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Angeleah--Sounds like you might have already made your decisition but just to add (might help you to feel better about not breeding her), Friends of mine have a chocolate lab who is AWESOME and they said the same thing "she is such a good dog we want another just like her" so they decided to do what your thinking of. They went about it pretty responsibly, they went to the breeder they got their dog from and made arrangements to have her bred (the breeder mentored them the whole time). Long story short even with the right help it was VERY costly,(vet bills, raising pups ect...) they lost 3 puppies out of 7(heartbreaking), and even though all the pups are VERY good dogs, none of them where EXACTLY like mom!! They all have their own special personalities. Hindsight, they said even though they adore their new little ones, they probably wouldn't have done it over. I might add that they ended up keeping 2 pups instead of 1 because one of the prospective owners backed out at the last minute(when pups where ready to go home) and they were too attached to find another home for him so they kept him. Moral of the story is you might get more than you bargined for and also not get exactly what your looking for in the first place.

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^This is very sound advice.

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Having an intact girl is a pain - she gets moody, cranky and then there's the month or so we can't go do much because she's in season and she drives me nuts because she's bored. Twice a year. I'm not the breeder, her breeder will take her back for a litter or two down the road after she's gotten her clearances and so on done. I am quite happy to 'order' a puppy and bring it to the house ready to housebreak and bond with me at 8 weeks. That's the really fun part anyway, the nursing mom and litter is a ton of work.

My two goldens are slightly related and similar in some ways, different in others, but for sure very different than their moms and even siblings, so it's not like you'd get the 'same' thing again just because it was an offspring. If you got her from a good breeder, when the time comes let them know what you love about your girl and they should be able to find a pup that's perfect for you. Or even go through rescue so you can meet the older dog...


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Just a thought. You would like a puppy "like her" and the assumption is that by breeding her you can get another puppy "just like her". But that may not be the case. Look at people for example. Do you know two outgoing parents who have a shy reserved child or the other way around. Simply having her DNA won't make them just like her. You would have a greater chance with a dog with her DNA. A breeding from her father and mother. Her DNA and a studs are less likely to produce the exact temperment. This is of course aside from genetic inheriated condtions. If she is dysplastic than she can pass that on to her offspring. So you get a puppy with the temperment you like but requires expensive sugery and may live in some degree of pain for its life.

Somthing else to consider beyond preventing a unwanted pregnancy(are you prepared to have a mix breed litter? if you have an accidential breeding there in a good chance it won't be a golden doing the deed.) is the potential health risks of an unspayed female. Do some reading on false pregnancy, pyometry and depending on the source incresed risk of reproductive cancers.

Best of luck to you. I hope you feel welcome to keep asking questions here. Realize that dog breeding is a very HOT topic on almost every board and you will get some strong responses. Other than the dog food and training debates. Dog breeding is deffintly the hottest so hang in there you will get some great advice but you will get some strong responses too.
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