Differences in English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by nicholberrygoldens

I have received some questions about the difference between all of the English Cream Golden Retriever puppies available on the internet, particularly the difference in pricing. I think it’s worth addressing, so here goes …

I believe you are basically paying for 3 things in an English Cream Golden Retriever puppy: health, socialization, and breeding lines. I have addressed all of these extensively on our website (www.nicholberrygoldens.com), but I wanted to put a Reader’s Digest version here.

First, health. If you’ve ever lost a Golden Retriever to cancer, it’s an experience you never want to repeat. Unfortunately, the Golden Retriever as a breed is riddled with cancer. According to a 1998 study, over 60% of Golden Retriever lost their lives to cancer. While organizations such as the Golden Retriever Foundation and the Golden Retriever Club of America are committed to promoting research to help reduce the terrible toll that cancer takes on our breed, it is a very serious concern for a potential buyer to consider.

In addition, the popularity of this breed has unfortunately lead to questionable breeding practices and “puppy mills.” As a result, many Goldens are prone to various inherited diseases, one of the most common of which is Hip Dysplasia, a condition in which the head of the thigh bone no longer fits firmly in the “cup” provided by the hip socket, causing loss of mobility and arthritis-like symptoms. A reputable breeder will have the parents of a litter examined for hip disease before the puppies are sold.

The second and often overlooked criteria for English Cream Golden Retriever Breeder selection is SOCIALIZATION. This is an area close to my heart, because I believe so firmly in the absolute necessity of proper socialization. I have written at length about this on our website and highly encourage you to read the full article, but suffice it to say that you simply CANNOT overstate the value of proper socialization, even in a breed as affable as the English Cream Golden Retriever. The 8 weeks that your puppy spends with the breeder will shape who your puppy becomes. If the puppy is left to its pack, as is the case with many breeders, it will forever be stunted in its ability to socialize with your family. Our dogs are part of our family. A Nicholberry Golden, including all of our English Cream Golden Retriever puppies, spends its life with its human family. Our dogs sleep inside, our dogs rotate in and out of our house every day, and our dogs run errands with us. It is VITAL that you check into the socialization that your puppy is receiving – growing up in a kennel with occasional human visits is NOT enough to maximize the potential of an English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy. However, it allows breeders to breed more litters, sell puppies for less and make a better profit. But you get what you pay for …

Lastly, you must consider the lines of your potential English Cream Golden Retriever puppy, and you must understand pedigree basics. Get familiar with the most respected kennels & lines (Dewmist, Dream Max, Tallygold, Ritzilyn, Galans, etc.). Get familiar with reading a pedigree and understanding the breeding of your potential puppy. Yes, champions DO make a difference. Yes, breeding DOES matter. Yes, you do need to understand this!!


New Website for English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by nicholberrygoldens

This morning I was reading my 7 year old’s journal from a few days ago and he said, “30 days until Christmas. Glorious Christmas!” Well, I am DELIGHTED to announce that our website is DONE! Oh, glorious website!! If you want to see the most beautiful, most intelligent, most ridiculous (Moses) English Cream Golden Retrievers on the internet, please check us out at http://www.nicholberrygoldens.com We expect a litter in January 2010, and can hardly wait!!!!

Wisteria Sleeps, English Cream Golden Retrievers Wake!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by nicholberrygoldens

Expected Litter of English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by nicholberrygoldens

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy

Tessa surprised us by going into heat early, which means we are going to have a litter of English Cream Golden Retriever puppies towards the end of January 2010.  We can hardly wait!!!

Both Tessa and Moses have remarkably creamy white coats.  There is theoretically no such thing as a truly “white” golden retriever, but Moses gets about as close as an English Cream Golden Retriever can.  He has no hint of gold.  The same is true of Tessa, so we expect this litter to be spectacular!  They will have blocky heads, thick bones and based on mom and dad, a tremendous temperament.  Both Moses and Tessa are shockingly mellow and even as puppies, they were content to lay around the house without getting into mischief.  (However, there is no better golden retriever for a game of fetch than Tessa – she is tireless!).

We recommend early reservations for this litter.  We accept all major forms of payment, including Visa, Master Card, American Express and Paypal.  Please contact me so that we can discuss your family, your environment, and your “dream dog” – it delights us to place our puppies into just the right home, and we would be honored to help you find your forever golden retriever!  My email is nicholberrygoldens@gmail.com and my phone number is 559-322-8859.

English Cream Golden Retriever PUPPIES!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 by nicholberrygoldens

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy "Tessa"

We have been working feverishly on our new website, which will be live at http://www.nicholberrygoldens.com/

 However, in the meantime, you can reserve an English Cream Golden Retriever puppy by contacting me at nicholberrygoldens@gmail.com or calling 559-322-8859.

 It is important to us that our precious puppies go to the right home – we have to take into consideration the temperament of the puppy (each of our English Golden Retrievers have very different personalities and temperaments!), the dynamics of the future family, and of course the future living environment! If you live near Fresno (Central California), we’d welcome a visit to our little farm. Right now the pomegranites and lemons are heavy, along with plenty of farm fresh eggs, so visitors never leave us empty-handed! We are a short three 1/2 hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

 Once you have made the decision to buy an English Cream Golden Retriever puppy from us, we will need a deposit of $500 to guarantee your selection. We accept all major forms of payment, including Visa, Master Card, American Express and Paypal.

 We look forward to meeting you and helping you adopt the newest member into your family: a golden retriever puppy!


History of the Golden Retriever

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by nicholberrygoldens
Muddy English Cream Golden Retrievers

Muddy English Cream Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retriever is a hardy, no-nonsense breed who will go through life with relatively few health problems (providing that you buy from a quality breeder!).  While I am biased, it is safe to say that once you have lived with a golden retriever, you will never want to live without one!  They are hard-working, loving dogs with consistent temperaments and an endless desire to please.  This is what we promise you with a Nicholberry Golden Retriever

Historically, Retrievers were not seen until the late 19th century.  There were no standardized breeds and they were mated for their working ability, not for their looks.  Truly, Golden Retrievers owe their development to the change in the sport of Shooting.  In the 1800’s, estate owners hunted with their Setters and Pointers, using muzzle-loaded guns to shoot sitting birds.  The shotgun changed everything.  Estate owners made great sport of shooting flying birds and shooting became linked with status, wealth and fashion.  By the late 1800’s, sportsmen needed a specialized retrieving dog.  Thus,  the birth of the Golden Retriever breed.

The man whose early breeding created the Golden Retriever was the first Lord Tweedmouth.  He moved in the highest echelons of Victorian society and built a sporting Mecca for the Victorian aristocrats.  The quality of gundogs on the estate was as important as the estate itself, and Lord Tweedmouth took his “hobby” breeding very seriously.  He also kept detailed records, which allows us to know with certainty the development of the Golden Retriever breed. 

In the 1860’s, Lord Tweedmouth purchased a yellow-colored retriever from a cobbler.  His name was Nous (Gaelic for Wisdom).  In 1868, Nous was bred to a Water Spaniel named Belle.  They produced a litter of three yellow puppies:  Crocus, Cowslip and Primrose.  This litter formed the foundation of Goldens as a distinct breed. 

From that first litter, breeding was planned very carefully.  In 1904, a Lord Harcourt bought two puppies from this line and began his own breeding program.  Ultimately, the Golden Retriever was founded on Lord Tweedmouth’s line via the Culham Kennel of Lord Harcourt.  In fact, Culham Copper, owned by Lord Harcourt, appears in the extended pedigree of virtually every Golden Retriever in the world.