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Cancer in Golden Retrievers

We understand the importance of research for causes of cancer in Golden Retrievers. First and foremost, I want to express the importance that an English Cream Golden Retriever can get cancer just as the American type. There is some confusion among breeders in the United States and they make claims on their websites that the English Golden Retrievers do not get cancer and they are healthier than the American Golden Retrievers. Please understand, a Golden Retriever is a Golden Retriever regardless of the Country they came from. All Golden Retrievers originated from Scotland, to learn more about where the Golden Retriever came from please Click here to read the Guisachan Dogs Golden Retriever History.


The light colored Golden Retriever has been a standard color within the Kennel Club of England since 1936. There is nothing rare about these dogs, they just adhere to a different standard than here in the United States. 

Americans have come up with the slang term "English Cream Golden Retriever" or "English White Golden Retriever", however, they are actually Golden Retrievers. 

We have a few offspring enrolled with the Morris Animal Foundation and if you are interested in enrolling your Golden Retriever please visit Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

DENVER/July 26, 2023 — The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, one of the largest, most comprehensive prospective canine health studies in the United States, has reached a milestone with accrual of 500 cumulative diagnoses of four major cancers in dogs. This milestone, achieved 11 years after the Study’s inception, highlights Morris Animal Foundation’s commitment to advancing animal health research and finding answers to canine cancer. 

“We have recorded over 500 cases of hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, high-grade mast cell tumor and osteosarcoma in this group of golden retrievers. This is a sobering and significant finding for the Study,” said Kathy Tietje, Chief Program Officer at Morris Animal Foundation. “We are grateful to the dogs and their owners who contributed, and continue to contribute data, specimens, time and resources to the Study.” 

Launched in 2012, the primary goal of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. One major finding from the Study revealed a higher-than-expected prevalence of hemangiosarcoma, a deadly form of canine cancer, in the Study dogs. In response to this finding, the Foundation recently launched its multiyear, multimillion-dollar Hemangiosarcoma Initiative, which dedicates much-needed funding, people and resources to advance the prevention, detection and treatment of, and potentially cures for, this devastating cancer in dogs.  

Though the initial cohort of 3,044 dogs has now decreased to 1,653, the Foundation continues to follow all Study dog participants for the rest of their lives, regardless of disease or diagnoses. This large collection of prospective data and samples is available to researchers by request and at no charge, to help spur more studies seeking to address canine cancer and other health challenges in dogs. 

For additional information about the Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, email or call 855-447-3647. 

About Morris Animal Foundation 
Morris Animal Foundation's mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding nearly $160 million in more than  3,000 critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at  

Media Contact: Annie Mehl 

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I personally know of two very young Golden Retrievers that died after taking these shots. I am not a vet but I do know that I will never allow my dogs to get these injections. Here is an article from the Dogs Naturally Magazine and I encourage you to read this information. 
At the end of the article Dr Edward Bassingthwaighte states: "My advice - avoid Cytopoint like you would the plague."

Cytopoint Injections for Dogs

Now, let's talk dog/puppy food. I have serious concerns about what they are putting in not only our food, but our pets food as well. I am firm believer in a raw diet but this option is not everyone. I will say after visiting well known breeders in Europe that most feed a raw diet. After years of research I have found that the quality in Europe is better than here in the United States. I am always open to conversation about the best dog/puppy food to feed. Believe me, since 2004 I have spent hours reading the ingredients in pet foods and I still am not confident that I have the answer. Please, do your own research as well and read the ingredients in your pets food! A lot of breeders out there offer a health guarantee if you feed a food product on their website or supplements. Or, they advertise a pet food with a link to get a discount. They do this because they are making money off of every bag or supplement bottle you buy. How do I know? Because I did this for about 3 months in 2011. I had Nu Vet products and Life Abundance dog food on my website. I am not saying anything is wrong with these products but I am concerned about the chemicals they put in most of the dog foods available today. I believe in a natural approach and natural rearing. To see an example of ingredient differences between the United States and the United Kingdom please click on the link below. 

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