⌘ Our Family Story of Raising Golden Retrievers Below ⌘
Available Golden Adult(s) - click here: available adult(s)
Current / Future Litters:
Due Spring 2016:
☞ Litter TinkerMax - 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)
Mating early to mid-March, 2016; Whelping early to mid-May; Take Home early to mid-July
Taking Reservation Purchase Deposits Now!
Due Late Spring 2016:
☞ Litter PennyMax - Penny / Maximus (medium dark to dark goldens with long flat silky coats, blocky heads, and great mellow gentle dispositions)
Mating early to mid-May, 2016; Take Home early to mid-Sept
Taking Reservation Purchase Deposits Now!
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Our Golden Retriever Story :
We are a family owned & operated "Golden Retriever Adoption Agency!" of our own pups from parents we have on-site and we adopt out pups in Northern California, a couple as far as Southern California, and in Oregon.
Our goal is to not be a full-time breeder but adopt out a few great pups to families, having usually only a couple litters per year. We are being careful to research all of our dogs (they are our pets first and foremost)! We have been fortunate in gaining many referrals from past adoptees, as well as some those getting another one of our pups for themselves! We greatly appreciate our adoptees - past, present, and future.
All the adult Goldens have been / are our own pets. Our children participate in the breeding (a little more each year!) and any pups are generally raised for adoption, though we keep one once in awhile. We have been doing this for 16 years since 2000. Our adoptees say that our pups are better than they've found from most breeders when they come to pick out their pups. We would never claim to have "perfect" pups, or adults, but the adults are all healthy and never had any health problems. Of just over 270 pups in 16 years, there has been great health history with no cancer. Any health issues have been mostly environmentally caused or some pretty common parasites that we work diligently to ward off for you and the pups. There have been about less than 10 issues (or about 2.7% of 270 pups.) These are our babies, newborns, just like our kids that come home from the hospital. The pups are 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 32 years since our first dark Golden "Don'r's Apple Brandy Golden" in 1984. She was never bred, but our Golden Retriever adoption service is in honor of her, now in at the "green tennis ball retirement lodge" .
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 & Sweden / Spain / Switzerland 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, and they 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 lose 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, as well!)
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 our adults have good health backgrounds with their parents or grandparents, and farther back, having lots of OFA and CERF certifications for eyes, hearts, elbows, hips; though we go more by our health history because "certifications" tend to imply to many a level of "perfection" and unfortunately these are living beings, almost just like us humans - see our health page for more health info.
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. We do provide the "one word" commands on our website, so you can start right away, but it does take comittment.
The pups are socialized and surrounded by their siblings and mother and other dogs and all of our family (3 children, carefully monitored) as well as visitors. We do limit the extent pups are exposed to outside influences to keep them healthy until they've had two shots and several wormings & parasite treatments by 8 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 8-10 weeks old and gradually decreases at 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 to families with 4 to 5 children.
PLEASE SEE THE REST OF OUR WEB SITE FOR A LOT MORE VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT US AND GOLDENS IN GENERAL.
As a breeder under the USDA "Animal Welfare Act" we are classified as an "Exempt Business" - Anyone who sells domestic pets directly to pet owners is exempt, regardless of sales volume, when picked up face to face or may be sight-unseen when the breeder has 4 or fewer breeding females. Such sales can be made via internet, in person, or by mail.
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