Yes. It is part of our commitment to ethical breeding practices to have our dogs tested before breeding. All of our breeding dogs have had their hips tested by OFA or PennHip. They have all received the appropriate genetic testing by Animal Genetics or cleared by parentage. With each dog’s biography, there is a link labeled K9data. This link will show each dog’s individual results of his genetic/health testing in an easy to read and understand format.
The following information is from Animal Genetics Inc. (USA) based in Tallahassee, Florida. (See their website at animalgenetics.us from more information.)
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurological disorder that affects the spinal cord.
Ichthysosis (ICH) is an autosomal recessive genetic mutation that affects the skin.
Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a mutation of the dystrophin gene that leads to the progressive degeneration of the skeletal and cardiac muscles.
Neuronal Ceroid Lipfuscinosis (NCL) is a progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system.
Progressive Rod-cone Degeneration (PRA-PRCD) is a form of progressive retinal atrophy.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA1/2) is a category of genetic mutations that cause vision loss and blindness. Both are associated with night blindness.
A dog's genetic testing can show three results: clear, carrier, and affected.
Clear - the dog does not carry the gene
Carrier - the dog carries the gene, but may or may not pass the gene on to his offspring
Affected - the dog carries a copy of the gene from both parents and actively has the hereditary condition. A dog cannot be affected by a condition unless both parents are carriers.
GTK screens all our breeding dogs for appropriate genetic and health conditions in order that we do not produce any dogs that will be affected.
The short answer is color mostly and body type a little. All three types of Goldens retrievers are just that, golden retrievers. They are different branches of the golden tree. They may have different coat colors and slightly different builds — the English are characterized as a bit stockier than American Goldens, and the reds (or field Goldens) are often leaner, but they are all still golden retrievers. They all have loving personalities and big hearts!
Puppies never go to their forever homes before eight weeks old. The first eight weeks are crucial for mom and pups. Sometimes pups are held until nine or ten weeks or longer for training purposes.
Puppy picking is an exciting time! It is done around week six. This allows time for the pups to start showing their individual personalities. Puppy picking is done in the order that the pups have been reserved.
Picking is done virtually using video meeting technology.
The easiest way to get on the waitlist is to email your name, address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org along with whether you are looking to adopt a female or male puppy. When we receive your waitlist request, we will contact you with further information.
No. There is no cost or obligation to be on the waitlist.
Our pups are socialized with adults, children, and other pets. All of our pups are born in the home and always around the family. They are well-handled from the time of birth. Pups are constantly around the normal sounds of the home and weather. They are exposed to stimulation designed to teach them confidence and decision-making skills.
The deluxe puppy package is designed for maximum puppy success. In it you will receive all that you need to make a great start. The package includes the following:
The basic puppy package includes the following:
Our pups will be registered with the American Kennel Club. They will have pet registration.
Yes. Delivery is available. All deliveries are done by Carole and Greg, family members, or team members. We do not hire outside delivery services or ship our pups via freight.
The cost of delivery is calculated individually by distance.
Generally, the cost is $125 base rate and $1 per mile. For an exact quote, please contact us at email@example.com.