Frequently Asked Questions
We strive to breed healthy Golden Retrievers with the correct type and temperament. Sire and dam are compliant with health GRCA Code of Ethics at the time of breeding, at a minimum. Any puppies we do not keep, we sell as pets on AKC Limited Registration. Please visit our FAQ Page for more information. We encourage research before purchasing a Golden Retriever, or dog in general. Here is information from the Golden Retriever Club of America on some important topics: https://grca.org/find-a-golden/more-topics-before-you-buy/
What health tests do you do on your dogs?
We require OFA hips and elbows after the age of 2, annual eye exams by a veterinary Ophthalmologist, heart clearances by a board-certified veterinary Cardiologist, and DNA testing for each Golden Retriever in our breeding program.
These results are publicly available on ofa.org for each dog in our breeding program.
Do you offer a health guarantee?
Each puppy comes with a 3 year hereditary health guarantee. Our top priority is health.
What training programs do you do with your puppies?
We follow the Puppy Culture program with each of our puppies. We make sure our puppies are properly adapted, ready to go home to their new homes, and set up for success!
How early can we pick up our puppy?
Each puppy goes home at 8 weeks old. We require this because it gives the puppy more time to socialize with littermates, mom, and puppy culture.
What goes home with puppy?
Each puppy is comes with limited AKC registration, a small bag of high-quality puppy food to ease any transitions, veterinary records, first round of vaccinations, a small blanket with their mother's scent, a list of recommended reading/training materials, and recommendations on dog food.
Do you ship puppies?
We do not ship puppies. We will happily fly your puppy out to you or you can fly into XNA airport to pick up your puppy. All fees associated with this are at your expense.
What sets you apart from other Golden Retriever breeders?
Each of our dogs are pets and live inside our home. As members of the Golden Retriever Club of America, our Golden Retrievers are health screened and DNA tested before becoming a part of our breeding program. We submit this information to OFA and it is available to view on ofa.org. We select sires to compliment our females. We make sure these sires also have the high standards of health testing we follow at the time of breeding. We cannot say for certainty that every puppy we produce will be free of hereditary issues, because genetics are complicated. However, we do these tests in order to stack the odds in the puppy's favor and we stand behind all puppies produced with a 3 year hereditary health guarantee.
We want something out of every litter to pass onto the Golden Retriever breed and to compete with. We want a sound Golden Retriever with proper structure and temperament that is capable of doing what the breed is meant to do. We participate in various dog sports to ensure our Golden Retrievers are well-rounded. We are not breeding just to produce puppies to sell. Because of this, our litters are limited and selective. We believe in quality over quantity.
Do Golden Retrievers shed?
If you do not like shedding, we do not feel a Golden Retrievers is right for you! We highly recommend regular brushing, a good quality vacuum cleaner, and regular grooming.
What is life like with a Golden Retriever?
Golden Retrievers are amazing dogs. They are so much fun and easy to exercise. They are retrievers and that means most of them almost naturally enjoy the game of fetch. They are generally, friendly and biddable. They are also so excited to learn! They also love to bring you anything, so channeling that retrieving drive is so important for a well-balanced Golden Retriever. Luckily we have lots of tips for you!
People forget that Golden Retrievers are a sporting breed. They weren't meant to lay on a couch all day, though many of them have excellent off-switches. But a well-balanced Golden Retriever requires appropriate physical exercise for their age. We love this about the breed because it makes them so fun and versatile. They are a mouthy breed so they need appropriate toys (with supervision!), play time, and training. We strongly believe that, with proper exercise and training, Golden Retrievers make the best family companion.
Do you sell "English Cream" Golden Retrievers?
In our breeding program, the Golden temperament is far more important to us than the shade of gold. We highly recommend not making a decade-long commitment based on color. The Golden Retrievers in our breeding program are all shades of Gold because we breed dogs based on temperament and structure, not color. Color does not dictate how healthy a dog is, how capable it is to perform the primary function of this wonderful breed, or how long they will live.
Many breeders who sell what they call "English Cream" golden retrievers claim they are rare and/or healthier. This is just marketing. Light Golden Retrievers have always been a part of the breed. We recommend reading this great article from the GRCA on the topic.
Do you sell Golden Doodles?
We do not breed or sell mixed breed dogs. We believe in preserving the Golden Retriever. We love the sound and predictable temperament of the Golden Retriever.
What "pick" of the litter will I get?
In our breeding program, we do not let prospective puppy buyers "pick" from the litter. We have first picks as we have a goal with every breeding. All our puppies are temperament tested and matched with the owner. If you have a strong preference, we will take it into account, but our goal is to match puppies with the proper homes. It benefits everyone involved if a puppy is properly matched with a family.
Do you sell dogs with full breeding rights (full AKC Registration)?
All of our puppies are sold on AKC limited registration with a spay/neuter contract. You can still do performance activities with your puppy, but we do not sell dogs with breeding rights. This is for the protection of our dogs.
Do you compete with your dogs?
Our dogs are shown in AKC, IABCA, and/or UKC. We strongly believe that showing our dogs helps us keep the best in our breeding program. We compete in Conformation, Obedience, Scent Work, Rally, and Dock Diving. We truly enjoy spending this time with our dogs and the bond that grows between the handler and dog.
Do you offer training for puppy buyers?
Each first time puppy owner is required to attend a puppy class of their choice. We believe this builds a bond and communication between owner and puppy. This is to set the puppy up for success. We offer puppy classes at our home for puppy buyers at a small cost. This involves group socialization and basic manners. More advanced classes are available upon request.
Do you want to hear from me after we purchase a puppy?
We expect to hear from you. We want you to join our Facebook Puppy page, we love pictures of your journey, and want to hear how you all are doing. We are always here for questions and concerns.
What if we need to rehome our puppy?
In the event that a puppy we have bred needs to be rehomed, we want the puppy back. We want to make sure the puppies we produce do not end up in shelters and have a good, well-vetted home that is right for them.