I appreciate the feedback from all of you. Some background, my wife and I and our families have had several generations of Goldens. Our most recent family member, whom we lost over two years ago was from Cloverdale in CT.
As of last night we have narrowed it down to Twin-Beau-D and Brookshire. We have visited both and were extremely impressed with the dog, pups and owners. The two owners have completely different personalities which caught us off guard but they were both extremely knowledgeable and impressive with long histories of breeding.
Generally speaking, people talk about breeders fairly openly. I don't own dogs from any of the breeders you've posted, but can you tell us what kind of dog you might be looking for? Do you want an active companion? A dog who can compete in obedience or agility? A hunting dog? A house pet? A backyard fetching machine? A conformation competition (i.e., "show dog") dog?
Kayak, we are looking for a family dog and do not, at least at this time, plan on competing at any level. My wife and I are quite active (hiking, boating, swimming, running, etc.) so we need a dog that can keep up but also one that can "chill out" because when we relax we like to RELAX.
We would obviously like a dog that is intelligent and has a great temperament as we will be raising children with this dog eventually.
I have friends with multiple dogs from Twin-Beau D & Pebwin. Feel free to PM or email me if you have any questions. Both are reputable breeders. I believe Brookshire is as well, but I don't have any first hand experience with them.
SunGold, I cannot exchange PM's would conversing via e-mail be a possibility?
Get posting here becuase unfortunately you cant PM until you hit 15 posts. welcome to the forum and hope you get some information.
Thank you for the welcome.