Here is a brief example of what you get when you purchase a Golden Retriever Puppy from Golden Plains Goldens.
parents have their OFA health clearances (hips, elbows, heart, & eyes (every year)) and all genetic testing done as well. All results are
published on OFA's website (http://www.offa.org).
show or field puppies are chosen and placed first. I won't know until the
puppies are 8 weeks old and we do temperament and structure evaluations, which puppies will be companion
puppies and which puppies will be staying and/or going to competition homes. I have
everyone fill out a questionnaire and if you are approved I place you on my
waiting list or in the line up for a puppy. I will not know how
many of each sex or how many puppies there are until they are born. Even
if I place you on my waiting list there may not be enough puppies for everyone
on my waiting list.
you are placed on my waiting list and decide to go with another breeder prior
to the puppies being born it is customary to inform me that you want to be
removed from my waiting list.
Puppies can range in color from Light to Dark golden. I require a $400 non-refundable deposit once the puppies are born if
you would like to hold your spot. The
deposit is NOT refundable for any reason. If you decide to back out at anytime
after I have asked for the deposit, I must now go back to people I told I
do not have a puppy available and tell them I now have one available. If they have moved
on, I must now wait for a suitable home to come available. It is not fair to me
or the puppy. I do NOT consider a puppy
sold until I am paid in full.
NO, I will not do payment plans. The payment schedule
is $400 deposit due at 1 week old and the balance is due when you pick up your puppy. The
deposit goes toward the total purchase price of the puppy.
I have you decide whether you want a male
or female. I can always help if you are on the fence about the correct sex of
puppy for your family. During the first 7 weeks everyone will see pictures of
the puppies and they will be identified by a color. I make the final
decisions on which puppy goes to which family based on the family’s activity
level and composition along with the puppy’s temperament. This is why the
questionnaire is so important.
What you can expect with your puppy
• Mandatory Spay or Neuter
after 24 months of age for male companion puppies and 3 months after the second season for female companion puppies
stimulation from birth
are dewormed several times before going to their new homes
set of Vaccinations
trained and the beginnings of house / crate training
Veterinarian Examination. My vet also
competes with labs in AKC and UKC hunting trials and thoroughly goes
over every puppy.
and pre-enrolled in AKC's REUNITE program.
I DO NOT allow my puppies to be spayed or
neutered before 24 months of age. IF YOU AND YOUR VET CANNOT ABIDE BY
THIS RESTRICTION PLEASE DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM ME. UC Davis in
California did a study with only Golden Retrievers and the results of
spaying/neutering early are very eye opening. As a result almost all
breeders are requiring their puppy buyers to wait to spay/neuter. I
have included the link below.
By buying a puppy from me you agree to NOT do this! You agree to
wait to spay/neuter until the puppy is much older. If you are going to allow
your vet to spay/neuter early then please tell me know. All vets are taught to recommend
early sterilization. I do NOT allow it.
Please take the time to read the following links. Here are all
the latest research articles. I made my decision to ask my puppy buyers to wait
until 18 months for males and 3 months after the first or second heat cycle for
females based on the newest research. The Golden Retriever Club of America has
also recommended this to all responsible breeders. I am doing this for the
lifetime health of the puppies I produce. I feel waiting is more beneficial
than the risk of spaying or neutering early.
encourage everyone to make sure they do their homework and get to know your
breeder before you purchase a puppy. Ask the hard questions. This is a
person, who, will be there for you and your puppy. They can pull from years of knowledge and if they do not know they can ask other
I spend a lifetime
learning pedigrees, genetics, breed standards and learning from those in my
breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and
spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes. I only put
animals on this planet, I think will be the healthiest (mentally and
physically) and nicest examples of the breed. I support each family, who,
chooses one of my babies and let them know they are now a part of our extended
family. I celebrate their wins in shows, in the field, and the milestones with
each companion puppy, why, because they are family. I shed tears when one dies.
I am there if one needs to come back. I hold them when they arrive and leave
this world. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs; so they will be the
reflection of my dedication.
I don't keep track of
the money and time I put into my love of them; it would not be a true measure
of how I feel. The price I charge for my babies is never profit, but an
investment in the next generation. I work hard at being a good dog person and
encouraging others to be the same. You will find it very hard to find a quality
Golden Retriever with health clearances and genetic testing on both parents
under $1,800. We do health
testing because we want to make sure our puppies have the best possible chance
at not having Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, hereditary heart problems such as
SAS sub aortic stenosis, or eye problems such as Pigmentary Uveitis, which
eventually left untreated will leave a dog blind. We also do genetic testing to
make sure we do not end up with other genetic diseases. While testing for these
things does not always keep puppies from having any of these issues, it does
stack the deck in our favor. Sure you can buy that $500 puppy and you
may never have any trouble, but if it ends up with any of these you will not
have a breeder, who, has spent a lifetime dedicating their life to this breed
and can offer assistance and advice.
So, please do your
homework and get to know your breeder before you purchase a puppy. A bargain
now my end up costing you thousands in the long run. We also compete with our
dogs, because it is a testament to the temperament of the breed. We only breed
dogs with temperaments we and you will want to live with. It may seem like the
initial price of a puppy is expensive, but the initial price pales in
comparison to the actual cost of owning a dog. In the first year alone you
spend over $500 on shots, vet visits, and then the next year you will
need to spend money on the spay/neuter. I just wanted to give you some food for
Just because that puppy leaves us at 8 weeks does not mean we are not there for you or that puppy. We are here for the lifetime of the puppy and beyond. Any questions you have call or email.
Our puppies go home after 8 weeks old. In the State of Nebraska it is illegal to obtain a puppy before 8 weeks. You may buy the puppy, but it cannot leave the mother/breeder prior to 8 weeks and for canine socialization reasons it should not leave the mother before then.
Not all breeders are created equal. Ask questions and be an informed buyer. The initial cost of a puppy is the least amount of money you will pay for that puppy in it's lifetime. There are veterinary bills for routine check ups, flea& tick, heart worm pills, food, and many other cost associated with owning a dog. Just because the parents have good hips does not always mean the puppies will. We do the clearances to put the odds in our and your favor. Not all breeders do this and just because they say their dog is a sound dog doesn't mean it is. A reputable breeder should be able to answer any questions you have about the dam and sire of the litter.
A puppy is a lifetime commitment. Their lifetime! So make sure you are ready for a 10-15 year commitment. Puppies are not objects they are living breathing animals. They chew on things and bite. They need to be socialized and trained to become fantastic members of your family. With time and effort you will have a wonderful new Golden addition to your family that can bring you a lot of joy.
We DO NOT ship puppies. All of our puppies are hand delivered to their puppy parents. However, depending on your location we may be willing to meet you to deliver the puppy.
Limited Registration means the dog or bitch you purchase from us is never meant to produce a litter of puppies. If the dog or bitch does produce a litter of puppies, the AKC will not allow you to register them. You are not allowed to breed the puppy you purchase from us for any reason. We sell the majority of our puppies in to loving homes. Some stay here and become members of our home. They are not meant to become breeding machines. The last thing we want is for our beautiful puppy to end up as a puppy factory for pet shops or overseas. If you are looking to buy a puppy from us to breed please look elsewhere.
Return of a Puppy
As we have stated before we are there for the lifetime of the puppy. If for some reason you are no longer able to keep the puppy or dog. The puppy MUST be returned to Golden Plains Goldens. You are not allowed to rehome or sell the puppy. We are hoping that this never will happen and to this day have never had a puppy come back to us as, we work with the owners to help them keep the puppy. This is why we tell future puppy parents to do their homework before they purchase a puppy. However, as stated before if the event does arise you must return the Puppy or dog to us. Each case will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
We believe that providing the highest quality nutrition is extremely important in the growth and development of our puppies, and we feed and recommend Royal Canin Puppy, Royal Canin Golden Retriever, Purina Pro Plan 30/20 at the all purple bag, Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, Merrick Grain free and Merrick regular diets.
You are able to purchase these foods at Tractor Supply and most major dog food chains. The best place to buy food is www.chewy.com they have free shipping and it is usually cheaper. www.amazon.com . You may even be able to get them at your local vet or farm store.
We vaccinate our puppies at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.
We also deworm our puppies at 4, 6, and 8 weeks. Puppies as well as adults should be dewormed regularly.
We reserve the right to not sell a puppy or do business with anyone. Our goal is to find the best possible home for our puppies. If we see during your visit with the puppies you will not be a good fit, we have the right to refuse a sale. Our puppies are our family. Owning a puppy is a privilege not a right. It is a life time commitment, the dogs Lifetime. We expect these puppies to be going to their forever homes. While puppies are cute, they all to soon become adult dogs and require a lot of care. Golden Retriever's shed. So, if you do not expect or want to clean up dog hair off your clothes, car seat, etcetera maybe a Golden puppy isn't for you. They are a Sporting breed so they are active and require daily exercise. If you have any questions about the breed please ask, we have a lot of knowledge about Goldens. We also want to encourage you to visit the Golden Retriever Club of America's website located in our links page.
WHAT IS A ‘BREEDER’?
A ‘Breeder’ is a person for whom it is more important to perform a specific breeding of one special ‘right’ dog to a specific bitch, rather than a person who will breed any male of the same breed to their bitch in order to produce puppies. A Breeder doesn’t breed at a specific time of year for better puppy sales. A Breeder breeds for him or her self, because they are breeding to an ideal and not the "market". A Breeder may hold onto the puppies for longer than 8 weeks so that they are certain they have made the right ‘pick’ of which puppy to keep or to sell as a show dog, and by definition as a breeding animal.
A Breeder makes you justify just why you think you deserve a puppy. On the other hand, a non-breeder, in the case of the worst puppy mills, breeds any dog which looks like it may belong to a certain breed to whatever specimen of the same breed they can pick up. A non- breeder doesn’t choose the ‘best’ male for a given female. A non-breeder ‘lets nature take its course’ rather than doing everything within their power to ensure that the mother and the father, and eventually the puppies, are healthy, so that the breeding will be successful, so that it won’t seriously affect the health of the mother, and so that the puppies will be robust and healthy. A Breeder will perform all necessary tests to ensure that the mother and father of a litter are genetically healthy, and free of inheritable diseases to the best of their ability to check.
A Breeder will only register puppies with the correct pedigree. A puppy Greeder will use any set of ‘papers’ they can get their hands on. Papers which may not actually be the true pedigrees of the sire and dam. A Breeder will stay awake and with the litter for as many 24-hour days as are necessary to insure that no puppy is lost to ‘fading puppy syndrome’, or is squashed or misplaced by the new mother. A non-breeder will ‘let nature take its course’ - again.
A Breeder will handle every puppy several times every day, and help supplement the puppies feeding if necessary to save excessive drain on the dam. A Breeder will chart daily weights on the puppies, and identify each puppy in some way, so that they can keep track of each puppy’s rate of gain, so a puppy, which is falling behind the others, can be supplemented.
A Breeder will give the expectant mother Breyers Ice Cream, or pickles and peanut butter, if they are requested, and will sleep with her on their pillow and get up in the middle of the night to let her out to go potty and to reassure her she is special. A Breeder will stay home from work for as many days as necessary, in order to whelp the litter, help the bitch, and get the puppies off to a good start. A Breeder will supply the mother with a whelping box which keeps the mother and the puppies comfortable, and gives them a feeling of protection and safety. If the bitch chooses, however, she is allowed to begin the whelping process on the Breeder’s own bed, and to move to the whelping box once anxiety cools and the bitch is ready to keep at her job in another location. A puppy Greeder simply ‘harvests’ the puppies from wire bottomed cages like rabbit hutches when they appear to be about the age of consent for the airlines.
A Breeder will skillfully interview all applicants for adoption, and will provide the new puppy owners with a healthy, well adjusted, well vaccinated and dewormed puppy. I know I could go on about this for a couple more pages, but the impression I want to give, is that breeding a litter and whelping and raising and placing puppies entails tremendous sustained effort, education, money and a good knowledge of applied genetics. It is anything but a casual undertaking. A breeding undertaken without this kind of effort may produce healthy, sound puppies, or it may not. One has no way of predicting, since the deck wasn’t ‘loaded’’ as good Breeders try to arrange it.
After selling the puppy, a good Breeder will follow up with all needed assistance to the new owner. A Breeder will be prepared to take a puppy or adult dog back into their own home if needed - for whatever reason. This means that a good Breeder must be able to provide for an extra dog or two at a moments notice, and inconvenience isn’t an admissible excuse. A good Breeder considers him or herself the "parent" of a puppy from birth to grave. The responsibility for bringing new puppies into the world includes making certain, to the extent possible, that these puppies will go on to have happy lives, and never become homeless. All contracts for puppy sales must include that any transfer should occur through the breeder, or be approved by the breeder.
The bumper sticker proclaims that "A Puppy is for Life", and that’s true, for both the buyer and the breeder. While ‘back yard breeders’ may not be guilty of the sins of puppy Greeders, neither are they, by definition, cognizant of the procedures and efforts necessary to earn the title ‘Breeder’.