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Hmmmm OK here's my rambling thoughts....
1) I suggest showing in 6-9 class even if you have no other aspirations to show. Pure field or obedience prospects, it's a great experience, they learn that the ring means pets, food and getting lots of attention. They become old hats at dog shows. Now that your dog is 12+ months, you're behind the curve on that
2) Unless the dog is really put together for a youngster or has other really outstanding attributes, being competitive enough to earn points usually happens when the dog is two, three, four years old. Now he's still a good age to show in 12-18 class, which is a class I love, and have had dogs win majors out of that class, but once you hit 18 months they are in no man's land. If you're lucky you can bump up to Open and still be OK. Most dogs need to be put up for another six months or a year before they're ready to come out in open as a two year old.
3) Yes, definitely get a handler or two to evaluate him, and the longer/more mature he is to do that the better
4) Tough love time. Goldens are SUPER COMPETITIVE and THE hardest breed to finish. We have the highest point scale, we are dominated by pro handlers, and we have to groom. Other breeds that check the other two boxes have no coat! (dobes, labs, etc). People with goldens who just want to "show for fun" don't last long, because that much time, effort and money for no results...isn't fun. Dog shows are gross. After the nerves and novelty wear off, it's a freakin bummer not to win. You have to be absolutely tenacious to finish a golden.
Your boy is very pretty. I LOVE Skye. Look at my signature, I have a Morninglo dog!
BUT -- will your guy be ring material? Just looking at his stacked pic on k9data I don't know. Certainly a pretty coat and color but he's really straight in front. Unless they're fabulous everywhere else, that won't get you very far in the ring. I'm saying this now, because few people will give it to you straight up. Fronts are a big problem in our breed, we need to start recognizing them and not putting them in front of breed judges. Caveat -- maybe it's just a bad job stacking or a bad picture. But I also know that Morninglo front....all too well....
5) ABSOLUTELY take him to a CCA when he's old enough!!! You will learn a TON!!! And quite easily earn a title.
Best of luck,
"Fisher" CH Deauxquest Hard Day's Knight UDT VER RAE MH WCX CCA VCX OS DDHF, Can. CD WC
"Slater" HRCH Morninglo Wing-T Your Bird Can Sing CDX MH NA WCX CCA VCX, Can. CD WC
"Bally" BISS GCH Can. CH Richwood Wing-T Workin' Like A Dog CD MH WCX** DDHF, Can. WCI
"Brix" CH Malagold Wing-T We Can Work It Out JH WC, Can. WC