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  1. Co-ownership for Conformation Pros and Cons?

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    I'm about 3 weeks away from bringing home my first Golden! I grew up with one but this will be my first time owning as an adult. I really want to bond with my pup and am interested in competing in obedience and agility trials. I have already looked into AKC registered training facilities and...
  2. Is weight low?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi there~ We got our beautiful puppy from a very reputable breeder—great reputation and decades as a Golden breeder, including numerous champions. I do have a concern, only because of what I have read about the weight of other puppies. Our boy is nearly 13 weeks old and 15 pounds. His parents...
  3. Grooming Ears on a Conformation Golden

    Golden Retriever Grooming
    Hi, I just had a question about grooming the ears on Goldens for conformation. I currently have 2 Goldens, but have only showed in obedience. In the future, I would like to get a conformation Golden and start showing in that. I work as a professional pet groomer, but I know there is a world...
  4. Breeders in Central IL, eastern IA, or western IN?

    Golden Retriever Conformation Showing
    I've been showing Goldens in obedience since I was a 4-H kid, but now I'd kind of like to try conformation. I'm not looking to get totally involved in it, I have a family and horses to think of so I don't want to be at a show every weekend. I just want to do a few shows a year for fun. Plus...
  5. Help! Understanding AKC breed standard.

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    I've read the AKC breed standard, but don't know how to interpret what it means. As a dog photographer I would like to understand it better so I know what a dogs strengths are to really show off in the pictures. ie. If a dog has an excellent topline, I can make sure the pictures really show it...
  6. Need Mentor for AKC Showing!

    Golden Retriever Conformation Showing
    Hey! I am considering showing my very light colored male Golden. I was wondering if anyone could offer advice or help me get started? If it helps,we are located in Florida and his pedigree and pictures are on => Thanks! :)
  7. Field vs. Conformation Dog

    Golden Retrievers - Main Discussion
    Hi. I'm new to this forum and the greater world of GRs... but have had working breeds for years and have competed in conformation, herding and obedience. We recently lost our GR girl of 15 years and are considering a new puppy. My first question is... is there a great difference between a GR...
  8. Updated Photos - Opinions welcome!!!!

    Golden Retriever Pictures
    Here is a 9 month old male. Any thoughts and opinions are more then welcome.
  9. showing in both breed and obedience

    Golden Retriever Conformation Showing
    I've always loved doing obedience with my goldens, and have never done anything at all in conformation. My latest puppy, 18 months old, has drawn a lot of attention from a few well known golden breeders in our area and also from 2 AKC judges of goldens who singled him out once in a training...