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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-14-2014, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering if anyone could provide some wisdom/advice regarding this breeder. I have been looking at this breeder for sometime and they seem to be very good breeders of English Creme Retrievers. In addition, they have very good customer reviews. I was bothered by the fact that they increased their purchase price by $2,000.00 not too long ago. I believe the minimum now is $6,500.00. I'm sure that for some people that is nothing but to the average american...well you get the point. What really pulls me to them is that they give you a puppy that is already trained in alot of areas and so I assume that that is the reason why their prices are so high. Other breeders are asking $4,000.00 and I can't find any under $2,500.00. This breeder has so good customer reviews that it makes you wonder if perhaps you are not crazy and that these dogs are actually worth it. This is going to be for me a very serious decision that hopefully will last 15 years so it is important to me to have a healthy, well behaved dog. Thank you everyone that will be responding!
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Take a read: https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...oanoke-va.html


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(mostly) on them- https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...oanoke-va.html

When you think about training a puppy, you shoiuld realize that there are folks who do puppy kindergarten and teach all of those skills and more- introduce to birds and swimming, for instance, and the usual charge for that in the SE is at most $600 a month. So figure a well bred puppy price of 1500-2000, and add two months of training and you have the price for that generic puppy. .... as if there are generic puppies! I think that fellow in CA who started selling 'trained puppies' created a market such as this- want to say he was called ABC Goldens?
I think that choosing a breeder based on their ability to hang onto a few puppies and train them up is maybe not the best way to choose a future life companion- most breeders know someone who will raise up a puppy for a fee, and do it well. So find the puppy first, then worry about getting him the skills you want to start with.
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English "creme" is a big red flag, so buyer beware. There ARE some good responsible breeders of English goldens, but thei goldens come from ENGLAND and the KC. Calling any poorly structure "white" colored golden a Creme and charging 6,500 for it does not make it a decent dog.

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Just my humble opinion, but 6500.00 for a pet puppy is nutty....
Slow down and do your own 'rechercher'...Im pretty sure you will start to see much better options....

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Just going through their pictures, many of their dogs appear to be unsound and have structural faults that would show up in offspring. Just on that basis I would not buy from them, who wants to pay $4,000 (at the very least) above what a responsible breeder would charge for a puppy who is going to live in a lot of pain and have high medical bills the rest of their life due to soundness issues? Find a responsible breeder who shows their goldens and get a puppy who has a chance of living a pain free happy healthy life.

P.S. Unfortunately customer reviews don't mean much (unless you actually get to talk to the person), it is very easy to make them up yourself.
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I haven't researched them, but I just wanted to add my 2 cents to this thread. My Thor comes from a line of goldens who are bred for the color. The cost for them are around 5,000$. I got him from a client who had an oops litter with one of the males. So I paid nothing for my bear. I had no clue about any of this. Some very awesome members here researched his lineage and shared with me the unsettling news. He has no championship blood and very little clearances were done on his grand and great grand parents. So he is a product of breeding for color. I am more saying that's what's going on, but it's a possibility. Good luck in your search


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Here are some informational links if you are looking for an 'English Style' Golden, English Goldens in North America - Litters - Breeders - Stud Dogs & American vs. English vs. Golden Retriever | Ramblings of a Dog Person

I personally incorporate both styles into my breeding program, I can honestly say in all of the years I have been in Goldens, I have never met a breeder, whom does things the same way I do, that charges the kinds of prices you are seeing (for either style).

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Thank you all! And thank you Conquerergold! I will look into the websites you shared!
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According to their website, the cheapest puppy from Recherche Goldens is $14,500. They do an amazing job training puppies. I admire that. And the facility looks beautiful, clean and well taken care of. But most of their dogs do not have clearances by OFA which any breeder should have.
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