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I'd like to get a Golden Retriever puppy. I'm not looking to hit the show circuit, but rather an excellent family pet with a loving, playful personality. I'm in the Albany, NY area, but I'd be willing to travel up to 180 miles to purchase. Are there a few names that you guys can give me?
 

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Contact your local Golden Retriever Club. Ask for a puppy referral. Both parents and several generations back should have 4 health clearances. They are hips and elbows which are done one time after 2 years of age and are verifiable at www.offa.org with the AKC names of the parents. The next is a heart clearance done preferably by a veterinary cardiologist. This can be done 1x after 12 months of age. The last is an eye exam called CERF. This is to be done yearly for the life of the dog. The last two clearances may or may not appear on the OFA database depending on if the owner sent them in or not... so if not there- ASK! Best of luck in your search!
 
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