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Hi All,

The breeder I am going to be buying the golden from is not letting us choose the puppy until the actual day, because they can change quite a bit apparently. So has anyone got any ideas what too look for, like their actions or anything else? I have researched a lot on this but haven't found any good ideas. Can you answer quite detailed, so my family can understand please.
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I like mellow, calm, quiet puppies. My current dog was very calm in his litter and is still a very calm dog. He sat back for a second while the others ran around and jumped on me. He just trotted up to me after the commotion had settled and wiggled around my feet. He was quiet while the others yipped and whined. And to this day he doesn't bark much and I love that. I don't like to see them scared of me though and I want them to be curious and come smell/lick me but not all crazy and jumping around.

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I would suggest telling the breeder what you are looking for. A hiking buddy?, doing obedience work?, how calm or laid back? etc....They know the puppies best and could probably suggest which would fit best in your family.

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Thank you for the info, I shall ask the breeder when I go and pick thanks very much!
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Some puppies are very outgoing, some very shy. Some are really high energy. Others more laid back. Think about what kind of dog fits best with you and your lifestyle.
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My breeder did the matching of puppies herself, based on what each of us wanted. I have to say, she did an amazing job matching me with Cassie. She's exactly the personality and temperament that I was looking for.

So definitely talk with your breeder and let them know what you're looking for. Since they've spent the past 2 months getting to know the puppies, they should be able to help pick out the best match. If you can, let your preferences be known now, so that maybe she can figure out which one out of the entire litter, before someone else snatches what could be the best match.

Also... don't forget, that there may have been people before you who may have worn out some of the puppies. So their behavior may be slightly different than normal when you go to meet them.

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Our breeder also matched us with Winter. Full disclosure: she was the last one left in the litter. However, the breeder was right, and her temperament is perfect for us. She is a calmer Golden, though confident and outgoing.
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Thanks for all of the help, this is really good info, I shall now hopefully get the perfect match for me and my family!
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