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Would I buy from this breeder? No. That is my opinion. I want a dog from proven parentage. With my quick look, there are too many holes in the clearences for my taste. I am a stickler. Also, they don't compete in anything anywhere that I can find. They then point to champions back in the pedigree. To me this seems like coat-tail riding and dosn't sit well with me at all. The quality of Champion dogs can be lost in just a generation or two of careless or unknowledgeable breeding. Lastly, is this quote, "Due to the high demand for our pups, we needed to expand our breeding program which required us to build our new state of the art facility." Reputable breeders are breeding for themselves, not because buyer demand. I don't judge a breeder on the number of litters they have. Each reputable breeder breeds the litters they want/need to compete with and continue their program. For some this could be several a year, others a single litter every few years. What this statement does make clear to me is that this is a business being driven by supply and demand. It is not where I would want my next "baby" to come from.
To SparrowWatcher, Do I think you should consider them? Well, to me that depends on two things.
1. Who are the parents. Some of their dogs do have better clearences then others. So, there could be a good combo to be had here especially if they can provide copies of the missing eye clearences.
2. Price point. On average a well bred puppy from fully cleared and titled parents ranges from $1000-2000. I don't know what the going rates are in your area but usually if you budget for $1500 you can find that well bred puppy. If you could get a puppy from the better clearenced dogs at Super Goldens for say $600-1400 again depending on local pricing in relation to the first range, then well maybe. But I would not pay SuperGoldens the same amount or slightly less as I would for a well bred puppy from full cleared and competitive parentage.
I certainly would not pay them more. Sometimes folks will demand more than reputable breeders by claiming to have something rare like, "English Creme" which is just a marketing ploy. There is no English Creme retriever breed. They are Goldens with a fancy name slapped on them.