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If you’re thinking about getting a Golden retriever for you and your family, you’re probably also wondering where to find reliable Golden retriever breeders. This is a very valid question that definitely is worth answering.
There are so many things that could go wrong when you’re buying a Golden retriever before doing your research on the breeder. That breeder might be a scammer, he might just want your money so he’ll charge you way too much, or you could get a sick puppy.
Before we answer the question of what makes a good breeder, you should know that buying from a breeder is not the only way for you to get a Golden retriever. Also, consider the option of adopting from a shelter. There are so many great reasons why you should adopt instead of shop, ethical and practical as well!
What makes a good breeder?
What makes a good breeder? How do you know that you’ve found a good reliable and reputable breeder? Well, there are certain things you can definitely expect from a good breeder, such as:
- A good breeder will always allow you to come visit and see the puppies and the environment they’re growing up in.
- He or she should definitely know a lot about the breed they’re raising and should be able to answer your questions about the dog’s potential size, temperament, exercise requirements, inherited health issues and so on.
- Practices responsible mating, taking genetic predispositions into account to reduce potential inherited problems.
- Offers to be available to answer any questions you may have after you take the pup home.
- Provides a written contract with a guarantee of health allowing time for a pre-purchase examination by a veterinarian of your choice.
- Provides documentation of pedigree and registration papers made out in your name.
Finding reputable Golden retriever breeders
Don’t make up your mind from which breeder you’re going to buy your puppy before doing some research. First, you need to find a few different breeders in your area. To do this ask around. Ask your veterinarian, if your friend has a Golden retriever ask them from who they bought the dog. A good breeder earns his or her reputation by providing healthy pups to good homes resulting in “word of mouth” references.
When you’ve decided on let’s say two or three breeders, that’s when the real work begins.
The next step is setting up an appointment to meet these breeders and knowing which questions to ask.
Set up a meeting with the breeder
You won’t know for sure what the breeder is like unless you meet in person. If meeting your breeder in real life isn’t possible because COVID-19, make sure to set up a video conference.
Meeting your breeder at their house or kennel (wherever the puppies are) is important because this way you’ll get a chance to observe closely. Are the premises clean and odor-free? Does the breeder show a genuine passion for dogs? Are the dogs well fed? How do the dogs interact with the breeder and with strangers?
These are all important factors in deciding on a breeder.
Ask many questions
Ask the breeder whatever you’d like to know! Make a list of questions to ask, and remember there are is no such thing as a dumb question. Ask about the puppies, ask about the parents, ask whether any of the puppies had any kind of medical problems since birth, ask if any of the parents have any illnesses you should be aware of etc.
While asking these questions pay close attention to how the breeder reacts. Is he/she patient with your questions? Does he/she explain things clearly? Do you feel like you have a good rapport? If you’re talking to a good, reputable, and responsible breeder he or she will be happy to answer all of your questions and will actually be glad you’re asking them! All good breeders want their puppies to go to a good home, and by showing interest and asking questions you’re showing that you’re all in!
Ask to see the puppies’ parents
Besides asking a lot of questions, you should insist in seeing the puppies’ parents. By seeing your potential puppy’s parents you’ll have an idea how your dog will grow up. Seeing how the parents behave will also give you a sense of your dog’s temperament, size, and appearance.
Another thing you’ll see is how the breeder treats the parents. How do the dogs look like? Do they look like healthy, happy dogs? If yes, then you can be sure you’re dealing with a good breeder.
Don’t forget to get a full medical history
To save you a heartache along the way do not forget to ask the breeder for a full medical history of the parents and the puppies. Any reliable breeder will be happy to show you proof of health screenings such as OFA and CERF certificates.
Finding and choosing good and reputable Golden retriever breeders is a load of work, however, if you want to be sure you’re getting a healthy, happy pup, you need to put in some effort. Besides the tips already stated in this article, we suggest an internet search of the best breeders in the US. Also, remember there are certain red flags you need to look out for if you don’t want to become a victim of puppy scammers. We hope we could help and you’ll soon find the perfect breeder and dog for you.