Kristyn Hein started out with the typical, natural love of dogs that any tiny child has, and her favorite color was yellow: the perfect combination to start a Golden Retriever obsession. Walt Disney’s “Old Yeller” sprouted the fascination for “yeller” dogs. 1993 Homeward Bound’s “Shadow” created the itch for a Golden Retriever. And in 2004, when she was 11 years old, the dream of owning a Golden Retriever finally turned into a reality when she was able to purchase her first Golden Retriever: Marshal. 6 months and a lot of hard work later, Kristyn was able to get Sandy into the family, and her passion for hobby breeding began. Sandy and Marshal had some fantastic puppies together, sealing Kristyn’s love for the Golden Retriever breed. Each litter of puppies brought Kristyn new levels of experience and knowledge concerning the healthy raising of this breed, making her a wonderful dog owner and Golden Retriever breeder & trainer. In 2008 Kristyn fell in love with the English style Goldens and has worked diligently to add these wonderful dogs to her life. Four years later, she was thrilled to gain her first English puppy: Merlin. With each year that passes, Kristyn’s love for the Golden Retriever breed increases with her knowledge so that it looks like she will have at least ONE of these wonderful dogs in her home for the rest of her life.
A true hobby breeder will breed for the betterment of the breed. The dogs of a hobby breeder are hand picked, raised in the home, have health clearances (for example OFA, Penn-HIP, DNA tests, depending on the breed), and are part of the family. The dogs are not kept in kennels 24/7. They are actively involved with their humans and have a large, clean yard and the house to themselves. The puppies that come from hobby breeders are well socialized, healthy, and adapt well when they go to their new homes. A good hobby breeder keeps their dog's bloodlines pure and breeds for optimal health and excellent temperament. A good hobby breeder is the best person to get a dog from. They know their dogs and they take care of their dogs. They take their responsibilities as a dog owner seriously. They love their puppies. Hobby breeding isn't a job. It's a passion to make the world a better place.
There is only one breed of American Kennel Club registered Golden Retriever. The English Golden Retriever is basically “a Golden Retriever bred to the European KC standards” and an American Golden Retriever is “a Golden Retriever bred to the AKCstandards.”
In the early 1800's game was plentiful in England and Scotland, and hunting was both a sport and a practical way of obtaining food. Retrievers came into prominence because of the desire for a medium-sized dog that would do well in wild-fowling, both waterfowl and upland game. During the 19th century, gamekeepers at the Guisachan estate of Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness-Shire, Scotland, kept records of the development of the Golden.
Lord Tweedmouth bought his first Yellow Retriever in the mid-19th century. The location of Tweedmouth's estate on the Tweed River had a direct bearing on the program pursued by the Lord to produce the characteristics he desired in his Yellow Retrievers. Along the shores of this river was the light-colored Tweed Water Spaniel, the hardy type of spaniel used for retrieving and known for their intelligence, courage and ability. The Tweed Water Spaniel had tremendous influence on Tweedmouth's developing breed, as he bred his original stud "Nous" to "Belle," a Tweed Water Spaniel, to produce four yellow puppies. Later on down the line, cross-breedings integrated Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and more Tweed Water Spaniel to obtain the Golden Retriever we recognize today.
Yellow or Golden Retrievers became popular in England toward the end of the 19th century, and they were first shown in England (listed as Golden Flat-Coats) in 1908. In 1913 they obtained separate status when the Golden Retriever Club (of England) formed, and the breed arrived in North America in the 1920's. The first Golden was registered by the AKC in 1925, and the breed flourished in the 1930's and '40s. Used predominantly as hunters, Goldens proved strong in the show ring also, although unlike today, the darker gold colors were initially favored over the light. Over the years, the Golden Retriever has grown to become one of the most successful, recognizable, and popular breeds in history in all areas.
The Golden Retriever, with its intelligence and eager to please attitude, is one of the most popular breeds in the United States according to AKC® registration statistics. The working ability that has made the Golden Retriever such a useful hunting companion also make him an ideal guide, assistance and search and rescue dog. The golden-colored coat is the hallmark of this versatile breed, and can range from light to dark gold.
This active and energetic Sporting breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise. His water-repellant double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. With his friendly temperament and striking golden color, this breed is both beautiful to look at and a joy to own.
AKC Size Males 23-24 inches in height at withers; females 21½ - 22½ inches. Dogs up to one inch above or below standard size should be proportionately penalized. Deviation in height of more than one inch from the standard shall disqualify. Length from breastbone to point of buttocks slightly greater than height at withers in ratio of 12:11. Weight for dogs 65-75 pounds; bitches 55-65 pounds.
AKC Coat Dense and water-repellent with good undercoat. Outer coat firm and resilient, neither coarse nor silky, lying close to body; may be straight or wavy. Untrimmed natural ruff; moderate feathering on back of forelegs and on underbody; heavier feathering on front of neck, back of thighs and underside of tail. Coat on head, paws, and front of legs is short and even. Excessive length, open coats, and limp, soft coats are very undesirable. Feet may be trimmed and stray hairs neatened, but the natural appearance of coat or outline should not be altered by cutting or clipping.
KC Coat Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.
AKC Color Rich, lustrous golden of various shades. Feathering may be lighter than rest of coat. With the exception of graying or whitening of face or body due to age, any white marking, other than a few white hairs on the chest, should be penalized according to its extent. Allowable light shadings are not to be confused with white markings. Predominant body color which is either extremely pale or extremely dark is undesirable. Some latitude should be given to the light puppy whose coloring shows promise of deepening with maturity. Any noticeable area of black or other off-color hair is a serious fault.
KC Color Any shade of gold or cream, neither red nor mahogany. A few white hairs on chest only, permissible.
AKC Temperament Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy. Quarrelsomeness or hostility towards other dogs or people in normal situations, or an unwarranted show of timidity or nervousness, is not in keeping with Golden Retriever character. Such actions should be penalized according to their significance.
Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1925.
Average size: from 55 to 75 pounds.
Devoted companions, hunting dog.
KC Temperament Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability. Kindly, friendly and confident.