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A week or more ago, I posted several breeders in the puppy forum to ask for opinions. One of those was Powderhorn Goldens located in Jonesborough, TN. I received several other suggestions closer to home. Unfortunately those suggested breeders don't have any upcoming litters. I spoke to Cindy Price with Powderhorn and she seems very ethical and posts all clearances online (if anyone knows anything to the contrary, please let me know). I enjoyed talking with her and felt comfortable with her breeding program. She has puppies due in early April, and we are thinking of putting down a deposit. I've looked at some of the clearances, but they are overwhelming! She posts clearances for parents, grandparents, siblings/half siblings, etc. They are extensive. How far should I go back - or how many siblings should I check? What eye issues should I look for (I saw cataracts on a grandparent, I believe and distichiasis). Should we be concerned about these?

Any guidance would be appreciated. This is the litter of Tommie and Joey (all of the puppies born to Sophie and Scout are spoken for). I've attached a link in case anyone has time to take a peek and see if the way this is presented is typical and offer any suggestions!

Litters ? Powderhorn Golden Retrievers

Thanks so much for any help!
 

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I'm not experienced enough to question clearances but will ask if you plan on competing in a venue with this pup. I'm so jealous! I have a wonderful, laid back, companion dog but didn't do a great job of checking history. The bloodline is awesome for a performance dog and so wish I had paid more attention to this.

The breeder will know their dogs better than me looking at titles but would guess this will be a very busy, extremely focused dog that will need a job. Obedience, field, agility or something to burn off energy both physically and mentally or they will make you nuts :)

I can only wish for a dog with this background but I like to compete in obedience. Just something to consider.
 

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Cindy is great. Tommie and Joey are very nice dogs, they are NOT high energy, crazy performance dogs -- but very biddable, trainable, and intelligent. The best of both worlds. I think you'd do very good to get a puppy from this litter if there's one available. Best of luck.
 
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OK, now I'm really jealous. So awesome when you get both. My last girl was like that and training was sooooo easy. My current girl excels in the compatibility dept. but not the training dream I had hoped for. I will definitely keep this info for later, thanks!!! Enjoy your new puppy.
 

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Thank you. We are not planning to compete with the puppy, so I did ask Cindy about the fit for our home as more of a companion dog. Her response was similar to K-9 Design's response. They will need exercise, but shouldn't be crazy!! There is a training venue in our area that another member of this forum recommended to me that offers agility training in addition to obedience. We are going to look into that - simply because we think the puppy may enjoy it.

Thanks for responding!
 

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I am Joey's breeder- and Cindy is wonderful. Ethical, a good trainer.. Her litters are super socialized and you can trust her to choose the correct puppy fit for you if you tell her your life situation. Tommie's dam was sired by my dog Hudson, so I know both sides really well and think you are lucky to get one of the lovely puppies whose pedigree I am so admiring!
 
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