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Help! Need a solid breeder referral!

My family and I are having a very hard time finding a reputable breeder breeding stock with full clearances.

First, we put down a $500 with a local breeder and waited over 9 months, and through 6 potential litters. We waited through 3 "false pregnancies", 1 still born litter, and 2 litters that were too small to accomodate our place on the "waiting list". With no further litters on the horizon, we started looking for another breeder. The original breeder refused to refund our deposit, and would not sell us a puppy if we came back to them, since we started looking elsewhere.

Next we found a litter on the ground with a breeder that has been well recommended here on this forum, taking reservations. I sent in $800 reservation money to secure a pup based on her excellent reputation. Come to find out the litter was from an accidental breeding, from a 18 month old bitch with only preliminary clearances. Oh, and neither the bitch or the sire were owned by this breeder, she was raising it for someone else. Then the "take home" date I was given was only 7 weeks to the day from the whelp date. It was just too many red flags for me. This time we are getting our money back at least.

So now, please help us!

My kids have been waiting almost a year for a new puppy. I feel like we have been strung along and taken advantage of. I did what I thought was good research, and we've been burned a couple times now.

We are a good family with respectful kids, we have a decent sized home with a relatively large fenced back yard. Our schedules allow that someone is home nearly all the time. This dog will be an absolute member of our family, not left in the back yard.

What we're looking for: A female companion pup from good breeding stock with all clearances, (Ch parents will not be turned away ) that's either on the ground or at least confirmed pregnant.

We have $1800 to spend, and that will need to include transportation if coming from more than 500 miles from DFW, TX.

Please, PLEASE help us!

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Have you contacted the local club referrals? They may know of a breeder with puppies ready or expecting who may not be advertising.

The other thing - since you are in Texas, I would take advantage of the National which I believe is going to be there this year. You may meet people there, and it's something for your kids to enjoy...

We NEVER have a national come anywhere near here. I feel deprived... *weeps*

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Have you contacted the local club referrals? They may know of a breeder with puppies ready or expecting who may not be advertising.

The other thing - since you are in Texas, I would take advantage of the National which I believe is going to be there this year. You may meet people there, and it's something for your kids to enjoy...

We NEVER have a national come anywhere near here. I feel deprived... *weeps*
I did get on the local club referral page, and that's where I found the second breeder.

I just feel so discouraged by the whole process. I did my research and I still got burned. Really looking for a respected personal referral, and this forum seems like just the place.

I did see that Nationals are in Wichita Falls, not too far from me!

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"The original breeder refused to refund our deposit, and would not sell us a puppy if we came back to them, since we started looking elsewhere."
wow. i would be thru the roof angry.
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the below is from someone else and a previous thread.
i'm not sure how to attach a thread, becuz texas breeders is a thread here.

Patti Caldwell, Schoolhouse Goldens in Dallas is having a litter!! Her female's pregnancy was just confirmed. Patti is a very long time golden breeder who is married to another long time golden breeder, Dick Caldwell of Glengowen Goldens. (Dallas area) Breeding is of GCH S'More and Ch Moses. (She can tell you the registered names and I'm quite certain ALL clearances are in order too!)

did this come thru?
http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ons-texas.html (breeder recommendations in Texas?)
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I think I would take the first breeder to court for a refund.

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"The original breeder refused to refund our deposit, and would not sell us a puppy if we came back to them, since we started looking elsewhere."
wow. i would be thru the roof angry.
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I think I would take the first breeder to court for a refund.
**deep breath**

**finding my zen**

You have no idea.

And I am looking into legal recourse.

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the below is from someone else and a previous thread.
i'm not sure how to attach a thread, becuz texas breeders is a thread here.

Patti Caldwell, Schoolhouse Goldens in Dallas is having a litter!! Her female's pregnancy was just confirmed. Patti is a very long time golden breeder who is married to another long time golden breeder, Dick Caldwell of Glengowen Goldens. (Dallas area) Breeding is of GCH S'More and Ch Moses. (She can tell you the registered names and I'm quite certain ALL clearances are in order too!)

did this come thru?
http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ons-texas.html (breeder recommendations in Texas?)
Excellent! I will definitely follow up on this, they have beautiful animals.

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Robert,

You don't have to wait til the National in October. Our club, the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro Golden Retriever Club is having our Specialty (dog show) on Friday March 22 at the Amon Carter Building in Ft. Worth. There will be 2 more days of goldens showing on Sat and Sun too. It is an excellent opportunity to talk to some of the breeders (when they've finished showing) and see some of their dogs.

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Excellent! I will definitely follow up on this, they have beautiful animals.
I do want to caution you that this breeding has already generated a lot of interest among possible puppy people....

Good luck in your search! We put a deposit down on a breeding on one of the days the bitch was bred an waited until the due date when it was discovered she reabsorbed her litter. It is frustrating, but don't give up. I'm sure the right puppy will come along for your family, as ours did several months later.
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