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I am looking for a breeder who will have Puppies available sometime in January. I am looking for a Male Golden from a reputable breeder. If anyone knows of a good breeder please let me know.
 

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What type of energy level are you interested in?
Will you be showing the golden? Hiking, swimming etc?
Will the pup be an indoor/outdoor or combination?
Are hunting, agility, obedience, fly ball, dock diving etc of interest to you?
How much and how long are you planning on training ?

These answers will help us direct you to the breeder(s) most likely to have a good match :) .
 

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What type of energy level are you interested in?
Will you be showing the golden? Hiking, swimming etc?
Will the pup be an indoor/outdoor or combination?
Are hunting, agility, obedience, fly ball, dock diving etc of interest to you?
How much and how long are you planning on training ?

These answers will help us direct you to the breeder(s) most likely to have a good match :) .
I just want a family companion with a medium energy level. I have a lake house so I want a dog that will enjoy swimming and being outside. The dog will live indoors but spend a lot of time outdoors with the family. I have a lot of time to dedicate to training the dog.
 

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This is where we got Bailey from. She's a great puppy! The breeder, Jan, is great. She really cares about her pups going to a good home and you can tell she loves and takes pride in what she does. She only breeds English Cream, the pups range from a light gold to white. They aren't the traditional golden color, but if the color doesn't matter to you then I would check it out! My husband and I didn't really care about the color, we just went with the breeder that had the right pup for us. Bailey is a very healthy puppy and has a great temperament.

Best of luck to you! It takes some time to choose the breeder, but its well worth it!

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This is where we got Bailey from. She's a great puppy! The breeder, Jan, is great. She really cares about her pups going to a good home and you can tell she loves and takes pride in what she does. She only breeds English Cream, the pups range from a light gold to white. They aren't the traditional golden color, but if the color doesn't matter to you then I would check it out! My husband and I didn't really care about the color, we just went with the breeder that had the right pup for us. Bailey is a very healthy puppy and has a great temperament.

Best of luck to you! It takes some time to choose the breeder, but its well worth it!

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In their advert, they had nothing about health clearances? (I would be weary)

Always look for health clearances on both parents: hips and elbows after 24 months, eyes annually by a board certified Opthamologist, and heart by a board certified cardiologist. Beyond that there should be 5 generations back of dogs with these clearances. This is a minimum requirement you should expect in a breeder.
 

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This is where we got Bailey from. She's a great puppy! The breeder, Jan, is great. She really cares about her pups going to a good home and you can tell she loves and takes pride in what she does. She only breeds English Cream, the pups range from a light gold to white. They aren't the traditional golden color, but if the color doesn't matter to you then I would check it out! My husband and I didn't really care about the color, we just went with the breeder that had the right pup for us. Bailey is a very healthy puppy and has a great temperament.

Best of luck to you! It takes some time to choose the breeder, but its well worth it!

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Respectfully, I would strongly discourage folks from buying a dog from this place. There is no way to verify clearances, and the breeder breeds for color as a top priority. In fact, not only do they breed for color, but in the short blurb available at the link, they mention color four times but have absolutely nothing to say about clearances, titles, or other hard proof of health or quality.

There's also the red flag of "cream" and "white," and they even say their dogs are a "rare" color, which is ridiculous, since light colored Goldens are currently a huge fad here in the northeast and you see them everywhere.

They may be very nice people, and the dogs may be sweet and pretty, but from the info they have online, they do not appear to follow the GRCA Code of Ethics, nor do they seem to fit the GRCA's definition of a good breeder.

If anybody has any information that contradicts my inferences here, I'd be happy to hear it and to correct any errors I've made. For example, if anybody has the registered names and/or AKC numbers for Bella and Austin, we can look up clearance information to see if they were done but simply not mentioned.
 

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tippykayak,

I have to say I felt that way as well but didn't want to poo-poo the breeder of a puppy on the forum. White is not a correct color for a golden retriever in any standard. So to me, people advertising a "white golden breed line" are already outside the universe of any breeder I would suggest to someone. Breeding only for color and intentionally breeding outside of the breed standard are two HUGE problems to me, so I'm on the same page as you, tippy. And that's only after reading the first few sentences of the breeders.net page.

I have no doubt that Bailey is a beautiful and wonderful girl, and Bailey'smom, I apologize if you are offended. It's certainly not my intention. But, respectfully, I would never recommend anyone buy a puppy from this breeder.
 

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tippykayak,

I have to say I felt that way as well but didn't want to poo-poo the breeder of a puppy on the forum. White is not a correct color for a golden retriever in any standard. So to me, people advertising a "white golden breed line" are already outside the universe of any breeder I would suggest to someone. Breeding only for color and intentionally breeding outside of the breed standard are two HUGE problems to me, so I'm on the same page as you, tippy. And that's only after reading the first few sentences of the breeders.net page.

I have no doubt that Bailey is a beautiful and wonderful girl, and Bailey'smom, I apologize if you are offended. It's certainly not my intention. But, respectfully, I would never recommend anyone buy a puppy from this breeder.
I went back and forth myself, but I thought it was important to spread the word about the GRCA and its Code of Ethics. I agree that Bailey is clearly a terrific dog, and my comments about whether I'd buy from a breeder or whether the breeder appears to follow the CoE are never meant as slights against an owner or a dog.
 

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Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions and that is fine. I just had a great experience from the breeder that I got my puppy from and wanted to share that. Clearly I shouldn't have bothered sharing that info. Next time, I am just going to keep my mouth shut with anything that has to do with choosing a breeder. Bailey's parents are great dogs, excellent in health and have great temperaments. Bailey is the same way, she is such an awesome puppy. I don't regret for a second going to the breeder that we used.

Best wishes to everyone trying to find a breeder.
 

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Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions and that is fine. I just had a great experience from the breeder that I got my puppy from and wanted to share that. Clearly I shouldn't have bothered sharing that info. Next time, I am just going to keep my mouth shut with anything that has to do with choosing a breeder. Bailey's parents are great dogs, excellent in health and have great temperaments. Bailey is the same way, she is such an awesome puppy. I don't regret for a second going to the breeder that we used.

Best wishes to everyone trying to find a breeder.
Again, I'm very sorry for anything that I said that comes across as a slight against you or Bailey. Was anything I said incorrect? For example, were you given clearance documents or or AKC numbers for the parents? I'm happy to edit my post and/or apologize if I was wrong about anything.
 

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We will be getting all of those papers soon. The agreement was to have Bailey spayed first. She was spayed last week.
Both parents have AKC numbers and clearances. I don't have the numbers because they are on the papers that I don't have yet. I did see them when we got Bailey and everything was good and they are both in excellent health. I'm not going to go crazy and put their numbers on here when I get them just to prove a point either.
Granted, the site isn't the best, but it was mainly put there for the contact information. Unless time is taken to contact these breeders and get to know what they are all about, you never know. It's amazing to me how quick conclusions are made.
 

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We will be getting all of those papers soon. The agreement was to have Bailey spayed first. She was spayed last week.
Both parents have AKC numbers and clearances. I don't have the numbers because they are on the papers that I don't have yet. I did see them when we got Bailey and everything was good and they are both in excellent health. I'm not going to go crazy and put their numbers on here when I get them just to prove a point either.
Granted, the site isn't the best, but it was mainly put there for the contact information. Unless time is taken to contact these breeders and get to know what they are all about, you never know. It's amazing to me how quick conclusions are made.
You definitely don't have to prove anything to me. I only ask because I would be happy if they were doing all four recommended clearances on their breeding dogs, and that would eliminate one of my biggest concerns with this breeder.

I'm not surprised that they withheld the AKC paperwork until after Bailey was spayed. I've heard of several good breeders who do that or something similar. What would surprise me is if they withheld clearance information from you. Usually, great breeders will show you clearance paperwork right away (or direct you to the online registries) because it's such a major way of distinguishing themselves from bad breeders.

So if Nichols showed you OFA or PennHIP hip clearances, OFA elbow clearances, specialist/OFA heart clearances, and AVCO/CERF eye clearances on both parents (or gave you the info to look them up yourself), I would be quite happy to hear that. My guess, however, is that they did not.
 

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To me, I look at it like statistics.....sure you seem to have had a great experience that is awesome!, But what are the chances that everyone who gets a puppy from them will have the same? You can't answer that question by just understanding your experience. What can answer that question is things like clearances and titles on the parents. These are steps that good breeders take to raise the chances that every puppy they produce is healthy. That is why it is important to check those things at least for me, before I recommend a breeder. Cause knowing one puppy from one breeder worked out well, does not tell anything about the breeder in general. But health clearances can give a very good indication about the turn out of possible puppies. SO again no one is questioning that you had a good experience, what they are saying is that the chances are slim to have a good experience with the breeder. In essence you got lucky.
 

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For future puppy buyers: even if I didn't send the AKC papers with my pups, which I do, I send a puppy packet with the pups. In the packet you will see the OFA web page of the sire and dam, additionally, my contract has the litter AKC # as well as the registered names of the sire and dam. All of my pedigrees are linked to k9data, so you can see them there as well... just sayin'.....
 

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Wakefield is a Twin-Beau-D pup; Reuben's sire was a Twin-Beau-D dog as well. Both are (were) terrific dogs. Nancy's dogs seem to have a relatively consistent "look", which we like.
 

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That boy puppy from member Sunkissed Goldens sounds really good.

A MA breeder with a sterling reputation around my state( Maine) is
Sunnyglen Golden Retrievers
Theresa Stremlau
Arlington, MA USA
[email protected]

An MA golden I got to know a little bit just bc my puppy Copley was shown by the same handler has such a wonderful temperament, that I would love a a "kid" of his. He won Best Veteran at the National this year, and is a Top Twenty golden as an older gentleman (Penuche).Woodwind Goldens - Puppies

Julie Guay at Brookeshire Goldens breeds some gorgeous dogs. We have several in our training classes, and they have brains to go with the beauty.


Cressida Golden Retrievers
Heather Donnelly
Lakeville, MA USA 02347
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Home page - www.cressidagoldens.com
508-923-1109


Wakefield is an absolutely awesome name!

My past Twin Beau D golden was truly the gentlest, kindest golden I've ever owned and a true beauty.
 
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