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Hello all!

I currently have a 5 1/2 year old Golden, Dr. Watson, whom I love very much. He is not from the best of breeders however, and lacks drive and doesn't swim. He's a sweetheart. He's soon going to have surgery for an extra-hepatic shunt. My previous Golden, Mr. Holmes, was my 2nd Golden. He was BYB, but a fantastic red dawg. Dynamic, assertive, loved people and other dogs. He's my standard by which I judge other dogs.

So that's by way of a bit of introduction. I plan on getting a new pup in 2013. I am looking throughout the States and Canada although I live in Vermont. I am looking for a red, fieldy type -- a dynamic, drivey, naughty boy! I am looking forward to agility or OB and also AKC Hunt test. But mostly I want a dog who will enjoy the great outdoors with me. And a long-lived Golden -- my first 2 Goldens lived to 13.

Right now, I have a list of 19 breeders who look good to me -- do the proper clearances, appear to raise puppies well, etc. There does seem to be quite a bit of linebreeding in field dogs. Can anyone suggest what to watch for, suggested breeders, etc. :wave:
 

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Other than the usual 4 clearances, PRA optigen testing is a must do. Too bad you want a fieldy dog as I could give you many names in VT who either have conformation dogs or multipurpose...
 
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I am looking for a red, fieldy type -- a dynamic, drivey, naughty boy! I am looking forward to agility or OB and also AKC Hunt test. But mostly I want a dog who will enjoy the great outdoors with me. And a long-lived Golden -- my first 2 Goldens lived to 13.
Sunfire! Sunfire! Sunfire!
 

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I agree about Sunfire, and there are two good breeders of red naughty beauties who draw on those lines as well - Windrush in NY and Sand Dancer in Maine.
 
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Is this along the lines of what you're looking for in a dog? (using the terms you did - dynamic, drivey, NAUGHTY, spunky ;))

BTW don't judge the dog by his performance, it was only his third time ever doing a figure 8. Just giving you an idea of what he's like in general

 

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I have nothing to add to this thread, other than Jodie, I love the way you and Flip work together. He just loves you, and loves doing what you do with him. It is so evident in that video. All dogs deserve a relationship like that with their owner.

OP - I hope you find the dog you are looking for. The people here have so much knowledge, I am sure that if you follow their advice you will find exactly what you want. We have a naughty dog, but he has a conformance background. He drives us crazy at times, but I love that he is naughty. He really makes us laugh. Good luck with your search. Welcome!
 

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I have met two Gaylan's dogs and they are both fantastic! My trainer owns them both. Wonderful dogs.
 
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I have nothing to add to this thread, other than Jodie, I love the way you and Flip work together. He just loves you, and loves doing what you do with him. It is so evident in that video. All dogs deserve a relationship like that with their owner
aw, that might be the nicest thing anyone's ever said! Thanks!
 
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My Laney was from a Gaylan's line dam. Energy to boot and a lot of fun to train. However, she was neither red nor tall... But she had red litter mates.
 
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PRA optigen testing

Is this a test for Field dogs or all Golden's?
I am in the process of getting a puppy, and haven't heard of this.
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Technically all Goldens should be tested, but there are certain field ones that had issues... You can search it on goggle, because those breeders have been very forthcoming.
 

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Loisiana, wonderful dog!

I will check back through the kennels I am looking at to make sure of the PRA optigen test.

Gaylan's of course, looks fantastic, but they rarely sell to non-performance homes -- I am new to having a performance dog -- and their dogs are actually a little light for my taste. I prefer the historical look of the reds, less block-headed, more gracile, etc. :)
 
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