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First post after lurking for a couple years, so formally "Hello Everyone!"

My wife, kids and I are looking at getting puppy sometime in the next 6~9 months. We are looking for a family companion that I will also use for duck
hunting. I have searched the forums in hopes of finding a breeder but no luck just yet. (ie..not the best at searching and finding what I am looking for)
We live in the Houston area and have tried to contact everyone listed on
GHGRC Breeder Referral List
I am still in touch with Goldenloch but they are not expecting any litters until fall.

So far we have not found the right match for the type of dog we are looking for. Is there any advice our there?


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Paul
 

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Scion goldens is east of Austin and have really, really nice dogs. I see that XCelerate in already on your list. Tempo goldens is up in the Dallas area along with Schoolhouse and Glengowan ( the last two are a husband and wife ).


Oh, and Ducat is in Leander. She is a very well known breeder and judge. If she doesn't have pups, I'm sure she could help direct you to someone who does.
 
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A couple of years!?!?!
Paul you win the prize for longest lurker!!! :) :) :)
 

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A question. Did you duck hunt this year? It was a banner year down here in the Corpus area and i was wondering if it was that good all oer the coastal areas. The game warden that goes to our church was telling my son that he has seen droves of canvasa backs this year, something he had never seen before. He said he would see one with a drove of redheads from time time, but never a full drove of "backs" only. And he is a hunter as well.

I can't remember when it became legal to get canvass backs again, only one,natch, but my son has only killed one and I was with him at the time. He has been hunting 22 years here on the coast. Anway, I did give up hunting many yers ago but still the thought of getting up at daylight thirty, fixing a thermos of coffee, putting on theramls and helping carry and set out decoys, and especially watching a dog work was just to strong and I had to go with him really often. He kept nagging me to get a gun and hunt again, but I never did. The 12 ga. Remintgon1100 he used was the one my dad had given my hubby about 40 years ago to hunt with, and then hubby gave it to our son when we got transferred down here. I had actually given my gun, an Ithica 20. ga pump to my middle brother years ago.

anway, that day a drove a redheads came in and Ron knocked two down, but when he returned to the blind he said about one being strange. He had never seen a canvass back, but I had, rowing up hutning. He just knew this "head" was bigger with a strange shaped head. It was a canvassback. Luckily there were legal by then. And that is the only one he has ever killed.
 

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A question. Did you duck hunt this year? It was a banner year down here in the Corpus area and i was wondering if it was that good all oer the coastal areas.
Yes, I live down in League City but hunt halfway between Houston and Dallas. (family farm)
Mainly greenheads, widgeon, woodies and gadwall this year.
 

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Mallards do not come into the salt water, t least around here. Albert (the game warden) did say he saw many wood ducks out where the r iver comes into the bay, something he had never seen before. My son and 12 year old grandson almost always limited on 2 redheads each every time they went. They also got a number of blue bills, a banner year on pintail, widgeon, and green wing teal. In fact. this was our grandson's first year to fire a shotgun (we got it for him 2 days before Youth Weekend) and on his very first shot he got a green wing teal.

They ckept the shell and son got a wood plaque and glued on a picture I took fo Zack with his first kill and laminated it, then glued on the shell and sprayed a sealer on it. Gave it to him for Christmas. That boy is quite the hunter.

Have you noted that redheads are the dumbest ducks? We have had them try to sit down while we wre actually in the water picking up decoys. even with the dog out there. There has been times they were fired on by son and they would circle and come straight back.

Posting two pictures. The first was taken long ago, I guess in '94, of son and his duck dog Scooter. Scooter was retrieving at 6 months. The other was taken this past Dec., son and grandson with their kill that morning--son got 6, grandson got 4. Next time, son got 6 and grandson got 5.
 

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If you are looking for a field golden breeder in Texas I would definitely contact Belvedere or Doc's Goldens (Home). They have worked with Mercedes Hitchcock and Nancy and John Miner among others.
 

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If you are looking for a field golden breeder in Texas I would definitely contact Belvedere or Doc's Goldens (Home). They have worked with Mercedes Hitchcock and Nancy and John Miner among others.
I would second this. I had a litter using Mercedes' Trey and my MH girl and they are terrific--excellent working attitudes, and nice temperaments. I would also add Amigold (Terry Thornton) to the list of working Golden breeders in TX, and if you are willing to reach out to neighbouring states, Rockerin in OK also breeds phenomenal working Goldens. Many of the others mentioned have nice dogs, but they are breeding more for the show ring than for field/hunt work.
 

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From the Houston list, Anne McGuire, Mercedes Hitchcock and Deborah Porth Blackwell for field/hunting puppies. You may ask them if they don't have anything available in your time frame to recommend someone.

Another option, the GHGRC will have their Hunt Test in April in Anderson. It's a good opportunity to watch some nice field goldens and talk to people whose dogs you like.
 

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Just make sure that if your pup is to be primarily a companion dog with hunting occassionally that you match the energy level with your family. I know many that have field dogs that require WAY more exercise/stimulation than our family could provide... even when we were younger.
 

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Just make sure that if your pup is to be primarily a companion dog with hunting occassionally that you match the energy level with your family. I know many that have field dogs that require WAY more exercise/stimulation than our family could provide... even when we were younger.
Yes, we are taking that into consideration. I am an avid hunter and the dog will be used for a large portion of the year for hunting. In the off season it helps that my wife is a distance runner and can use a running partner for her nightly runs.
 

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Found this breeder Golden Duck Dogs - Golden Retrievers

Mercedes left me a voice mail last weekend and has no litters upcoming.
There are some really nice dogs in the pedigrees of both parents--the pups will definitely have huntability. The only thing that is rather concerning is that both parents only have a practitioner heart clearance. GRCA COE calls for a cardiologist, or at least a specialist.
 

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Updates.. :)

We had put a deposit down on a pup thru Golden Duck Dogs and the AI didn't take. This was pretty hard to take after waiting so long and the whole family was sad.
After taking some time off we were able to get in touch with Deborah at Goldenloch Kennels and it worked out that the very next day she was in fact having a litter. We made the trip up to visit the puppies last weekend and our little boy will be coming home on July 1st.

Here are the parents info.
Crystal & Keeper Litter
 

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Great! I know a couple of Goldenloch dogs
 

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If I was looking for a dog for field work, possibly SunSplash Goldens would be someone that I would contact. Great obedience dogs as well!
 
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