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Hi all,

I just joined as I stumbled upon this forum last night.

I am wondering what the best way to find reputable/ suitable breeders is in the UK? Do you go through the kennel club? We are dying to get a golden puppy and have for some time but have been holding out until our living situation is more settled (spend a lot of time travelling round the country for work).

We now have a suitable main base in the UK and are looking to bring a golden puppy home in March 2021; where would you find information on people having litters due around January or so?

Ideally also if anyone knows of any reputable breeders of American goldens in the UK that would be much appreciated.

I have also noticed on generic pet selling websites (e.g. pets4homes) that the price has skyrocketed since the pandemic and most seem to be charging £3000 per puppy which I think is extortionate. Have breeders followed suit, and is this the new normal? Obviously pet ownership should be expected to be expensive but my first/last dog (a Pomeranian) cost £500 in 2009 so wouldn’t really expect to pay more than £1000-1500 for a puppy now (but will suck it up if the inflated prices are just the new normal).

Any advice on how to best approach the search?

Thank you in advance
 

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Hi all,

I just joined as I stumbled upon this forum last night.

I am wondering what the best way to find reputable/ suitable breeders is in the UK? Do you go through the kennel club? We are dying to get a golden puppy and have for some time but have been holding out until our living situation is more settled (spend a lot of time travelling round the country for work).

We now have a suitable main base in the UK and are looking to bring a golden puppy home in March 2021; where would you find information on people having litters due around January or so?

Ideally also if anyone knows of any reputable breeders of American goldens in the UK that would be much appreciated.

I have also noticed on generic pet selling websites (e.g. pets4homes) that the price has skyrocketed since the pandemic and most seem to be charging £3000 per puppy which I think is extortionate. Have breeders followed suit, and is this the new normal? Obviously pet ownership should be expected to be expensive but my first/last dog (a Pomeranian) cost £500 in 2009 so wouldn’t really expect to pay more than £1000-1500 for a puppy now (but will suck it up if the inflated prices are just the new normal).

Any advice on how to best approach the search?

Thank you in advance
Hi,
There aren’t many UK people on the forum let alone breeders. AnneF (could be AnnF) on the forum who I think is a British golden shower or breeder or something in that arena is very nice, worth messaging her.

We rescued our pure bred Golden when he was 17 months old from the South West Golden Retriever Club. Each region has one. The people that work with, volunteer for it are reputable people in the world of goldens in their area.
The lovely lady and her family who did our home assessment and briefly fostered Teddy are golden breeders, showers (placed at crufts), judges and groomers and have therapy golden! They are sunnyoak goldens in poole. They only breed once a year max I think sometimes only once every other year.

I would strongly advise you to get in touch with your regional club and enquire about reputable breeders in your area and if they know of any upcoming litters.

Definitely stay away from websites like pets4homes. No reputable breeder needs to sell puppies that way. I imagine a golden in the UK is £2-3k.

Our Teddy is built like the typical English conformation show golden. In my town there are quite a lot of Goldens. Very doggy place as town on the sea with beach and forest and countryside on our doorstep. I have noticed a variation of golden some more golden (Teddy is cream) and some with a slimmer more athletic frame. Teddy can go on 3 hour walks but he can’t keep up with the speed of running when playing with spaniels and collies, whereas some other Goldens are speedier.

Ted is very playful and loves to meet other dogs to play especially on the beach. He also loves to play a bit with us with his toys in the house. But he has a calm chilled temperament which I love and an off switch! So figure out what you want as different breeders will breed slightly different goldens regarding physicality and temperament.

Lastly, golden breeders on British kennel club are better than those on online website but are not necessarily the best. Much like the American AKC register. You still need to do your homework to check if the breeders have done all the clearances for the sire and dam. There is a local breeder near me that I see walking her 8 goldens. I’ve come across people who have her puppies and say they have a great temperament. But personally I don’t like the look of her goldens and she admits she doesn’t get them properly groomed and you can tell. The difference between her goldens and the reputable breeder I mentioned are very obvious to me.

A breeder that is a member of their regional club is most likely to be an enthusiast who wants to Maintain the quality of the breed and is a reputable member of the golden community.

The British kennel club website does have great info about what health checks/clearances each dog breed needs to maintain even improve the breeding stock so worth checking out.

There is also a Facebook page Hampshire and Dorset golden retriever group. Lots of golden owners on there. Maybe reach out for recommendations or find golden Facebook group for your area. But I would make it clear you are looking for a breeder that carries out all the UK kennel club recommended health clearances.

Sorry for long message.
Good luck.
 

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Last thing promise. I would amend your post title to say how to find a breeder in the UK! As there are UK members on here who might have recommendations. But they may overlook your post as they may presume your are looking in the US. As the forum is majority US focused regarding breeding and puppies.

here’s some photos of Teddy if your interested. He was 17 months when we adopted him back in January.
 

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Last thing promise. I would amend your post title to say how to find a breeder in the UK! As there are UK members on here who might have recommendations. But they may overlook your post as they may presume your are looking in the US. As the forum is majority US focused regarding breeding and puppies.

here’s some photos of Teddy if your interested. He was 17 months when we adopted him back in January.
Thank you so much for such detailed info!

I have edited the title as per your suggestion - I didn’t realise this was overwhelmingly a US forum but it makes sense.

We are based mainly in Wiltshire but spend lots of time in the south west, Sussex & South Wales so are happy to cast a wider net in our search. I will absolutely look up the breeders you mentioned, thank you for that.

Teddy is adorable! What a cutie 😊 I think our personal preference would be a slightly darker (but not the dark rusty-colour) which I think you tend to find more in American goldens (picture attached) but I see many similar ones out and about so they can’t be that uncommon.

It feels like quite a daunting challenge starting the search but of course a fulfilling/ necessary one. Would you suggest just messaging the groups/ breeders like you mentioned with information about us/ asking if they know of any litters coming up from reputable sources?

Thanks again for your reply!

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Thank you so much for such detailed info!

I have edited the title as per your suggestion - I didn’t realise this was overwhelmingly a US forum but it makes sense.

We are based mainly in Wiltshire but spend lots of time in the south west, Sussex & South Wales so are happy to cast a wider net in our search. I will absolutely look up the breeders you mentioned, thank you for that.

Teddy is adorable! What a cutie 😊 I think our personal preference would be a slightly darker (but not the dark rusty-colour) which I think you tend to find more in American goldens (picture attached) but I see many similar ones out and about so they can’t be that uncommon.

It feels like quite a daunting challenge starting the search but of course a fulfilling/ necessary one. Would you suggest just messaging the groups/ breeders like you mentioned with information about us/ asking if they know of any litters coming up from reputable sources?

Thanks again for your reply!

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Your welcome, glad I could be of help.
Yes I have seen some golden goldens round our way. So sure you will find it. I live in Bournemouth so not far from Salisbury.

There are very informative posts on the forum about what info to include in an enquiry email to breeders. Think there is a section on the website to help prospective puppy owners. But again very geared towards the American market/approach.

But I would say a little info about your family set up/home environment, exercise level. A few key points on what you are looking for in temperament and activity level. A polite (super important on this issue) enquiry as to what health clearances they do for their breeding goldens. Then you can check it off against the British KC recommended health checks.

If you are contacting a reputable breeder and can find info out about their dogs, hopefully from their website. Gives some compliments, what you like. Eg if I were to want a puppy I would try Jenny from Sunnyoak (think to cream coloured for your wants) and say something like..... I like that she clearly states her adherences to health testing, is a member of the local golden club, has had her dogs placed at crufts and they are foremost family pets so her puppies are raised in the home.

I think there is a breeder in Ringwood Hampshire that breeds goldens similar to what you want. Have seen a couple of the offspring. But have no idea if they do the BKC full health clearances.

I had heard an off hand comment that there are more golden coloured goldens bred in the West Country (could be Somerset, Gloucester, Cornwall, Devon???)

Stay away from breeders that breed more than one type of breed of dog. Tend not to be the best, tend to be more profit orientated. Best option is really a hobby breeder who breeds once a year at most to further their breeding line and is involved in showing or judging the breed.

I would also find out from the BKC or regional club if Britain has a similar system to the US with checking OFA’s on K9 data website. Carolina mum or Danaruns or AnnF may be able to explain that further. As ideally you want to check not only the sire and dam but also their parents and grandparents heakth clearances. This might all sound like overkill but could save you a lot of money and heartache in vet bills.

Lastly I recommend using the search function on her and also the menu bar to find out more info.

Good luck on your search.
 

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Your welcome, glad I could be of help.
Yes I have seen some golden goldens round our way. So sure you will find it. I live in Bournemouth so not far from Salisbury.

There are very informative posts on the forum about what info to include in an enquiry email to breeders. Think there is a section on the website to help prospective puppy owners. But again very geared towards the American market/approach.

But I would say a little info about your family set up/home environment, exercise level. A few key points on what you are looking for in temperament and activity level. A polite (super important on this issue) enquiry as to what health clearances they do for their breeding goldens. Then you can check it off against the British KC recommended health checks.

If you are contacting a reputable breeder and can find info out about their dogs, hopefully from their website. Gives some compliments, what you like. Eg if I were to want a puppy I would try Jenny from Sunnyoak (think to cream coloured for your wants) and say something like..... I like that she clearly states her adherences to health testing, is a member of the local golden club, has had her dogs placed at crufts and they are foremost family pets so her puppies are raised in the home.

I think there is a breeder in Ringwood Hampshire that breeds goldens similar to what you want. Have seen a couple of the offspring. But have no idea if they do the BKC full health clearances.

I had heard an off hand comment that there are more golden coloured goldens bred in the West Country (could be Somerset, Gloucester, Cornwall, Devon???)

Stay away from breeders that breed more than one type of breed of dog. Tend not to be the best, tend to be more profit orientated. Best option is really a hobby breeder who breeds once a year at most to further their breeding line and is involved in showing or judging the breed.

I would also find out from the BKC or regional club if Britain has a similar system to the US with checking OFA’s on K9 data website. Carolina mum or Danaruns or AnnF may be able to explain that further. As ideally you want to check not only the sire and dam but also their parents and grandparents heakth clearances. This might all sound like overkill but could save you a lot of money and heartache in vet bills.

Lastly I recommend using the search function on her and also the menu bar to find out more info.

Good luck on your search.
Thank you so much again 😊 I will have a route around here for more info and those areas you mentioned are very convenient for us so I’ll try to find some breeders there to contact. Your advice is very much appreciated!
 

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Well well interesting chat with a couple out on our walk today may have lead to a lead as to a litter of puppies due this coming spring.
They were long time golden retriever people who had not long lost there’s. They were admiring Teddy 😊

They said they have an option on a puppy from an upcoming litter. They said Corfe castle or corfe Mullen. My husband is adamant they said corfe castle. Both are in Dorset but CC is by swanage. I didn’t ask the name of the breeder as didn’t want to be too nosey. So worth googling breeders in those areas!
 

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Firstly, there are very few available puppies in the UK at present. Please don't pay ridiculous prices reputable breeders are charging between £1300 and £1800 maximum. Both parents should have a hip score less than 20 and elbow score of 0 or 1 and a current clear eye certificate dated within the last year. However glaucoma testing was brought in January but we now find that the ophthalmic specialists are not all doing it due to Covid so personally I would not worry if that is not done. DNA testing of PRA 1 and 2 should be done and some breeders will ICT test but about 80% of UK bred dogs are carriers. How to buy a puppy is difficult! Champdogs and the Kennel puppy list are worth looking at and contacting breeders and asking to be put on list but please be prepared to wait. We are all getting enquiries every day and I have a waiting list for a litter that may or may not happen at the end of next year! If puppies are ready now it is probably a scam and there are a lot around. Please feel free to pm me if you need more help or contact me through my champ dogs page (Siatham goldens) I don't have any puppies but sometimes hear of litters due. Please go to the premises where the puppies are bred, see the dam, build up a relationship with the breeder and and above all take your time and be prepared to wait Annef
 
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