cream Golden Retriever
A puppy is a puppy, right? WRONG!
America is a fairly young country, and
the breeds that have been brought over
here have been bred generally for single
purposes, whether to hunt, or have
wrinkly skin, or a long coat. When
breeders do this to an extreme, it can
create health and personality problems
that are serious. I point out the Cocker
Spaniel as a prime example.
Once a beloved, healthy, good natured
hunting companion, it is now one of the
#1 pet dogs likely to bite, partially due to
being bred with a focus on a long flowing
coat; though the single colored spaniels
have a higher frequency of aggression.
Bear in mind that Cockers are not the
only breeds that suffer from this and
their are other reasons for aggression
which are both genetic and
Some people decide to buy a Golden
Retriever and do not want to wait until
they have researched breeds and
breeders. (Sometimes typical of people...
I want what I want NOW!)
Immediate gratification is nearly
impossible when buying a puppy, or dog,
at least in the long run with huge
veterinary expenses, personality
problems, etc. If you cant wait, you run
the risk of getting a disaster and not the
pup you were hoping for.
An ethical and conscientious breeder will
be able to tell you why they are breeding
these 2 dogs; it should be based on
quantitative and qualitative proof such
as titles and type. If your breeder just
breeds a dog to a dog because 'they' like
the way it looks, that is NOT good.
Breeders should be made up of people
who are trying to improve this breed not
just make puppies and sell them.
Another problem is that many Golden
Retrievers are not being tested for
genetic diseases via DNA. If your breeder
is not doing DNA tests, you could end up
with a dog that has health issues that
may be life threatening. For more info.
Go to Optigen
If you really want a good companion that
will be more likely to live a reasonably
healthy and long life , it is important that
you be willing to wait and do a bit of
investigating. Be patient, and the
companion you end up with will be well
worth the wait!
Cream Golden Retrievers are beautiful,
but we breed the European Golden
Retrievers because of their health and
Questions You Should Ask and Why
Knowledge is Power ~ Lets begin with a little education...
Here are some questions to ask breeders:
1. Do you show your dogs in the show ring?
Where can I see their results?
The answer should be "yes"! A quality
breeder proves their dogs, so that they are
getting the opinions of judges trained to spot
flaws that should
not be included in a breeding program.
2. What are the OFA #'s for your dogs, so
that I may look them up? (You can also plug
in a registered name and find out health
Preliminary results are not final and can
change! Ask to see proof of preliminary
In the USA, here is the web address:
Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals
In Europe, here are two:
If they do not have #'s for all of their
animals, they are not checking for the most
common genetic abnormalities that they
should be; these are the MINIMUM!
3. If I do not get a puppy from this litter, how
long do I have to wait until you have
If the breeder states that the wait is less
than a year, ask how many litters per year
they have. Any more than 2-3 litters per year
should raise a red flag! Ethical breeders are
breeding to improve the breed, not to produce
copious amounts of puppies.
There is some evidence that breeding back to
back is healthier for a bitch, but she should
have no more than 4 litters in her lifetime
and you can check how many she has had
through AKC. Though if pups are not
registered, then there is no way to check; you
want to know your pup is registered.
4. How do you know your dogs can hunt?
It is my personal belief that a good breeder
will be checking their breeding dogs for the
natural ability to hunt. Even if you do not
want a hunting dog, it is these factors which
make the Golden the 'type' of dog it is.
If the breeders are not checking for these
traits in their stock, eventually it could be
bred out of them and once again, the Golden
will loose something it is meant to have.
5. May I have permission to speak with your
veterinarian regarding the health of your
dogs? If the answer is anything other than,
'yes', you should not get a pup or dog from
6. May I visit your dogs?
Any answer other than 'yes, do not buy from
7. There are many other questions you can
ask, but these provide a good start. A good
breeder should have questions for you too; if
they do not, that also
is a bad sign..