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Bad Good And Golden: Champion Golden Retriever Breeders

Jun 19, 2008
Golden Retrievers originated in the British Isles. A Scottish lord, Baron Tweedmouth, was the first Golden Retriever breeder. The Baron desired to breed a yellow-coated water spaniel that had tracking and retrieving skills as well as the charm of a family pet. Using various dog breeds including the now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel, the Newfoundland, the Irish Setter and the Bloodhound, Baron Tweedmouth bred an eventual litter of four Golden Retrievers. These four puppies were the ancestors of modern Golden Retrievers.

The British registered the breed as the Flat-Coated Retriever in 1913. The breed was renamed the Golden Retriever in 1920. The United States registered the breed in the sporting group in 1925 and Canada followed in 1927. The American Kennel Club sets the standard breed characteristics for all dog breeds that engage in AKC competition. A champion Golden Retriever breeder will select and breed dogs with the most desirable genetic traits and pedigreed bloodlines.

he American Kennel Club registered the breed in 1925 and has set specific characteristics each Golden Retriever must meet to engage in AKC competition. Due to their many excellent traits, Golden Retrievers have been champions in competition many times over.

A Golden Retriever breeder will attempt to breed dogs with the best breed specific traits. A cream to light gold colored coat is preferred. Intelligence, trainability, an even temper, tracking and hunting skills, and overall health and beauty are the standard for this breed. Because the breed is prone to health problems like hip dysplasia, eye disease, cancer and obesity, breeders must have all dogs medically screened. Breeders do not mate dogs found to have medical or behavioral conditions.

Pet buyers should never buy any animal from a pet store. Though animals may look cute and forlorn behind the glass, there is no telling where they have come from or what they have already endured in their short lives. Only unethical breeders sell Golden Retriever puppies to pet stores.

A Golden Retriever breeder loves the breed want to know where their puppies will end up and would like to stay connected with them and hear about their progress. Breeders who sell to pet stores don't know or care what type of home Golden retrievers end up in and do not try to keep in touch with buyers once money changes hands.

It is never acceptable to buy a Golden Retriever from a pet store. Pet store puppies have been shipped (and often sedated) across the country and put up on shelves like other store merchandise. These puppies have spent their entire lives in cages, receiving little to no socialization and there is no guarantee where they have come from. A Golden Retriever breeder that brokers or sells to pet stores should be avoided and reported. These puppies have most likely come from puppy mills or puppy auctions and may have significant health and behavioral problems.

A knowledgeable, caring breeder will also be affiliated with rescue centers and other animal protection agencies.
About the Author
About the author: Carol Matthews is a passionate lover of the Golden Retriever and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Golden Retriever . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Golden Retriever Breeders plus a whole lot more.
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