Do you vaccinate and deworm the puppies?
Yes we do. It is necessary for puppies to be vaccinated and dewormed on a proper schedule. Similar to a human child, a young puppy's immune system is not yet capable of fending off certain pathogens, so vaccines and deworming medications provide a valuable means of helping your puppy to be healthy.
The puppies have a thorough veterinary exam as close to 8 weeks of age as possible.
Vaccination and deworming records are provided in your take-home package. Please read this and present it to your veterinarian at the time of your puppy's first appointment.
You will get a container of food your puppy has become accustomed to eating while being naturally weaned. It is important to gradually transition your puppy to the food puppy will be eating until he/she is fully grown.
I would like to have one of your puppies. What is the process?
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How can I approximate what size the puppy will be when it is an adult?
For Golden Retrievers, observe the size of the parents for an approximation of size. The ultimate size of a puppy also depends on factors such as feeding, quality of care and the age at which the dog is neutered. All of these combine to influence your puppy's final size.
Male Golden Retrievers are typically larger than females. Their faces have more squareness and they are heavier boned. Females have more delicacy in their stride.
Can we get another breed of dog from you?
We specialize only in Golden Retrievers. While we like many other breeds and their varying characteristics, Goldens are the ones that we know well, and this is the only breed we work with. There is so much to love about them.
When I look at high quality pet foods, there are foods specifically formulated for large breed puppies. Why is this?
A large bred puppy has different nutritional needs than smaller breed puppies. A diet that is appropriate for a small breed puppy can lame your large breed puppy.
Research has shown that large breed puppies need to have the proper balance of calcium, phosphorous, vitamin D, protein and calories. This helps to restrain sudden rapid and crippling overgrowth which strains the natural capacity of the skeletal system and involved soft tissue, such as cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
My sister got a puppy from another breeder, and received unwelcome calls from strangers wanting to know more about that breeder. Obviously the breeder gave out her contact info for referrals. I do not want to be contacted by strangers. Will this disqualify me from getting a puppy from you?
We respect everyone's right to safety and privacy, and your desire to maintain this will not be a reason for disqualification. Your details are private and not for us to hand out. We would expect that kind of privacy from any breeders we adopt from. Our policy is, and always has been:
We will never share your personal, nor contact information with another person. Period. It is extremely discourteous for any breeder to do this just to place a puppy.
I saw that you recently had a litter, and the puppies were reserved very quickly. Can I get on a Call Back list just in case one of the adopters finds they are unable to take home a puppy at this time?
Yes, you can. The first calls are sent to persons who have placed a preliminary deposit with us. If you are on the list, a quick response is important you want the puppy. If a cancellation were to occur late, i.e. when the puppy is 7 to 8 weeks old, the Call Backs would be sent out simultaneously to the homes we feel would be best for that puppy.
Can a breeder hold a puppy while I think about it? I realize it's hard work to raise puppies, and I want to be fair to everyone concerned.
Thank you for being concerned about this. If a person needs time to consider their decision; that is perfectly reasonable.
For us, when you decide for sure you want a puppy: please reach out to us again to see if there is still an available reservation. This is the fairest solution we can offer because especially during times following the announcement of puppy birth, many people are wanting a place on the Reserved list.
What if you have a litter of all males or all females?
It is rare that there will be a single-gender litter. If there are not enough puppies of your desired gender born, our preference is to refund your deposit right away.
Will we receive support materials from you?
Yes, we have comprehensive puppy health and care articles that are available for adopters when their puppy is born. This resource contains a truly amazing amount of information!
Can you tell me about English Cream Golden Retrievers?
The term "English Cream" is generally only used in the United States. They are Golden Retrievers, and there is only one Golden Retriever breed, governed by the breed standard recognized by long established Kennel Clubs around the world.
Goldens brought to America around 1910, and were selectively bred for more color, whereas the ones that stayed across the Atlantic were selectively bred by pairing up the lightest puppies over many generations. In Europe, there was also a preference for those with stockier bodies. There are many dubious claims about special health and temperamental advantages of English Creams that have been used as a marketing ploy in the United States. Really, the term English Cream is preferentially used simply as a way to describe the coat color of very light colored Golden Retriever.
Is there a breed standard for the color of a Golden Retriever?
It depends on what country the dog lives in. For example:
“Color may be any shade of golden, but it must be rich and lustrous. Body color that approaches cream or red is undesirable.” ( in practice, they tend to be more accepting of lighter color Goldens than in the United States. )
“Rich, lustrous golden of various shades. Feathering may be lighter than rest of coat. Predominant body color which is either extremely pale or extremely dark is undesirable.” ( the breed clubs in the US heavily favor mid range color Goldens )
"Lustrous golden of various shades."
( In practice, they tend to be more accepting of lighter color Goldens than in the United States. )