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Differences Between English and American Golden Retrievers

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"Are English-Bred Golden Retrievers Healthier? 

  • Possibly. There some evidence that, on average, English bloodlines are healthier.

  • A 1998 study found that 61.8 percent 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 percent 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."


Farricelli, Adrienne Janet. “What Is an English Cream (White) Golden Retriever?” PetHelpful, PetHelpful, 19 Aug. 2017,

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