Finding a reputable breeder that competes in AKC venues and completes clearances is very important. These breeders typically won't send a puppy home as a Christmas gift. They want to be sure that the pups aren't stressed in their new homes during the chaos of the holiday season. Finding a great litter sometimes means waiting...waiting for the pups to be whelped, waiting for a pregnancy to be confirmed... lots of waiting. I'm sure many late December, early January take home puppies are already spoken for.My grandfather is looking for a golden retriever breeder in the memphis tn area. He wants to get my grandmother a puppy for christmas and their golden passed years ago. Any ideas?