Goldens are an active breed, needing consistent physical exercise as well as mental stimulation to stay healthy. They love to play, fetch, swim and run. Don't expect them to be couch potatoes from puppyhood. Obedience is important to consistently train and there are many dog sports including nosework that can be fun to play with your dog. We aim to breed dogs who are suited for many purposes, but their biggest desire is to be near their people. Expecting them to entertain themselves outside without supervision will end up in boredom and you will end up with a new landscape and probably a lot of destruction. Bored dogs can get just as creative inside the house if left to their own devices for hours on end. Also, that beautiful coat? Well, shedding is almost a year round situation, so you'll want to make sure you have a good vacuum on hand. They often live 10-12 years, sometimes longer. If you take home a puppy, you had better darned well commit to that lifespan. Enjoying a sugar face companion is a gift.
Our dogs are health screened including hips, elbows, heart and eyes, as well as having the newer genetic testing done for NCL, prcd-PRA, PRA-1 and Ichthyosis. Find out more about goldens and health information at Golden Retriever Club of America. These are recessive genes, meaning they have to have one from each parent to be affected. Our puppies are guaranteed to be either clear or carriers, meaning they are not affected by these disorders.
All golden puppies are sold with a limited registration, which does not limit participating in AKC events except conformation. We are able to change the registration status to full at no further cost once OFA hips, elbows, heart and eye clearances are completed.
The Morris Animal Foundation has enrolled 3,000 goldens to be part of the most groundbreaking study ever undertaken to improve the lives of dogs. Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study tracks volunteer dogs’ health for life in order to gain insights into preventing and treating cancer and other canine diseases. Thank you to those who have entered their puppies in this important study.