Golden Retriever, is it the best choice for you and your family?
Golden retrievers were originally used as working dogs. Many have a high level of energy and require space and time to release it. When these dogs are not trained, exercised and exposed to socialization daily, they may become overwhelming, despite the best intention and love from the dog attempting to be friendly.
Goldens require brushing and bathing to remove debris and mats from their long mane and coat. While most dogs do shed, goldens are known for their increased maintenance when it comes to grooming. If shedding is a deal breaker for you then it may be that a Golden Doodle is more appropriate for you and/or your family.
Golden retrievers are extremely friendly, and love human interaction. This excitement can often be shown in greeting by jumping up, in attempts to be closer. Early obedience and training is key for these wonderful creatures. Fortunately, they are one of the easiest breeds to train. A small amount of time and patience will pay off when they become adult sized. Many of our goldens have gone on to compete and place well in dog shows and have excelled as hunting partners.
Our Goldens, as well as any, need affection and human interaction. If you expect to place your dog in the yard to live, please look at getting a different breed. When a golden lacks affection, and feels bored or lonely they will bark, dig and become destructive as an attempt to acquire the affection they lack. Your golden needs to feel like they are a part of your family, and if treated well will reward you with the blessing of obedience, friendship, and loyalty.
Qualities and Characteristics of the Goldens
There are many variations of goldens to consider when purchasing a puppy. There are show worthy, blocky faced, fluffy goldens whose hair flows elegantly as they prance about the room or yard. You also can have the dark reds, silky fur, and smaller lean athletic builds which many hunters prefer.
How do you know which is best?
This comes down to your preference. Are you and/or your family active? Do you have space and time for your new addition? Are you able to give lots of affection and love to your puppy? Do you prefer your pet to be at your side or would you prefer your space?There is a never ending amount of questions to ask yourself to ensure you choose a puppy that will match your lifestyle. Many lines can be bred for championship, which many prefer due to the ease of training, and others prefer the dogs bred for hunting. However, hunting lines may require more time as they typically have higher energy and thus require more maintenance when it comes to activity. After deciding what temperament will suit your personality and lifestyle the best, you also have the decision of color. The color spectrum ranges from nearly white, to a deep reddish rust color. Whichever you choose, be sure to do your research to find the perfect fit for your family and your desires.
After all, this is a long addition to your wonderful family.
Tips to ensure you bring home a Healthy Golden.
01. We advise you to purchase a puppy from a reputable seller, or adopting one through your local animal shelter. Whichever you choose please be aware of the dogs bloodline. Many “puppy mills” will cross breed and contaminate the line of the animal. Contamination of the blood line can then lead to health problems for the puppy.
02. Ensure you have a good contract with between you and the seller. Do your research. Read through the contract carefully and if you are unsure or have any questions, bring them up and have the seller address your concerns.
03. Get your puppy checked at your own Veterinarian. Many places will have their puppy checked before they sell them to you, to ensure the puppy is in good health. However, when exposed to stress in leaving their siblings, and comfort behind, this may cause the puppy to become ill. Changing of waters and introduction to new food if not done slowly and properly can also cause a puppy to have an upset stomach. Good sellers will guarantee their breeding line, and the puppy’s health. Your veterinarian can help you spot early signs of health problems that may develop or are already apparent. Ensure your puppy has been to the vet previously and is up to date on the vaccinations needed at the young age.
04. Ensure your purchase of your new puppy is through a reputable breeder. The Golden Retriever Club of America advises its member breeders to abide by a Code of Ethics, which does not permit the sale of puppies through brokers, auctions or commercial dealers such as pet stores. Breeders should sell puppies with a written contract guaranteeing they'll take back the dog at any time during his life if you become unable to keep him.
05. Do your research on spaying or neutering. It is in the best interest of the puppy to have this done properly and to be prepared for the healing process after. Many sellers require this in the first years of the puppy’s life if breeding rights have not been purchased. There are many differing articles on when the best time to spay or neuter is, so we recommend going to the person with the knowledge about this process. Your veterinarian. They can help answer questions and provide you with needed information about the process before, during and after the procedure is completed.
Puppy Purchasing Agreement
As breeders our main goal is to achieve by selective breeding, Golden Retrievers, and Golden Doodles that possess the soundness, natural ability and personality that is reflected in the breed standard and to do all that is possible to achieve healthy puppies and promote these qualities.
As responsible breeders we strive to breed our puppies to be free from birth defects caused by improper breeding practices.
We cannot, and do not guarantee against all birth defects nor do we guarantee against stress related/induced health issues. We do however strive to breed our Goldens with as clean of lines and quality to help the puppy to be free from many of the common defects associated with poor breeding.
We developed our purchasing agreement to protect our puppies, and to ensure the Golden gets the right shots and health care in its first months home.
To read our full purchasing agreement, CLICK HERE!