Are you thinking about welcoming a Golden Retriever puppy into your family?
Congratulations! It’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Now that you’ve decided on the best breed for your family, it’s time to do your research and choose the highest-quality, most reputable breeder you can find. In fact, choosing the right breeder is just as important as choosing your puppy – maybe even more so.
Doing your research and finding the right breeder can mean the difference between getting a healthy, well-adjusted puppy and having to deal with problems that will cost you thousands of dollars and years of heartache. Not only that, but where you choose to buy a puppy will also impact the lives of many other dogs and puppies that you never even meet (more on that later).
If this sounds like a huge responsibility, you’re right. After all, there are thousands of Golden Retriever breeders spread across the country and around the globe. Sorting through all of them would be a huge undertaking, and most people aren’t sure what to look for anyway.
Don’t worry, though, we’re here to help you out! At Puppy Central, we take care of the hard work for you. Thanks to our rigorous screening process, you can feel confident that all of the puppies you’re considering on any of our sites are from responsible breeders who are held to the highest standards.
Keep reading to learn more about why responsible breeding matters and the steps we take to give you the peace of mind you deserve.
Reasons to Avoid Pet Stores and Puppy Mills
While the puppies at your local pet store might look cute, most of them have an ugly past. That’s because almost all pet store puppies come from “puppy mills.” These large-scale commercial breeders are known for mass-producing puppies with little care given to the health and wellbeing of the puppies or their mothers. They’re often confined in tiny cages, receive little to no veterinary care, have limited human contact, and may be malnourished. Mothers are bred continually until they can no longer produce, then are destroyed or discarded.
Puppies from puppy mills are frequently taken from their mothers at a very early age, leaving them in poor health and with psychological damage. Since the dogs being bred are rarely health-tested and often inbred, there’s also a much greater chance that pet store puppies will have congenital health problems that may not show up until years later.
The Problems with Backyard Breeders
Unfortunately, buying a puppy from an inexperienced “backyard breeder” isn’t much better. These are the puppies you’ll find in your local classified ads or online marketplaces. Often, these breeders are also driven by profit and the conditions the animals are kept in are not much better. In the best-case scenario, well-meaning breeders take good care of the dogs and puppies but don’t necessarily have the knowledge to ensure that they don’t accidentally pass along avoidable health issues.
Purchasing a puppy from a pet store or backyard breeder gives them the financial incentive to continue these horrible practices. You may feel like you’re “rescuing” a puppy by taking it home, but the sad truth is that these breeders only care about the fact that they got paid. As long as people continue buying these puppies, the practices will continue.
Advantages of Working with Responsible Golden Retriever Breeders
A responsible breeder will go above and beyond to raise happy, healthy puppies who will live long, comfortable lives. They’ll test both parents for health issues and will remove a dog from the breeding program if it shows signs of congenital defects.
Great breeders are both financially and emotionally committed to producing healthy puppies. They’ll match up the dam and sire for the best possible genetics and will closely monitor the dam during the entire gestation period. She’ll receive excellent prenatal care that often includes sonograms and x-rays to determine if a C-section is needed.
Once the puppies are born, the breeder will closely monitor them to ensure they thrive. They’re socialized almost immediately and have plenty of human contact throughout their lives. They’ll receive all the necessary veterinary care, preventative examinations, and vaccinations. As they get older, the breeder will observe each puppy’s personality and help match them up with the most appropriate families. In the end, they’ll end up sending puppies that are extremely healthy, confident, and well-rounded to families who are prepared to provide them with great homes for their entire lives.
How We Screen Our Golden Retriever Breeders
At Puppy Central, we only work with the very best breeders to ensure that the puppies found on our site are the cream of the crop. Every breeder who participates in our program must be an American Kennel Club (AKC) member and commit to meeting our extremely high standards. We go above and beyond to guarantee the best possible experience and feel confident that you’ll enjoy working with us every step of the way.
If something does happen to go wrong, we’ll do everything we can make things right. If you have any concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us. We take every complaint very seriously, and a breeder who receives multiple complaints will be removed from our program. At the end of the day, our number one priority is to make sure healthy, happy puppies end up going to loving, permanent homes.
The Importance of Health Guarantees
Every puppy listed on our site also comes with a “health guarantee.” Once you receive your puppy, you’ll want to take him to the vet right away to ensure he’s in good health. If a serious problem is uncovered, you’ll have the option of returning him to the breeder for a full refund.
Your health guarantee is also an assurance from the breeder that the puppy you’ve received is free from genetic defects and known congenital diseases. While it’s impossible to ensure that your dog will never have a health problem, purchasing a puppy with a health guarantee puts you in the best possible position to avoid some of the most common inherited health issues. It’s one more thing we do to help put your mind at ease while you search for your perfect new family member.
All of the Golden Retriever puppies listed on our website are eligible for American Kennel Club (AKC) registration. Registering your dog will allow you to enter him or her into AKC competitions and sporting challenges. Even if you’re not interested in competing, AKC eligibility can help you screen potential breeders. While registration doesn’t guarantee quality, breeders who maintain AKC eligibility care about the animal’s bloodline and have made efforts to maintain breed standards.
Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a puppy from a sub-par breeder, and don’t stress yourself out trying to handle the screening process yourself. Instead, browse our list puppies currently available from top-notch, pre-screened Golden Retriever breeders. You’ll be glad you did!