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Looking for quality breeder in central Florida

My family is on the hunt for a golden retriever to be trained as a service dog for our daughter. So far, we have looked into paradise and eagle ridge. Does anyone know of other reputable breeders in the central Florida area?
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My family is on the hunt for a golden retriever to be trained as a service dog for our daughter. So far, we have looked into paradise and eagle ridge. Does anyone know of other reputable breeders in the central Florida area?
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Hi there and welcome. There are plenty of threads for fl breeders. If you go to search and type in fl breeders, threads will come up that you can click on.

Central as in around Orlando area?
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Gemini Goldens: AKC Breeder of Golden Retrievers Located in Rockledge, Florida

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321-635-7387 is the number for Barkingham Palace Kennels which is where they can be located.

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kfayard - Yes, we are on the north side of Orlando.
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KaraGold in Florida is where we got our Bindi and have been more than happy with Karen and of course our baby Bindi
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Both of my dogs' sires are gemini. If you email her, one of her females ( I think she co-owns) just had a litter of 11. Also, snobird goldens.
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Thanks for the feedback. Have you heard anything about eagle ridge? And also Paradise?
I've spoken to quite a few breeders in the area, going through the health info. The one drawback we are finding is that these pups are a little more than we'd like to spend. No disrespect to the time, effort and investment the breeders are putting in. My daughters pharmacy bill alone is nearly $2000 per month. It's a hard pill for me to swallow (no pun intended) to spend that on a pup, and then the training investment (above and beyond obedience).
I may be swatting a wasp nest with this question, but how important are the clearances? What is the risk of buying a pup whose parents don't have clearances, but don't have health problems?


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If the dog comes down with a severe health issue, would the breeder refund you the price of the puppy? For instance, would the breeder not doing clearances (BYB), give you money back?

Ask the BYB what they know about the parents lines and health? MOST do not have a clue. It all depends on how important health is to you and preserving the breed to best of its ability. I do not want to pay $500 for a puppy if one of the parents has SAS or cataract...etc. But BYB will tell you that their dogs are healthy. How are they healthy? By doing a routine vet check?

Goldens mean the world to me, so I save up and go to someone who will always be there for me and my dog for the length of his/her life. I can call or email and ask important questions that I have. Most reputable breeders do not just have clearances on the parents, but grandparents, great grandparents and so on.

Hip Replacement surgery is roughly $5,000. That is not no where near what reputable breeders ask.

Here is a link that I found that might be helpful to you.

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...-outcomes.html (Health Clearances versus Health Outcomes)
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I would say no to Paradise.... I think there is a thead in here on them. Just search Paradise Goldens
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If you are looking for a service dog, you need one with a rock solid temperament. That is another benefit of going with a reputable, experienced breeder, they should know their lines and help pick the perfect pup for your needs.

As far as health clearances, you don't want to put all the money, time, and emotion into training a service dog, only to have the dog have a health issue pop up that prevents it from doing its job. Of course there are no guarantees in life, but a small investment up front can significantly reduce the chances of problems later on.

The only other option I would recommend is contacting a golden rescue group for an ADULT golden that has the qualities needed for a service dog.
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