How much is that puppy…say what?!?

Every litter I have, I get one or two families that make an innocent comment about the amount of money to be made breeding, after all, 11 puppies at $1200 a puppy is $13,200, that is a good income! Continue reading

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Goldens, Humans, and age of death.

Ch. Conquerer’s Bobby McGee
2/13/2006-8/28/2011

There is no easy way to put it, we out live our dogs and many times we have to say good-bye to our dogs long before we feel it is time.  Whether they are 2 or 16, it is not an easy thing to do. Continue reading

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Part 2 – Looking at Clearances, the how to guide: CERF

The CERF (aka Canine Eye Registration Foundation) website can be a little cumbersome at the best of times.  Here is a short step by step guide on how to navigate the website to find information on a particular dog. Continue reading

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Part 1 – Looking at Clearances, the how to guide: OFA

I doubt you will find any reputable breeder who thinks clearances are unnecessary.  Clearances, in my opinion, are tools.  Breeders use these tools in an effort to make educated breeding decisions.  It is about stacking the odds in ones favour of certain conditions not cropping up, however even with generations of clearances something can and will pop up sooner or later.  Some may say, if that is the case why bother doing them, I can only imagine an increased frequency of issues presenting themselves if we were dealing with generations of ‘unknown’. Continue reading

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American vs. English vs. Golden Retriever

English Goldens are:

  • White
  • Boxy Head
  • Calm
  • Less prone to Cancer or even Cancer free

American Goldens Are:

  • Red
  • Foxy Head
  • Hyper
  • Riddled with cancer

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DNA…a whole new world.

DNA testing in dogs is relatively new, and should be a welcome tool to a breeders ‘breeding toolbox’, however for some reason a few have met this tool with resistance.  In my experience the resistance is due to either misinformation about what these results mean for a dogs breeding future and/or a general lack of knowledge of how to use the information gained. Continue reading

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