Maine Golden Retriever’s Breeder Referral program provides prospective Golden Retriever owners with information to assist with the purchase of a carefully bred Golden Retriever puppy or adult. Puppies and dogs listed in the referral program are from parents who have passed a number of important health tests for hereditary disorders.
Acceptance of a listing to Breeder Referral does not constitute endorsement by MGRC or any of its members. Neither the Maine Golden Retriever Club nor its Board of Directors assumes responsibility for the quality, health, soundness, or temperament of any litters listed.
To participate in the program, breeders must be a member of Maine Golden Retriever Club and provide the following:
- Verification that both the sire and dam were over 2 years old at the time of breeding
- Eye clearances (CERF or OFA certificates) on both the sire and dam, current at the time of breeding.
- Hip clearances (OFA Certification or Penn Hip) on both the sire and dam.
- Elbow clearances (OFA Certification) on both the sire and dam.
- Heart clearances on both the sire and dam, issued by a veterinary cardiologist who is certified by the ACVIM (Cardiology).
The results of all health exams should be available in an approved online database such as OFA (https://www.ofa.org). Many breeders are now also doing DNA testing for several diseases that can affect Golden Retrievers.
Maine Golden Retriever Club recommends that a fully executed, written purchase agreement setting forth all the terms of purchase be obtained before possession of a puppy is transferred from the breeder to the purchaser.
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The club's breeder referral program only lists breeders who are Maine Golden Retriever Club members in good standing and have recently submitted the required information on their litters. Occasionally an older puppy or adult dog will be listed.
In addition, there is excellent information available at https://grca.org/find-a-golden/begin-the-search/
When you find your puppy, remember to enroll him/her in Puppy Kindergarten. Early training and socialization are critical to a well-behaved companion.
Please use the resources below to help determine if a puppy, older dog, or a rescue dog will meet your personal preferences and fit into your lifestyle.
With the increase in popularity of the Golden Retriever has come a corresponding decrease in the overall quality of some Goldens being bred. AKC papers alone are no indication of the quality of a puppy. An AKC registration form is comparable to a birth certificate, nothing more! Responsible breeders look for breeding stock that best exemplifies the official breed standard, a written description of the ideal temperament, correct proportion, structure and movement, as well as size and color for a Golden Retriever. The GRCA site describes the official Golden Retriever Breed Standard.
In looking for a Golden puppy, you will notice that prices vary widely. Discuss costs, responsibilities, and other issues with all the breeders you meet. Be sure the breeder you choose is someone you are comfortable working with; a responsible breeder will be available to help and advise you throughout the life of your puppy.
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