We encourage all of our potential puppy buyers to read over our entire website thoroughly, including this page before contacting us with questions. Most information that you want to know will be posted somewhere on this site.
This document covers most of our process, expectations, and general information. We consider this information to be like
your contract guidelines, and should give you a general idea of what to expect from us and what we will expect of you in
becoming the owner of one of our puppies.
Part of our goal as a breeder is to produce wonderful dogs that exemplify the breed with the assurance that the pups are
healthy, well taken care of and are treated properly before going home with their new families. We LOVE each and every
one of our dogs and pups, and we work to ensure that they will be well-socialized and ready to fit right into their new families.
We are working to continually improve our breeding program
on our breeding stock, evaluating the temperaments and being aware of the good and the bad in each of our dogs
breeding, keeping up with the most recent nutritional and genetic research related to the breed and overall canine health,
promoting genetic diversity as much as possible Besides
working to make sure we have quality breeding dogs, we also don’t want them to feel like that’s their only purpose in life.
We truly work to ensure that our dogs are a part of the family, well-nourished and cared for, and have a good overall
quality of life while they are with us. We also work hard to ensure that the puppies they produce are properly cared for
and socialized, and that each one of them goes to a loving home.
Our puppies will first and foremost be placed in homes where they will be treated like family
Golden Retriever Puppies Should Be Raised In A Home
Our Golden Retriever puppies are raised in our bedroom/family/living room areas in our home at 2 Weeks If not before we hold our Golden Retriever puppies with love and affection this bond forms a lifelong deep connection and passes on to there new families which offers Golden Retriever puppies optimum opportunities for socialization which is a necessity for puppies at this stage of their life. Finally, our Golden Retriever puppies are ready for their new homes at approximately 8 to 10 weeks. the puppies are exposed to most household noises that await them with their new family.
We will carefully observe the puppies while they are in our care to make sure they act and function normally. We will assume that most of our puppy buyers already know how to properly prepare for and take care of a puppy, but we will be
happy to provide basic guidance if necessary. To our knowledge, all of our dogs are healthy and free of any congenital defects or diseases.
We will be honest regarding the health history that we are aware of with our dogs, but please know that every dog is different and the amount of information available regarding family medical
history varies for each dog. Just like with people
there is no way to guarantee that a dog will or won’t
have certain health issues, even with genetic health testing.
We have kept in touch with as many of our puppy owners as
possible to help us be aware of any health issues that arise with our pups so that we can communicate
with others about any health issues to be aware of. We also encourage open communication and
discussion among our puppy owners
And given the backgrounds of our parent dogs, and are therefore the price non-negotiable in most cases
but If the initial puppy cost is an issue, we encourage you to look into adopting a dog from a local shelter or from a
rescue organization. The costs involved in owning any dog can be great, but there are thousands of dogs in the
world that would love to have a home and have somebody to love them, and they don’t care if you’re rich! There
are multiple rescue organizations that specifically work toward rescuing golden retrievers and similar breeds.
Method of Payment
We take cash or online PayPal payments for deposit only
Once your Deposit and application and have confirmed puppy choices can be based on color temperament personality we encourage you to tell us your families needs for your golden retriever puppy because we hope they will be part of your family for a lifetime we require cash payment on the day that you take your puppy home
First, to be added to our waiting list, please visit our
Puppy Application page complete an application Along with your deposit We work with you to help you choose the right puppy for your family the waiting list are those who have filled there application and have a deposit for a puppy those who are on the waiting list will have updates on mother and her puppies along with pictures or videos The purpose of the Application is to help us find the best possible homes for each pup.
We try to make sure
that you are well-informed on what to expect in owning and raising a golden retriever, what we expect of you as the owner of one of our puppies, and what to expect of us as you go through the process of adopting a puppy from us.
Deposits are nonrefundable deposits roll over to next expected litter if necessary Once your application and deposit are made I put you on our waiting list depending on the gender and color you desire
If you pay the deposit and then
you change your mind about buying the puppy
the deposit will NOT be refunded
We will only place puppies in homes with families that we believe are capable of providing a loving home for the puppy throughout its lifetime.
The final payment is the total puppy price minus the deposit due at pickup and we only accept cash
Normally we will start allowing the pups to leave us around 8 weeks of age. We prefer that everyone comes at their scheduled times to pick up their pup but we will try to work with you
Once the pups are in their new homes, we expect you to take full responsibility for Health and Medical needs as well as properly training them and to give them a life full of love and happiness, and always remember to send us pictures and keep us
updated! We thrive on getting to see our pups grow and see them in happy homes, and we like to be able
to keep up with their accomplishments and health as well. Please be aware that any information or photos
that you share with us regarding your puppy may also be shared by us on social media, on our website, or
on other sites.
If you find yourself in a circumstance where you cannot keep your puppy, at any age, we ask that you contact us
and allow us to take the puppy back so that we can be sure that the pup gets another good home and we are able to
keep in touch with the new owner. We prefer to have the first right of refusal on all of our puppies. If you already
have another good home lined up for the puppy, you must first communicate with us and allow us to decide
whether the new home will be adequate or allow us to take the puppy back so that we can be sure it’s placed in a good home. Typically, this is on a surrender basis Some things to consider are the age of the dog, the mental and physical condition of the dog, medical
history, how well trained the dog is, whether it is spayed or neutered, etc.
We want our pups to have permanent, loving, life-long homes.
Please consider that the decision to adopt a puppy
is not one that should be taken lightly
We expect our pups to become a family member
and not “just a dog”. We
constantly see people advertising their pups and dogs on social media and trying to find them new homes for
various reasons, usually because they can’t “give him/her the time and attention he/she needs” or “had to move
and can’t bring him/her with me” or “found out a family member is allergic”, etc. All of these things should be
taken into consideration before you bring a puppy home.
Shipping and Delivery
We have never shipped our pups
Small pups may also be flown as a carry-on for anyone who may want to fly to pick up their pup and then fly back home with it. Most airlines require that the pup is contained in a small travel carrier, that the pup is at least 8 weeks old
Feeding & Exercise
We always try to feed the dogs and puppies quality dog foods. We have always emphasized the importance of feeding them a good large breed food. Obviously, puppies need their mother’s milk until they’re about four to five weeks old, but the mommas usually start weaning them by the time they’re 5 weeks old. We allow them to
nurse as long as their mother allows them to, but do start teaching them to eat on their own at a young age, especially if it’s a big litter – we want to make sure nobody ever goes hungry! We start the pups on a multi-species or goat kid milk replacer at about 3 weeks old and gradually integrate some canned food and dry food into their
diets until they’re ready to go to their new homes. We suggest giving puppies a good premium large breed puppy (we use taste of the wild)
food until they are at least two years old. While they’re small, you may need to soak their dry food in some water to
soften it for them, but after 8 weeks old they should be able to chew dry puppy food.
Any vet will tell you that if your dog is used to one kind of food and then you want to switch to another, you need to slowly integrate
the new food into their diet so that it doesn’t upset their stomach. We try to keep a mixture of different kinds so
that they don’t have issues when they switch or eat something different, but also so they don’t get bored with the
same old food all the time. We also let our dogs have certain table scraps, particularly meats, along with some
fruits or vegetables. However, it is important to be aware of what foods are toxic for dogs and which ones are
good for them.
Every type of dog food will have instructions for proper feeding amounts based on the content of the food.
Puppies are growing like crazy, so it’s okay to give them a little extra food. We’ve had one person tell us their pup
had a seizure, and then their vet told them that it was because they weren’t feeding the pup enough. I say don’t
skimp on feeding a puppy unless it is obviously overweight. Like children, their weight fluctuates during growth
and with age. They need to eat 3 to 4 times a day
when they’re small,
and allow them to eat more if they seem like
they’re still hungry. Be careful not to allow them to become overweight, though, as this can be hard on bone and
joint development in large breed dogs. You should easily be able to feel their ribs with your fingers without
pushing into fat (if you’re pushing into fat before feeling ribs, they’re overweight), but shouldn’t be able to see
them when just looking at them (if you can, they’re underweight).
When they’re close to full grown, you can
move to feeding them less frequently and regulate their food as necessary to keep them at a healthy weight.
While exercise is important, heavy and hard exercise is not suggested for a developing pup, as it is hard on their
joints and joint development. Swimming is the best option for exercise for any age. Obviously, a young pup is
going to have
boundless energy, but it’s important to be aware of
how roughly your pup is playing and the
surfaces it’s playing on. Be aware of slick floors, concrete, and stairs, as these can be hard on developing joints. A
nice, soft, grassy area is probably the next
best exercise area if swimming isn’t an option. Goldens that are
properly introduced to water typically love swimming and will happily get their exercise retrieving in the water!
Training your dog is an important step in being a responsible dog owner. If you’re inexperienced in basic dog
training, we suggest finding a puppy class and/or obedience class near you, as well as spending time around other
dogs and people in order to socialize your dog. The better trained and socialized your dog is, the happier both you
and the dog will be. People that don’t do good training find themselves unable to control their dog, and then the
dog finds itself stuck in a cage all day or being rehomed or in a shelter. Kennel training can be a very positive thing, especially for a pup, but no dog deserves to spend its life in a cage. Kenneling can be good but kenneling in
excess is unfair and unkind.
If you don’t have obedience classes available near you, there are tons of training
videos and other resources available online and you can do it yourself!
Golden Retrievers typically love to please their owners and will work hard for praise and treats. However, your
training may not be so successful if you lose your patience, get angry, or resort to spanking and yelling. The best
and kindest way to train a golden is to praise and reward good behavior. Praise them when they do right, and do
your best to ignore the things they do wrong. It’s okay to have a stern voice and use a stern “No”, but there’s
normally no need to get any harsher than that.
Costs Involved in Owning a Golden Retriever
The cost of owning a dog are extremely variable based on the size, breed, time and money that the owner is
committed to putting into it. The initial price of a purebred puppy may seem high, but if you’re a loving and
devoted pet parent, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be spending much more than that over time. When you pay for a
purebred pup, assuming you’re buying from a responsible breeder, you’re paying for the excellent care the pup has
received before you owned it, a hopefully healthy pup that has been properly loved and cared for by the breeder,
and a pup with the qualities that go along with the breed. With the initial cost of the puppy aside, here are some
estimated other costs that may be considered in the first year for a single dog:
Quality dog food (30lb. bag) $40 – $60 about once a month = $600 per year
Initial vet visits and basic shots (varies by vet) = $150 +/-
AKC Registration $40+
Other vet visits and/or additional shots = $250 +/-
Spaying or neutering = $150 – $350
Kennel $50 – $100
Bedding, toys, bones, etc. throughout a year $200 +
Collars, leashes, identification tags $50
Grooming and/or grooming supplies $100 + (groomers are often roughly $80 per visit)
Parasite control (Frontline, Heartgard, etc.) $200+
Training classes / professional training $50 + (can go up into the thousands)
Doggy day care or boarding – can vary greatly by owner and facility
Cost of everything the pup will likely chew up the first year… To Be Determined.
Blood, sweat, tears, time, patience, and the unconditional love of a dog… Priceless.