Be Informed. There are a few very good golden retriever breeders here in the Virginia Carolina area, but, there are regrettfully a whole lot of awful puppy mills too. The newspaper and internet are flooded with ads from backyard puppy mills who exploit the golden retriever breed primarily for profit. While doing your research you will find a rapidly growing number of health concerns disregarded by irresponsible breeders (who might admit to them if they are even aware). BE INFORMED.
Good golden breeders will only breed pure bred Golden Retrievers from carefully chosen and healthy sire's and dam's. Good Golden Retriever breeders never produce mixed breed "Frankendogs" such as Golden Doodles. Responsible Golden Retriever breeders whose best interests reside in the health of the breed do substantial research beyond the pedigrees of the sire and dam, limiting their breeding to goldens with relevant and verifiable health evaluations and good temperaments in an attempt to screen out inherited genetic problems. Good breeders routinely screen the health of their own breeding stock for potential health problems that can arise with age using a variety of evaluations from OFA, OVC, BVA, PennHip, CERF, Optigen, MSU, Board Certified Opthamologists & Cardiologists, Orthopaedic specialists and specialized research organizations that are committed to identifying genetic disorders that goldens are often affected by. The more golden breeders we meet, the fewer we discover have done their homework, gone beyond the basic testing and breed a high quality dog. Again, BE INFORMED.
The GRCA is a great resource of information with more useful articles about golden retrievers than any other website. Their Puppy Referal member contact list is a good starting place to locate the better golden breeders described above who are more likely to help you find a great golden retriever, but, it is no guarantee. We strongly suggest doing your own research before making such an important decision and to read the GRCA's easy to understand "Before buying a puppy" information online using the newly redesignedGOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB of AMERICA website. Good luck with your search!!
Briarwood Farm Golden Retrievers are raised in our home with daily individual attention. We dedicate a good deal of time to the welfare and development of each puppy from conception until the moment they leave with their new companion(s). Each puppy recieves Early Neurological Stimulation from day 3-16 and from there we incorporate a limited amount of the positive training methods inspired by the Puppy Prodigies neo-natal early learning program. Briarwood Farm Goldens leave our home with a ResQ ISO microchip, their first set of immunizations, vet health report, two year health guarantee against Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, SAS, congenital eye defects and screening for PRA. We also provide basic training information.
Again, Briarwood Goldens are raised in our home with our family, not in a kennel. We endeavor to produce healthy, sound and well socialized pups from the beginning. After reaching 5 weeks of age they are regularly socialized with children, introduced to retrieving toys, birds, and shallow water. Our pups frequently ride in cars and are accustomed to being in a crate at night or for short periods during the day.
We strive to breed wonderful examples of the breed standard with excellent temperaments and generations of health clearances from verifiably sound pedigrees exhibiting a healthy genetic background.
A well-mannered and socialized golden is a joy to live with! Conversely, a spoiled rotten, untrained or poorly socialized dog of any breed can be a nightmare. Your pup’s future is in your hands and that is a big responsibility not to be taken lightly. We will provide you with tips to continue proper socialization and training. Additionally, we will be available to answer your questions for as long as your dog lives. Just as we put time and effort into each puppy, we also have expectations for your interactions and attention to continue with your dog when you take them home. We require new puppy owners to enroll in a puppy socialization class after the puppy reaches 16 weeks of age followed by private obedience sessions to build the foundation for a more rewarding relationship that will last a lifetime.
You are invited to visit with our dogs, see them work and learn more about Briarwood Golden Retrievers! Thank you for reading all of this stuff :)