Join Date: Apr 2016
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I'm not a breeder. I am not involved in showing my dog or in any sort of competition (maybe a good citizen soon). My Pippin is our first golden after years of keeping papillons (the first was a rescue, we have two that followed, and then three human boys who wanted a dog that could keep up with them). I am completely head over heels with my pup and love the adventures we have that were not possible with my papillons. Perhaps some day I will have a papillon again when I am unable to keep up with a golden or hang onto the lead without breaking a shoulder. I hope my boy lives an exceptionally long life. I got a much higher quality puppy than I deserved, and have learned more and more about how to give him the best possible life. He is a beauty and comes from the hard work of several dedicated hobby breeders who made the improvement of the breed a labor of love. I didn't know what to look for and was well guided by a wonderful, selfless woman named Sue with the Greater Louisville Golden Retriever Club.
When I was searching for a puppy, one thing that I saw on websites-and that is what I had most access to-was about hybrid vigor from doodle sites and "comfort retriever" sites that I landed on while exploring golden size and shedding. I also saw much on sites for "English Creme" retrievers that gave the impression that dogs imported from Europe were longer lived and had lower incidence of cancer because they were not as inbred. I bought into these claims hook, line, and sinker. If not for Sue, I would have purchased a pup from a breeder of English creme golden and thought that I had a superior dog. I have become educated about the falsehood of all those claims, but as a newbie, they sure rang with truth to me. Who wouldn't want a more vigorous, longer lived, healthier pet? I would say that my vantage was at least typical of others looking for a pet golden retriever, and maybe even a little more informed or researched than many.
First, I have read your posts and would trust you and your choices in a heartbeat. I hope that when the time comes for my second golden retriever, you have a litter with a Mystic line pup for me. That said, I think that the general population has been lead to believe that the lower the COI, the better. I see posts from people looking for GRs with a long history of long life and see the four big certifications of heart, eyes, elbows, and hips to be a warning about the dangers of poor genetics and think of inbreeding as the cause of this.
The point I was leading to is that whatever decision you come to for your breeding program, consider educating the public with explanation and links to research on your website. Most prospective pet families really do want the best for their puppy, they just don't know what they don't know.
Your purpose for producing a litter is not to produce family pets, but I know that some percentage of your litters will land in pet homes outside the show prospects. This response is not the discussion you were leading, but just a request to put out good information for those like me who are following your lead.
Brian (and Pippin)