Ardorgold welcomes visitors to our site. We hope you will find the wealth of information we have posted of value.
We are proud of our beautiful English Golden Retrievers; Jenny above is a fabulous specimen of our recent linebreeding on Int’ CH Ashbury Angel Heart and the Lislone Garbank bloodline. Both bloodlines are behind the sire and dam in this litter.
Two beautiful puppies from this litter belong to John and Dorian Tippett, Fort Collins, CO. Several were purchased by Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies and were of such high quality they were put in the arms of donors.
It is loving and intelligent, experienced breeders who are responsible for the perpetuation of our beloved Golden Retriever and saving the breed. Rescues have their place providing they have ethical policies that include reunion of dogs with their owners. Avoid any rescue that does not have this policy as part of its program.
Rescues can also be animal hoarding operations dressed up with all kinds of alleged gravitas and an enticing online presence. Beware.
“The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital wishes to commend you on the quality of the 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 Emeritus.”
WELCOME AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! PUPPIES AVAILABLE; BIG, FLUFFY, CREAM-COATED AND GORGEOUS ARISTOCRATS BY IMPORTED JR CH, NURTURED AND MONITORED 24-7; THE BEST OF THE BEST; PLEASE SCROLL DOWN. SEE OUR TERRIFIC REFERENCES HERE.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org; text to 970-214-1883. Enjoy our photos and updates, and note endorsements further down on the page.
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
A slideshow of our puppies with their sire and dam…
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.
Jr. CH. Angels Dance in Beauly Highland aka Angelo, grandsire of our litter and son of Int’l Ch Ashbury Angel Heart
Paris, dam of our litter, daughter of Angelo, Angel Heart Granddaughter
Our babies waiting to go back in box after delicious weaning meal, play, holding, kissing, bedding change….look at those heads!
Angelo’s stunning dam, Int’l CH Lislone Garbank Loch Affric; look at her glorious breed type. Level topline, glorious construction and stunning head. Daughter of ’18 Crufts Best Veteran Tramin Arni Joy
Beautiful Gabe loving on us–
An Ardorgold puppy by Angelo out of Paris’s English dam; going home at 8 wks…
Our Stunning Angel Heart great grandson Jr CH Gabrielle Ola de Oro
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.
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:
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
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.”
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 email@example.com.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
Puppy A – Two wks
Boy 3 – two weeks
Puppy E – three weeks
Boy 3 – 3wks
Boy 1 – 3 wks
Boy 2 earlier
“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.”
The Classic English Golden Retriever – our Jr. Ch. Angels Dance in Beauly Highland for Ardorgold aka Angelo
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:
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”–
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….
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text 970-214-1883.
Again, contact us to reserve a puppy at email@example.com; text to 970-214-1883.
HELLO! WELCOME TO ARDORGOLD’S HOME ON THE WEB. WE ARE EXPECTING AROUND JUNE 15, 2017, A BEAUTIFUL LITTER OF PUREBRED CREAM-COATED GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES, A DREAM-LITTER IN TERMS OF QUALITY; TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW FOR OUR ULTIMATE FAMILY/SUPPORT/HUNTING-BRED BEAUTIES! SEE PARENTS BELOW; SCROLL DOWN AND READ AROUND THE BLOG FOR TONS OF INFO– CALL 970-212-6848 TO RESERVE; 4 SLOTS FOR ONE OF EACH SEX UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT WE HAVE–2 males spoken for now.
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SIRE: OUR GORGEOUS AND LOVING ANGELS DANCE IN BEAULY HIGHLAND– “ANGELO” BY CH ASHBURY ANGEL HEART, ONE OF TOP 5 SIRES IN EUROPE, EX DAM: CH BISS LISLONE GARBANK LOCH AFFRIC BY 2015 WORLD WINNER CH TRAMIN ARNI JOY. DAM OF PUPPIES: “MALIBU” BY MULTI CH MAJIK INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU (ch in 10 countries!) EX CH AMORE VERITAS ANTALIA, CH THEVENET PEP’S TEAM IS DAM’S SIRE. LITTER PEDIGREE IN FULL BELOW. E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or call.
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Again, we appreciate your interest in our forthcoming litter and will place you on our list in the order of expressed interest for either sex, up to a total of four per sex. This is Malibu’s first litter– we want to be sure we have babies up and running. Naturally we will post puppy photos. Do e-mail us with your questions– thanks for stopping by!
My husband and I are retired teachers and writers, with a long history as fanciers and family-oriented breeders of show-quality AKC Golden Retrievers. We first called ourselves Gilded Peak Golden Retrievers– see relevant page. Several years ago, we became entranced with the British in type Golden Retriever, which is often cream-coated in Europe and still rare in the US, despite the many breeders of these glorious dogs there are now throughout North America. You may know these dogs to be characterized as “English Creams.” This is descriptive terminology for only one type of the Golden Retriever breed, founded in Scotland during the Edwardian era by one Lord Tweedmouth at his estate “Guisachen”. Please also see the fascinating story of English-Background Goldens in North America.
Here is our knock-out imported male Angelo aka Angels Dance in Beauly Highland, sired by Int’l CH Ashbury Angel Heart. bred and titled by Cathy Sontag of Ashbury Kennels, France, out of Multi CH Lislone Garbank Loch Affric, bred by Mr. and Mrs. James Crosbie, renowned fanciers of Ireland, whose UK breed type and wonderful biddable temperament, together with one of the top five pedigrees in the lower forty-eight, make him exemplary.
Pictured below is our beautiful brood bitch, the stunning Amore Veritas Malibu. Her magnificent sire Int’l CH Majik Inspector Clouseau is a champion in ten countries. Her exquisite dam, CH Amore Veritas Antalia, is a daughter of Multi CH Thevenet Pep’s Team, a CH Remington Ringmaster son. Malibu is an absolutely splendid, “doggy” bitch; she has excellent conformation and is loving and biddable. See Malibu’s pedigree on k9data here. See Malibu’s page for more photos and discussion.
We thus have to date one spectacular breeding pair of cream-coated English Goldens, and one young female by our Irish Import Angelo out of a beautiful American-bred 3/4 English Golden, from our original bloodlines.
Our three English Cream Golden Retrievers live with us in the house and have spacious runs out each door of our home outside Fort Collins, Colorado. They are members of our family, nurtured, trained, groomed and generally adored by us twenty-four seven. We recommend that in the event you do not buy one of our puppies, you research Colorado breeders and look for those who seem knowledgeable about genetic issues and their own bloodlines. We feel strongly that those with more than four females and two stud dogs are profit oriented more than focused on the stewardship of this wonderful breed.
We feed our dogs a blend of Wellness Puppy (for pregnant bitches) and Nature’s Recipe, both highly rated in Dog Food Advisor. We mix in stewed livers, mackerel, beef, and the highly rated supplement NUPRO. After learning that a high profile Scottish litter has nutrition based cataracts and that the dam and puppies have been fed the highly touted Taste of the Wild grain free food, we turned to custom feeding with the aforementioned. Please note: grain-free foods should not be fed to bitches in whelp or to weaning puppies–they lack the essential amino acid argenine.
Here is the jaw-dropping pedigree of this mating; please scroll down for more information and to view enlarged and gorgeous photographs.
Angels Dance in Beauly Highland ex Amore Veritas Malibu