About Us

Jamel and Charity Hamka- Owners of Recherche GoldensRecherche Goldens is a  professional breeder and trainer of European white Golden Retrievers. Recherche Goldens was started in 2009 by Jamel and Charity Hamka with the help of Walter & Ann Wagner. Jamel and Charity were married 2003 and in March 2015 they adopted their daughter Grace Anne.

Recherche Goldens has a large 40+ acre property with over 6000 square feet of air conditioned/heated living space JUST for the puppies. As of right now, Recherche Goldens has a team of 14 employees including professional trainers and veterinarian technicians. Please click HERE to view all of our current staff! They have given themselves wholly to become the most professional breeders and trainers of Golden Retrievers in the country.

Jamel also works 2 days at week as an Assistant Pastor at Southview Baptist Church. Walter and Ann Wagner have been close friends with the Hamkas since 1995. Walter Wagner was Jamel Hamka’s youth pastor as a teenager and through his influence Jamel is now in the ministry. Walter Wagner is now the Senior Pastor of Southview Baptist Church.

Our Property in Statesville, NC

We have a beautiful 4 acre lake for our white golden retriever pups to swim in.
We have a beautiful 4 acre lake with a beach on our 40 acres to take our pups swimming in!
We have a beautiful 4 acre lake for our white golden retriever pups to swim in.
Our English Golden Retriever puppies are trained and cared for in this 5,000 square foot Nursery and Training Center
The front of our 5000 square foot state-of-the-art Canine Nursery and Training Center!
Our English Golden Retriever puppies are trained and cared for in this 5,000 square foot Nursery and Training Center
Our advanced Canine Nursery and Training Center features a 4,000 square foot lawn and solar panels
An overview of our advanced Canine Nursery and Training Center with solar panels, & 4000 square foot SynLawn Astroturf and parking lot
Our advanced Canine Nursery and Training Center features a 4,000 square foot lawn and solar panels
Another view of our 5,000 square foot Canine Nursery and Training CenterAnother view of our 5,000 square foot Canine Nursery and Training Center
80 solar panels help to power our training center so our puppies are always at the right temperature
80 solar panels with backup batteries power our 5000 square foot Canine Nursery and Training Center making sure pups are always have the right temperature!
80 solar panels help to power our training center so our puppies are always at the right temperature
Our golden retriever training center features a 4,000 square foot SynLawn Astroturf potty training area
An overview of our Canine Nursery and Training Center (cNAT) and our 4000 square foot SynLawn Astroturf potty training area
Our golden retriever training center features a 4,000 square foot SynLawn Astroturf potty training area
Another view of our vast puppy training centerAnother view of our vast puppy training center
Our Alumni Wall features pictures of our previous white golden retriever puppies who have graduated from our Training Institute
Part of our "Alumni Wall" where we post pictures of graduates of our Puppy Training Institute
Our Alumni Wall features pictures of our previous white golden retriever puppies who have graduated from our Training Institute
Our Canine Nursery and Training Center provides our English Goldens the ultimate comfort
In one of our hallways in our
Canine Nursery and Training
Center. A 5000 square foot
fully heat and air conditioned
building that is extremely
sanitary and state of the art.
Our Canine Nursery and Training Center provides our English Goldens the ultimate comfort
Another view of the inside of our Canine Nursery and Training CenterAnother view of the inside of our Canine Nursery and Training Center
Our full-time staff make sure our puppies have the best care and facilities availableOur full-time staff make sure our puppies have the best care and facilities available
Our pups demand a lot of laundry to be done!
Always lots of laundry!
Our pups demand a lot of laundry to be done!
Our English Cream Goldens have clean and functional rooms to stay in during their training
What each of our puppy rooms look like. Pups are trained to potty on pine shavings.
Our English Cream Goldens have clean and functional rooms to stay in during their training
Our puppies get to sleep and eat in their own individual crates
It's bed time! Pups sleep and eat in their own individual crate!
Our puppies get to sleep and eat in their own individual crates
The second level of our Canine Nursery and Training Center provides 1,600 more square feet for training
Our upstairs 1600 square foot training loft located in the second level of our cNAT (Canine Nursery and Training Center)
The second level of our Canine Nursery and Training Center provides 1,600 more square feet for training
Our English Cream Goldens have plenty of space outdoors to play and potty trainOur English Cream Goldens have plenty of space outdoors to play and potty train
Recherche Kennels- Home of the Puppy Training InstituteRecherche Kennels- Home of the Puppy Training Institute
Our English Cream pups are trained and socialized inside our guest house for a more real-world experience
Inside our guest house where we house train our pups. We potty train them, socialize them and train them with "temptations" not to chew everything and not to jump up. 
Our English Cream pups are trained and socialized inside our guest house for a more real-world experience
Our English Golden pups participate in house training in a real house with all the expected distractions
House Training in a regular house with television, couch and more. Also notice we have several "temptations" and our socialization apparatus.
Our English Golden pups participate in house training in a real house with all the expected distractions
House and obedience training are enhanced with a house full of distractions for our pupsHouse and obedience training are enhanced with a house full of distractions for our pups
Located on secluded 40 acres in Statesville, NC!
Our home located on our property in the country of beautiful Statesville, NC
Inside our Living Room. House has all wood and tile floors...perfect for the dogs!
Inside our Living Room. House has all wood and tile floors...perfect for the dogs!
With over 40 acres, we have plenty of room for the dogs as well as a little gardening!
With over 40 acres, we have plenty of room for the dogs as well as a little gardening!
Located on over 40 acres are pasture, a 4 acre lake, and plenty of woods. Never-ending fun for the Goldens! Very private setting.

Family Photos 2016

Story Behind Recherche Goldens

Jamel: “My wife and I decided we would like to make a doggy addition to our home, and went hunting for the perfect dog.  For two years we searched, studied and spoke to dozens of breeders. We finally found the perfect breed…the English/European Golden Retriever. We have been absolutely amazed with the English Cream Golden Retriever. They are exceptionally smart, beautiful and sweet.

We chose the English Golden because they are not only the most beautiful and intelligent dog we have ever been around, but they are healthier than the American Golden Retriever. After much research we were shocked to learn that cancer in American Goldens is an astounding 61.8% and English Goldens are only 38.8% – a HUGE difference. For that reason and many others we settled on the English Golden.

We wanted to purchase the best English Goldens in the world and researched hundreds of European breeders. We were delighted to purchase our wonderful Goldens from very reputable and high quality breeders.”

wagnersWalter: “My wife and I first met the English Golden in 2008 when Jamel & Charity Hamka brought a couple of their English Goldens to our home. My family, especially my 2 teenage girls, absolutely fell in love with them.

After much discussion we decided we had to have one of these incredible pups. We teamed up with the Hamkas and purchased our first English Golden Retriever…Vicky. We have since expanded our family to include more wonderful Goldens and have followed the Hamkas’ advice in raising and training the pups.

We live only a few short miles from them and help each other out in any way possible. Being a pastor, it has been a wonderful opportunity of encouragement to come home and spend time with my Goldens. It’s also neat to be able to take some of our pups to the Southview Christian School, where I am the Principal, and see the faces on the children when they see such wonderful pups!

Our Distinctives

What sets Recherche English Cream Golden Retrievers apart?

First of all, our English Cream Golden Retrievers have some of the best pedigrees in the world.

All of our Goldens have been imported from only the best European Golden Retriever breeders. If you study our dogs pedigrees you will see multiple World, International and national champions. Also, many of our own dogs are International champions which is very rare in the US. Even if you are not planning on showing your Golden it is still very profitable to get a puppy from highly pedigreed parents.

trupanionTo become successful in the show ring, not only do you need to have beautiful Goldens that conform to the Kennel Club standard but also you need a very intelligent and super sweet temperament. When you get past the basic champion, judges look for a Golden that is highly trained and shows off the incredible sweet, calm and loving temperament of the Golden Retriever.

Our dogs’ parents and parents’ parents have all been hip, elbow, eye and heart tested. They are expensive but necessary tests to determine if the parents have any health issues that Golden Retrievers are prone to have. All of our English Cream Golden Retrievers have had their BVA or OFA hip & elbow clearance to breed.

Also each English Cream Golden Retriever is tested annually by a canine ophthalmologist to renew their eye certification (CERF), and has seen a canine cardiologist/veterinarian to gain OFA heart clearance. We also provide up to a 4 year warranty & 1 month of free pet insurance at no charge for each puppy. Please see our Warranty page for more details.

Secondly, we ensure your puppy’s good health.

It starts before your puppy is ever conceived, providing proper diet, exercise and preventative health care to the parents. 4_Year_WarrantyThroughout the pregnancy, the dam is monitored closely to be sure she and the puppies are progressing well. In addition to this she is provided with NuVet and exercise.

We are there, assisting with every birth during whelping, and take every pain to make sure each puppy comes through the critical first twenty-four hours in good health.

Each puppy is carefully monitored throughout their time with us, weaned on the best dog food on the planet which is TLC Whole Life Puppy Food and given NuVet and NuJoint

By the time each English Cream Golden Retriever puppy leaves us, it will have had its first vaccination (“puppy shot” the puppy shot is Duramune Max 5, which is the vaccine for coronavirus, parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2 (and hepatitis) plus four leptos), 4 dewormings,  coccidia treatment with Marquis and microchipping.

We give every puppy a final check up from the veterinarian where they are given a fecal, heart and full body examination. If they pass they are given an official Interstate Health Certificate.

Thirdly, we employ every possible measure to form good emotional health in each English Cream Golden Retriever puppy.

We consider each of our dogs a member of the family. We treat the puppies no differently. From day one, the English Cream Golden Retriever puppies are in our home, being handled, played with and loved on every single day. Someone is with them the majority of the time, making sure they are well cared for and interacting with them throughout the day.

potty_trainingWe are very unique in that we crate-train each puppy and partially potty train every puppy. We also have a very thorough extended training program called Puppy Training Institute  which offers puppy training from 6 weeks to 6 months of age. By the time a puppy graduates from the Puppy Training Institute, it is potty trained, crate trained, leash trained, stair trained, car trained, extensively socialized and know the foundational commands of “sit,” “stay,” “lay,” “come,” “off,” “no,” and more.

The English Cream Golden Retriever is one of the most delightful breeds we have ever encountered, but as with any breed, if the puppies are not properly socialized excessive shyness, submissive urination (wetting when excited or fearful), and more are often the result.

Due to the number of puppies produced, owners and operators of large kennels and pet stores generally do not have the time to properly socialize the puppies, and as a result, those that purchase puppies from these places often face the challenge of dealing with these emotional issues.

Fourthly, the English Cream Golden Retriever puppy’s welfare is our top priority.

We are determined that our white Golden Retriever puppies should belong to families that love them and are committed to the pups’ well-being. Since we demand so much from ourselves as breeders, we are passionate about our pups going to only the best homes.

Our buyers are not looking for the cheapest English Cream Golden Retriever pup they can find. We only approve buyers that are seeking a companion for life and are committed to our English Cream Golden Retriever with their time, their money and their love.

Fifthly, we make every effort to make your experience of purchasing an English Cream Golden Retriever puppy a smooth and enjoyable process.

TrainingManualOur website was designed to be not only attractive but extremely helpful. We try to answer most of your questions on our FAQ page. We provide each buyer with a detailed report card on where your individual pup is at and advice on how to transition to your home.

We also provide each buyer with a NuVet starter kit, a training lead, a nutrition pack, thorough medical history paperwork and so much more. We believe that attention to every detail is important. We are very approachable and when our materials do not answer a question you might have, we are committed to answering all your questions and fully preparing you to bring home your new family member. Our goal at every point in the process is excellence. We are passionate about sharing this exquisite breed with others, and providing wonderful homes for our pups.

References available upon request. Email us for more information.

Jamel and Charity Hamka with George Straight, English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy

Family Portraits Taken June 2016

Family Portraits Taken March 2015

Located in Statesville, NC

  • Distance from Statesville:
    Charlotte, NC– 41 miles
    Knoxville, TN– 216 miles
    Atlanta, GA– 278 miles
    Washington D.C. – 379 miles
    New York, NY– 608 miles
  • Email & phone number at the bottom of page!
Please take time to read this email sent to us January 13, 2013

Dear Jamel and Charity Hamka,

With great interest I looked at your stunningly beautiful and detailed website, featuring your gorgeous English Cream Goldens and I am not at all embarrassed to admit that I cried because I did not have the good fortune to purchase my English Cream Golden from your kennel. In my overwhelming joy and anticipation of owning one of these beautiful dogs, I acted too hastily and was not selective enough and realized too late that I was dealing with a breeder who offered no information, made no photos, gave no ancestry details and did not ask one single question about us, caring little or nothing about his pup or what kind of home we were going to provide for it.

We paid just a little less than what you ask for your pups, but I would gladly have paid just a bit more in order to know that we would receive a “new member of the family” from an integrative, caring and supportive breeder, who has the best in mind for his dogs and their prospective owners. I am impressed with the in-depth care you are willing to provide from the time your pups are born until they go to their for-ever homes. The training, the exposure, the excellent food and vitamin regimen, all are a guarantee for happy, healthy and well-socialized dogs, making the transition from breeder to new owner so much easier.

I would have loved a few photos, a memento of my dog’s very first weeks, but I was not that lucky! My pup was one you describe on your website, one who was born in a kennel, lived outside until she came to us and who had to compete for her food and water with other siblings and other litters. To this very day she still gulps down her food in unbelievable haste, not chewing it and vomiting it up later, always worried someone will beat her to the bowl and afraid she will have to do without. She was terrified of stairs, any stairs, be it at home or in town and the very beginning principles of toilet training were completely unknown to her. With lots of reassuring, calmness and encouragement I trained my dog to believe that there always will be enough food, that it is o.k. if someone looks in your ears or touches your paw and that we take vitamins every day.

Thank you for the treat of looking at your beautiful website, which contains all the information any prospective English Cream Golden owner ever could wish for!

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