I have been reading all the good advice here for about a month. Sadly, we lost our beloved 14 year old Golden, Bear, to cancer last March. We are ready for a new puppy and I have been so frustrated with my search. Bear was a dark golden and I would prefer a darker puppy, for nostalgia I guess. I thought I had a perfect puppy with Top Brass but something went wrong with the litter and the puppies were lost. She has nothing else in the works at this time, so I am looking again. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am in South FLorida, and will drive to get the right baby. thank you for all your advice and suggestions!