|Barked: Tue Feb 16, '10 4:47pm PST |
|O'Quince Golden Retrievers: Pretty photos with absolutely no substance. Where are the health tests? Pedigrees? Anything that describes the personality of the dog? Supposedly they are obedience/therapy dogs. Where are the photos? Titles? Do they work with the Delta society?
Further search on K-9 data (Danged if I know why they didn't put this information on the page...nevermind...only the female has health checks.) Avoid.
Sonshine Golden Retrievers: Supposedly they "genetically test our dogs for hip and elbow displasia (OFA), eye cateracts (CERF), and heart murmurs (SAS)." However, this information is nowhere to be found on the website. It looks like they were showing the male...but he is 7 and nothing seems to have come of it.
Golden Journey Retrievers: Woah, you have 4 males, one of which is a lab, and 10 females! Probable red flag, although there can be exceptions. Why are pedigrees available for only some of the dogs? I don't see health information anyplace. Do these dogs do anything but look decorative? Avoid like the plague.
Hoosier Heartland Goldens: Well, I like that the pups are microchipped and sold with a spay/neuter contract. However, not all the breeding dogs have all their health clearances, according to the pedigree links that go to K-9 data. Avoid.
Pathfinder Golden Retrievers: This site essentially has no useful information at all other than pretty pictures. I can't even really tell how many dogs they have.
Macintosh Goldens: Supposedly they do dog sports and show. (There is photo evidence of the showing at least, that is good.) They say they do health clearances. Unfortunately, linkage does not seem to be working to get to each individual dog's information. This one might be worth following up by phone or email to get the health etc information on the dogs.
Twilight Golden Retrievers: Supposedly "All adult Golden Retrievers are AKC registered, microchipped for identification, DNA tested, cleared for Hip and Elbow Dysplaysia and Sub Aortic Stenosis (SAS) through Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA - www.offa.org) and hereditery eye problems through CERF " that's good...and they seem to actually post this information. They seem to be doing stuff with Nika at least. They could be a possibility if you just want a companion dog.
A few of these could be worth investigating, depending on what you want. Frankly, I'm not that stuck on conformation showing and titles...but I am influenced by my breed of choice. For me, health clearances are the non-negotiable element. I also want to know why they think those two dogs would be a good match.
Here's a good blog post on evaluating internet breeder sites:
How much is that puppy on the internet?
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