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 (red). They have been used for hunting (birds and sheds), service work, therapy work, search and rescue, and of course being a loyal family dog. They can excel in obedience, rally, dock diving, tricks and almost anything their owner is willing to take the time to train them for. Because they have been bred to be companion, hunter and helper, they require a high amount of human interaction and are not suited for career families who are never home and never involve them in activities. 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. 2. They shed a TON. Not for folks with allergies or issues with hair everywhere. 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 paperwork. If you want your puppy to be registered in your name, you must fill out the paperwork 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 puppies are born, 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 if you change your mind on wanting a puppy.
Q. How much do your puppies cost?
Cost depends on the parents, vet fees, AI fees, etc... The price is usually between $1800 & $3000. 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…. With the raising prices of dog food, vet care, and EVERYTHING else, my prices will have to go up as well. Unless dog food prices go down, it is going to cost an average of $2000 in dog food/supplements just to raise a litter now days. Most of my friends have been charging $2500 for their puppies for 10+ years and are now charging $3500. I try to keep my puppies as affordable as possible without undercutting them. They are more than worth the price. I put more time and training into my puppies than will ever be covered. Can you imagine working a full-time job (day and night + weekends) with no holiday or overtime pay? That is what it is. Not complaining, just stating a fact. It is not easy. I feel like my prices are very fair.
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 55-75 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 with some being a bit smaller and some being a bit larger. 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, not mine.
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. 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 almost 16. 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. Since we own a farm, I am normally always close to home, so I feel like I have plenty of time to devote to up to 4 litters a year. If we have to much going on, I may not have a litter at all for a year. Just depends.
Q. Do you take dogs/puppies you have bred back if the family is unable or unwilling to care for their dog?
YES! Always. I require a vet exam and some tests before I can take them back, especially if I have a litter or a litter is due soon. A Brucellosis, heartworm, parvo and fecal test, so I know if I need to find a place to quarantine the dog. The health of my dogs and puppies comes first. I have taken back a few dogs/puppies throughout the years due to owners passing away, moving overseas, etc. and will always be here for my past puppies.
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 9 Golden Retrievers (only 4 of them are breeding dogs) we also have 2 rescued mix breed dogs. They are all our family pets!
Q. Do you offer stud service?
Yes. Merlin and Hero are available at stud to approved females. Price is the cost of one puppy. Merlin and Hero are tested for Brucellosis every 3-4 months. Requirements to breed your female:
1. A Recent Negative Brucellosis 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.