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  1. If OFA Number missing, is it still verified?

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    If OFA # column says a text (for example, 'NORMAL') rather than a number, is it still verified?
  2. A Newb's Perspective on the GRCA, OFA, and "ethical breeders"...

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    I've seen some questions about "finding healthy puppies" or "is this a good breeder". As a newb to goldens, and a certified Google fiend, I want to share what I discovered in my search for answers to these questions. I started with finding the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA). I was a...
  3. Need Help choosing between Two specific breeders - K9Data link included

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hi, Keeping it short. Bottomline, we love goldens and we've gone through screening breeders and making sure they're reputable take care of the dogs etc. And also have a good OFA history, and data on K9data about lineage etc. Now we're down to two specific breeders and need help choosing two...
  4. Health Clearances

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hi there! I’ve been contacting a few breeders in South Florida and they all claim their goldens have hip, heart, eyes, and elbows clearances. Does this mean they are OFA certified? The breeders I’ve contacted are all very reputable, but what’s the best way to confirm they are actually OFA...
  5. Thyroid clearance?

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hello. I just wanted some opinions about getting a pup from a bitch that has not passed a thyroid clearance. From what I understand, thyroid is not a required clearance and if a dog has an issue with it, it is manageable through medication. The breeder has a bitch with all required clearances...
  6. Understanding the heart Clearance

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hello all, I am currently researching breeders and I'm getting tripped up understanding the OFA heart clearance. I know I want all four health clearances, Hip, Elbow (done after age 2), up to date eye and a heart clearance. But what's the difference between Echo, Specialist, practitioner and...
  7. OFA test: Degenerative Myelopathy

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    I found this listed on the OFA website as a suggested DNA test for goldens. I was surprised to see it. I didn't find a space for it on the K9data website form. Any thoughts about this disease in goldens? Does anyone know how long OFA has listed it as a suggested test in goldens?
  8. How many generations of all 4 clearances needed?

    Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hi, I'm new to the forum. I'm considering Westben Goldens for our new puppy. Both the sire and dam have all four clearances with good rating on hips. Hips done on the mom in 2011(I think that is okay, it's only done once right?) My question is the great grandparents? They do not list eye...
  9. Health Clearances are final! Yay.

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    Just wanted to come back and update. Since breeding our first litter and taking in all the advice around here I wanted to come back and share the news that ALL clearances (including thyroid) have been completed with CERF and the OFA and she passed! Now to upload it to :D