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I'm wondering, if there's anyone out there in the Golden Retriever world, who can steer me in the right direction. I am K9 handler for a search and rescue group, and I'm wondering, if there's anybody who breeds working golden retrievers? I currently work a GR, and am planning on adding to my pack for next year. I've considered a GSD, but my heart breed is still the GR. Naturally, with SAR work/training I need a high play/hunt driven dog. Not sure if I want a pup, or perhaps just a young dog. My experience has been, that sometimes it's easier to assess the drives, when they are older than 9 weeks old. Any suggestions, would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I'm wondering, if there's anyone out there in the Golden Retriever world, who can steer me in the right direction. I am K9 handler for a search and rescue group, and I'm wondering, if there's anybody who breeds working golden retrievers? I currently work a GR, and am planning on adding to my pack for next year. I've considered a GSD, but my heart breed is still the GR. Naturally, with SAR work/training I need a high play/hunt driven dog. Not sure if I want a pup, or perhaps just a young dog. My experience has been, that sometimes it's easier to assess the drives, when they are older than 9 weeks old. Any suggestions, would be greatly appreciated!
Check with board member Swampcollie. He has just bred a litter of working/hunting dogs. If they are all spoken for,or is in an area not convenient to you, I'm sure he can direct you to other breeders he knows that are producing the drive you need in an SAR dog.

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com...er-breeder-puppy/116677-whats-your-guess.html
 

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I don't know if this will help you any, but Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in California had a bunch of search & rescue goldens. Maybe you can somehow track down where they get their dogs from?? It's been 12 years now, but one of my goldens was sired by one of their search & rescue dogs way back when, but her breeder is not breeding anymore.
 

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This might be a long shot - but I put it out there because the dog you describe could be my dog. High energy, high play - and her mother was a tracking champion to boot. She has it in her genes. That said, both my dog's parents (and owners/breeders) have died and I've never found any of her siblings on K9 Data. :(

However, here's what might help: I was first put in touch with my dog's father's owner 13 years ago by Jane Christy of Fyreglo in B.C. One of her dogs was my dog's father (his name was Cabot - she'll remember him well). She might be able to point you in the right direction of someone in the west breeding hunting/working/field dogs. She is (or at least was) very active in the Golden Retriever Club of Canada. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to her.

Good luck - let us know what happens.
 
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Thank you everyone for your input. I have also considered contacting GR rescues, but re-homing goldens here in Canada isn't that popular. I'd have better luck going through kijiji (which I really would like to NOT do). Crazy, how some people try to sell purebred GR's (because they don't want them anymore), rather than contacting their breeder first {shakes head}. But I digress...

There's plenty more choice (for rescue GR's) down in the U.S., but most won't ship out of state. Anyhow, I need to get going on my breeder research fairly quickly (even if, I'm not planning on getting a dog until next year).
 

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Did you ever locate a breeder?
 

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There are tons of high energy dogs in shelters!
 

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There are tons of high energy dogs in shelters!
I know...I've looked high and low. There was also a point, I was going to go w/ a rescued GSD (since they are also one of my heart breeds), but I'd be writing a novel here on those failed attempts.

Ultimately, I've realized it has to be a good fit for my current boy. I can't compromise his safety & comfort.


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I agree with what MikaTallulah said.
I adopted my female Golden Retriever, Smooch, from a shelter and she was very HIGH energy.
 

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I'm not sure if you ever found a breeder or have gotten a pup. But there is a breeder in Kimball, MN that is excellent. They breed very smart, healthy, trainable, willing dogs. In addition to great dogs, they take care with their breeding process so you will get a healthy dog. Check out their information and their process.

Golden Retriever Puppies 320-980-4286 WorkNotes Home Page

They have 3 upcoming litters planned...fall, winter and early 2014.

Good luck!
 
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