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!