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My son is looking for a Golden Retriever Puppy

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Dr.Longshot, Dec 11, 2012.

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  1. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    My son is looking for a Golden Retriever puppy for his kids for Christmas

    The breeder I know does not have any puppies now.

    Gary Bryant
    Dr.longshot
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    I miss mine. Wifey says it hurts too much to lose them, doesn't want to get another.

    Such lovely animals, and good hunters too.......

    HM
     
  3. chuckie68

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    Gary,

    Where are you located?

    Chuck
     
  4. Shootrman

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    Get a GoldenDoodle (bred between a poodle & golden retriever)
    Best dog going. Great hunting dog, extremely smart, & the best part
    DOES NOT shed
     
  5. twostraight

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    Some really nice looking goldens currently advertised in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Lots of good hunting goldens in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
     
  6. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

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    Big problem with the Goldens: the big sillies will break your heart. Absolutely the best family dogs. Just go on google search and go to the nearest good kennel. [and fall in love] Bill
     
  7. shooter99

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    These are ready for the snow.
     
  8. Texas Crew'd

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    Are you looking for a bird/family dog or just a family dog? I highly recommend a top brass bred golden. Absolutly hands down best hunting/family/best friend dog I have ever had.

    Blind water retrieves at 8 months and never had an accident in the house past 9 weeks. Primer spent hours upon hours at the gun range while my daughter practiced and spent every night at the foot of the bed with my wifes blessing.

    Garry
     
  9. PC Jim

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    Yea get a doodle dog, pay $2500 for a mut with a catchy name. They're free at the pound.
     
  10. SL900LOADER

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    Im growing potted pomeranians, just add water, this one looks ready to pick!
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  11. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    I've heard that some of the mixed Golden/ Poodle or lab/Poodle shed and some don't? Anyone else heard that? i love my labs each and everyone but the shedding, new vacumm cleaner every other year!
     
  12. STARSKY

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    I have had 2, and they are the best dogs ever.
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  13. wolfram

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    Can't find a better family dog than a Golden. Hope those kids get that special new family member this christmas.
     
  14. Jon Reitz

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    Here's Copper..
     
  15. slic lee

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    Tell your son to change his mind about that breed. They have been so popular too much inbreeding many are too small. BEWARE-Lee
     
  16. Mike K P

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    I would respectfully disagree with slic lee. A well bred Golden is an incredible all around dog. I've been involved with them most of my life and was involved in showing them for a number of years. Most of the Goldens I see now are actually oversized we have just gotten used to seeing them that way. The standard calls for the male to weigh 65-75 lbs. and stand 23"-24" at the shoulder. The female 60-70lbs. and 21 1/2"-221/2" at the shoulder. Temperment is of the utmost importance but there is a lot to be considered.

    AKC registration really doesn't tell you much other than the parents were AKC registered. You should check the pedigree to make sure the parents as well as generations back had good or excellent OFA hip ratings, eye clearences etc.
    Check out the Golden Retriever Club of America and read up on the standard. You should also be willing to wait as a good breeder's puppies will be spoken for before they are born although occasionally the may have one available. Considering you will have the dog for ten years or more it's worth the wait.

    I'm not sure where you live but there is a breeder in Wisconsin by the name of Summit Golden retrievers, her name is Beth Johnson and she has been around a long time and breeds nice dogs. If it's possible to go there you can see the dogs first hand. And don't be offended if the breeder grills you somewhat, they want to make sure their dogs are going to a good home. And they usually aren't cheap.

    All of this is just my opinion based on my experience and I hope it helps. I would suggest you do as much research as possible. It's a big decision. Feel free to email or call me if you'd like. I will be around tomorrow. 630-251-8723.

    Mike Pracht.
     
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