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Golden Retriever Breeder Recommendations?

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  • Golden Retriever Breeder Recommendations?

    I lost my beautiful Golden girl suddenly this year to hemangiosarcoma at the young age of 9. I still have my older Golden boy who was a rescue. I'm thinking puppy this next time around and am wondering if any of you can recommend a Golden retriever breeder in the NC/SC/VA area who breeds for temperament, health and I admit I'm partial to a big blocky head. Thanks for any suggestions!

  • #2
    I don't know of a breeder but am so sorry about your golden girl. I have an 11yo girl now and not a day goes by when I don't think about her age as well as the thought of losing her. I am so sorry for your loss.


    • #3
      Go ask your local agility dog club, as so many of those dogs are goldens.
      They can direct you to a good breeder of sound dogs, as they have to be to do agility.
      Or ask for a referral thru the AKC golden retriever breeder's group, that may also know who has some puppies available or in rescue close to you.
      Scroll down to goldens:



      • #4
        We lost our 12 yo to heart failure in July. Very tough. We're not in your area, but I know a breeder and she does ship. Her name is Ashley Stone and her # is 805 438-5868. We bought ours from her years ago. Her dogs are field dogs mostly-not show, very popular, quiet, but large for the breed. She used to have quite a range of tones (light to dark). She also does all the hip, eye, elbow, etc testing on her breeding stock.
        Good luck
        Don't toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!


        • #5
          We got our golden from Malagold Kennels in Michigan. I know it is not in the area you are requesting, but their dogs are beautiful and healthy, with great temperaments. The vets we have seen cannot believe how mellow our "Treasure" is. The breeder is a judge and has been breeding for many years.
          Here is their website: http://www.malagold.com/
          Sue Myers


          • #6
            Durham Kennel Club has a website and a breeder referrel number. If I were going to buy a Golden I would buy from Sharon Pitz or someone she reccommends. Her contact info is available thru DKC. There are several Golden Retriever clubs in that area. Their info would be available thru the AKC website or the Golden Retriever Club Of America Website.


            • #7
              i'm sorry about the loss of your girl

              I would recommend going through the local humane societies before you go to a breeder, though. Just my personal opinion. I'm partial to homeless animals
              Kansas girl trying her hand at Area 8


              • #8
                You could try Sue Nation http://www.lyricgoldens.com/


                • #9
                  Please look on Petfinder for one of the MANY Golden Retriever rescues in your area. Two that I know of are Neuse River in North Carolina (http://www.goldenrescuenc.org/) and a wonderful woman named Betty who runs Tails U Win rescue in Oak Island, North Carolina, and is a great Golden advocate. In South Carolina on Petfinder I see two Golden organizations, one in Charleston (http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/SC90.html) and one in Greenville (http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/SC58.html). Please, please consider giving one of these dogs a home. People are giving up their dogs in record numbers because of the horrible economy.
                  I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                  • #10
                    a question re the Golden Retriever... My daughter gave me her pup at 10 months old.. he was digging your perfect back yard ... So he is now mine.. I have two other dogs.. one a yellow lab , getting along in the years and another a aussie/blk lab mix about 3 years old..

                    What i have found with the Golden now almost 2 years old is he seems to be very needy? Always begging for attention not like the others don't... but he seems to more.. Also noticed he seems to be more laid back .. the other two take their hourly walk around the property 5 acres , checking things out.. he does it twice a day / tops.. when they take off , he sits in the middle of the arena watching and waiting for them..

                    I understand they are family dogs.. and he is such a peach to have around.. but have never had one and was just curious..

                    thanks P~


                    • #11
                      Pippin - Goldens' entire reason for being is to please their owner. They are velcro dogs, for sure. They want to be right next to you all the time in case you want something. My corgi is perfectly happy outside by herself, or just wandering around on her own errands; ditto my sister's collie and sheltie. My big golden will NOT stay out by himself more than ten minutes without banging the door down so he can be near his people. I think they are the most people-centric dogs around.

                      I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                      • #12
                        velcro is a good answer... no matter where i stand he is sitting on my toes and leaning on my legs.. He loves it when i stand to fill water troughs!~
                        The other pups come to be petted but leave when i am busy.. not him.. he sits right in front of me just waiting.. I feel smothered at times by him.. velcro / needy ...

                        thanks .. P~


                        • #13
                          You should check the shelters. There are tons of them. NC is one of the biggest killers of shelter pets in the worst kind of way. I see them all the time. Puppies and adults purebred. It is so sad.
                          Ms Robin
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by msrobin View Post
                            You should check the shelters. There are tons of them. NC is one of the biggest killers of shelter pets in the worst kind of way. I see them all the time. Puppies and adults purebred. It is so sad.
                            I second that. Shelter dogs can be the sweetest animals on the planet. I just wish more people would look into shelter dogs rather than buying from breeders.

                            Not meaning to stir up any feelings. just saying....
                            Kansas girl trying her hand at Area 8


                            • #15
                              My girls are pasted to my feet as we speak. I would never be without a golden. Shelter dogs are great but only goldens are goldens. Sorry about your loss....it is so hard.
                              The thing about smart people, is they look like crazy people, to dumb people.


                              • #16
                                I think the point is that there are hundreds of purebred Golden retrievers IN shelters that need homes desperately.
                                I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                                • #17
                                  Ahhhhhh. Goldens.......His hairy highness warms my feet as I type. Got him from a friend. I think he is the most handsome golden I have had so far, boxy head and all. I love their needy personalities, their loyalty, and at times, their denseness. (If that is a word) Anyway, you could try contacting Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (www.dvgrr.com) and talk with them. They may beable to help you out.
                                  "Don't make me go all chestnut mare on you"!


                                  • #18
                                    Getting a rescue dog has it's place, but I would not let anyone talk you out of getting the kind of dog you want.
                                    If a puppy from a good breeder is what you want, that is fine also.

                                    I think it is enabling poor breeding in a world full of dogs, where we euthanize millions without homes for every year, to buy from pet shops, puppy mills, backyard breeders or those selling in parking lots or horse shows.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by scpezold View Post
                                      I don't know of a breeder but am so sorry about your golden girl. I have an 11yo girl now and not a day goes by when I don't think about her age as well as the thought of losing her. I am so sorry for your loss.
                                      Same here. My golden girl just turned 11 on Christmas Eve. We just found out a couple of months ago that she has mild cardio myopathy. No medication at this point, but it just made me realize that she is getting older.

                                      Goldens are so special. I'm very sorry for the OPs loss.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Thanks everyone, I do sincerely appreciate your condolences. She was my dog of a lifetime and a day doesn't go by that I don't think of her and miss her. One of the times I miss her the most is when I'm cleaning the barn as she was always by my side (whereas my boy is off sniffing/peeing/whatever). I appreciate the breeder recommendations and the suggestions for rescue and will look into all of those. As I mentioned, my Golden boy is from one of the golden rescue groups so it's not that I am not open to that. I adopted him at age 7 and he is almost 13 now so I know I have limited time left with him also. I don't know if I can explain this well but right now I am feeling a need to have this next dog with me for their entire lifetime, the maximum amount of time. Only 6 years with my boy doesn't seem long enough (really none of them live long enough!).

                                        Regarding the Golden temperament... they are velcro dogs for sure and my girl perfected the "Golden lean". :-)