GOLDEN RETRIEVER INFORMATION
We hope the following information will be of help to you on your puppy search.
Acquiring a Golden Retriever:
Owning a Golden Retriever could be one of the most rewarding decisions any family can make, however you need to be 100% committed to the life, safety and welfare of your new family member. We highly recommend you visit and read thoroughly the GRCA (Golden Retriever Club of America) and/or the GRCC (Golden Retriever Club of Canada) websites on Golden Retriever Information:
Have you owned a Golden Retriever before? If No, please visit www.grca.org and read through Is a Golden Retriever Right For You?
Have you read the AKC or CKC Golden Retriever Standard? The Standard is a written description of what a Golden Retriever should be (AKC). Please take the time to read the official standard prevalent on the GRCA and/or the GRCC websites.
Are you familiar with the hereditary problems in Golden Retrievers? For the well-being of your new puppy please read the Health and Research section found on the www.grca.org website.
The Golden Retriever breed (world-wide) has its share of hereditary problems and early onset of certain diseases that we, as a conscientious breeder try very hard to avoid. However, there are NO perfect dogs (in any breed or cross-breed). New puppy owners to understand that even though careful breeding practices include screening breeding stock and researching the influential dogs in the pedigree there is a chance that these hereditary problems (through genetics or environmental influences) may affect your Golden. Be aware (so you can help your Golden if you need to), understand the genetic issues in the breed, understand that certain environmental influences can trigger disease, understand there are NO perfect Goldens, and understand we will do our absolute BEST as the breeder to minimize the potential and risk of these hereditary problems. (There will be a health warranty to protect you as the buyer and your puppy package will include a copy of ALL clearances on the sire and dam. We also fully guarantee the temperaments of the sire; dam & grandparents adhere to the Golden Retriever Standard. (“Friendly, reliable & trustworthy with no quarrelsomeness or hostility towards other dogs or people in normal situations or an unwarranted show of timidity or nervousness”)
Are you aware of the large role that proper nutrition, exercise and vaccine protocol play when it comes to environmental influence and overall health of your puppy? In many cases owners don’t realize growth plates don’t close on a Golden puppy until they are close to 18 months of age and they allow a puppy to jump freely off furniture, race up and down stairs or jump off vehicle tailgates, jog with a puppy for miles or bike ride, lift or pull on a puppy by their legs etc. This excessive activity or letting a puppy (especially a large breed) become overweight or feeding a fast growing puppy too much food can actually increase the chances of diseases such as hip or elbow dysplasia by 50%?
Are you willing to perform health clearances on your Golden Retriever? Annual Eye Exams by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist are a MUST for ALL Golden Retrievers to detect Pigmentary Uveitis and treat at early onset if they become affected. At 2 years of age, a once in a lifetime health screening of Hips, Elbows and Heart, provide invaluable information or peace of mind. Also, this information is invaluable to future breeding decisions for the breed.
If you are unwilling to have these exams done, please consider another breed of dog.