Commonly Asked Questions Part II

Discussion regarding becoming involved in the breed beyond being pet owners:

This page is a work in progress and is dedicated to helping answer some common questions about getting started in more serious endeavors such as the showing and breeding of Golden Retrievers.

Please note: I have taken posts I have received from individuals, deleted some content that is not pertinent to the task at hand and I have removed any personal reference to any individual or dog in an effort to be politically correct, and to not call any individual on the carpet so to speak. There is nothing wrong with entertaining the thought of wanting to be come more involved in the breed or to want to breed one's beloved pet however there are things that need to be considered, and it is my desire to share my opinions publicly on these related topics in the breeds best interest.

 


#1
( we want to breed our girl)

Hello- we are interested in a stud retriever for our 2yr. old golden. Our vet told us to contact you in regards to this matter, if you could get back to us with where we need to go from here. She is not papered, but the breeder we purchased her from said her Mom was papered, but couldn't get papers from 3 gen. back for her dad. Any ways, we feel that we would love the experience of being gramas and grampas and know that we would have beautiful puppies. Our dog is blonde, so we thought that it would be nice to breed her with a red retriever. Some new puppies would be a great addition to our family. Let us know.

  • Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Reply:

     I appreciate your desires, and admire your love for your dog however breeding her probably is not the responsible thing to do; briefly here is why:

    The Golden Retriever is a breed that has some serious health problems that are known to be genetic in nature and responsible breeders only work with pedigrees that are verifiable. No one responsible would breed to a dog who's pedigree can not be verified. Breeding is really best left up to those that are serious hobby breeders, those that take the time to put into breeding only dogs who have been health screened for the diseases prevalent in the breed. This includes doing pedigree verification for clearances generally at least 4 to 5 generations. Since your dogs sire is not registered I doubt his pedigree can be verified for hip, elbow, eye and heart problems?

    No offense intended here but your dogs breeder is not someone who a serious hobby breeder would call responsible in fact this person would be considered to be a backyard breeder, hence should you breed your dog, you would be perpetuating poor breeding practices. You are very lucky your dog does not have health problems (assuming she does not) as the majority of dogs from back yard breeders are the ones with the most severe health problems such as: hip dysplasia, skin problems, allergies, epilepsy, etc... Again though because your dogs pedigree probably can not be verified it's highly possible she could pass down any one or a number of these traits, even the best of bred dogs can but the numbers are lower with dogs who's pedigrees are verified. Would you want to do that knowing there is a higher risk factor here than with a verified pedigree?

    So in closing - anyone that you contact that would agree to breeding their boy to your girl would not be someone I feel you should look to for mentorship. Please go back to your vet and verify what I am telling you here. I am sure he/she will verify what I am telling you is true and correct. Again while I understand your desire to want to have a puppy from your dog truly it's best not to breed her, not only for her but for the breed. Please talk to your vet about what all can go wrong not only with the offspring but what could possibly happen to your girl if a pregnancy goes wrong...

    I hope you take this all with kindness as this is truly intended to be kind... You also might want to read some of my educational links on my web site address below:

     

    List of resources:

    GRCA: Golden Retriever Club Of America

  • the parent club for the breed - offering general monitorship and guidelines for all that are interested in the breed.
  • lists member clubs, by state.
  • lists puppy referral.

     

    PRGRCO: Pacific Rim Golden Retriever Club Of Oregon

  • member club of the GRCA for Oregon & South Western Washington offers local club meetings monthly for those interested in the breed the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
  • lists puppy referral.

     

    K9data.com: A privately run web site exclusive to the Golden Retriever breed.

  • offers the ability to research pedigrees.

     

    Brier Goldens: A private web site with information and links to other web sites related to the breed.

  • see "Education" specific pages of interest:
 


#2 (we want to breed our boy)

We have a male Golden Retriever. We are wanting to breed him and take one of his puppies (so we have the same blood line). He is 8 years old. Do you offer this service?

 

Please reply. Thank you.

 

Reply:

Thank you for your note and sharing the picture of your boy - what a handsome boy, stunning kind and lovely expression! Generally speaking here what your looking to do or how you are going about it, is a bit unorthodoxed and you might get some replies that are less than kind. By the way there is noting wrong with being unorthodoxed and wanting a son from your dog however not everyone you may contact may be kind... This not being one of those unkind notes... But I do want to explain to you about dog breeding a little bit - and I am more than happy to also talk to you on the phone, I have unlimited long distance and can return a call if you are out of the area I am in Woodburn OR and have no clue from your email where you live?

Breeding is really best left up to those who do this as a serious hobby due to there being so many health concerns in the breed. Responsible breeders do a lot of screening on their dogs (generation upon generation) of the pedigrees of both of the parents as well as tracking health clearances of the specific dogs to be bred and the lines behind them. As a general rule we want to have lots of information on the stud dog we use - verifiable information on the dog himself as well as his ancestors. I am not saying you do not have this information but you are also not indicating you do in your short post so I feel a responsibility to talk to you about this: Be very leery of anyone who might reply that they would like to do this because I would hold a concern for their motives and their knowledge base on what truly goes into doing a breeding. And what they might have available to breed to your boy might not be where you should necessarily want to go. Might want to take some time checking out this page on my web site, this page details what we as breeders should all be screening our dogs for and what all responsible breeders to subscribe to the GRCA code of ethics will also require of any dog: http://www.briergoldens.com/ed_vet.htm in addition this page might also be one to look to:

http://www.briergoldens.com/referal_reputable.htm and this one too: http://www.briergoldens.com/ed_studs.htm

That all said, my best advise - really is to look to your dog's breeder perhaps and to see if they are still breeding his line, if not there might be a good reason, and perhaps looking at this a bit more clinical might be in every ones best interest. While I am sure your boy is a wonderful dog he really might not be a dog who should contribute to the gene pool? There are a lot of questions that need to be explored is all I am really trying to point out...

I hope this helps and please do feel free to give me a call -

Sincerely,

Gina Heitz - Brier Goldens

 

List of resources:

GRCA: Golden Retriever Club Of America

  • the parent club for the breed - offering general monitorship and guidelines for all that are interested in the breed.
  • lists member clubs, by state.
  • lists puppy referral.

     

    PRGRCO: Pacific Rim Golden Retriever Club Of Oregon

  • member club of the GRCA for Oregon & South Western Washington offers local club meetings monthly for those interested in the breed the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
  • lists puppy referral.

     

    K9data.com: A privately run web site exclusive to the Golden Retriever breed.

  • offers the ability to research pedigrees.

     

    Brier Goldens: A private web site with information and links to other web sites related to the breed.

  • see "Education" specific pages of interest:

     


    #3 (I am wanting to get more involved)

    Hello,

    I am in love with Golden Retrievers. I am interested in learning about raising/showing/and maybe someday in the future being a breeder. I would appreciate any advise and guidance you are willing to offer. I am in no hurry to push things before my family and I are ready. I want to be able to justice by my future buddy and my family. Thank you for your time and consideration. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely,

     Reply:

    I am glad my site has been helpful to you. As far as how to get started showing dogs there are lots of things one should do. A good first step would be to find a breeder you feel you can trust to mentor you that also has the time to mentor you, preferably someone that is close geographically. Someone who meets all the criteria set forth by the GRCA Code of Ethics [ www.grca.org ] You should also plan to get involved in your local Golden Retriever Club as well as joining the GRCA would be another good step. In fact joining the GRCA now and reading the GR-News will also be helpful. There is a application for membership on the above site.

    Showing dogs can be a very demanding hobby and finding someone willing to put forth the effort in mentoring you on a personal level really is my best advise.

    List of resources:

    GRCA: Golden Retriever Club Of America

  • the parent club for the breed - offering general monitorship and guidelines for all that are interested in the breed.
  • lists member clubs, by state.
  • lists puppy referral.

     

    PRGRCO: Pacific Rim Golden Retriever Club Of Oregon

  • member club of the GRCA for Oregon & South Western Washington offers local club meetings monthly for those interested in the breed the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
  • lists puppy referral.

     

    K9data.com: A privately run web site exclusive to the Golden Retriever breed.

  • offers the ability to research pedigrees.

     

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