The Golden Retriever is a large beautiful bundle of energy. They mature slowly, often not until 2 years of age (or older), and they require exercise, leadership, and lots of training to keep them from turning their intelligence into destructive habits. As a general rule they can weigh anywhere from 50 to 85 pounds be 20 to 25 inches tall and should live to be around 10 - 16 years old. They are known for their rich golden color that can range from a very light gold (cream) to a deep copper gold. They have been used for hunting, assisting the handicapped, leading the blind and of course being a loyal and devout family dog. Because they have been bred to work with humans as both hunter and helper they require a high amount of human interaction and are not suited for career families. They need to be with their human and they crave human direction, praise, and companionship.
Golden Retrievers are: 1. Large dogs. They can knock you over, and unless you train them, they will knock you over. 2. They shed a lot. Not for folks with allergies. 3. They are so smart that if you don't start training them early, they will have you trained before you know it. 4. Although they may bark (and some have a mean sounding bark) when someone comes to your house, they are not usually good watch dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are your dogs registered?
Yes, all my dogs are AKC registered. All of my puppies go to their new homes with AKC paper work. If you want your puppy to be registered in your name, you must fill out the paper work I give you when you pick up your puppy and mail it to the AKC.
Q. Do you give full or limited registration?
Most of my puppies will be sold with limited registration. Full registration is only necessary for conformation competition & breeding. If you are not planning to breed or show your puppy in conformation dog shows, limited registration is sufficient. I reserve the right I to limit the registration of any dog or puppy I sell at my discretion. If you get a puppy from me with limited registration we can change it to full later if the following are met:
1. Puppy must be two years of age.
2. Puppy must have a final OFA hip evaluation of FAIR, GOOD, or EXCELLENT, or a Penn-HIP of 60% or better and also have a passing OFA grade on ELBOWS, EYES & HEART.
3. Ownership of the puppy must not have been transferred from the original buyer.
4. Must have obtained one or more titles. For example: CGC, BN, RN, Therapy dog, Int CH, etc...
The puppies can go to their new homes at 8 weeks old.
Q. How can I get on the waiting list?
The “waiting list” is the list that you get on BEFORE puppies are born. To get on the waiting list you simply contact me so we can get to know each other a little bit. My puppies are my babies so I want to become, in a way "family" to you! I want you to feel comfortable with me and always feel like you can talk to me and ask me any questions! After that you just let me know the best way to get a hold of you so I can notify you when my next litter is due to be born.
Note: I put much time and effort into planning a litter - and into choosing the right homes for the puppies. Please make sure your decision to get a Golden Retriever puppy from me (or any other breeder) is well thought out before you send a deposit.
Q. Do you require a deposit?
Yes, once pregnancy is confirmed, a $250 deposit is required to hold a reservation. It will be deducted from the overall purchase price. The deposit is refundable up until the litter reaches 2-3 weeks of age after that it is non-refundable.
Q. What is "pick of the litter"?
Puppies are picked by their owners in the order I receive deposits. The first person to send me a deposit gets to pick the first puppy. The second depositor gets to pick the second puppy and so on. It keeps things fair and orderly for both buyer and seller.
Q. How much do your puppies cost?
Cost depends on the parents. The price is usually between $1800 & $2000. If I have a specific price on a litter of puppies all of the puppies in that litter are that price regardless of color, sex, etc…. I give discounts for military, veterans, and special needs (ie. hard of hearing, blind ect...)
Q. How big will the puppies get?
I do not guarantee exact weight and size. Dogs are like humans and can pull their genetics from way back. Golden Retrievers should be between 55-80 pounds. No breeder can guarantee size, color, or champion ability of their puppies. So far, most of my puppies and puppies sired by my males have been around 55-75 pounds. AKC - 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. I only breed dogs that meet the AKC and/or FCI (European) breed standards!
Q. Do you micro-chip the puppies?
No. Although side effects are uncommon, micro-chipping a dog can sometimes bring varied effects such as; temporary bleeding, hair loss, infection, abscesses and microchip migration. Even though most dogs experience minimal or zero side effects from them, I think micro-chipping the puppy should be the new owner(s) decision.
Q. Can I come by and see the puppies?
A. Yes you can. For the safety of the puppies, I am very picky about when visitors come.
Q. How many years have you been breeding dogs?
I have had breeding dogs since 2005. I did not have the greatest of starts. I knew nothing about health testing, registration, or quality. I was 10-11 years old and just had back yard breeders and little puppy mills as mentors. My first Goldens were Riley, Marshal and Sandy. Riley died in an accident a month after we got him. Marshal and Sandy came from puppy mills (I knew nothing about puppy mills at the time), were APRI registered, had no health testing in their lines that I knew of. At the time, all I cared about was my dogs and puppies and how much I loved them! My dad wanted them to pay for their own dog food so we sold the puppies for $50-$100 each to pay for food. Sandy and Marshal had 4 beautiful litters and I loved each puppy SO much! Sandy lived to be 13 and Marshal is still going strong at 15 & 1/2. But had I known then what I know now, none of that would have happened. I guess you just have to live and learn. When I got Merlin, I started looking into the health testing and started finding some good mentors! He was almost 3 before I learned that there was a difference between a practitioner and cardiologist. I didn't know much about the internet/computers or cell phones until after I was 20 years old, I was just never interested in those things, I was always too busy outside with the animals. Now that I know these things, none of my dogs will ever be bred again without all health testing being clear and normal on Hips, Elbows, Heart (will only ever be done by a cardiologist), eyes checked by an ophthalmologist and all DNA testing.
Q. How many litters do you breed a year?
I only have 1-4 litters a year.
Q. Do you ship?
Not at this time. However, I am willing to meet someone at a reasonable distance.
Q. Do you breed goldendoodles or any other breed of dog?
No. I only breed AKC registered Golden Retrievers.
Q. How many dogs do you have?
I have 6 Golden Retrievers (only 3 of them are breeding dogs) we also have 3 rescued mix breed dogs. They are all our family pets!
Q. Do you offer stud service?
Yes. Merlin is available at stud to approved females. Price is the cost of one puppy. He can breed to English or American style Golden Retrievers. Merlin is Champion sired, and his grand sire is two-time World Champion, Dewmist Silk Screen “Storm”. Merlin is tested for Brucellosis every few months. Requirements to breed your female to Merlin:
1. A Recent Negative Brucellosis & Aerobic Test (within 2 weeks). Please provide paperwork from a licensed Veterinarian. Note: This test may take a few days for results to come back so test at first sign of heat (or sooner). "Brucellosis is a contagious disease caused by the bacterium Brucella canis. It is one of the leading causes of infertility in breeding stock. It occurs worldwide, affects all kinds of dogs, purebred and not, and can also be transmitted from dogs to humans." Female must be at least 2 years old, AKC registered, must be current on rabies and annual booster vaccination and must have had aheartworm & fecal test within the last year, and must have passing OFA or Penn-HIP hip scores and normal elbows, heart & eyes. He has produced every color from light cream to really dark red. It is not a requirement but I do suggest doing the DNA tests for NCL, prcd_PRA, PRA1, PRA2 & Ichthyosis. Merlin is clear for all three PRAs, NCL and Carrier for Ichthyosis. Here are some websites where the testing can be done: www.animalgenetics.com - It's one of the cheapest places that I know of. www.pawprintgenetics.com - I like their online database!
Q. Are you a member of a dog club and/or involved in dog activities/events?
I am a member of therapydogs.com and PACT (Panhandle Area Community Therapies). PACT also does trick dog and canine good citizen training. I also enjoy going to International dog shows sometimes (IABCA). We have shown in AKC Rally obedience and conformation.