Hello I am new here. I recently lost my chocolote labrador of 11 years and am now in search of my next new family member. I have owned labs for the last 15 years but always remembered my first dog from my childhood a golden retriever, Rusty. I stayed away from the breed due to rampant health problems but that was long before I learned about breeding practices and health clearances. So now I am hoping to find a great breeder.
I found my lab's breeder through a lab forum similar to this one so I thought this would be a great place to start my search. There are so many websites out there and it is hard to determine which are really good breeders. I know that many breeders do not update or even have websites. So I am asking for your help!
Specifically I am looking for a golden bred for temperment, health, soundness while retaining the working background. I guess you would call it a multi-purpose golden? I did a lot of field training with Hunter, my last lab and really enjoyed it. I was not able to title him just due to lack of time to dedicate to it, but I certainly enjoyed the training process! I would love to do something similar with my next dog and my life is much less busy now so I have more time to dedicate. I am not decided on whether to train for hunt tests, agility or even perhaps volunteer as a therapy dog but bottom line is me and my next pal will spend a lot of time together! The natural working and retrieving instincts are important to me.
Beyond that he will be a friend to my 4 nephews who live next door(ages 9 - newborn) as well as a companion to my aging father. Health is of utmost importance along with a calm gentle temperment the goldens are known for!
I appreciate any leads you can give me to breeder names or websites. I am really missing not having a dog right now so I am hoping to find a breeder soon. I live in southern CA so local breeders would be nice but I am willing to travel a bit. My lab I actually got from MN but I was hoping to find a breeder in state or relatively close to me so I could perhaps see one or more of the parents instead of just the pedigrees! I am also going to email a few of the golden retriever clubs for references as well but would definitely appreciate any references here from active owners/breeders!
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Thanks in advance!