​       Frequent Asked Questions

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-Is a deposit recommended?
   
Yes, we encourage deposits especially if you are hoping for a particular gender or from a particular father and mother.


-Would a male or a female puppy be a better choice for me?
   
One of your first considerations when selecting a male or female puppy should be the weight and height of an adult Golden Retriever. Males measure about 23 – 24 inches (58-61 cm) in height at withers (shoulder) and weigh approximately 75 to 95 lbs. Females stand 21-1/2 – 22-1/2 inches (55-57 cm) at the withers and weigh approximately 55 to 75 pounds at maturity. The difference in temperament of a male and a female is rather subtle. 


-I work during the day. Can I still enjoy dog companionship? Yes! 
   
You will require a puppy play pen while your puppy is young so that they can relieve themselves and play safely during your absences. 



-Should I crate train my new puppy? Yes!  
   We strongly recommend crate training for all dogs and puppies. It is much safer for your home and puppy. It encourages good house training habits, encourages impulse control in stressful situations and reduces stress during veterinary hospital stays or unexpected emergency situations requiring confinement of your puppy or older dog. Crate training is not cruel or mean when used and introduced properly.


-What size of crate will my Golden require?
   Adult Males require a crate that is 40” long, 26” wide and 32” tall or taller. Adult females require a crate that is 36” long, 24” wide and 32” tall. I recommend that dog owners use an adult male sized crate for both males and females. The extra space allows for more stretching out. During puppy hood you will need to divide off a portion of the crate until they learn to hold their bowels and bladder better. A large space for a small puppy sometimes encourages them to go “potty” in one end, and sleep in the other end.


-How much physical exercise does a Golden Retriever need?  
   A happy and relaxed dog or puppy requires a minimum of 20 minutes of significant physical (fetch, off-lead walking etc.) exercise daily. Young puppies should not be forced into strenuous physical activities (jogging, biking etc.) until after 18 months of age to protect their joints from serious physical harm. 

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-Can I arrange a kennel visit?
   Yes, you are more then welcome to come visit us and see the parents. We don't allow visitors to come see the babies until the age of seven weeks when they have been given their first Five-Way puppy shot. Due to health concerns that visitors can track and pass on to the babies, our vet has recomended not to let visitors into the dog house. If interested in purchasing a puppy, please visit the Puppy Adoption Page. 



-Do we get to pick out our own puppy?
   Yes, we help lead you to the right match!
 Since we are with the puppies' from the time they are born till  8-weeks, we know the different personalities of each puppy and can help lead you to the right one, from your request that you will send at the time of your deposit. At the age of seven weeks, we send everyone videos with the puppies that we feel match your request, then you pick!



-What is ICT?
   Ichthyosis (golden retriever type) is an inherited condition of the skin affecting golden retrievers. The age of onset and severity of disease are highly variable, however most affected dogs present before one year of age with flaky skin and dull hair. Over time the skin develops a grayish color and appears thick and scaly, especially over the abdomen. The symptoms may progress to severe scaling all over the body, may improve with age, or may come and go over the dog’s lifetime. While the prognosis is generally good for affected dogs, they are at increased risk for skin infections.



-What is PRA1?
   Progressive retinal Atrophy, golden retriever 1 (GR-PRA1) is a late-onset inherited eye disease affecting golden retrievers. Affected dogs begin showing clinical symptoms related to retinal degeneration between 6 to 7 years of age on average, though age of onset can vary. Initial clinical signs of progressive retinal atrophy involve changes in reflectivity and appearance of a structure behind the Retina called the Tapetum that can be observed on a veterinary eye exam. Progression of the disease leads to thinning of the retinal blood vessels, signifying decreased blood flow to the retina. Affected dogs initially have vision loss in dim light (night blindness) and loss of peripheral vision, eventually progressing to complete blindness in most affected dogs.
Common Symptoms
Progressive retinal Atrophy, golden retriever 1 (GR-PRA1) is a late-onset inherited eye disease affecting golden retrievers. Affected dogs begin showing clinical symptoms related to retinal degeneration between 6 to 7 years of age on average, though age of onset can vary. Initial clinical signs of progressive retinal atrophy involve changes in reflectivity and appearance of a structure behind the Retina called the Tapetum that can be observed on a veterinary eye exam. Progression of the disease leads to thinning of the retinal blood vessels, signifying decreased blood flow to the retina. Affected dogs initially have vision loss in dim light (night blindness) and loss of peripheral vision, eventually progressing to complete blindness in most affected dogs.



-What is PRA2?
   Progressive retinal Atrophy, golden retriever 2 (GR-PRA2) is a late-onset inherited eye disease affecting golden retrievers. Affected dogs begin showing clinical symptoms related to retinal degeneration at around 4 to 5 years of age on average, though age of onset can vary. Initial clinical signs of progressive retinal atrophy involve changes in reflectivity and appearance of a structure behind the Retina called the Tapetum that can be observed on a veterinary eye exam. Progression of the disease leads to thinning of the retinal blood vessels, signifying decreased blood flow to the retina. Affected dogs initially have vision loss in dim light (night blindness) and loss of peripheral vision, progressing to complete blindness in most affected dogs.



-Do you offer full AKC registered?
   We do give full AKC breeding rights to approved homes for an extra fee. For more information, please call us.



- When do you recomend spay or nueter?
​    After 12 months of age. (Click link below for more information)






-Are English Golden Retrievers and American Golden Retrievers the same?

    They are actually both recognized by the AKC as Golden Retrievers. The term “English Cream Golden Retriever” is used in the U.S. to distinguish dogs with very recent genetic lines from European kennels vs those from generations of American lines. In 1936, in England, the KC changed their standard to include cream in acceptable colors. Today, English Golden Retrievers can be found around the world. However, to be a full English Golden Retriever, the dog must have European lines from both parents' sides that meet the standard for the KC.

Health- The English retriever is definitely a healthier dog than the American retriever, as discovered by comparing studies by the Golden Retriever Club of America vs. The British Kennel Club. 68% of American Goldens will die because of cancer, while English Golden’s are 38% less likely to die from cancer.The average lifespan of an English Golden is 15% (19 months) longer than the American retriever. Additionally, English Goldens have been rigorously tested for multiple generations to weed out dogs with higher genetic tendencies toward chronic issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia.

Size- The English Golden Retriever will reach a height between 20-24 inches. Their heads are  larger and blockier than that of their American counter-parts.

Coat-  The thick, soft and water repellent coat can come in a variety of shades. Any shade of gold or cream is acceptable.

Character-  English Golden Retrievers are very loyal to their families. They are great with kids and other household pets. They are also very obedient and intelligent

Temperament-  English Golden Retrievers are sweet, loving and athletic. They are a laid back breed but yet still playful.

Care-  English Golden Retrievers need groomed at least 2 times per week. They should be kept on high quality food and vitamins as well. Exercise is vital in the health of your English Golden Retriever.

Training- English Golden Retrievers are an intelligent breed that need consistent training. They are obedient in nature and are easily trained.















































​​ -DO YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE THAT CAN TRAIN MY PUPPY? YES! 
   We do offer a 2 week and 4 week jump start program! For more information, please visit the

Puppy Adoption Page. Also, Pets Mart offers a good one on one training class for you and your puppy. If you are looking for an advanced training, we can help lead you to someone we know.
   
  
  If you have anymore questions please feel free to give us a call, we would love to help!


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