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Need Help on Buying a Dog

Hi all,
I am new to this forum and to the world of Golden Retrievers generally. I have done a ton of research the past few weeks, including reading a ton on this forum. The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know.
I am looking for a puppy/dog for our family of four. We believe that a GR is the best breed for our family. I have found someone who is moving out of the area, and looking for a new home for their 2 dogs. They are 1.5 years old, and we are very interested. So, I had two general questions that I would love help with. First, what are the most important questions to ask? I have a huge list, and most of them I got from here. I just want to make sure I do not forget anything. Second, they sent me a picture of the two dogs. Would you please look at it and tell me everything you notice by the pictures. I have learned on here that some of you can tell a lot about a dog just by looking at the picture. Thank you so much for your help.
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Just want to say I LOVE the eyes/expression on the dog on the right! I'm guessing the left is male and the right female?

Are you taking both or just one? If you can take both it's probably best for them to be re-homed together since it sounds like they've grown up together...
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They are beautiful! I'd ask if they are up to date on vaccinations and heartworm prevention. And make sure they are spayed/neutered before you bring them home.
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The first thing I would ask for is to see the copy of their vet records or get permission to all their vet so you are aware of all health issues they may have had, if they have been neutered/spayed.

In my book, I would consider this a rescue, so your research would be a little different than if you looking for a breeder. If they could give you any breeder information, that would be a plus.
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Just want to say I LOVE the eyes/expression on the dog on the right! I'm guessing the left is male and the right female?

Are you taking both or just one? If you can take both it's probably best for them to be re-homed together since it sounds like they've grown up together...
They are actually both males.
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The first thing I would ask for is to see the copy of their vet records or get permission to all their vet so you are aware of all health issues they may have had, if they have been neutered/spayed.

In my book, I would consider this a rescue, so your research would be a little different than if you looking for a breeder. If they could give you any breeder information, that would be a plus.
I have asked a ton of questions, and waiting on several replies still. In our initial conversation, they did say they were pure bred AKC registered. I realize that gets thrown out a lot, but is better than NOT being AKC registered. It might also help with any info on parents.
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Those two dogs look like happy Golden Retrievers. Is it possible for you to take them to a vet for a quick exam? Or a copy of their most recent visit? Have they been spayed and/or neutered? Vaccinations?
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How great to be able to skip the puppy stage! I would want to know their habits so you can either accommodate them or train them otherwise. Also would ask about:
-if they knew training commands
-health history
-about their personalities
-parents if it was known

They are lovely looking and look healthy. The one on the left is super handsome!
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Those two dogs look like happy Golden Retrievers. Is it possible for you to take them to a vet for a quick exam? Or a copy of their most recent visit? Have they been spayed and/or neutered? Vaccinations?
I have asked those questions and awaiting a response. Thanks for the ideas.
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How great to be able to skip the puppy stage! I would want to know their habits so you can either accommodate them or train them otherwise. Also would ask about:
-if they knew training commands
-health history
-about their personalities
-parents if it was known

They are lovely looking and look healthy. The one on the left is super handsome!
A big part of why we are so interested is because of their age. We have 2 young boys, so the thought of a puppy is cute but a TON of work. So, this is a near perfect scenario for us.
They know how to "stay", "sit", "lay", "be quiet", "Away", and "Fetch". They are inside dogs (would be for us) and have been house trained. They sleep in a crate right now.
I have asked about health, parents, and personalities. Thank you for your ideas. And yes, I agree, the one on the left (less red) is a very handsome dog. The one on the right has a very happy smile.
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