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Birnam Wood Golden Retrievers

Hi there. I've posted on this forum only a couple times before but I've been a long time stalker My family had a golden retriever, Ginger, for 11.5 years, but she passed away last year in October. We miss her terribly and I absolutely hate not having a dog. I work at a natural pet food store and get to see everyone coming in with their dogs; I seem to be teasing myself haha! I've been researching about how to select a good breeder for a year now. I've interviewed a few and visited a breeder but have been put off by some issue of one sort or another every time. I fully understand the importance of clearances and will obviously not be looking at backyard breeders or pet stores. Our previous retriever was from Golden Acres, but they are no longer breeding. Ginger was supposed to be a show dog but she was too timid for it. Anywho, we would like a reputable breeder hopefully with a track record of long lifespans. The breeder that I'm particularly interested in is Birnam Wood Golden Retrievers. They seem beyond professional and have absolutely gorgeous dogs. Does anyone have any comments about this breeder or any puppy owners with their experiences? I've already sent them an email earlier this week, but I have yet to receive a reply. But its the holidays, and I'm sure they have a lot of other people to respond to as well. Anyways, if anyone has an opinion on this breeder, please let me know. Thanks!
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They do have beautiful dogs and another member that would be able to give some more information on them would be PointGold. She has a Birnam Wood girl "Zoom" and I believe she knows the breeders very well!!
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If Pointgold gives a thumbs up for this breeder, you really don't need another opinion. She's the "gold standard" for advice around here as far as I'm concerned (tee hee)

Best of Luck on your puppy mission. I know the empty house feeling and can't wait to see you posting photos of your new baby on here next year
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Sylvia at Birnam Wood is an icon in the breed. She is the editor of the Golden Retriever News and has bred many of the breed's top winners and producers.
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If I had to name the 3 people in the breed whom I most respect, for their breeding program and the dogs they have produced, their ethics and their contribution to the breed, Sylvia would be right up there, probably at the top.
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They do have beautiful dogs and another member that would be able to give some more information on them would be PointGold. She has a Birnam Wood girl "Zoom" and I believe she knows the breeders very well!!
My puppy is Zoom's grand-daughter, and from what I understand, my Hush looks like a Zoom clone.

I can guarantee PointGold will rave about Sylvia and Birnam Woods dogs... I know when I began my puppy search and was interested in a Birnam Woods puppy Laura had nothing but fantastic things to say about Sylvia.

The other week when I was speaking with the president of my local GR club and she inquired about Hush's pedigree we got to talking about Sylvia's breeding operation, and she had nothing but great things to say about her incredible contributions to the breed.
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Oh this is all great news! I knew I had found a great breeder, but its good to here that Sylvia and Birnam Wood is such a winner! Now, I've heard that the waiting list is like 3 years long. Is this true? Also, does anyone know about the lifespans possibilities of some Birnam Wood dogs? Not sure if its even possible to get that answer, but a previous breeder we had looked at said her dogs barely ever make it past 10 years. Needless to say, that was a major let down and a big thing for us to look for in future breeder prospects.
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You probably should go straight to Sylvia to ask about life span and waiting lists. You can also do some research on life span by researching Birnam Wood on k9data.com
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I highly recommend Birnam Wood and Sylvia. She is extremely concerned about health and temperament in Goldens and does her best when breeding. If she does not have anything available she can point you to other good breeders in the area.
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Oh ok thanks! Yes, I emailed the address on the website but haven't received a reply just yet. I guess its just the waiting game now, haha! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and will have a happy New Year!
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