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Hello! Tomorrow we are going to visit a breeder we found on the AKC website. The breeder's name is Darcy Dumont and they are located in Modesto area. We have been texting them, and they are very friendly and informative. They have only been breeding for three years, but we are wondering if anyone has ever heard of them, or maybe even bought one of their pups?
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I couldn't find the breeder or the dogs information in K9 data. I also looked on OFA for clearances and there are no records for either dog. Did they provide you all the health clearance information for the parents? If they didn't and health clearances are important to you I would pass on this breeder.
 

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If I were in your shoes, I would not go.

First, is health. Please take some time tonight and research Golden health problems and the testing responsible breeders do to give their puppies better odds if escaping these known breed issues.
Here are some links to help get you started.
Canine Health Information Center: CHIC Information
https://www.grca.org/about-the-breed/health-research/health-screenings-for-the-parents-of-a-litter/
https://www.grca.org/about-the-bree...r-obtaining-a-healthy-golden-retriever-puppy/
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
Also I will include a visual learner friendly infographic and screenshots below.

This breeder is doing none of them. If they did it would show on thier AKC ad in parentheses after the parents names and on OFA. There is nothing. That is a lot of risk they want you to shoulder. Do not fall for the "we'll show you when you visit. That is a nasty way to try to get your heart to override your brain. It is hard to walk away from a cute puppy especially if you have kids with you. Ask them to send them now.

Next is price vs. value. The puppies are at least twice the price they should be. All Golden puppies are cute. Well bred, poorly bred, sick or healthy, all of them are cute. AKC registration is the only value they have to offer. All that means is they are AKC registrable, that is it. AKC is not an indication of health or quality. Health is as I mentioned measured in bulk by health certifications. Quality in some sort of competition. Though most families have no desire to have a 'show dog' most want a dog that meets the standard of the Golden Retriever and/or a dog that is train-able that is what titles prove. These puppies are priced on the pall bark of breeders who will have full verifiable health certifications for generations and dogs that have proven in competition that they are good examples of the breed. In a gross analogy, this pricing is like some one charging a new Lexus price for their use Kia.

Finally, most people who are after tens of hundreds of your dollars are going to be nice. Especially when they have a mediocre product they are peddling in the hopes of getting top dollar. Being nice and responsive have little to do with being a responsible breeder.

Do your research on health, ask for the certifications (that don't exist) and scrutinize their response. I'd guess a breeder like this will all of the sudden sold all their puppies, they will say they have them and will show you when you come (which will not be OFA certifications) or they will claim their dogs are magically healthy and have never had problems so they don't test.

If health is important to you run from these folks.
If your okay with risky health rescue or find a more reasonable cheap puppy on kijji.
 

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The breeder was nice and the dogs seemed healthy but they don't own the sire nor do you get to meet them! Their is no health checks on the parents and they do all the vaccines and dewclaw removal themselves, A SERIOUS HEALTH RISK, as well as their guarantee of "health" for the puppies they don't have them checked by vets and are infected with a severe case of coccidia. If I would have waited an extra week to pick up my puppy a, most likely, she would have died! The parents are not trained at all and are really hyper, and out of 12 pups only 1 was even calm (the 1 pup is the one I own), when we got her she only provides regular cheap dog food and a can of wet dog food, no puppy food or anything! The puppy will be on antibiotics for up to 6 months just to get better! All of the dogs owned by this "breeder" are infected with this coccidia! The breeder is nice but you actually never get to see the place the puppies are raised, they tell you to meet them at their parents house not the breeders!!!!
Do not buy from these people they are nice but lack any proper knowledge of breeding dogs or keeping them healthy!!!!
 

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Hello! Tomorrow we are going to visit a breeder we found on the AKC website. The breeder's name is Darcy Dumont and they are located in Modesto area. We have been texting them, and they are very friendly and informative. They have only been breeding for three years, but we are wondering if anyone has ever heard of them, or maybe even bought one of their pups?
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Hello, I am supposed to pick a puppy from their upcoming litter too. Did you end up getting one from Darcy? I had a gut feeling and wanted to do extensive research before it was too late. We have put down a deposit but will withdraw if there are no positive feedbacks. Thanks in advance.
 

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I am extremely disappointed yet relieved to read this. If you don't mind me asking, which sire and dam was the puppy from? Have you heard of any other cases in regards to any other pups from Darcy? Thanks in advance!
 

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Wow. They are actually charging MORE than puppies with generations of health certifications and AKC titles sell for in Oregon. @GoldenLover231 do you have the parents AKC registration names or numbers? I'd be happy to check them out for you to be sure.
 

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Thank you, if you could provide any information you've found, i'd greatly appreciate it!! I've looked into the parents and was able to find them in the AKC database, but nothing in regards to health. She did mention the parents were not OFA certified. SR84738702- Betty Brooke and SR79597702- Sir Bobo of Grisworld Ave. Thanks again!! This could be saving me from making a huge mistake.
 

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I would absolutely not pay over $1,000 for one of these puppies. As LJack already stated, it's like paying new Lexus price for a used Kia. Neither dog has health certifications so puppies are more likely to have serious heart, eye, hip or elbow issues. Either parent could be dysplastic, you'd have no idea just by looking at them. I was able to find the sire on k9data. He has a typical backyard bred dog pedigree with basically 0 health testing or titles for generations. https://www.k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=842759
 

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I agree! The health of the puppy is most important, so I am definitely opposed to getting one from parents who have no health certifications. Thanks for all your help!!

Please do Not buy from these people I beg you they will not offer you anything but trouble!!!! Please just adopt a dog!!!!!! Pleaseeeeeeee these dogs are unhealthy and the owners are only money grubbing thieves! They change the listing constantly and lie about anything to sell you a sick and dying dog! Please just go to a shelter for a dog who wants to be loved, because this person is an animal abuser!
 

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Please do Not buy from these people I beg you they will not offer you anything but trouble!!!! Please just adopt a dog!!!!!! Pleaseeeeeeee these dogs are unhealthy and the owners are only money grubbing thieves! They change the listing constantly and lie about anything to sell you a sick and dying dog! Please just go to a shelter for a dog who wants to be loved, because this person is an animal abuser!

How is your puppy doing now @PinkWolfy? Did you notify them of your sick puppy and were they responsive? Best wishes to your puppy! I will contact her some time this week and opt out from buying from them since I have not had positive feedback. Thanks for sharing your experience.
 

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Please dont get a Puppy from her... One of our friends got a pup from them and since the day he has come home they have been having problems starting with coccidia and then kennel cough and now elbow dysplasia.. and not to forget sooo many behavioral problems like food guarding anxiety and car sickness.. and the pups parents were betty and sir bobo... their pup currently is just about 8 months old...
 

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Please dont get a Puppy from her... One of our friends got a pup from them and since the day he has come home they have been having problems starting with coccidia and then kennel cough and now elbow dysplasia.. and not to forget sooo many behavioral problems like food guarding anxiety and car sickness.. and the pups parents were betty and sir bobo... their pup currently is just about 8 months old...

Thank you so much for the additional information. I will not get a puppy from them. Poor pup, I hope your friends puppy has a fast recovery. Sending lots of love!
 

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I just bought a dog from this "breeder". She was a golden-doodle. I was told the dog was 2 years old, a golden-doogle, but she may be in fact much older. She would not socialize with us, or with my family. The dog immediately barked and growled at my Maltese when we got home. We've had her for one month, and she still wants nothing to do with any males. She runs away from my husband, and doesn't go near any men. She was anemic when we got her, with two double ear infections. Don't think she was ever bathed or had a hair cut. She was in horrible shape. She is now doing better health wise, but I just don't think she was loved or cared for at all. She told me she wanted to get rid of her because she only produced one to two puppies each litter. So sad. It's definitely a puppy mill situation. I am glad we rescued her.
 

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This is an old discussion, but I wanted to comment in case anyone does an Internet search for Darcy Dumont like I did. We bought a Bernedoodle pup from Darcy in Sept. 2019. She showed up pics of his parents, but they were not there at pick up. I had to ask for some food and a blanket with the mom’s scent to comfort the pup. Darcy never checked in to see how he was settling in. Milo had 3 types of worms and a bad case of giardia. The vet said it was the worst he had seen. We had to treat our older dog, too. Lots of $$, vet visits, and headaches! I let Darcy know what was going on, and her reply was that was all “normal” for puppies. I might expect those issues with a shelter dog, but not from a breeder who supposedly has 15+ years experience. Darcy looked to be in her early 30s with a baby and toddler. Her house was a mess. Milo has aggression issues and is quite wild (even for a pup!) With lots of work and love I think he’ll be a great dog, but I would not recommend buying a pup from Darcy.
 

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This is an old discussion, but I wanted to comment in case anyone does an Internet search for Darcy Dumont like I did. We bought a Bernedoodle pup from Darcy in Sept. 2019. She showed up pics of his parents, but they were not there at pick up. I had to ask for some food and a blanket with the mom’s scent to comfort the pup. Darcy never checked in to see how he was settling in. Milo had 3 types of worms and a bad case of giardia. The vet said it was the worst he had seen. We had to treat our older dog, too. Lots of $$, vet visits, and headaches! I let Darcy know what was going on, and her reply was that was all “normal” for puppies. I might expect those issues with a shelter dog, but not from a breeder who supposedly has 15+ years experience. Darcy looked to be in her early 30s with a baby and toddler. Her house was a mess. Milo has aggression issues and is quite wild (even for a pup!) With lots of work and love I think he’ll be a great dog, but I would not recommend buying a pup from Darcy.

Who do you turn someone like this in to, so they can not breed again?
 

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While it will not 'stop' a bad breeder, you can write to the GRCA Board and ask them to keep the name just in case they ever apply for membership.
 

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Please run away from this breeder! I emailed her to ask about her upcoming litter and she immediately responded that she has puppies available, then I asked her if she can share the parents health report with me, after two days she responded back that she no longer have puppies..hilarious isn't it? :D I think simply asking about health reports will filter out a bunch of these kind of breeders!
 
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