First off I apologize if this has already been asked but I used the search function and couldn’t find any info.
We are looking to add a second Golden but I’m having a hard time finding a good Breeder in MI. We were wanting a lighter colored one with blockier head. We found Dumaw Creek in Pentwater MI (Nikki Adams) and Livingston English Cream GRs (Andrea & John Whitt).
Has anyone dealt with either and could give a recommendation? What’s everyone’s thoughts on $2,200 and $2,500, respectively?
Otherwise who do you guys recommend I check out any three hours from SE MI?
1. I had to google Pentwater, because I have no idea where that is.
Looks like you are on the west side of the state.
There is a european line type breeder up in the Traverse City area who I would have recommended on the basis of them doing full clearances and bringing their dogs out to show at the local show on occasion.... except the current litter they have in the works - the mom has elbow dysplasia.
It really goes without saying - any breeder out there, you have to be very careful - even when they appear to have full clearances. Elbow dysplasia is a nightmare to deal with and some european lines seem more prone to it.
2. If you are just looking to purchase a puppy who is likely to have a nice big head when he grows up.... might want to drive the hour or so trip down to Kalamazoo next week.
Anney mentioned Malagold. You "shouldn't" see any Malagold bred dogs being shown on Thursday, however the breeder is judging goldens on that day. What this means (to me) is you are highly likely to see people bringing European line and similar style goldens to show to her.
Is Malagold the only breeder producing big heads.....? No. A lot of show breeders put nice heads on their list of things they want or want to keep.
It's not just size of head. You also want a head that nicely put together (ear set, shape of head, expression). Have seen dogs with big heads, but they look like bull dogs - their expressions are too coarse. Golden retrievers should have beautiful and sweet expressions.
The boy I just lost last fall - had a huge head (I loved it). He had English (actually English) lines buried behind him, but otherwise, he had older (what was more common in the 2000's when he was born vs what is very common today with what people are breeding here in MI) conformation lines behind him. I have a friend in OH who has his doppelganger and that dog came from a breeder in OH. This friend and I were really baffled looking at the lines behind both dogs, because we couldn't see anything in common. Her dog has Malagold lines and pretty big Malagold names directly behind him. Mine had no Malagold whatsoever.
Other thing too to keep in mind - heads/bone/muscle - all this requires hormones to develop/fill out over 3-4 years with these dogs. A lot of people are neutering/spaying prematurely - and basically, they don't know what they have or don't have in their dogs as a result.
3. $2000-2500 - that's what everyone is apparently charging. Or close to it. If you are paying that much - go with a dog with full clearances + get a nicely bred dog.