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A well bred Golden Retriever is one of the most popular family dogs there are.
Acquired from an experienced reputable breeder they will be intelligent, easy to train and they will have sweet loving dispositions, the perfect family companion.
In my opinion you cannot go wrong with any Sporting Dog. But there are differences between the pointers, flushers and retrievers. While you might like the appearance of one over another, you should “not judge a book by its cover”. You must be aware that even well bred individuals of some breeds have personality traits that may not be appropriate for a family home. There are also different ‘factions’ within the breed. For instance, breeders of Obedience dogs and Hunting dogs selectively breed for certain traits in certain pedigrees that make them better in the obedience ring or field. Some pedigrees are “hot” or “high energy” so they have snappy performances, these traits may not be compatible as a house pet, the dog may be difficult to live with, or, you may prefer a pet like that. Whatever the case, we match the perfect dog to your home from our litter. If we do not have what you are looking for we will refer you to a another breeder that we are confident will meet your needs and expectations.
A well bred Golden Retriever is eager to please and “grows up” at about 1 1/2 years of age as opposed to later for some other breeds.
Key words in the above paragraphs…well bred. It is not hard to breed dogs, anybody can do it. However, doing it the right way is very time consuming and expensive. Reputable breeders rarely if ever advertise in the paper…they receive inquiries by referral, from other happy owners who have one of their dogs and want another, friends, family, other breeders, Veterinarians, the AKC website or breed clubs.
Over the years we have matched many puppies to great families, countless have come back for their 3rd or 4th companion.
All of our dogs have had their hips exrayed and evaluated for Hip Dysplasia, Eyes are dialated and checked every year for abnormalities by a Board Certified Canine Opthalomologist, in addtion to a Cardiac Evaluation.
We also warranty temperaments, in writing.
In 2002 we changed our spay or neuter requirements. We no longer require spaying or neutering at 6 months of age. This was a HUGE reversal of a self imposed mandate that is standard operating procedure amongst our peers. Some may criticize our beliefs, maybe even YOUR Veterinarian. If Veterinarians and breeders are paying attention, they will learn what premature spaying and neutering is doing to our pets. Aside from major appearance changes, there is a reduction in life expectancy. In our opinion, there are some unintended consequences to altering a dog prior to maturity. As a precaution we request our clients delay the procedure.
Who wouldn’t want to their pet every opportunity to live a long and healthy life?
Some of the negative side effects are:
- Increased instances of long bone and hemangiosarcoma cancers.
- Increase in thyroid issues
- Food allergies
- Increase in Skin allergies & Ear infections.
- Unsightly appearance. Too tall, fine boned and coats that are incorrect.
- Increase in Hip Dysplasia
We urge you to do your own research. There is no law requiring you to spay/neuter at 6 months. Just over zealous Veterinarians and “pushy” activists who think people are not responsible enough to control their pets.
Google! is a great source. In a search engine type in “long term affects of early spaying & neutering” you will be able to find some good information on this topic.
Make an informed decision. This is YOUR dog…do not bow to pressure from a Veterinarian that pushes to alter your pet at 6 months…or even a year. This is considered an early age.
Our recommendation is that females are allowed to go through their first heat cycle prior to spaying. We prefer the procedure not be done not sooner than 24 months. If you must spay, wait until after the first season passes + 4 months.
Males neutered not sooner than 24 months, if ever.
Quite frankly, it is not the males that are responsible for unwanted puppies. It is the girls. We see no valid reason to neuter a male unless there are indications of dog agression toward other males.
I would love to talk to you about this topic and our dogs. Feel free to contact me.