Breeder Recommendations, Please... - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Breeder Recommendations, Please...

I have had the pleasure of having golden retrievers and they are an absolute joy! I currently have an 11.5-year-old golden, and I am looking to welcome another golden to my home! For years I used to keep up with several reputable breeders’ websites, and I enjoyed watching the dogs succeed in a variety of events. But I haven't been looking for the last year or so, as my Lucy girl has been keeping me busy and has gone through $4,000 worth of surgeries. Even though it has only been a year, I feel so behind! And I want to research all of my options! I would love to see which breeders you all recommend...

Just more information about me and what I'm looking for...

I have a great amount of experience working with dogs. I have been a dog training instructor for group and private lessons, competed in rally-obedience, and participated in therapy dog work after my dog passed the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dogs International, Inc. (TDI) tests.

Most of all, I am looking for a healthy puppy with a great temperament whose sire and dam have hip, elbow, heart, and eye clearances through the OFA and CERF. I plan to return back to rally and obedience with the puppy, and I would love to enter the confirmation world as well. And maybe give agility a try! As far as this dog will take me!

I am from Oklahoma, but I am open to any US breeder. Since I have an interest in doing confirmation, and I know that there is a lot to learn, it would be nice to have a breeder around my area (driving distance: Texas, Kansas, SW Missouri, Arkansas, etc) that would be willing to work with me. But this is not necessary, as health, temperament, clearances, and obedience are greater priorities to me.

Also, I am not in a huge rush. I want to do my research, and I am willing to wait for the right puppy, from the right breeder.

Sorry for the long post, and thank you in advance for your thoughts!
uhmanda00 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 11:39 PM
Senior Member
 
SheetsSM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 2,615
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 2,014
Thanked 2,586 Times in 1,248 Posts
I know you're aware of Sharon Bolton from your previous thread and the fact that you're looking for a pup where there are clearances which knocks out 99% of the breeders in Oklahoma. Not sure how soon you're looking to pursue a pup but GRCA Nationals will be in your backyard (Wichita Falls) in Oct. Have you contacted the COGRC in OKC? There are also equivalent clubs in Missouri & Texas--again if you're looking to stay in the region.
SheetsSM is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by SheetsSM View Post
I know you're aware of Sharon Bolton from your previous thread and the fact that you're looking for a pup where there are clearances which knocks out 99% of the breeders in Oklahoma. Not sure how soon you're looking to pursue a pup but GRCA Nationals will be in your backyard (Wichita Falls) in Oct. Have you contacted the COGRC in OKC? There are also equivalent clubs in Missouri & Texas--again if you're looking to stay in the region.
Yes, Oklahoma doesn't give me a whole lot of options... the only breeders I've considered in Oklahoma are River Run Goldens and Goldens of Benden.

I haven't contacted the COGRC yet. I'm very aware of them, and I plan to contact them before purchasing a puppy. But as we know, Oklahoma doesn't offer much. So, I just wanted to see what recommendations I could get from this forum, as you all will know more about the breeders that live in your state/various areas.
uhmanda00 is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 11:53 PM
Senior Member
 
SheetsSM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 2,615
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 2,014
Thanked 2,586 Times in 1,248 Posts
River Run would give you performance, not sure about competitive conformation. I know the club had a trial back in November--wouldn't hurt to figure out the show schedules in the region and see the dogs in action as opposed to relying only on their assistance for breeder referrals.

If you do a search for Missouri on the forum, there are several breeders mentioned and of course like Oklahoma, you're battling puppy mill/BYB territory.
SheetsSM is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
I have contacted each region on the puppy referral page from GRCA.org, and I have contacted my state's golden retriever club. I received only one reply from a kind lady in Oregon, and I greatly appreciate her responses. I e-mailed (1 of the 2--that I'm aware of) reputable breeders in my state (Oklahoma) two days ago, and I am still waiting on a reply. So now what? Google and e-mail the random breeders that appear to be reputable? I'm slightly disappointed, because it makes me realize how many people and families are relying on their local club for guidance, receive none, and then purchase from the newspaper or pet store because they don't know any better.

I'd like to ask again, does anyone have any breeders that they recommend? Driving distance for me is Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Colorado. Thanks for your time!
uhmanda00 is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 02:33 PM
Senior Member
 
SheetsSM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 2,615
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 2,014
Thanked 2,586 Times in 1,248 Posts
I received this from a friend in OK who is contemplating another golden who in turn received these names from a member of the OK GR Club: in addition to the Bolton's and Meister, Dave/Joyce Kinghorn in KC (Chatham Goldens) or Judy Word in Plano (Bravo Goldens).

There is also Dogwood Springs in North Texas and Goldenwind in Plano...if you search the forum for Missouri, you'll several other reputable kennel names come up.

I have no personal affiliation with any of these breeders--names to consider, but you will need to still do your homework.

Last edited by SheetsSM; 01-07-2013 at 03:14 PM.
SheetsSM is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 07:06 PM
Supreme Member
 
CarolinaCasey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 7,535
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Images: 6
Thanks: 1,279
Thanked 1,927 Times in 1,053 Posts
Sorry you're having a touch time. That is disappointing you haven't had much luck. These are off the top of my head---

Try...
Confetti
Heritage http://www.heritagegoldens.com/
Chatham
Docmar
Venture
Prariewyn
Mariah


Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App
CarolinaCasey is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 07:13 PM
Advanced Member
 
Leslie B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Clayton, Wi
Posts: 865
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 264
Thanked 1,401 Times in 543 Posts
It is beyond driving distance but I would recommend Lisa Hartfield at Webshire kennel in Larsen Wi. I cant say enough good things about her and her dogs.
Leslie B is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Thank you for all of these referrals! I will check them out
uhmanda00 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 07:38 PM
Member
 
Conquerergold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 196
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 148
Thanked 459 Times in 117 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by uhmanda00 View Post
I have had the pleasure of having golden retrievers and they are an absolute joy! I currently have an 11.5-year-old golden, and I am looking to welcome another golden to my home! For years I used to keep up with several reputable breeders’ websites, and I enjoyed watching the dogs succeed in a variety of events. But I haven't been looking for the last year or so, as my Lucy girl has been keeping me busy and has gone through $4,000 worth of surgeries. Even though it has only been a year, I feel so behind! And I want to research all of my options! I would love to see which breeders you all recommend...

Just more information about me and what I'm looking for...

I have a great amount of experience working with dogs. I have been a dog training instructor for group and private lessons, competed in rally-obedience, and participated in therapy dog work after my dog passed the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dogs International, Inc. (TDI) tests.

Most of all, I am looking for a healthy puppy with a great temperament whose sire and dam have hip, elbow, heart, and eye clearances through the OFA and CERF. I plan to return back to rally and obedience with the puppy, and I would love to enter the confirmation world as well. And maybe give agility a try! As far as this dog will take me!

I am from Oklahoma, but I am open to any US breeder. Since I have an interest in doing confirmation, and I know that there is a lot to learn, it would be nice to have a breeder around my area (driving distance: Texas, Kansas, SW Missouri, Arkansas, etc) that would be willing to work with me. But this is not necessary, as health, temperament, clearances, and obedience are greater priorities to me.

Also, I am not in a huge rush. I want to do my research, and I am willing to wait for the right puppy, from the right breeder.

Sorry for the long post, and thank you in advance for your thoughts!
Move to Canada and I will help you out Seriously though, you sound like an excellent owner and best of luck in your search! I always feel a sense of joy when I see an owner wanting to do the research, and ok with waiting. Kudos!

http://conquerergoldens.com/images/pup1.jpg
Conquerer Golden Retrievers
Conquerergold is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Conquerergold For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome