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Breeder recommendations in Michigan

Hi, my husband and I are planning on getting our first puppy. We've been waiting for a long time for this. would like to know if anyone has any recommendations on a good breeder or around Michigan.

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If you are interested in travelling to Ohio, I would recommend contacting the person in the following link.
Puppy Referral ? The Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Club


Good luck in your search.

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I have a Golden from My Buddy Goldens in Michigan. He's an awesome dog.
I was just going to suggest Leah!

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thank you all.

will look into both of them.

Do you guys happen to know Composer Golden in Nile, MI? Spoke to the owner who used to be a trainer and she seemed very knowledgable on the phone and her facebook reviews are good, but couldn't find any reviews elsewhere.

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She told you she has complete minimum clearances on Hips, Heart, Eyes and Elbows for her current litter? Because I found her puppies on AKC market place under the heading of "English Cream" (Here's a tip, NO reputable breeder will ever market their puppies under the term "ENGLISH CREAM" period.) The sire of that litter is only listed on OFA (the online registry) with a heart clearance. No eyes, Hips or Elbows done. The dam has no clearances on OFA that I could find, However, Since she has the Silvermine kennel listed in her pedigree for a grandparents, there is no way I would touch this dog's offspring especially without those clearances Here's why: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals looks at all the hip problems and missing elbows (an indication of a problem typically).

Have you used the search feature at the top right hand corner of this page and looked for threads on breeders in Michigan and surrounding states? You're in a region with lots of great choices for Golden breeders if you're willing to get on a wait list and be patient. You don't want a breeder who cuts corners on clearances, it's truly heartless and unethical to produce puppies without clearances.


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thank you all.

will look into both of them.

Do you guys happen to know Composer Golden in Nile, MI? Spoke to the owner who used to be a trainer and she seemed very knowledgable on the phone and her facebook reviews are good, but couldn't find any reviews elsewhere.

thank again!

They say 'Family Raised Goldens' are their friends--- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and this is the friend's breeding and belongs to a Robin Thorpe- no clearances except cardiac. I'm wondering if Composer is Robin Thorpe (because someone referred to her by 'robin' on the FB page).
IF SO: Carli has an elbow clearance and I would assume she failed hips. Pedigree: Carli Of The Shenandoah is her pedigree and I added the elbows.
Echo has no clearances at all. Pedigree: Echo of the Shenandoah
Firefly has no clearances save elbows. I would assume failed hips. Her sire appears to have failed elbows and her dam had no clearanceshttp://www.offa.org/display.html?appnum=1716446#animal
River has no clearances Pedigree: River Of The Shenandoah
and Ginger also is lacking clearances.

SO- if Robin Thorpe is Composer, then I would say no go. And if not, Family Raised Goldens, their friends, are not the best company to keep as far as reputable breeders. Let us know!
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Or are you looking at the litter with Timber and Chrisy - Chrisy has no heart clearance and her eyes are not listed on OFA (they should be updated yearly).

I found the website for this breeder - the page advertising Brooke is one that leads me to say no as well: an "International" championship is not an AKC title and is regarded as a practice show by serious hobby breeders. The icing on the cake for me is that she's bragging about Brooke's near perfect "confirmation" . Really? Brooke just had a litter in November. If they kept a puppy from her to show, why are they breeding her again? A back to back litter isn't necessarily a problem depending on the condition of the bitch but it makes you wonder why they needed another litter so soon.

But seriously, the big problem here is the lack of proper clearances, and you should be seeing multiple generations of clearances. The number of litters being produced indicates they are using puppy sales as an income stream for their family more than as a hobby. I think you can do better.


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... I'm wondering if Composer is Robin Thorpe (because someone referred to her by 'robin' on the FB page).
IF SO: Carli has an elbow clearance and I would assume she failed hips. Pedigree: Carli Of The Shenandoah is her pedigree and I added the elbows.
Echo has no clearances at all. Pedigree: Echo of the Shenandoah
Firefly has no clearances save elbows. I would assume failed hips. Her sire appears to have failed elbows and her dam had no clearanceshttp://www.offa.org/display.html?appnum=1716446#animal
River has no clearances Pedigree: River Of The Shenandoah
and Ginger also is lacking clearances.

SO- if Robin Thorpe is Composer, then I would say no go. And if not, Family Raised Goldens, their friends, are not the best company to keep as far as reputable breeders. Let us know!
Here's the information off the AKC Marketplace:

Composer Goldens Welcome to Composer Goldens, where we strive to breed the best dogs in the world. Come in, look at our dogs, and feel free to leave us a note. We're always happy to talk about our breeding and training. This is our passion. Let us share it with you. Byrel and Stephanie Mitchell
Kennel Name: Composer Goldens
Breeder Name: Stephanie or Robin
Breeding for: 2 years.
Website: COMPOSERGOLDENS.COM
Breeder's Location: Niles, MI 49120
Contact By Phone: 2693628828


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