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Hi! Great that you love Goldens!
Welcome to the forum - there are many Golden experts here who can advise you :0)
So - where to start answering your post:
I guess the first thing is, what do you want a Golden Retriever for? Seeing a cute one on the internet doesn't necessarily mean that you ought to just go out and get a look-alike... are you sure you know what sort of dog a Golden Retriever is? (Big, smelly, hairy and slobbery) Are you sure you can offer a loving and healthy forever home? (They're expensive in every way, and need a lot of 1-2-1 time, and even more excercise).
Have you done your breed homework? Don't just ask a forum - go and read books, visit shows, look up breeders and their programs, find out what genetic issues they have, and *read" the AKC standards for Golden Retriever dogs. These guys are special.... :0)
Once you do that, I think you'll look at the website of the breeder you are considering and wonder why there is quite a lot of information missing about their breeding dogs, clearances, health testing, etc.
Also, buying a 'ready made' pup comes with pros and significant cons. You need to educate yourself about these before you buy any pup regardless of breed.
If you want to avoid significant heartache later, please do your homework on the Golden Retriever breed now, before you buy. Be realistic about your situation and what you can offer a dog. They're not ornaments or trophies.
Good luck and keep us posted :0)