Golden Retrievers are originally from Scotland. As their name suggests, they were bred to be hunting dogs. Golden Retrievers have been recognized by the American Kennel Club since 1925, and are related to Irish Setters and Bloodhounds. Golden Retrievers can adapt to a variety of different living situations as long as they have an opportunity for daily exercise.
Because they are hardworking and eager to please, they are ideal companions and also frequent candidates for guide dog or search and rescue training. Their many attractive qualities often make choosing to purchase a Golden Retriever an easy decision. However, deciding which AKC
Golden Retriever breeder to patronize can be more difficult.
Responsible breeders take the time to screen the animals they breed for genetic health problems and potential behavioral issues. Many health problems and temperament issues are not immediately apparent. Choosing a Golden Retriever puppy from a breeder who has not taken these traits into consideration may cause you and your pet trouble and grief later on. If you are curious about a particular facility’s breeding practices, never hesitate to ask.
An AKC Golden Retriever breeder is also committed to proper puppy socialization
at an early age. Many breeders train their puppies as soon as possible, exposing them to a variety of stimuli so as to prepare them for whatever life they might eventually lead. Good breeders also get to know potential buyers. Because they care about their animals, they will not sell to anyone who hasn’t met the potential pet in person. If a breeder doesn’t seem concerned about why you want a dog, they may not be the best breeder for you.
Finally, an AKC Golden Retriever breeder will willingly show you all the areas of their facility where dogs spend time. From fields to crates, everything should be clean and in working order. Taking a tour of a facility is a great way to know where your dog came from and allows you to feel confident about your investment in a happy, healthy Golden Retriever puppy.