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Hi All,

I've been searching the web looking for breeders in the New England area for a possible spring litter. Preferably, I'm looking for a light colored Golden - and yes, I've seen the Sticky about expensive marketing because they are British creme or very light colored. I would still prefer one in this shade as opposed to the deep golden sunfire coat.

If anyone knows a reputable breeder, I am just looking for a healthy (hip/eye clearance, AKC certified, etc) Golden Retriever. It does not need to be a show dog, field dog, or champion blood line - just a loving pet for my finacee and I to run with, take care of, and relax.

The only breeder I've found thus far is Cromwell Goldens in Douglas, MA. If anyone has had experience with them, please chime in.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Welcome to the forum. I have no advice for you other than to continue your search. I have light golden from a breeder in Maine but I'm not sure she is still breeding her dogs. There are a few light golden breeders here in Maine but their names escape me at the moment. At least one of them hires them out to LL Bean for their catalogs.

Please make yourself at home here and feel free to post away.
 

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A few things stand out to me:

1) Strong Stael Western West - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=300223 - First used at stud at 1 year old. No OFA hip clearance listed, no OFA elbow clearance listed (or even mentioned on the Cromwell website). Has Penn-Hip numbers but they are not published through OFA's site. Does have a cardiac clearance done by a cardiologist and an eye clearance listed on CERF.

2) Golden Valley Retrievers Maxwell Silver Hammer - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=339624 - no dog by this name is registered with AKC. His parents are listed on the Golden Valley Retrievers website under completely different names than they are registered with through the AKC. His sire was 17 months old when he was born. Neither his sire or dam have clearances listed with OFA for Hips or Elbows nor with CERF for eye clearances. They do both have Cardiac clearances but they were both done by regular vets, not cardiologists.

3) Dam of their most recent litter - Blondinka V Chocolade http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=300229 - has no OFA hip or elbow clearances listed on the OFA website, no CERF clearance listed on CERF site. Does have an OFA heart clearance by a cardiologist and a Penn-Hip clearance.

4) Dam of their next litter (according to their website) - Golden Ridges Elenor Rigby of Cromwell http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=318198 - says the litter will be bred late winter - this bitch is 13 months old this month. There are no clearances of any kind listed with OFA, CERF

I would suggest going to http://starcrowned.com/egnatest/ - the English Background Golden Retrievers in North America site. There is a list of breeders there, including some in MA.
 

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Oak Hill Goldens here in Maine only breeds light goldens. Both of our pups sires are from that kennel. They also have had pups in the LL Bean catalogs. They are a very reputable breeder and have been around for years.

www.oakhillgoldens.com
 

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I always tell people that color should be least of their considerations-health and temperament should come first. That said, you CAN have all 3, you just need to choose your breeder carefully.

Every breeder generally produces a broad range of colors in their breeding program. My Truman litter was light to medium in color. I expect the Guess litter will have quite a mixture, from dark to light.

The English Breeders resource is an excellent one. Just because you are focusing on color, doesn't mean you should be willing to give on health clearances, longevity and temperament. Look for hip/elbow clearances done through a recognized group such as OFA, BVA or OVC (PennHip does hips but not elbows so most breeders using PH also use OFA), eyes cleared annually by a veterinary opthamologist and at least one heart clearance done by a veterinary cardiologist. All of these clearances should be present for both parents, their parents, etc.
 

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Oak Hill Goldens here in Maine only breeds light goldens. Both of our pups sires are from that kennel. They also have had pups in the LL Bean catalogs. They are a very reputable breeder and have been around for years.

www.oakhillgoldens.com
This breeder has no OFA hip/elbow clearances on either sires they are using. I also can't find an OFA or K9data page for the dam of the current litter. :no:
 

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We got our Maevis from Cromwell in June. Margie Benjamin has been great. We did a lot of research before deciding to go with Cromwell. Notwithstanding that Margie refers to her dogs as "English Creme," she does not charge more for them than other area breeders charge for other colored goldens (at least from what I could tell). We told Margie the type of dog we were seeking--temperament the number one concern--and she steered us to Maevis. Maevis is now 7 months old and has been the perfect dog as far as we are concerned--very calm, even-tempered, loves all people and other animals and pretty darn cute (her picture is on the Cromwell "Families Brag" page). When/if we decide to get a sibling for Maevis, we will definitely get her from Margie, as long as the timing works out.
 

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Oak Hill Goldens here in Maine only breeds light goldens. Both of our pups sires are from that kennel. They also have had pups in the LL Bean catalogs. They are a very reputable breeder and have been around for years.

www.oakhillgoldens.com
I couldn't find clearances on the Males they have either!!!I am not saying they don't have them but its not on OFA!!!
 

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I couldn't find clearances on the Males they have either!!!I am not saying they don't have them but its not on OFA!!!
http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=350866 That's one of their males. I know that they do OFA on all their dogs. Tucker's dad is from there and has elbows, hips, heart, and CERF. Several of my family members also have dogs from Oak Hill and have clearances on both the sire and dam. I have no idea why they're not listed, but if you were to contact Lori she should be able to provide the info.
 

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http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=350866 That's one of their males. I know that they do OFA on all their dogs. Tucker's dad is from there and has elbows, hips, heart, and CERF. Several of my family members also have dogs from Oak Hill and have clearances on both the sire and dam. I have no idea why they're not listed, but if you were to contact Lori she should be able to provide the info.
If they did FINAL OFA clearances at 2 years old, they'd be in the OFA database, unless they didn't pass. I apologize, Tucker's Dad does have an elbow clearance, it was his heart that wasn't listed. Sorry bout that.
I don't want to go into a big thing about it, I just didn't want the OP or anyone else looking for a puppy to think the clearances are there if they are not.
 

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I got my Miley at Beechwood Goldens in Barnstable, Ma. There is also a long thread on here that is interesting reading. A cousin of mine got hers from the website My Golden Retreat in Bridgewater, Ma & I believe she has very light/white creams. Who ever you choose do your homework well. Good luck to you..
 

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Oh so they are Preliminaries!That would explain why they are not on OFA!The breeder hasn't sent them in to OFA to be examined!
It looks like prelims have been sent to OFA, but they are just that, PRELIMINARY... the xrays will need to be repeated at 2 years old for a final clearance.
 

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Got the information on the dam of the litter listed on Oak Hill's website - Oakhill's Chloe Leading The Way - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=361432. Her birthdate is 03/14/08 which made her approximately 17 months old when this litter was bred. She has no clearances listed on OFA or CERF's site. Her sire is Tucker - the dog mentioned above and her dams only clearance on file is a CERF clearance from 2007.

The sire of the litter on Oak Hill's site is Northern Light's Lets Go Brady -http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=288036. He has no hip clearance listed with OFA, no elbow clearance and his CERF clearance is 18 months old.

Their other females:

Candie Bella Aurea - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=361442 - no hip or elbow clearances listed with OFA

Oakhills Little Miss Daisy - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=361463 - no hip or elbow clearances listed with OFA
 

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Got the information on the dam of the litter listed on Oak Hill's website - Oakhill's Chloe Leading The Way - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=361432. Her birthdate is 03/14/08 which made her approximately 17 months old when this litter was bred. She has no clearances listed on OFA or CERF's site. Her sire is Tucker - the dog mentioned above and her dams only clearance on file is a CERF clearance from 2007.

The sire of the litter on Oak Hill's site is Northern Light's Lets Go Brady -http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=288036. He has no hip clearance listed with OFA, no elbow clearance and his CERF clearance is 18 months old.

Their other females:

Candie Bella Aurea - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=361442 - no hip or elbow clearances listed with OFA

Oakhills Little Miss Daisy - http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=361463 - no hip or elbow clearances listed with OFA
Good research! This breeder is not reputable in my opinion.
 
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