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Golden Retriever 101: Questions To Ask A Golden Retriever Breeder

Jun 12, 2008
Don't assume that all Golden Retriever breeders are alike! They definitely are not. That's like saying that all car salesmen are alike. You have to meet and ask questions of the car salesman before you can decide whether you are getting a good deal or not. You will be overwhelmed by all of the dogs and Golden Retriever information the breeder is ready to give. Write down the questions you need to ask your breeder before you start shopping. Not All Golden Retriever Breeders Are Alike

This is one reason why you should never buy a puppy from a pet store or from online puppy brokers. You will never be able to ask questions of the breeders. That, and the slight fact that all pet stores and online puppy brokers get their stock from inhumane puppy mills. These puppy mills are the reason why there are sadly, very unhealthy and un-trainable Golden Retrievers running around. In order to assure yourself that your puppy is healthy and sane, you need to meet the breeder.

Here are some of the main questions you want to ask any Golden Retriever breeder you are thinking of buying a puppy from. Ask them why they breed Golden Retrievers. What are the qualities they like in a dog? They should talk more about breeding sensible and healthy dogs rather than just show winning dogs. Do they use their dogs for hunting or obedience work, or just for shows?

Ask them about health certificates and hip dysplasia test scores on both the mother and the father. It is thought that hip dysplasia is a genetic problem. You also need to be sure what the breeder is responsible for in terms of the puppy's health and what you are responsible for. You need to ask if you can call for advice at no extra charge if you have training problems with your puppy. And ask for references and check them out.

You need to ask about any training advice or emotional support the Golden Retriever breeder can give you once the check for the puppy has cleared. Get all of this in writing.

If you need to give up your dog for any reason, will the breeder be willing to take the dog back (you won't get any money back, but the dog will get a good home). You need to ask what the breeder looks for in a Golden Retriever owner.

And last but not least, if you want a good pet Golden Retriever, please consider adopting from a Golden Retriever breed rescue group or even your local animal shelter for an adult dog. Most animals are abandoned through no fault of their own and will make perfect pets.

And an excellent Golden Retriever breeder will take the dog back, no matter what age, if you find yourself in a bad way and can no longer care for a dog. Please ask about that option, too.
About the Author
Carol Matthews is an avid lover of the Golden Retriever and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Golden Retriever . Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Golden Retriever Breeders plus a whole lot more.
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