golden Retriever that has been  developed using European standards.  The European Golden has gone by many names to make : English Cream Golden Retriever, White Golden Retriever, Platinum Golden Retriever.  The main difference between European and American Goldens is they are held by a different standards. Which has a trickle down effect into everything to do with the European Style Golden Retriever.

What were they bred for?

The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl  such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged. Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of water, and are easy to train to basic or advanced obedience standards.  They are a long haired-double coated breed, with a dense inner  coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors, and an outer  coat that lies flat against their bodies and repels water.  Golden Retrievers are well suited to residency in suburban or country environments.  Although they need substantial outdoor exercise, they should be housed in a fenced area because of their instinctual tendency to roam.  They shed copiously, particularly at the change of seasons, and require fairly regular grooming.


Temperament:  Friendly, Intelligent, 

Confident, Kind, Reliable, and Devoted.


(Males)  22.05 in. – 24.02 in. 

(Females)  20.08 in. – 22.05 in.      


(Males ) 63.93lbs. – 74.96lbs. 

(Females) 59.52 lbs. – 70.55 lbs.      

Breed History

As the breed was accepted in several countries, specifically England and the United States, two major different standards of breeding the Golden Retriever developed.  In 1911, the Golden Retriever breed was accepted in the British Kennel Club (KC) while it was accepted in the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1934.  Throughout time, the Americans took a different standard of breeding to match the preferences of the American market while the British diverted their efforts to suit the European taste.

EUROPEAN vs.  AMERICAN Golden Retrievers

The American Style Golden  is generally darker in color and the topline slopes down a little.  The American has a narrower profile that blends into the skull with slanted eyes. The tail has a slight upward curve with a leaner more lightweight appearance.  Males range in height from: 23 - 24 inches and Females range: 21.5 - 22.5 inches..  The average American Golden has a cancer rate of a whopping 60%...

The European Style Golden  is generally lighter in color with a level slope topline. Broader head width and round level eyes.  The European standard has a long, protruding neck.  Clean and often trimmed ruff.  The tail is level with the back with a heavier, stockier build... Males range in height from: 22 - 24 inches and Females range: 20 - 22 inches.  The average European Golden has a cancer rate of 38.8%...  Which is bred out of our Elite Euro Golden lines with over 35 years of selective genetic breeding and over 5 generations of clear champion bloodlines...

Are Cream or White-Colored Golden Retrievers Healthier Than Darker Goldens?

The color of the coat has nothing to do with a dog's health. But ancestry and genetics DO have an effect on health. There is at least a little evidence that, on average, English bloodlines are healthier.  A 1998 study found that 61.8 % of American goldens died from cancers, such as hemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, mast-cell tumors, and osteosarcoma, whereas a 2004 British Kennel Club study found that only 38.8% of goldens from English bloodlines were affected by cancer.  Studies also found that goldens from English bloodlines had an average lifespan of 12 years and 3 months whereas American goldens lived for an average of 10 years and 8 months.  This data does not necessarily mean that an English retriever is immune from cancer and will die only at a ripe old age.  There is plenty of anecdotal evidence of English retrievers dying from cancer and living shorter lives than expected.  ***The health of your dog will depend on good breeding lines not on whether it is English or American, cream-colored or toffee-colored. The secret to health and longevity is ultimately a combination of nature and nurture—good genes plus optimal care by responsible owners.***

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About Elite Euro Goldens

Who We Are... What We Stand For...

Thank all of you for your interest in our site and wonderful dogs.  We all love our beautiful dog family and care for them together...  Our Elite Euro Goldens Kennel is set in the small town of Bahama on our home property in Durham County, NC.  Our dogs live  with us on five acres, a creek, friendly horses and donkey.

There is passion for what we do. Working with these beautiful dogs is a dream come true. 

I grew up with an American Golden Retriever, he was dark gold and the family dog.   There are fond memories of that loving docile demeanor the golden is known for. He was by far my best friend.  

The European Golden Retriever breed goes by many names...  White Golden Retriever, English Golden Retriever, Platinum Golden Retriever and so on.  All these names are simply dressing up the European Golden Retriever. The European Golden is a Golden held to European Standards.  I love their regal look, with the strong blocky head and heavy bone creating a stockier build of Golden Retriever and yet never losing that classic loving character, and versatility. 


We are blessed to work with these wonderful dogs and amazing lines. These babies are a part of our family.  We are absolutely in love with every single one.  Elite Euro Goldens strives to continue loving and improve the breed.

Our dogs come from a certain degree of breeding that's hard to come by. We  offer training for those who want a finished puppy and may not have the time or expertise to accomplish such a task. 

Our Elite Euro Goldens Kennel specializes in Health  Panel Clear, Certified  AKC, Top European Lines. Bringing back the goldens old color of Dark Gold back to the USA while still breeding our beautiful white goldens as well.  

We do not breed for color, but breed foremost for HEALTH...  however, the gold gene is a bonus, there has been endless work and time placed into finding ONLY the BEST examples of the Euro breed!!!  We pride ourselves in Clear Health Panels and Top Breeding Stock. This means clear for all the genetic defects the breed is prone to... PRA1, PRA2 (which are eye cancers), Ichthyosis or "Ict" (which is like psoriasis in people), Hips/Elbows (looking for dysplasia)...  All these defects have been nearly bred out of our lines... 

It is very rare that a defect should pop up within these lines; having very few cases in over 35 years.  This is because we work with Tramin lines. Pronounced (T-RAM-IN).  This European lineage is backed with over 35 years of selective breeding for genetic health and predictability.  

We are excited for our stunning stud... Tramin De Verdad  "Koda." The son of, the Dark Gold European Champion Tramin Esquire.  He is an exciting addition to our foundation program.

Elite Euro Goldens will continue to expand its program; reaching out to more incredible bloodlines!  We vow to produce only the best examples of the breed for future happy, healthy puppies... We are here to educate you on your puppies, and help you through the puppy process.  Please reach out to us and reserve your puppy today.  We are happy to answer any questions and offer any further information...   

The European Golden Retriever is our life's passion. We look forward to hearing from you and helping with your future Elite Euro Golden Puppy. Thank You All in advance for your interest in our site and our Golden Family. 










Cameron T. & Deborah T. 

(Owners/Operators of PetWay, holistic dog food supplier)

Melissa A. (Mentor/Business Coach and breeder of World Class Golden Retrievers) 

Sean L. 

(Customer/Owner of Elite Euro Golden Puppy)

Patricia W. 

(Customer/Owner of Elite Euro Goldens Puppy)

contact info available upon request

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Elite Euro Goldens (EEG Kennels)

PO BOX 254, Bahama, NC 273

(919) 667-3451