The Southern Golden Retriever Club does
not recommend any specific breeder, litter or puppy. The Club
Liaison Officer has a list of
puppies and occasionally adults who need rehoming. It is up to
you, the buyer, to ask questions. Do not be afraid to do
What to look for when buying a puppy
The puppies and their mother will be in a
clean environment. They will not be nervous or aggressive and
will accept polite calm visitors happily. The breeder will
obviously love the mother and puppies. If the sire is
available ask to see him.
The puppies should have been wormed at least
3 times, and will have had a vaccination before leaving, they should
be socialised. They should be at least 7 weeks old when they
around, choose a reputable breeder - a serious hobby breeder is
preferable over a pet shop or backyard breeder who may not be aware
of golden health problems, has done no health checks, nor given the
puppies proper care.
How do you recognise such a person?
They will belong to a club and be involved in some aspect of the
breed - show, obedience, agility or field trials. Because of
this involvement , they will have an idea of how good their dogs are
and have some reputation among the other golden retriever
What do you want the puppy for - a good
family pet, hunting dog, obedience worker or show dog? Be
honest with the breeder so they can help you choose the puppy that's
right for you.
A reputable breeder will ask you questions -
this is because they are concerned to find the best place for their
puppies to go to. They will ask about your fences, lifestyle,
the dogs you've had in the past.
He/she will be able to show you
certificates that are proof both sire and dam have had their eyes examined
by a qualified veterinary opthalmologist in the last 12 months, that
hips and elbows have been x-rayed, and possibly a heart certificate -
this one is still fairly new, not all dogs have been
He/she will provide you with the correct
documentation - both a pedigree and NZKC Registration at no extra
charge. He/she should also provide you with written
instructions on feeding and training and care and make it clear that
his/her responsibility to this dog continues long after you have
taken your puppy home.
He/she will give you a time period in which
you can have the puppy examined by a vet to determine its state of