How To Pick a Golden Retriever Breeder

Finding A Trusted Golden Retriever Breeder

You’ve said yes to the commitment of a new little companion…now what?

It’s time to start the process of finding a trusted breeder and we’re going to take you common signs that you’re dealing with a reputable, high quality and experienced breeder below.

  • Experience. Experience in breeding is important and your chosen breeder should have an excellent track record with plenty of referrals from past clients.
  • Expertise. A great breeder is a tried and true expert of the breed. They answer any questions and understand the heritage, genetic disposition and intricacies of the Golden Retriever.
  • The breeder ask you questions. A great breeder isn’t eager to sell or give a pitch; rather, they truly care about their puppies.  They want to find the best possible homes for them. When a breeder asks you questions and wants to meet your family, that’s a great sign.
  • Authenticity. Does the breeder allow you on his/her premises to pick out a puppy?  Be wary of a breeder who insists on shipping/delivery, and comes up with excuses to not allow you to see the home where the pups were raised.
  • Cleanliness and environment. Are the puppies raised in a humane, sanitary, happy environment? Ideally, you want to find a breeder who takes pride in the environment he provides for his/her dogs and puppies.

In summary, use your own intuition to evaluate the intangibles.  This is why a face-to-face meeting or visit can be so beneficial.  It could make the difference between finding a sweet, healthy life-long companion or making a regrettable decision.