Alaska Retrievers is an excellent breeder. I have a dog from them, know others who have dogs, have been to the home and kennel and could not give them a higher reccomendation. I have even watched them take extraordinarey measures to protect each puppy they sell and keep track of them. I am sad that many people are commenting on things they don't know about...this is not high school but real life! Really, this amazing family breeds, trains and raises amazing dogs and the children are adorable as well!
I am sorry that you think a few "I would research further" posts based on publicly available and verifiable information is a high school style gang up on this breeder.
Yes, this forum expects breeders to abide by the COE for the country they are breeding in. So, we are expecting dogs to be over 24 months when bred and have verifiable hips and elbows at or after 24 months, heart cardiologist at or after 12 months, and eyes done annually.
Does this breeder do all of this consistently? No.
And honestly I have not done a really deep, intensive search to find what I have.
She has breed dogs as young as 13 months. This dog obviously did not have clearences because he was not two. When he was two he came back with elbow Dysplasia grade 2. He is being listed on her boys section so, I don't know if she plans to continue using this dog or if she kept any of the offering in her program.
Also, when you put something up on your website, you chose to put it there and If you say you do it, you should. So, when you say,"We O.F.A all our Golden Retrievers". I expect to see that you do. They do not, which is a shame because it would be awesome if everything was on Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
. It is a worthy goal and I hope someday they will.
Does she have nice dogs, does she have beautiful dogs, is she a gracious host, a nice person, a lover of her animals, does see have cute puppies that any buyer would love? I honestly don't know. Nor will I ever find out because, in my opinion the practices I am seeing are not ones I would choose to support.
This is my opinion, but it is based on facts that can be verified. I don't know this breeder by anything else than what is online but for me, it is enough to make a disison as a puppy buyer about a breeder.
I know a lot of folks bemoan the fact that this is the case. But, just like being aware of your online presence when searching for a job, breeders need to be equally aware that details of how they are breeding are available publicly. For those to care to look, we can see when dogs are bred underage, we can see when clearences are not online or have failed public statuses, we can see when breeders make statements they do no hold themselves to. It is out there for anyone who looks.
Is this the same decision everyone will make? No.
Each person must make their own decision. The best way to make a good decision is to be informed. That is what this section is all about. Helping buyers make an informed decision. I do not make anyone else's decision but my own (and maybe my husbands
). Each reader here takes away what they find value in. And I'm sure for every person who agrees with what I say, there are others who don't. That is the beauty of a forum.