Buy with Confidence: Stunning “English” Golden Retriever Puppies by Jr. Ch., Bred with 30 years’ Love & Expertise.. …One Litter a Year; Home Page Updated c/ New Pix Daily; Reserve Now!


The Exquisite Int’l CH Ashbury Angel Heart as Puppy….Bred, Handled, Owned and Loved by Cathy and Gerard Sonntag, Ashbury Golden Retrievers, France. Posted under Internet Free Use laws…. This boy pictured as an adult below is at the heart of our pedigrees….



Updated December 15, 2018

Welcome to Ardorgold, and Happy Holidays!  Puppies still available from our stellar litter whelped on November 5, 2018.  Many thanks to the families placing deposits.; text to 970-214-1883. Enjoy our photos and updates, and note endorsements further down on the page.

Puppy and Purchase Info

Exquisite English Golden Retriever puppies bred with love & expertise, according to the United Kingdom Kennel Club Breed Standard/Blueprint for the Golden Retriever, the guideline for the ideal Golden used throughout the UK, Europe and Beyond. These masterfully bred, professionally nurtured and socialized babies will be ready Christmas week. Sire: Jr Ch Gabrielle Ola de Oro—- see his page.  Dam: Ardorgold Celestial Mystique aka Paris–see her page.  Parents hip, eye and heart clear; $2500.00, $200 deposit.  AKC-registerable. References, Sales Agreement, expert help for the lifetime of the dog.  Pedigree here.; text 970-214-1883.  Scroll down for more detailed info on us, our protocols and policies and to see slide show of sire, dam, litter when first born. Text 970-214-1883.  

Puppy B – Girl – Irresistable!

More and more people are realizing that “English” Goldens are not limited only to cream-coated dogs and bitches.  In fact, breed superstars come in “any shade of cream or gold”; every “English Cream,” which is a color, not a type, has gold dogs in its pedigree.  TWO GOLD ENGLISH DOGS CAN PRODUCE CREAM PUPPIES WHEN CREAM COATS ARE DOMINANT IN THE PEDIGREE.  GET THE FACTS; READ ARDORGOLD’S INFORMATION; BEWARE OF BREEDERS PERPETUATING MYTHS ABOUT THE ENGLISH GOLDEN.

 Puppies’ Grandsire: Our Jr CH Angels Dance in Beauly Highland for Ardorgold, our Angel heart son

Jr. CH. Angels Dance in Beauly Highland aka Angelo, grandsire of our litter and son of Int’l Ch Ashbury Angel Heart

A slideshow of our puppies with their sire and dam…

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The beautiful Ardorgold Celestial Sauvignon aka Savvy, whelped Nov. 5, 2018

Pictured above; one of our English beauty queens, current litter.  The collage below will help you understand our bloodlines and the influence of our pedigree upon the litter.

Nowhere else in Colorado will you find the quality and beauty we have attained in our litter of classic English in type Golden Retriever puppies.

The pedigree of our puppies is an intentional “linebreeding” on the beautiful Ashbury Angel Heart, on Garbank Lislone behind Moondust Masterpiece in Gabe’s Pedigree and Lislone Garbank Loch Affric behind our Angelo, and on Robinhood of Glen Sheallag behind Gabe’s dam and behind Angelo in Paris’s pedigree.

We ourselves love the look of the cream-coated English Golden.  Equally stunning are the puppies in a given litter that one might fairly call “sun-kissed” or “dusky cream.”  But they are stunning because they have gorgeous heads and are masterfully put together; they are true dreamboats. See our discussion of English “breed type” below.

If It’s Not About Coat Color, What Is an English Golden?

The English Golden differs from the American because the UK and the U.S. have different “breed standards” for how a Golden should be put together.
The difference is about “breed type,” and has little to do with coat color!


Here is what we in America consider a gloriously beautiful English Golden. Note this stunning dog’s proportions and substance. Note how each part is congruent to other parts–stunning head, strong but not overly long neck; prominent and muscular chest, legs set well beneath the body; how the head and neck give way to a stunning level topline to tail. Look at the difference between this dog and the American champion below:

Note how this dog has less head, less chest, and is hyper-angulated in the rear. Contrast her with our “Angelo” below, who is perfectly English in type.

Jr. CH. Angels Dance in Beauly Highland aka Angelo, our stunning Angel Heart son
Our Angelo as a Stunning Puppy…Beauly Highland Kennel, RO

Note of Interest: Ardorgold curates the group Respected International Breeders and Fanciers of the English Golden Retriever on Facebook; the 2k members of our group follow the aforementioned UK Breed Standard which specifies the construction and coat colors of the European Golden Retriever.

In brief: About Us

We are retired teachers with a decades-long passion for the Golden Retriever, most recently for the English Golden Retriever; for thirty years we have bred champions in conformation, agility and the field, gorgeous healthy puppies for families; service dogs for autistic little boys and a woman dying of breast cancer.

These days, late in our lives, we are blessed beyond measure with the privilege of living in our country home with seven intelligent and spectacular “English” Golden Retrievers, two of whom are Junior Champions per the breeder-chartered Chien D’Or Anglais International, an offshoot of Federation Cynologique Internationale or FCI, the “parent organization” of European breed clubs in Belgium.

Our imported breeding stock comes with an FCI pedigree from a given country’s breed club. The Chien D’Or site will launch soon and we will announce that it is up and running.  For the record, our international judges have awarded an Honorary Junior Championship to the stunning Jr. CH Golden Edition’s Legend Spirit, loved and owned by Vasilios Manilos of Greece.  This breeding and this beautiful dog are the talk of the town in European breed clubs, as this is a linebreeding on the top-winning Scottish Sh. Ch. Bethrob Bracken, bred by Lislone Garbank.  You will find Bethrob Bracken in latter generations of our Jr Ch Gabrielle Ola De Oro’s pedigree, sire of our litter.  Thus the beautiful newly minted “Dio” is related to our Gabe through his great grandsire the great 2006 World Winner Int’l Ch Moondust Masterpiece.   .

Other info follows; we hope you find a few of our endorsements of interest.  Please note that by placing the mouse on any page of our site and right-clicking, you may print out a “packet” for your files…Other endorsements are on the site page for kudos.

It has been a true privilege to meet you and your dogs and to care for your puppies.  Your English Goldens are exquisite.  You’re on our radar as best of the best.”  James L. Voss, DVM, Director Emeritus, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The CSU VTH is one of the top three vet schools in the U.S. We ourselves are retired from teaching at CSU.

“I can’t thank you enough for my Maggie.  She has prolonged my life; My MBC (Metastatic Breast Cancer)is in remission.”  Lindsay M.   

Jenne’: who would have thought that years after our meeting in St. Paul where you were in your early career as a poet, you would help me endure the loss of my mobility with your beautiful creatures. Bravissima!  Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1973

Ardorgold babies 3 wks beginning to interact…Angelo grand-get

A true English Golden is a masterpiece of proportion and substance.  He may or may not have a cream coat because as noted, the cream coat is allowed abroad; we again refer you to and ask you to scroll down  to “coat color” in the United Kingdom Kennel Club Breed Standard or blueprint for the Golden.  It is the official word and it says this:  the Golden Retriever’s coat “may be any shade of cream or gold except for red or mahogany.”

Ardorgold curates the group Respected International Breeders and Fanciers of the English Golden Retriever on Facebook and 2k– Two Thousand of us  agree with the official position of The Golden Retriever Club of America on “English Creams.”  Please read on.  See our beautiful great grandson of Angel Heart here.

Plush cream-coated English babies with loving Mama Paris…


Boy 2 – 3 wks

Please contact us at or text to 970-214-1883.  Good availability m and f this date.


Dreams Are Made of Dogs Like These: Creamy, Dreamy Puppies Ready Christmas Week

Updated December 18, 2018

An Ardorgold puppy going home…

Welcome to Ardorgold English Golden Retrievers.  We proudly announce our litter by our stunning Jr. Ch Gabrielle Ola de Oro for Ardorgold out of Ardorgold Celestial Mystique, parents and puppies pictured below.  Please contact us asap at 970-214-1883, or

A Few Urgent Words. 

This is a stunning, accelerated,  extroverted and joyful litter.  As the puppies turn 7 weeks old and head into ideal bonding time between now and New Year’s, we are on their schedule, well into weaning, worming and vaccinating today and tomorrow, monitoring and playing and teaching them that humans are safe and loving.  It is of the upmost importance to us that we place our puppies with families/individuals who are prepared to be devoted to a puppy, to comfort, cuddle and reassure it as it adjusts to a new environment, to quickly take it to the vet if it should spike a fever or show other signs of illness; never to isolate the puppy from the rest of its human pack, to protect it from exposure to high traffic areas like dog parks until it is twelve weeks old and fully vaccinated; to never force it to be crated for more than a few hours, or abused by children playing roughly.  We have hours and hours of love, attention and response to all of its needs, from the moment of birth until you take over and we expect no less of our puppy buyers.; 970-214-1883.  Puppies of both sexes still available as of this date; many thanks to the families placing deposits. Puppies will be ready between Christmas and New Year’s. Litter pedigree posted at k9data is here. 

Our puppies recently photographed in natural light and during bedding change….


The Ardorgold Difference

This is a truly elegant breeding producing gorgeous puppies with stunning heads; in our view, you will not find other English Golden Retriever breeders in the US with the depth of knowledge and decades of experience required to not only select the most outstanding individuals from abroad to import, but how and why to combine given bloodlines to produce superlative puppies in accordance with the UK Breed Standard, the blueprint endorsed by the UK’s most elite breeder-judges setting forth the qualities of the ideal Golden…

Scroll down in the Standard and you will see, despite the misconceptions prevailing online, that the English Golden may be “any shade of cream or gold except red or mahogany.” Because cream-coated Goldens are dominant in our pedigree, our puppies are cream and shaded or “dusky” cream.

This litter is linebred, far different than inbreeding,  on the beautiful Int’l CH Ashbury Angel Heart, the immensely influential Irish kennel Garbank Lislone, on the great Int’l CH and World Winner Robinhood of Glen Shellag and the beautiful Eng Sh CH Paudell Passion. This means that in our mission to promote and produce puppies of English type, you will find the named bloodlines behind both our sire and dam.  Linebreeding has been done many times over in our breed to promote “breed type”–to produce progeny close to the ideal in construction, temperament and soundness.

See the endorsement below the slide show of our stunning babies.

“The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital wishes to commend you on the quality of the English Import sired-puppies you brought to us for evaluation.  We have never seen puppies of such exquisite breed type as your Golden Retrievers.”  James L. Voss, D.V.M., Hospital Director.” 

We have not seen other discussions of  English “breed type” on people’s websites; please indulge us. Our Jr. Ch. Angelo, our puppies’ grandsire,  is pictured as a puppy above at roughly the 7 weeks in which it is believed that an English Golden shows its adult potential.  Note Angelo’s beautiful “domey” head in which his ears are set level with his eyes; note that his muzzle or “foreface” is the same length as the distance from where it meets the head to the occipital ridge or crest of the head.  Note the length of his neck and how the neck flows to a level topline extending to the tip of the tail.  From this side view we see that Angelo’s shoulder blades are set back and triangulated so that his breastbone is prominent and his front legs are set  well beneath his body.

Note that Angelo’s “rear assembly” is very “correct” in that he is “well let down in the hocks”, with definition and perpendicularity. The total puppy is meant to be proportional so that a rectangle may be drawn around him.

Many people now know of Angelo’s existence and tell us how beautiful he is;  we agree!  He was a classically beautiful English Golden Retriever puppy and for us, a magnificent adult:

Jr. CH Angels Dance in Beauly Highland for Ardorgold, awarded his prestigious title by the international breeders’ consortium Chien D’Or Anglais Internationale.

Our puppies’ dam is the beautiful Ardorgold Celestial Mystique, aka Paris; she is pictured below with our gorgeous litter of cream and shaded cream babies. The sequence before Paris is of our beautiful sire “Gabe”–

Our Stunning Jr CH Gabrielle Ola de Oro


Gabe is a loving, charismatic and very “typey” dog; we could not be happier with our two boys. Whereas Angelo is by Angel Heart out of a Garbank-bred bitch, Gabe is the grandson of Angel Heart’s most renowned and beautiful son, Int’l CH Big Boss of the Famous Family. Gabe is also the great-grandson of Int’ CH Lislone Garbank Jackpot. This gives you an idea of how we have replicated these bloodlines in the fourth and fifth generations of our pedigree. Meanwhile the great Robinhood of Glen Sheallag is Angelo’s great grandsire and Gabe’s great-great grandsire through his dam. Again, line-breeding promotes “breed type,” i.e., the extent to which a given dog or bitch approaches the ideal set forth in the UK breed standard.


Paris with her whelps of several days….

Ardorgold babies 3 wks beginning to interact…

More About the Breed and English Type

Golden Retrievers are one breed, developed in Scotland late in the 19th Century. Within the breed are types of Goldens with diverging characteristics arising from variations in how a given region or country conceptualizes the Golden. The UK, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, India, Ukraine, Russia et al all have their own “official” written list of the attributes of the ideal Golden Retriever. In the U.S., AKC judges find the light coat “undesirable”. In the United Kingdom and indeed, throughout Europe, the cream coat is dominant; in the U.S. that is reversed. Two cream-coated dogs may produce light Gold puppies and vice versa.


We urge you to read two things:  The UK Breed Standard for the Golden Retriever linked above, and The Golden Retriever Club of America’s position on “English Creams.”  Ardorgold also curates the Facebook brook “Respected International Breeders and Fanciers of the English Golden Retriever” and we are two thousand strong i.e. 2k members including hundreds of prominent, highly accomplished international breeders who would never select breeding stock for coat color, as it narrows the gene pool, thereby setting up original exquisite genetic packages with all attributes of the ideal Golden for hereditary issues.  A review of our discussions in our group would be valuable to those of you who want a beautiful specimen of the English Golden as a family member.

We ourselves understand the appeal of the cream-coated Golden Retriever which is allowable and even dominant in some regions of Europe, but frowned upon in the U.S. We ourselves have cream-coated breeding stock.

Put more simply, Ardorgold breeds for those characteristics defining the English Golden beyond coat color such as proper construction, temperament and soundness. The English Golden may be “any shade of cream or gold except red or mahogany” per the UK Standard.

That said, you see for yourselves that our litter is first and foremost, the progeny of dogs chosen for “breed type,” meaning how close to the ideal as set forth by the UK Standard, they come.  Look at the beautiful heads and plush coats of our puppies.

We are thrilled with so many things about these puppies–but especially, these glorious heads! Please contact us at for reservation information.  Many thanks to those who have reserved puppies from our litter thus far.

We are with our dogs and puppies 24-7, getting little sleep, utterly devoted to the welfare of each puppy.

Again, what we Americans call “English” in breed type is all about proportion, balance, beautiful broad heads, graceful necks giving way to strong chests  and the neck flowing to level topline in a line culminating in the tip of the tail.  The shoulder blades of the English dog are prominent so that the legs are set well beneath its body; when such a dog “moves out” in the ring the stride is symmetrical and the movement, breathtaking.

The stunning Int’l CH Ashbury Angel Heart, Kennel Ashbury, France: Gerard and Cathy Sontag, Breeders.

This magnificent dog has a spectacular and “typey” head, excellent length of neck, muscular chest of great depth; his neck and withers flow to a level “top-line, which extends to the tip of his tail; he is beautifully proportional and balanced with his substantial legs set well beneath his body.

Here is our “baby-mama” Ardorgold Celestial Mystique, daughter of Angelo, with her stunning litter– info on the sire of these fabulous puppies below:

Plush cream-coated English babies with loving Mama Paris…

Look again at the sheer beauty of our puppies, their exquisite heads and creamy, thick coats.  This is quality you will only find at Ardorgold; only Ardorgold has the knowledge and expertise to have the worthy goal of contributing to the breed by preserving and capitalizing on select bloodlines.  Again, we curate the Facebook group Respected International English Golden Retriever Breeders and Fanciers, 2k strong.  You may obtain references from our Kudos page or from anyone in that group.  Contact or text 970-214-1883.

An exquisite  Ardorgold puppy, d.o.b., November 5, 2018, full of genetic promise!
Girl 1 – another of the beautiful babies in our litter. At three weeks she is already showing a beautiful wide muzzle and well-defined “stop” where foreface meets her head.

Again, contact us to reserve a puppy at; text to 970-214-1883.