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  1. Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    Hi all! I am new to the forum and am new to the world of Golden research and ownership. My husband and I are looking for our first Golden to purchase sometime within the next year (as people are CRAZY booked right now). There is a breeder that I am looking into / scheduled to have an in-person...
  2. Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hi! I have checked the clearances of the sire and dam for the litter that I’m interested in but would really appreciate a second opinion. Thanks to any and all who can give me some insight :) Sire: BOSS GCH Goodlife's Duff The Magic Dragon MBISS "Duff"...
  3. Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hi everyone, super excited to be a new addition to this forum! I'm in Ontario, Canada and am looking for a puppy to join the family. Currently the breeders I am considering are: Blastem Kennels and Down to Earth Goldens. I was wondering if anyone was able to find OFA clearances on the dogs...
  4. Golden Retrievers - Main Discussion
    Hi! I relocated in June of 2020 to Kentucky, I am about 45 minutes to an hour away from Louisville, KY. I am looking for a good place to get my boy OFA Tested for Hips, Elbows, Patellas, Eyes, and Heart. He will be turning 2 years old July 15. I know I need to wait until he is 2 to get official...
  5. Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hey there! My family has had two amazing Goldens in the past. Unfortunately, we lost our beautiful girl Daizy at age 12 to cancer recently. We have been looking for responsible breeders and are eager to bring a new family member home in the future. It is super important to us that our future...
  6. Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    Hello renowned experts of the forum. I'm new here, long time lurker, but first time poster. I actually created an account to just be able to ask this question and many similar questions I'm sure, in the coming months. So to preface, I lost my heart dog, my beloved Dexter to lymphoma at age 6...
  7. Choosing A Golden Retriever Breeder & Puppy
    If OFA # column says a text (for example, 'NORMAL') rather than a number, is it still verified?
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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?
  14. 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...
  15. 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 K9Data.com :D
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