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I had a quick look at the website and to be honest it was scary. Just click on the "Golden health/Info/How to" tab and scroll down to the sections on health testing. If you can actually understand the text (it's very badly written), not only do they boast of not doing health tests, but they actually attack breeders who do the testing, claiming that it's nothing more than a marketing ploy (!) and a way to charge more for pups (!) They also say, among other things, that hip dysplasia is not genetic (!) and that it is not the breeder who is responsible for the quality of the pups, it is God and the parent dogs (!) The entire page is a masterclass in ignorance. After reading it, I would run far, far away from this breeder.
Not only that, but they are charging $1950 for puppies. This is as much as you would pay for a puppy from a good breeder who does the health tests and is active in improving the breed, not just churning out puppies.
Note that hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are extremely painful for the dog and cost many thousands of dollars to treat and correct. Goldens are also prone to genetic eye conditions leading to blindness. If the parents and prior generations haven't been tested for these conditions, you have no way of knowing if your pup is likely to develop them.
Bottom line: These pups are from parents that have not had the required core tests (hips, elbows, heart, eyes). This breeder therefore does not follow the kennel club code of ethics and actually boasts of not doing so. If you were paying around $500, it might be worth the risk provided you took out health insurance on your pup. But at $1950, you can do a lot better.
Ruby 13-01-2007 to 18-03-2015.
My dog of a lifetime. I'll miss you forever.