Thanks! We live in Oregon and have been looking here and Washington. We have been talking with Whiskey Creek Goldens. They seem really nice and have a good reputation.Depending on where you go (location and breeder's size and/or name), you can find a dog from a reputable breeder for around $1600, sometimes a bit less. While it's more than the backyard breeder, it's less than the $1900 you quoted. These small hobby breeders are still active with their dogs and have all the necessary clearances, they just might not have very well known kennel names. My last two dogs have come from breeders like this. They are always responsive, as well, if I have a problem. You aren't going to get much breeder support over the life of the dog from a backyard breeder.
Price isn't the main factor here. My main focus is getting a healthy puppy. We have friends that got 2 dogs from a "backyard" breeder. After 2 years, one was put down due to cancer and the other had an extreme protein allergy. I want to avoid a situation like that at all cost, so i'm here doing what I can to learn more.Life is just too short.
Especially when you are talking about a mere $800-1000 difference in cost.
Not every good breeder out there is charging the highest they can possibly get away with. But if you go into this whole thing by making puppy price the very first thing that weeds out breeders or puts others up, you are going to end up shopping at a flea market, so to speak.
Buy the dog you want right now or save up.
Purchasing a pup from a show breeder doesn't mean you are going to show or nonsense like that. It literally is as good a guarantee as any that your pup is going to be very typey and typical for the breed. So if you and your wife got into the breed by watching Westminster or visiting nearby dog shows to check out the goldens... going with a show breeder means that you will get a puppy that looks very much like that.
I agree with what everyone else has previous written here. The only other thing I would add, is its not just about health, its also about temperament.Price isn't the main factor here. My main focus is getting a healthy puppy. We have friends that got 2 dogs from a "backyard" breeder. After 2 years, one was put down due to cancer and the other had an extreme protein allergy. I want to avoid a situation like that at all cost, so i'm here doing what I can to learn more.
Thank you I agree. I would rather stack the odds in our favor.Any dog can develop cancer, hip issues, allergies, etc, regardless of the breeder. With that being said, however, there is a lessened chance of those issues with clearances and a breeder who breeds carefully.
I would spend the extra money without a second thought.
Additionally, I know my pup (coming home in late April!) is in a wonderful environment being introduced to so many important things right now. With a backyard breeder, you have no knowledge of the pups life from 0-8 weeks. Are we paying a lot for him? Yes. However, I am investing in our companion for the next 15 years.
Again, just my two cents.