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Looking for a breeder in KS, heard of Dunnys?

Hello. It's been a long time since we've bought a golden puppy and I'm just overwhelmed with reading everything related to selecting a good breeder. I'm trying to do everything possible to make a good choice, but there's a lot of breeders out there.

Has anyone heard of Dunny's Golden's (dunnysgoldens.com)?

Everything so far seems great, but I thought that I would see if anyone else has any thoughts, comments and/or suggestions.

Best regards.

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I would stay far far away.

At a brief glance I see puppies pasted all over their front page, color fads, underage dogs being bred and deceptive advertising (you can't get OFA clearances prior to 2 years - both parents are barely a year old)...

And furthermore, it bugs me that they are using the term "adopted" for their puppies.

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Hello. It's been a long time since we've bought a golden puppy and I'm just overwhelmed with reading everything related to selecting a good breeder. I'm trying to do everything possible to make a good choice, but there's a lot of breeders out there.

Has anyone heard of Dunny's Golden's (dunnysgoldens.com)?

Everything so far seems great, but I thought that I would see if anyone else has any thoughts, comments and/or suggestions.

Best regards.
What exactly is it that seems great? Have you spoken to them? I am not a big proponent of judging a breeder by their website. I prefer to use it as a tool to come up with questions to ask them. If you do plan on calling them, one of the many question that you might want to ask about the fact that they advertise on their website that their male is OFA excellent but he is too young to have an OFA certification. Also, you might want to ask them about their practice of breeding un-certified dogs that are barely 1 year old. Then based on their answers, make your decision.

BTW there is some very good info on this site about what to look for in a breeder. You might want to check it out before you make your phone call.

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When I was looking for my first golden and understood nothing about clearances or what made a truly reputable breeder, the first call I made was to the Golden Retriever Club of Atlanta where I lived. It was the best move possible for me. The puppy referral contact (most clubs have one) gave me breeders with upcoming litters who were members in good standing. I questioned her a bit and she told me that she'd known the particular breeder I was interested in for over 20 years and would personally buy a puppy from her in a heartbeat.

I've attached some info below to get you started....

Breeder referral from Kansas City Golden Retriever Club
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Wheatland Golden Retriever Club of Wichita - Contact Us

I'm also including a dog training club. You should be able to speak with someone there who can refer you to a club member who owns and trains goldens and has enough experience to steer you in the right direction to a local breeder with a good reputation. None of this is fool proof, but it's a heck of a lot better than trying to pull someone off the internet.

You deserve to have a wonderful, healthy golden with an excellent temperament as your next family pet. The best way to find a dog with sound mind and body is through a reputable, hobby breeder.

Best of luck with your search, it will be worth every bit of time you put into it on the front end.


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I am not a big proponent of judging a breeder by their website. I prefer to use it as a tool to come up with questions to ask them.
I think this is a super fair, friendly philosophy.

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If you do plan on calling them, one of the many question that you might want to ask about the fact that they advertise on their website that their male is OFA excellent but he is too young to have an OFA certification. Also, you might want to ask them about their practice of breeding un-certified dogs that are barely 1 year old.
But based on this information, there really isn't any possible explanation for misleading claims about clearances and breeding dogs at such a young age. A bent GRCA guideline can be explained, but not a breeding program founded in deception and a continual breaking of the most basic ethical guidelines.
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But based on this information, there really isn't any possible explanation for misleading claims about clearances and breeding dogs at such a young age. A bent GRCA guideline can be explained, but not a breeding program founded in deception and a continual breaking of the most basic ethical guidelines.
I completely agree!!!
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Dunnys goldens in Kansas

Hi I just posted some information from our search for a puppy in Kansas and Missouri maybe you can look up that thread. I am on my phone so can't type much but I would run from this place and run fast. We talked to someone who got a puppy from this place and it was a nightmare. They breed underage and without health clearences. To make matters worse they lie about both so makes you wonder what else they lie about. Last time I looked it was obvious on their site if you compare the parents to OFA records and they didn't hide it well. There are lots of better options. I'll try to post later.
It may take some time but you won't be regret it, we sure don't.
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Dunny's goldens

Well if there was ever a classic case of a puppy mill here you have it. Breeding underage, no health certifications, misrepresenting basic facts.
Some huge red flags besides the above are they use the term "english creams" have for sale a small golden (35-45 lbs) which would be a defect with most reputable breeders not something to be proud of! The fact they take PayPal and are on all the puppy selling sites is a dead give away they are less then reputable. I love how under the health section they have the food and flea meds they use but then don't say they do health clearences just list the organizations that do them. So sad people fall for this all the time.
I think the writing is on the wall of this one. I would contact the Kansas city golden retriever club as mentioned above for referrals. Also Christina Yohe of Heritage goldens and Nickie Hertzog of Claircrest goldens are great breeders in that area and then more to the Kansas side you have Julie Speer and Splendid golden retrievers (and many more I just can't come up with the names right now) Even if they don't have puppies they can offer help.
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