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Old 05-22-2011, 07:19 AM
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Good Morning !! I'm looking for a reputable Golden breeder in North Carolina. Looking for the bigger blocky type of Golden. I have a beautiful Golden already but am considering another.
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Good Morning !! I'm looking for a reputable Golden breeder in North Carolina. Looking for the bigger blocky type of Golden. I have a beautiful Golden already but am considering another.
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We got our golden retriever from Golden n' Such in Holland, Vt and we are very pleased. Our puppy was very calm and all her shots were up-to-date. The breeder gave us some great puppy advice. Absolultely no complaints. I highly recommend this breeder. It's a shame that people in this forum post their opinion by simply judging this breeders' website. The man has an extremely clean environment, plenty of acreas for his dogs to run around. My nephew also got his golden from this breeder two years ago and recommended him to me. I think if you are looking for recommendations of a breeder you are better off getting a recommendation from someone who has actually dealt with the breeder.

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lquigley, welcome to the forum. I'm glad you and your nephew have healthy dogs and hope others had the same great results. Unfortunately, we didn't. Here's the story about our girl.

When searching for a golden we thought, why pay the extra money for a pup from parents with all the clearances? We don't show/compete, we just wanted a family companion.

The search led us to Goldens n Such. Yes, the property is extremely clean and the dogs have plenty of room for exercise. Yes, all their shots are up-to-date. Yes, the owners were very friendly and informative at the time of the sale, no follow-up though.

We bought our dog from there. Honey is golden through and through, sweet, smart, and affectionate. We wouldn't trade her for the world.

She did have OCD in her right shoulder which could have been caused by growth spurts or trauma, BUT Honey does have hip dysplasia of the left joint, her right hip isn't 'the best or worst' the vet surgeon has seen and hereditary is a primary cause of hip dysplasia.

Don't get me wrong, Honey's breeders seem like nice enough nice people who breed dogs. I just wish they would breed dogs that have their clearances, thereby reducing the chances of pups with hereditary problems.

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I apologize for bringing back up a "dead" thread from a year ago, but wanted to speak of our experience with Goldens and Such.

My wife and I have been searching for a new companion without setting our minds on a specific breed. We've looked at everything from pitbulls to rottweilers, and from dalmatians to collies. We stumbled upon Goldens and Such by random chance while surfing through the local newspapers, Craigslist, and PetFinder.

When my wife mentioned Goldens and Such, I looked at their website and was hesitant because they didn't have a lot of information posted. My wife called and spoke to Paige (I'm assuming their daughter), and they seemed very pleasant. She asked them some questions (parents health, temperament, hereditary issues, etc) and wrote it all down for me.

This morning I called them at 8:15 and spoke with Brian, and asked the same questions. The answers were consistent, and we were confident in making the 2.5 hour trip to go check them out. Both Brian and his wife (assuming here... but I believe they are a married family...) were incredibly polite on the phone, and didn't try to encourage us to just "come buy a puppy".

We had no problem finding the place, and were met by a Saint Bernard at the doorway to their kennel. Both of their kennels appear to be new structures with semi-finished interiors. All of their dogs are incredibly well mannered, including the big Saint. It was very obvious that their puppies are well cared for - large food stores, extra bedding (pallet loads of shaving and misc. bedding), and a well organized area with minimal hazards for the dogs.

Brian gave us space with the puppies, and allowed us to handle them and play with them after showing us around a bit. Of the six puppies they had, four were very playful, and two were slightly more relaxed and just watched from afar. We took some time to let them acclimate to two new people checking them out, and eventually we had all six playing at our feet.

We were walked through where the mothers have their puppies, and the individual kennels where they stay with their pups. Each one was probably in the area of 8x10, and was filled with fresh clean bedding. There were no dirty kennels, whether occupied or empty. The mothers, upon seeing us walk through came to check us out and all greeted us with wagging tails and wanted a few pats behind the ears. We were equally impressed to see that all the food containers were clean and didn't appear to have stagnant water or anything "questionable".

I have no idea about the heredity and family history of their dogs, except for what I've seen here. We searched online through Google and other search engines, and there was little to see. There's not much out there about them - so if that concerns you, then maybe they aren't the right breeder for your particular situation.

Overall, Brian and Anne were incredibly polite and respectful. They weren't pushy about us taking home a puppy, or even committing to purchase one. We were relaxed and took our time while we were there.

None of the puppies they have are registered, and that didn't concern us. My family has never had "registered" or "pure breed" dogs for as long as I can remember with the exception of my grandparents who have a pair of registered Collies. I didn't see any limping or lameness in the hips of the females that were there; but with that said I didn't see the father either.

I can't vouch for any of their dogs long term, but from what we've seen from our little girl so far as that she's going to be a wonderful addition to the family.
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Welcome to the forum... I wish your pup a healthy future. I will bite my tongue on much of what you wrote... But just because you didn't see a dog limp, doesn't mean there are no hip or elbow problems. My unilaterally mildly dysplastic girl was an incredibly sound moving dog until she died at almost twelve from cancer... She was still jumping in the rally obedience ring when she passed... And if there are no eye or heart clearances on the parents, are you stacking the deck in your pup's future? Why are the pups not AKC registered?
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But just because you didn't see a dog limp, doesn't mean there are no hip or elbow problems.
For anyone reading this that hasn't got a puppy yet, please take what Sally's Mom said and believe it. Chance has such severe elbow dysplasia in his right elbow that the orthopedic surgeon from UC Davis said that surgery wouldn't help him. He doesn't limp all the time unless he doesn't get his pain meds. So please, don't just eyeball the parents of your future puppy and think that's all that is needed to tell if they have any health issues. Make sure they have their required health testing before even considering a litter. It will save you a lot of heartache in the future.
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Welcome to the forum... I wish your pup a healthy future. I will bite my tongue on much of what you wrote... But just because you didn't see a dog limp, doesn't mean there are no hip or elbow problems. My unilaterally mildly dysplastic girl was an incredibly sound moving dog until she died at almost twelve from cancer... She was still jumping in the rally obedience ring when she passed... And if there are no eye or heart clearances on the parents, are you stacking the deck in your pup's future? Why are the pups not AKC registered?
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not downplaying the lack of health clearances, or the fact that I couldn't see anything wrong. What I posted was mainly to give an inside view of what we saw and experienced. We fully understand that we can't see what's wrong with a dog just by outside appearance.

For us, a puppy was going to be part of our family regardless of breed, sex, or possible health issues. If down the future we have health issues with her, I feel better knowing that she's in a home where she will be afforded the proper care - whether it's hips, heart, knees, or any other issue. Our pets are like our children in the sense that no matter what, they will be taken care of.

With that said, in an ideal world, all breeders would be required to certify the parents and their litters as they come.

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There were three places we found Goldens in Vermont. One was local (5-10 minutes away) and they were $800/ea with certified parents with good heritage but no papers for the litter. Another was $150/ea for a litter with 4 pups that hadn't received any shots or vet attention. We paid $300 for our new girl through Goldens and Such.
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There are two reputable breeders that I know of in Vt... Goldensands and Crangold... Parents have clearances and titles....
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