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Current / Future Litters:
CURRENT (or Pending):
☞ Litter cm2015 - Cinnamon / Maximus (medium dark to dark goldens with long flat silky coats, blocky heads, and great mellow gentle dispositions)
due mid to late March; pickUP mid to late May; TAKING refundable DEPOSITS NOW
FUTURE (in approximate order):
☞ Litter wl2015 - Willow / Rufus (english cream with mid-length & fluffy coat - flatter during warm months; mellow temperament; blocky heads)
due late Summer to Fall 2015; TAKING refundable DEPOSITS NOW
☞ Litter tm2015 - Tinker / Maximus (english mocha creams - generally a slightly darker english cream than those of Willow/Whisper & Rufus; beautiful curly but flat coats; blocky heads; mellow temperament)
due Fall 2015; TAKING refundable DEPOSITS NOW
☞ Litter pm2015 - Penny / Maximus (medium dark to dark goldens with long flat silky coats, blocky heads, and great mellow gentle dispositions)
due Fall 2015
☞ Litter wh2015 - Whisper / Rufus (english cream with mid-length & fluffy coat - flatter during warm months; mellow temperament; blocky heads)
due late Fall 2015 to early Winter
(click on each litter's link OR photo ....... Above .......
for detailed info, previous pups' PHOTOS & VIDEOS - including puppies stages, etc.)
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Story of - "the Golden Mousse" (who we are):
We are a family owned & operated "Golden Retriever Adoption Agency!" of our own pups from parents we have on-site and we are located in Northern California.
Our goal is to not be a full-time breeder but adopt out a few great pups to families, having usually only one or two litters per year; 8-18 pups per year. That said, our breeding is expanding somewhat, but we are being careful to research all of our dogs thoroughly; and, they are our pets first and foremost! We have been fortunate in gaining many referrals from past adoptees, for which we greatly appreciate.
These Goldens have been / are our own pets, and raised for adoption, for 12 years since 2000. All our puppies are top quality, healthy, raised in our home, and socialized with tender loving care, on wooded and meadowed acreage with a pond. We've had Goldens in our family for 28 years since our first Golden named "Mousse" in 1984. Our Golden Retriever adoption service is named after her.
This is the first pup, from our first litter! ........
The Goldens we Breed:
We have three spectrums of Golden pups and parents, primarily based on their coloring - (See our "parents" page for complete information)
1) English Cream bred with another English Cream.
Our English-cream Goldens originate from Canada & Spain and have coats from pure english cream (off-white) to english cream with some peachy/apricot highlights. These come primarily from "Gold-Rush Kennels" lineage who have a long history of top dogs.
2) Medium dark to dark Golden bred with Medium dark to dark Golden.
These are the darker to dark red goldens that we started breeding with and come from great lineage both from "Liberty Kennels" back east from which came President Fords dog; and, "Golden Glen Kennels" with a long history of hunting and obedience backgrounds.
3) The third type of breeding is a mix of the English Cream & dark.
This is a combination of the two above and produces some great pups in a range of medium light English Cream Golden to a medium to light medium dark "mocha" coloring. And, this includes the best coloring, temperament, health, & obedience from both.
We have chosen not to breed the "average" golden that tends to be the light medium to medium in coloring with a fairly long coat. This is what the AKC considers the "standard of the breed". You will see these around, but mostly you will see them at a dog show; and, are the only range of Goldens you'll see shown. These average golden has been way over bred, including a fair amount of "inbreeding", and they tend to have the most health problems due to this . There are some very beautiful dogs in this category, but by far (we feel) you will find the most beautiful, distinctive dogs with predictable great temperaments and health within the English Creams and darker Goldens.
Unfortunately these two ends of the spectrum do have their own caveats.
The English Creams are fast becoming over bred with claims of grandiose backgrounds, rampant breeding of so-called "English Creams" "specially imported" from some country by a breeder that don't look much like a golden, and come with arbitrary high prices.
With the darker Goldens, especially the darker red's, they are in a sense being hi-jacked by seemingly elite hunting breeders, generally requiring you to only use the dog for hunting activities (a "working dog"); and, subsequently, the "Golden community" is starting to loose these dogs that make fantastic intelligent companions and they also make great "help" dogs for people. Several of our darker Goldens have gone this route, as well as for hunting. (This is not to say that the English Creams aren't good for this!)
Most of our dogs, and the pups produced, have what we call a "long flat silky coat" that tends to be easier to care for than the very thick haired show golden and with generally less shedding. The English Cream Goldens tend to be somewhat fluffier and shed a bit more, while the darker goldens tend to maintain the flatter silky coat with less shedding. All have excellent health backgrounds and in 12 years we have never had any pups with bad OFA hips, or CERF eye problems, or similar.
The darker Goldens tend to have a penchant toward hunting senses and abilities, though pups from all parents have been used for hunting. Some people favor the lighter, english cream goldens for their somewhat more mellow temperament, and somewhat lower energy level. However, be careful of seeking "mellow" ....... "mellow" comes from you AND your dog (both of you) being trained. This is especially true with a golden. There just isn't a true golden retriever that doesn't have an inherent mellow temperament and that wants to bond with THEIR human.
All our adults and pups, light to dark, have primarily the boxy heads with shorter snouts, though some have a somewhat longer snout. They all have wonderful traits of mellow dispositions, eager to please, and are easily obedience trained. It does take comittment.
The pups are socialized and surrounded by their siblings and mother and other dogs and all of our family as well as visitors. We do limit the extent pups are exposed to outside influences to keep them healthy until they've had their first shots and worming at 6 weeks. Pups generally are released to their new homes around 8 weeks old. We do not recommend getting them much later, as the sooner they are with you, the sooner, and better, they will bond with you, instead of us or their siblings or parents. The ideal bonding time is from 8-9 weeks old and gradually decreases to around 12 weeks of age; however, you will not find a golden that won't bond with a human at any age!
Our pups have been placed in adoptive homes ranging as pets and companions to elderly care companions to pheasant hunting dogs to mascots on fishing boats to very happy apartment dwellers.
PLEASE SEE THE REST OF OUR WEB SITE FOR A LOT MORE VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT US AND GOLDENS IN GENERAL.
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