So, you have decided to become the owner of one of the nation’s favorite breeds, the Golden Retriever. In order to ensure the dog that you adopt into your family is the healthy, beautiful animal you desire, it is important to purchase your new puppy from a Golden Retriever breeder that is well respected in the industry and known to be responsible.
The primary concern for a responsible Golden Retriever breeder is the benefit of the breed. For instance, a good breeder focuses on breeding the healthiest dogs with an appropriate temperament. The best Golden Retriever breeders will seem concerned with the future of their puppies once they leave their kennel.
Where Are The Breeders?
It is crucial that you deal with a breeder that you can trust and has the ability to provide you with a quality dog. Breeders can be divided up into three different categories:
- The first two types of breeders, pet shop dealers and backyard dealers, should be avoided. The dogs that you find in pet shops have been bred for commercial value with little regard for the animal’s welfare. These unfortunate animals are usually bred poorly and raised badly.
- Likewise, a backyard breeder is someone who has a pet that they breed for money. Little attention is paid to the standard or history of the breed. Inexperienced breeders do not know about the problems that can arise when breeding these animals; therefore, proper care is rarely taken.
- The third and best option is a serious breeder who dedicates him or herself to raising their dogs in the safest and best possible way, keeping all the important details in mind to ensure the animal’s well-being.
Because there is not much of a price difference among the various categories, it is important to know a few things about what makes a quality dog breeder in order to find someone you can trust. Ask your veterinarian if he or she can recommend a breeder, or ask Golden Retriever owners at various dog shows.
What You Should Look For In A Breeder?
Once you have decided to purchase a Golden Retriever, it is important to find a healthy dog. In order to accomplish this, you need to be able to distinguish the good breeders from the bad.
Here are a few things to look for in a good Golden Retriever breeder:
- A good breeder will not allow you to take a puppy away from its mother before nine weeks of age.
- Quality breeders will charge fair prices for their dogs. Beware of breeders offering bargains. Research the market to get a feel for current price so you will have a greater chance of spotting a bad breeder.
- The dogs at a classy kennel will not be overbred.
- The efforts at a top-notch kennel will be focused on a single breed.
- The best Golden Retriever breeders are familiar with the health issues that are common with the breed.
- The breeder you are looking for will have pedigrees on hand for the parents as well as other family members of the dog you adopt.
- The best breeders are members of a National Golden Retriever Club.
- A good breeder will interview you about your history with dogs as well as your current lifestyle, and will not hesitate to refuse the sale of a puppy to anyone whom they do not feel will be the ideal owner for their dog.
- When you purchase a Golden Retriever, the breeder should provide you with appropriate paperwork as well as care instructions for your new puppy.
Questions To Ask Breeders
Never be afraid to ask your breeder questions. By asking your breeder the right questions, you will be able to determine exactly how knowledgeable they are about the animals that they breed. Make a checklist of questions to ask and take it with you on your visit to the kennel or run down it while you are on the phone. Here are a few to help get you started:
- Where were the puppies born? Answer to expect: “On the premises”
- Can I meet his/her parents? Answer to expect: “Yes, of course.”
- May I tour the facility? Answer to expect: “Yes, you will see the place is clean and the puppies are healthy.”
- Are you a member of any kennel clubs? Answer to expect: “Yes, we belong to the AKC, as well as a local club.”
- Do you have a return policy? Answer to expect: “Yes, please sign this contract stating that you will bring the dog back to us if he/she is not right for your family.”
No matter if you want to gain a better understanding of the breed itself, or if you just want to verify the quality of the breeder, it is important to deal only with a Golden Retriever breeder that are knowledgeable and willing to share pertinent information.