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I am hoping to get my first golden retriever next summer. I have started researching breeders in the local SW Ohio/Kentucky area and I have a lot of questions.
I will be living in an apartment for at least the next few years. I look forward to daily, long walks with my new dog as well as hiking, camping, and going to the dog park. I know that it will take time to give my dog the appropriate amount of exercise. I am worried that a breeder will not approve me for a puppy knowing that I live in an apartment.
This dog will be primarily a companion for me. I might also certify him as a therapy dog. I am not interested in participating in dog shows or competitions. I have read about common genetic conditions in the breed and I am worried about choosing the right breeder. In my research, I have found complaints about genetic problems from customers of breeders with pedigrees and testing posted on their website. What criteria do you use to choose a breeder? Can you trust the local AKC to refer you to a good breeder? Does AKC registration matter or are there "backyard breeders" that produce quality dogs as well? I am looking for a dog with a calm, submissive temperament. I have noticed that people often do not get to pick their dog from the litter. Has anyone had any trouble with a breeder once they have put down a deposit?
I am considering a GR rescue if I cannot find a trustworthy breeder in my area but I would really like the opportunity to raise a dog from a puppy. Thank you very much for your help!
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The best way to find a breeder is to contact your local golden retriever club for referrals. AKC can mean nothing, and if you are concerned about inherited health problems, a backyard breeder is not the way to go. Only reputable breeders produce quality goldens.
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As far as living in an apartment, it depends on the breeder. I would suggest detailing your plan/commitment to getting your dog the appropriate level of exercise.
You will find that in Goldens we do unfortunately have many genetic/health issues. In my opinion the only way to go is with a breeder who is aware of and actively trying to eliminate them through testing. That would mean a reputable breeder. I know that sometimes reputable breeders can produce a dog with a problem despite the careful testing/planning, just as a backyard breeder can get lucky and produce a healthy dog without know what health or genetic traits are behind their dogs. A reputable breeder does not guarantee a perfect dog, but it definitely stacks the deck in your favor.

This is a hot topic and you may see some very passionate posts about reputable breeders versus backyard breeders. I hope your thread does not go too far off track

As far as breeders choice on puppy selection, each has their own thought. Some choose for you, some let you choose from the remaining puppies based on your order of "pick", some will narrow it down to two or three that fit you criteria. To me it would not make a difference. I would be comfortable with any of these options. If you are not, ask your potential breeders how they do their puppy selection.
A thought on a breeder that picks for you. This breeder has intimate knowledge of the temperament and personality trait of all the puppies, the mother, the father and potentially generations back. Also, they know when puppies at visitation time are not acting as they normally do. An example could be a puppy who is normally a " holy terror" activity level puppy being calm because they are tired or the calmest puppy being more active than the rest because they just woke up from a nap.
Of course, rescue is always a worthy option. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a puppy.
Good luck in your search.

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This forum can be a great network for finding a great breeder. Sometimes through word of mouth breeders here can point you to an upcoming litter. I would also recommend going to shows to meet some goldens and their owners. My daughter and I went to a show and met some great people and some beautiful dogs.

Our family is also looking at getting a pup this spring/summer and I would not hesitate to let a breeder pick out a pup for our family. They know their dogs best. Just be honest and detailed about what you are looking for in a dog.

Good Luck to you. Im sure you're excited. I know we are
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I don't know if she has any plans for breeding in your time frame but Denise is an awesome breeder.

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