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No, having two litters at a time is not neccessarily a red flag. As breeders, we do not have control over when the girls come in season and many times, the girls tend to come in season together. So, if both are aging, or you have plans for showing, etc somtimes it is neccessary to breed them both. Another issues is a long waiting list and sometimes a breeder will breed 2 girls in case one does not take. It is totally how the puppies are being raised.
As to distichia, yes, the dog still has an eye clearance. This is considered a breeder's option in goldens and rarely ever causes the dog a problem. Years ago, the optho's didn't have to be so picky but now, CERF has been telling the opthos the past 10 years or so that if there is ONE extra eye lash, it is to be noted as distichia on the exam form. The only issue is if there is a whole row of them that would possibly cause tearing with the eyes. This usually is not the case with goldens-they usually have 1-3 extra eye lashes and they don't cause the dog a problem.
Just to head off the next question......breeder's option is still passing and believed not to be hereditary. There are tons of things that can be listed with a dogs eyes and many of them cause no problems and the optho's do not believe to be a hereditary nature so they are listed as breeder's option. Most of these dogs are bred because we cannot afford to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak. Our gene pool is a small one, believe it or not, because all the dogs descend back to one pair.
Every year, the opthos look at the CERF exam forms to see if any trends are forming and anything needs to be changed in regard to breeding guidelines. Distichia have been around for eons and there have been no changes made to them in the CERF guidelines. The CERF guidelines also vary from breed to breed and what may be considered a breeder's option in one breed, will not pass in another.