Frequently Asked Questions
Why is important for a puppy to have someone at home?
Dogs are pack animals and thrive on company. Even if you have a dog already to give a puppy company, it is important to have someone around initially to make sure that the puppy learns what to do from you rather than your existing dog.
Is it a good idea to have two puppies?
While the puppies will be happy to have each other's company, most people find training one puppy enough of a challenge. You want the puppies to respond to you rather than one another. If you want to end up with two dogs, it is nearly always better to get one trained before you take on a second.
Is it a good idea to get a puppy while I have an old dog?
Puppies do like company. Your existing dog is likely to help the puppy settle in its new home. Getting a new puppy at a convenient time for your circumstances can be better than taking a difficult decision after you have just suffered a loss.
What toilet training will the puppies have?
Puppies have an instinctive desire to keep their den clean. They will be used to relieving themselves on grass most of the time. However, a young puppy has only a limited amount of control. You will need to continue giving a puppy plenty of chance to do the right thing in its new home.
Is it a good idea to neuter a dog?
Much information you will come across on this subject is unbalanced. Some vets are keen to generate fee income from castration and spaying operations.
For a male golden, neutering is unlikely to be a good idea. It will have an adverse affect on his coat, increase the chance of obesity and increase his overall risk of developing cancer. If he starts humping things, this is likely to be a training issue rather than one requiring surgery.
For a female golden, the decision is closer. Although the downsides are similar to those for a male, neutering does reduce the risk of mammary tumours as well as eliminating the risk of a pyometra.
If one is going to neuter, when is the best time to do so?
Firstly, you need to wait until you are sure that you do not wish to breed from the dog. Secondly, you should wait until you have an adult dog. Premature neutering carries a number of health risks. In the case of a bitch, you should wait until she has had one season. In the case of a male dog, you should wait until he is behaving like an adult and you are confident he has stopped growing.
Why do puppies come with a breeding restriction?
We, like most breeders, sell puppies with an endorsement restricting the breeding from and export of our puppies. One purpose is to ensure that only suitable stock goes into the gene pool. The other is to ensure that anyone who does wish to breed understands the responsibilities and risks involved.
Under what circumstances might you lift the breeding restriction?
Firstly, you would need to convince us that any resultant puppies would get a similar level of care as we would give them. Secondly, the puppy, when an adult, would need to having standard health tests for a breeding golden. As a minimum, these are currently a hip x-ray and an annual eye test. In addition, depending upon the prospective mate, these could include an elbow x-ray and DNA tests.