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My fiance and I have been on a puppy search for the past several months. We were considering adoption through a rescue, but I have always loved Golden Retrievers and would LOVE to add a Golden to our family. Since we did not start reaching out to breeders until March, we have been pretty out of luck in terms of reaching out to a reputable breeder that responded and had puppies. I contacted a couple of Golden Retriever clubs in the area, but did not hear back from any of their suggested breeders that had puppies available any time soon.
I should mention that I am a teacher and really hope to get our puppy mid June so that I can be home with it for potty training and socialization this summer. Any insight on breeder in the Mid Atlantic area with available puppies would be helpful! Our most important requirement is simply health- that is non-negotiable for us (clearances required), but we are happy to travel in the area to pick our puppy up!

Thank you so much in advance!
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You're late to the game for getting a June puppy- they would already be on the ground. How far can you travel?
I know of a litter in ATL with availability, maybe a quick flight/sherpa under the seat? Even that litter, though, would not go home till end of June.
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Honestly, if you really want to do this right, you have 3 options, 1) expand your region, I've flown twice for a puppy, it's not hard to do. 2) Face that it's too late to bring a puppy home this summer and use your free time to travel to some Golden Retriever specialty shows this summer, you could meet people and dogs at these events and see which style of dogs appeal most to you. (The National specialty is actually right down the road from you, very close to Ocean City, MD in September - you could see Goldens competing in every performance sport as well as conformation) That would be a good thing and then you could get on a wait list for someone planning a late spring puppy next year. Dogs only come into season every 6 - 9 months and can't just get pregnant any time. It will be awfully tough for you to find a litter where everything is perfect with the puppies coming home the week you're on summer break.
3) Take a look at the lead that Prism has for you in Atlanta. It's a good one. Look into a puppy sitter for when you go back to work who can come in and play with your puppy for 30 minutes during the day while you're working and get signed up for obedience classes.


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Thank you for the information! I completely agree that we got into this very late! It may have to be a search that we pick up again next year- we're getting married at the end of July so getting our puppy at that time would not be ideal. Thanks
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Thanks so much for the info! We are getting married at the end of July so the ATL timeline is not ideal. I knew that we were very late getting into this, but hoped that someone might have a lead (a long shot- I know). Have a great day!
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Hi Robin!
My fiance and I discussed and I did submit an application to the ATL breeder you mentioned this evening. These puppies were actually born on my birthday last night so it seems a bit serendipitous! Thank you so much for the information- funny that I saw another family is Maryland was also looking today! Fingers crossed it will all work out

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We got our Golden (now 3 years old) from "Golden Glory" - just outside of Phil, PA. There is generally a waiting list..
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We got our Golden (now 3 years old) from "Golden Glory" - just outside of Phil, PA. There is generally a waiting list..
Golden Glory is not a breeder who follows the Code of Ethics- they breed dogs without final clearances and underaged. I would not recommend anyone to purchase from them for this reason, among others such as this totally rip off method of producing puppies " When our pup becomes eligible to have her litter you will get to enjoy the experience of whelping and raising the litter in your home. I will assist you in the whelping and guide you to raise our pups the Golden Glory way. In addition, if you would have a third litter with us, you will be given the puppy of your choice! This is not required, but a gift from us"

Crack me up with the last line.. YOU get to raise a girl, train her, then this person gets to arrange her breeding, and YOU get to whelp them, and raise them (which is a FULL TIME JOB)and then she swoops in and takes the puppies, for which YOU get - after 3rd litter- a 'free puppy' as a gift for all your hard work and the risk you take each time with your dog. SHE gets $2k a puppy for your time. Love it.
I wouldn't tell anyone to get in line for that job. It's stealing. No more no less.
in no way is this person a 'hobby breeder' unless her hobby is making lots of money selling puppies. True hobby breeders do an excellent job- this is a cash cow situation.
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Hi Robin!
My fiance and I discussed and I did submit an application to the ATL breeder you mentioned this evening. These puppies were actually born on my birthday last night so it seems a bit serendipitous! Thank you so much for the information- funny that I saw another family is Maryland was also looking today! Fingers crossed it will all work out

Lauren
Did you get your puppy? How did you get him or her home to DC? I'm debating driving vs flying. Both seem not fun.

We are also in DC on a list with another breeder in GA, Pekay. Assuming all goes well, we bring our new girl home in August!


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Hi there!
Yes! We did get a female puppy through Whisper Creek Retrievers! The whole experience thus far has been completely smooth sailing and the owner could not be nicer or more helpful! She's answered every question we've had thoroughly and you can really tell that the mommy is a beloved companion and pet. Also I really appreciated that we could look back at the longevity and health clearances for the dogs in her bloodline for generations- this was especially important to us since a healthy dog is our number one priority.
We will be picking our puppy up next week when she is 8 weeks old. My fiancé is going to fly down and pick her up on Southwest. Thankfully he has enough points to cover the cost of his ticket so our only expense will be the pet fee (I think it's around $100) to keep her under the seat. We already have a Sherpa bag which is TSA approved. The breeder mentioned that it may be free to fly pets on Delta so that may be worth looking into. His plan is to take the first flight out in the morning, Uber (or rent a car) to get to the kennel and then fly back in late afternoon. I'm sure there will be some messes and hiccups along the way but nothing compared to the drive- frankly we didn't even consider that route since we could get a flight for nearly nothing.
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