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General V, can you tell me where you got your beautiful Golden?? She's gorgeous and I like hearing that your breeder is a good person:-)
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Since you're from PA, contact the Lenape, Potomac Valley, Chesapeake, Gun Powder, Long Island, Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Clubs for a puppy referral.

Off hand, I can think of Sanmann, Edgecombe, Honeybear, among others. Good luck!!

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I love males because yes, they do tend to get bigger and stockier as well as have a blockier head. I have a male and he does not mark. He is house trained so definitely not inside. He is not fixed and I don't plan on fixing him until he is three because intact males tend to have more muscle mass build up because of their hormones.

The nose color shouldn't change. I've seen noses fade if they are in the sun a lot or with age.

What the parents look like is your biggest clue of what the pup will look like. If the father and mother have good conformation and have the facial traits you like then it is likely the puppies will favor them.

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I'd agree that General V's Jige is good looking and he's showing signs of being a great dog. In the northeast I'd expect to pay considerably more than $8oo for a dog of that quality.

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Actually nose pigment fading is more due to cold weather than warm weather or sunlight. And just because parents have great black nose leather no guarantee the pups pigment will stay... Friends of mine look to the roof of the mouth and if it is dark or black, they believe it is a good sign of keeping pigment. My two half sisters, one 8.5 and 10.5 have black noses at their ages. Their mother had more of a brownish, not pink nose... The girls never have a snow nose...

And while the standard says broad head, it does not mean "block head". One of my boys who I think has a gorgeous head, was penalized at a UKC show for his blockier head... The golden is not considered to be a head breed...

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The nose color shouldn't change. I've seen noses fade if they are in the sun a lot or with age.

A dogs pigment is hereditary. Golden noses can change for several reasons. 1: There is a snow nose which is when the nose may fade or show pink in the winter months and will darken back up in the summer. 2: There is also the pups of a pink nose/poor pigment parents. 3: Dogs nose may fade as they get into their senior.

Even if the pup from poor pigment parents have black noses there is a good chance the pups will change when they mature. Just like any hereditary trait your best guess to know if your puppy will keep it's black nose is if both parents have dark pigment noses all year and when they mature. Just because a puppy has a black nose does not mean they will stay dark as they mature. If one parent is dark and the other lacks pigment it is 50/50 your black nose pup will fade at maturity. There is no way to tell if you black nose baby will stay black.
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