Thanks nolefan for your input and help. To answer your question, yes I did review the website and hence why I had questions and wanted additional opinion on whether I should be concerned about certain things (PayPal, pens, the "white" and "alpine" claims). Not everyone here is as experienced in searching for a breeder as others so the help is appreciated. .....
Sure the top english cream breeders may be in other parts of the country but I cannot imagine there are NO respectable breeders in northern CA (or even SF/LA areas).
Again, I appreciate your help. This is our first time searching for a breeder.
I apologize for coming across in such an impatient manner. We have so much information on this website regarding the pitfalls of choosing a breeder based solely on color of the dog that I do get a little sideways sometimes when someone says they understand that a breeder shouldn't be placing a lot of emphasis on "cream" color marketing but then appears not to be applying it in real time. The Alpine folks are just classic violators. It's frustrating.
Did you have a chance to read through the links I attached to the bottom of my post? The explanations given in them are pretty thorough. By placing color at the top of your list of requirements for a breeder you're setting a very strong filter on your search.
Truly reputable people compete in some way with their dogs. They just do, they're not sitting at home on their acreage selling over priced white puppies to unsuspecting people. They aren't farming puppies like livestock. It's very easy to say that a dog has a good temperament if the dog isn't ever leaving the house. Dogs that are anxious or easily upset can be ok at home and then be completely different out in the world. That doesn't translate well to a pet that you'd like to take to kid's soccer games, the lake to visit friends on the weekend, Saturday morning walks to get coffee etc. You want your puppy to be from a breeder who does things with their dogs to prove that they have stable temperaments.
Because so many people are simply raising light colored Goldens to sell for profit, it is very difficult to find hobby breeders. You may very well find a reputable breeder in your region who competes in obedience or field work with light colored Goldens but they are very hard to find. Here is a link to a breeder website that would be more in line with what you are looking for: https://www.kernowgoldens.com/about-us
Notice there is no mention of Paypal, 'world champion bloodlines", Cream or white or high tech, top notch "facilities" or kennels, no high pressure sales terms like "puppies selling fast" etc.. The breeder uses most of the space on the site talking about what activities she competes in with her dogs.
Here is a link to a long time breeder where you can see that the breeder favors lighter colored dogs but you can see that the emphasis is more on the form and function of the dog rather than the color: Golden Retriever Puppies | Ontario | Kyon Kennels
Again, lots of talk about competing with their dogs.
Here's a place to check where you'll find attention placed on the whole dog, rather than just the color of the coat: CAPTAIN ? Chuckanut Retrievers
Ask them for a referral if they don't have a litter planned soon. You can find heavier boned dogs with lighter colored coats, it just takes more research.