At Classic Heritage Golden Retrievers, English Golden Retrievers (sometimes called English Cream or Creme) and their puppies are the passion of our lives. We are a Northern California breeder that prides itself on choosing our breeding dogs for top health, temperament, and beauty that conforms to the breed standard. Our dogs are selected from champion lines with health clearances. We will only breed dogs that pass all of these tests, so we can continue reaching to improve the breed through imposing high standards for our dogs. We breed dogs from these lines to continue a heritage of excellence in the breed.
Our Goldens are bred to the "British Standard" (< that link goes to the KC standards page). This standard is different from the AKC standard for golden retrievers, but both are accepted and licensed. The English type should have a blockier and fuller head, shorter muzzle, lower ear set, rounder eyes, stouter body structure, as well as a lighter color than the American type (see comparison figure below).
Growing up with two “American Goldens” was a highlight of many childhood memories for me and my family. As an adult, it has been a pleasure to now show and selectively breed these beautiful English Golden Retrievers. Raising our English Golden Retrievers is a family endeavor that includes everyone from the youngest to the oldest. It is wonderful to make family memories with our dogs and children together. Our English Goldens are first and foremost pets who live and play among our family. Our children are involved from showing our dogs to whelping the puppies. Our puppies go home to their new families very loved and well socialized.
In Northern California, we are located in Newcastle which is at the base of the Sierra Mountain foothills;
close to Sacramento, and about 100 miles from San Francisco or about 150 miles from San Jose (other cities near us are Roseville, Loomis, Folsom, Orangevale, Auburn, Lake Tahoe (about an hour), and Reno (about 2 hours). We can deliver our puppies to you if you are out of state, and personally travel with the puppy to bring your puppy to you.
Family Run with Love.
We cordially invite you to visit us and meet our beloved puppies and amazing dogs. We're located in the California Gold Country just 25 miles east of Sacramento. Surrounded by golden foothills, we offer the perfect place to meet and enjoy the dogs. Expect to be greeted with wagging tails and wet noses during your visit, as our dogs are always excited to meet new people.
Please let us know when you would like to visit by booking an appointment .
"My experience with Classic Heritage has been extremely positive. The care and love you, Heather, and all at Classic Heritage devote to these pups is remarkable. The efforts taken to ensure pups are matched with their new happy forever home are excellent."
~ Micheline Ferguson
I cannot say enough about the people and dogs at Classic Heritage. Everyone I met was equally professional, educated, loving, kind, and a lot of fun. All of the dogs are beautiful and happy...in gorgeous surroundings to create these wonderful little puppies that we can take home to love with the confidence of knowing we have healthy, happy companions.
"He has been to the vet and had a perfect checkup. We have had the best experience and have the most loving pup so anything we can do to help Classic Heritage we would. We have recommended you to everyone who has asked."
American Type vs. English Type (light colored)