Does anyone actually have a Golden from either and can recommend them?
We have an almost 7 month old Kyon puppy, and while I'm certainly no expert, I'd get another Kyon (hint, hint to my DH!) again in the future. Sean was great from the get-go, a huge wealth of information, and also we've kept in touch as I had questions about a new genetic test (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofucinosis or NCL: he's in the process of testing his dogs , we're waiting to hear). Our boy is fantastic: great temperament (although our senior boy might not agree all the time), quick to learn and maybe a little too smart for his own good
And he's pretty darn handsome already!
As soon as Sean said he had a spot for us for the litter, he sent us all the K9 data for the dam and sire, and also let us know that if we didn't like the pairing, we could wait for a different pairing. I did go through the K9 data, and was mostly looking for length of life and cause of death: I should have asked this forum about their opinions on the pairing, but it didn't cross my mind until after we committed. I had tons of questions for Sean, and he always answered them. Sean did chose our boy for us (based on our puppy application), and he's been a wonderful fit into our family. There are no guarantees in life, but we are hopeful our boy will be with us for a long, long time.
Prior to working with Kyon, we'd only ever rescued Goldens: 2 from the US and 1 from Taiwan. Having a puppy has been very different!! But terrific too
I flew from CA just before Christmas to get our boy; it was a crazy 22 hours (!!!) of traveling to get home, but he was amazing. And continues to be! Sounds like you've got a little bit of a drive, there's lot of good advice for the forum for the trip home.
BTW: when I picked up in December, Sean mentioned he would be closing his wait list for most of 2019 (as soon as he handed me our boy, I was musing about getting him a playmate
), but my 2¢ is that a Kyon pup is worth the wait.