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How much should I expect to pay for a golden? In Massachusetts?
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$1200-1800 seems to be going rate. Just cause someone charges this doesn't mean they are reputable breeders and there are reputable breeders who charge less than this too.

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Thank you! Is that true for the English as well? $2300 I have been told by the breeder I have spoken to?


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Absolutely not. An English style golden from a reputable breeder should be in the same price range. Have you searched the breeders name on the forum? If a breeder is charging more a puppy because it is a "rare" English cream, or white or platinum or championship bloodlines but don't compete with their dogs, I would be looking elsewhere. Personally, I would never pay more than $1800 for a well bred puppy from a reputable breeder who does at least all 4 core clearances.

Would you mind posting the name of the breeder you have spoken with?
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Our breeder in southern Maryland had two cleared females -- one represented the American standard, the other British. The price for a puppy from either mom was the same -- $1250.
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Our boy from Maryland was $1400, which included the breeder's keeping him for two extra weeks at no additional charge because we weren't ready for him until he was 10 weeks old. Both parents had the usual clearances and Tucker had been checked by the breeder's vet and had shots. The breeder had him essentially housebroken and he was trained to walk up to her (then me) and sit for a treat. Best of luck--hope your breeder is good too!
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Thank you all. I am so confused and scared at the same time


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Thank you! Is that true for the English as well? $2300 I have been told by the breeder I have spoken to?


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RUN, RUN, RUN!!!! Please do not give this person your money, you can find a wonderful dog with clearances for a reasonable price!!!! Please check out the following as a beginning point for your puppy search. A good breeder will at the very LEAST:

1) have the clearances recommended by the Golden Retriever Club of America
Golden Retriever Puppies: Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA)
Golden Retriever Puppies: Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA)

2) Participate in some form of competition with their dogs, whether it's obedience, agility, hunt tests, conformation showing or tracking. It doesn't matter, they need to be putting their dogs up against other Golden Retrievers to prove that their dogs are trainable and worthy of reproducing. Breeders who want to tell you about all the "Champion show dogs" in their dogs' pedigrees but haven't done anything to get titles on the actual parents of the litter are simply using other people's hard work. Champion titled dogs can have dozens of puppies and only one or two of those puppies may have the temperament, conformation and trainability all in one package that makes them worthy of reproducing. The rest should be pets, not breeding animals.

3) Make sure they are only raising a couple litters per year, in general a high volume is not going to be a sign of good quality. I want my puppy to be raised in doors with the family getting daily human contact and socialization. Don't settle for second best.

Please be an educated consumer so that no one takes advantage of you at the expense of the dogs they are selling. Check out the stickies at the top of our "Choosing a Breeder" board there is excellent information there. Read through multiple threads, use the search feature, there is so much useful information here.
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Thank you all. I am so confused and scared at the same time. Stoneledge GOLDENS where to turn in MA?


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I'm actually familiar with one of the dogs there...Bentley (no longer living). I was originally going to get a puppy from his daughter at Cedar. The breeder might be fine, but the price does seem high.
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