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Puppies

Here is a brief example of what you get when you purchase a Golden Retriever from Golden Plains Goldens.

We do not breed very often and we cannot promise when we will have another litter. 

Our price reflects the quality of the breeding, the commitment we have to the breed in terms of time and financial investment, our investment in breeding only dogs with health clearances, and improvement of the breed. All of our health clearances are verifiable on OFA (www.offa.org). 

 

What you can expect with your puppy

    AKC Limited Registration  (exceptions may apply)

    Mandatory Spay or Neuter after 18 months of age for companion puppies

    Individual stimulation from birth
 
    puppies are dewormed 3 times before going to their new homes

    First set of Vaccinations

    Paper trained and the beginnings of house / crate training

    Individual Veterinarian Examination My vet also competes with labs in AKC and UKC hunting trials and thoroughly goes over every puppy.

    Bill of Sale
 
    Micro-chipped and pre-enrolled in AKC's REUNITE program.

    All puppies will have also have an AKC DNA certificate. 

 

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. 

 Whether or not you purchase a puppy from us please remember to do your homework. 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 that the puppy will not develop hip or elbow dysplasia, Subaortic stenosis, or an eye condition like pigmentary uveitis. 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.

 

 Price and deposit

 We do require a $200 non-refundable deposit, when the puppies are born, which is applied to the total purchase price. Our prices range from $1,200 to $1,500 depending on the pedigree and titles of the parents.

   We accept cash, cashier's check, and money orders.  If you pay by cashier's check or money order we do require that you send them in advance of picking up your puppy. We will wait until your check or money order clears before you can take your puppy home. We used to take personal checks but do not anymore due to the ability of the buyer to cancel the check after they have picked up their puppy. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but one person ruined it for everyone. 

  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

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.
 


 

Spay and Neuter

If you are thinking of owning a Golden Retriever Please read this article on Early Spay and Neuter. All our puppies are sold on spay and neuter contracts. Our contract states you  cannnot spay or neuter your puppy from us until it is over 18 months of age.

Golden retriever study suggests neutering affects dog health

February 13, 2013 

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(Photo courtesy of Hiroki Nakamura)


Neutering, and the age at which a dog is neutered, may affect the animal’s risk for developing certain cancers and joint diseases, according to a new study of golden retrievers by a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis.


The study, which examined the health records of 759 golden retrievers, found a surprising doubling of hip dysplasia among male dogs neutered before one year of age. This and other results were published Feb. 13 in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE.


“The study results indicate that dog owners and service-dog trainers should carefully consider when to have their male or female dogs neutered,” said lead investigator Benjamin Hart, a distinguished professor emeritus in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.


“It is important to remember, however, that because different dog breeds have different vulnerabilities to various diseases, the effects of early and late neutering also may vary from breed to breed,” he said.


While results of the new study are revealing, Hart said the relationship between neutering and disease-risk remains a complex issue. For example, the increased incidence of joint diseases among early-neutered dogs is likely a combination of the effect of neutering on the young dog’s growth plates as well as the increase in weight on the joints that is commonly seen in neutered dogs.


Dog owners in the United States are overwhelmingly choosing to neuter their dogs, in large part to prevent pet overpopulation or avoid unwanted behaviors. In the U.S., surgical neutering — known as spaying in females — is usually done when the dog is less than one year old.


In Europe, however, neutering is generally avoided by owners and trainers and not promoted by animal health authorities, Hart said.


During the past decade, some studies have indicated that neutering can have several adverse health effects for certain dog breeds. Those studies examined individual diseases using data drawn from one breed or pooled from several breeds.


Against that backdrop, Hart and colleagues launched their study, using a single hospital database. The study was designed to examine the effects of neutering on the risks of several diseases in the same breed, distinguishing between males and females and between early or late neutering and non-neutering. 


The researchers chose to focus on the golden retriever because it is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. and Europe and is vulnerable to various cancers and joint disorders. The breed also is favored for work as a service dog.


The research team reviewed the records of female and male golden retrievers, ranging in age from 1 to 8 years, that had been examined at UC Davis’ William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for two joint disorders and three cancers: hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear, lymphosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma and mast cell tumor. The dogs were classified as intact (not neutered), neutered early (before 12 months age), or neutered late (at or after 12 months age).


Joint disorders and cancers are of particular interest because neutering removes the male dog’s testes and the female’s ovaries, interrupting production of certain hormones that play key roles in important body processes such as closure of bone growth plates, and regulation of the estrous cycle in female dogs.


The study revealed that, for all five diseases analyzed, the disease rates were significantly higher in both males and females that were neutered either early or late compared with intact (non-neutered) dogs.


Specifically, early neutering was associated with an increase in the occurrence of hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear and lymphosarcoma in males and of cranial cruciate ligament tear in females. Late neutering was associated with the subsequent occurrence of mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcoma in females.


In most areas, the findings of this study were consistent with earlier studies, suggesting similar increases in disease risks. The new study, however, was the first to specifically report an increased risk of late neutering for mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcoma.


Furthermore, the new study showed a surprising 100 percent increase, or doubling, of the incidence of hip dysplasia among early-neutered males. Earlier studies had reported a 17 percent increase among all neutered dogs compared to all non-neutered dogs, indicating the importance of the new study in making gender and age-of-neutering comparisons.


Here are some charts that show the findings from the study.

HD – Hip Dysplasia; CCL – Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear; LSA – Lymphosarcoma; HSA – Hemangiosarcoma;  MCT – Mast Cell Tumors


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Other researchers on this UC Davis study were: Gretel Torres de la Riva, Thomas Farver and Lynette Hart, School of Veterinary Medicine; Anita Oberbauer, Department of Animal Science; Locksley Messam, Department of Public Health Sciences; and Neil Willits, Department of Statistics.


About UC Davis


For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has more than 33,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget of nearly $750 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.


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Quality Nutrition

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 Performance, Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, Merrick Grain free and Merrick regular diets.  

You are able to purchase these foods at Petsmart, Petco, Tractor Supply. The best place to buy food is www.chewy.com they have free shipping and it is usually cheaper. www.wag.com, or www.dog.com.   You may even be able to get them at your local vet or farm store. 

Vaccination Information

We vaccinate our puppies at 6, 9, and 12 weeks of age.

We also deworm our puppies at 4, 6, and 8 weeks. Puppies as well as adults should be dewormed regularly.


 

ATTENTION

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’.


 


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