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We are located in Port Orange outside city of Daytona Beach Florida.

As you may notice, we do not put our address on our site on purpose. As this is to protect our family, dogs and to keep our home secure until we have approved your application, had a short interview and know who you are and your intentions.

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American and English golden’s size, color, head shape, topline, coat texture, and movement are some of the primary areas in which they differ.

People in North America have become custom to describe any Golden Retriever that looks like the Goldens bred overseas as “English”, when in fact the dog might have been bred in Scotland, Holland, Norway, Australia, Canada or even the United States, and not England at all. All Goldens descend from the same foundations that originated in Scotland in 1868 and were further developed throughout the United Kingdom (UK). However, in the United States and parts of Canada, the breed has developed a somewhat different look than it did overseas.

“English” type vs. “American” golden retriever simply refers to the dog’s structure. While American golden retriever may vary in color the English golden is known to be light cream or white. The muzzle of the English dog is wider and shorter, and broader skull making its forehead  blockier more of a bully head. Its legs are shorter, its chest is deeper, with a flatter croup, its tail is slightly shorter, and with more wavy coats seen. American golden today has a variety of types, but is generally a less angulated and somewhat lighter weight dog, with a straighter and more profuse coat than its British cousin. Many North American fanciers feel that the overseas bloodlines excel in head properties, balance, and forequarter structure; while the American bloodlines tend to excel in rear quarters, movement, and showmanship.

Due to these features, a English type usually weighs more than an American or Canadian golden retriever. The eyes of the English type are noted for their roundness and darkness, which is in contrast to the triangular or slanted composition of their American counterparts. A Golden Retriever of British breeding can have a coat colour of any shade of gold or cream.

As for English golden retrievers may be a little more lighter in color, in the US, these dogs are often mislabeled English Golden Retrievers, British Golden Retrievers, English Cream Golden Retrievers and even Rare White Golden Retrievers. In truth, in every country these dogs are simply golden retrievers and nothing more.

Due to common marketing ploys many people believe the “American” and “English” golden retrievers are a total different breed. Wrong. They are both from the same breed but from different counterparts. Golden’s came from yellow flatcoats and tweedwater spaniels. The cream gene in golden retriever is one of several hypomelanism or dilution genes form of the yellow gene. Both Golden Retrievers have the eagerness to please and are a large strongly built breed with muscular bodies. They have great endurance with a dense, water-repellant wavy coats.

The only difference between the two are breeding pools that are concentrated on different dogs. There is no one better than the other. Many other breeders may advertise their “English” Golden’s to be “Rare”, “White”, “British Whites”, “Platinum Blondes”, “Ultra Lights” etc. exploiting their dogs for profit. Many breeders will claim that the “English” Golden’s are healthier, better temperament, and having stronger longevity life span, which this is also false. The average lifespan for a Golden Retriever is about 11 to 12 years. Some may say 12-15 depending on health, nutrition and living factors. We also believe that a dog can live longer with another pet companion. Both types of Golden Retrievers are descendants of the same dogs, there are more similarities than differences. All golden’s and such have similar health problems. Owning an “American” or “English” golden retriever is more of a preference.

All of our British/English dogs are imported and are considered as “English Type Golden Retrievers”.

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ABSOLUTELY NOT! We do not pick out your puppy for you but much rather “guide” you, as we like to work with you in determining the best puppy for you and your family. In most cases, our puppies are the one’s who pick and choose their families! We do what we would expect from other breeders, and what we look for in a breeder, as we personally would not like a breeder to choose a puppy for us.

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Here, at Phillips’ Dawg House, we have a procedure for buying, picking, shipping  and picking up our golden retriever puppies.

 

Buying Your Puppy:

In order to begin this process we ask that you first complete our required online puppy questionnaire form.

We do request in the questionnaire to send a private friend request (Facebook Admin) to: Tabatha Phillips. This is for us to stay updated with each puppy and assures us that each puppy is in a loving home. This also helps me to cope with the transition of the puppies embarking on their new journey to their next chapter in life.

As breeders, we feel our most important responsibility is to match the right puppy to the right home, our first and foremost priority, and be placed in the most appropriate environment. As such, we require for all potential buyers to fill out and complete our questionnaire form. This is for us to get to know you and your family better, have a better idea of your environment, your lifestyle, and how a puppy will fit into it.

We want to assure you that this questionnaire is highly confidential and that no one but the owners of Phillips’ Dawg House will see the results of the questionnaire.

 

Approval Process:

After your questionnaire has been approved, We will then contact you for a short phone interview to discuss extensively your hopes for a new puppy and our expectations as Breeders, than after, once you decided to move forward, we will set up an appointment on puppies fourth (4th) week of age for you to pick out and reserve your puppy by placing a security deposit.

Puppy pick-out day is on our puppies fourth (4th) week of age, this is for the future owners, as we do not want them to only choose a puppy on his/her color and patterns, but also see and learn the puppies personality, playful ability, activity level, and allow the puppy to also have the chance see and hear their visitors, so they can also enjoy there company.

Please read our contract so that you better understand what we are mutually agreeing upon in entering this agreement together. To receive access, if requested, please remember your password given to you during your phone interview.

 

Reserving A Puppy:

Reservations are accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis and are secured by your non-refundable deposit. Due to high demand for our Golden puppies, we cannot reserve a puppy without a security deposit. We may accept first, second and/or third pick due to high demand ONLY if pregnancy has been confirmed. We do not accept more deposits than there are puppies. Check out our pricing details.

Unlike some breeders, we DO NOT pick your puppy for you, as we like to work with you in determining the best puppy for you and your family. In most cases, our puppies are the one’s who pick and choose their families.

We usually will accept first, second and third pick of litter. During your phone interview we will give you the option of pick of litter. It is important that you will be available that day or make prior arrangements as to your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice, or we will choose for you, if necessary. All families are very excited on “pick your puppy day”, as we give each families an hour of time. Please remember, families that have later picks are anxiously awaiting their turn. We try hard to keep the picking process on time.

Please Note: While you pick you puppy at four (4) weeks, remember — Puppies will not be able to leave to go to their new homes until they are at-least eight (8) weeks of age. No sooner. No exceptions***

Puppies cannot leave their litter-mates until they are at-least 8 weeks of age. The canine socialization period takes place between week 6 and 8, and is one of the most important stages of development of the dog. What they learn from their dam and littermates during this period greatly influences the rest of their lives. Also, under the state law in Florida, puppies cannot leave before 8 weeks of age.

As we would love to meet your other pets, we do ask that you do not bring them when visiting your puppy. For more details please check out Can we bring our other pets to visit our new puppy.

 

Shipping Your Puppy:

We do not fly our puppies or dogs. We do offer a pet taxi, where we will drive the puppy to your location with additional fee (domestic travel in the U.S.). If this is not an option, we also offer one person from Phillips’ Dawg House to fly with the puppy (at owners expense) to your location with a (1) round trip ticket, or have the owner fly down and pick up the puppy.

Check out why we do not fly out puppies or dogs

 

Picking Up Your Puppy:

Puppies are usually ready to leave to their new homes at 8-9 weeks of age.

In order to work around other families picking up that accommodates both our schedules, we have found it beneficial to have an open house. Time will be posted up on our facebook page a week in advance. Hours are usually from 11-6pm. If you cannot make it between those hours or on that day, please let us know so we will know when to expect you or can make plans for  a new pick-up date. Puppies cannot leave before the date of schedule departure, new pick-up date will have to be a day after. Please do not come before the first hour as we need this time to get puppies ready, bathed, nails trimmed and packed for departure.

***We will also ask to take a photo of each family with their new puppies***

Registration, health certificate, records, and microchip registration information, etc will be provided at the time of pick-up. For more details chick out What will the puppies be provided with.

 

Boarding:

If it is necessary, we are more than happy to keep your puppy for extra time. There will be a $7 per day boarding fee.

 

If you have additional questions – you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page, Email Us, or Call Us 386-682-0990.

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Yes. As breeders it’s our responsibility to ensure that all of our puppies go to the best of homes (our first and foremost priority!) & be placed in the most appropriate environment. As such, we require for all potential buyers to fill out & complete our questionnaire form before purchasing a puppy from us. This is for us to get to know you & your family better, have a better idea of your environment, your lifestyle & how a puppy will fit into it.

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How much are your puppies?

Our puppy prices sometimes vary, depending on many different factors for reasons including pick of litter, linage and pedigree of parents.

We try to have competitive pricing and try to make it as affordable for everyone to be able to own a healthy, champion bloodline golden retriever. We believe that most breeders take advantage of their lineage to just make profit. We understand you don’t have to be rich to own one of the best breeds available. As breeders, we know many different type of household’s can offer true love and companionship! Sales tax included in total purchase price.

 

Golden Retriever Puppy Prices:

American Line Golden Retriever ……………….  $1,100 – 1,500

1/2 American Line & 1/2 English Line Golden Retriever ……………….  $1,600 – 2,000

English Line Golden Retriever ……………….  $2,100 – 3,000

 

Our “Kitty’s Hero’s” Program

Non-Funding Assistance and Therapy Golden Retriever ……………….  $1,300 – $25,000

Funding Assistance and Therapy Golden Retriever ……………….  Free – no cost to you

Kitty’s Hero’s Program – http://phillipsdawghouse.com/trained-assistance-therapy-dogs

 

All of our Golden Retrievers will be sold on Limited Registration (no breeding offspring rights. Under spay/neuter contract)

 


 

Deposit:

Reservations are accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis and are secured by your non-refundable deposit. We usually will accept first, second and third pick of litter. Due to high demand for our Golden puppies, we cannot reserve a puppy without a security deposit.

Why security deposit non-refundable?

Deposits can be transferable to the following litter if anything unexpected occurs on either parties.

Security Deposits $350 (will be deducted from remaining balance from total purchase price on your puppy)
First/Second/Third Pick Of Litter:

First Pick Of Litter ……………….  +$200

Second Pick Of Litter ……………….  +$125

Third Pick Of Litter .………………  +$75

(this is an extra fee which is still a security deposit and will NOT be deducted from remaining balance from total purchase price on your puppy and is non-refundable)

(We reserve the right to keep first choice puppy from occasional litters.)

 


 

Microchip:

Microchip ……………….  $Free (included in purchase price)

Lifetime Registration Fee For Microchip ……………….  $Free (included in purchase price)

 

This guarantees the dogs microchip will be registered for your dogs own safety.

 


 

Shipping:

Pet Taxi (domestic travel in the U.S.) – (We do not ship puppies as freight)

As we do not fly our puppies and/or dogs, we do offer a shipping options:

  • The owner can purchase a round trip ticket to fly down and pick up the puppy themselves as a carry on with their owners in the cabin of a commercial airliner.
  • We offer one person from Phillips’ Dawg House to fly with the puppy as a carry on to your location with a (1) round trip ticket (at buyers expense).
  • We also offer, as we like to ship our puppies using our “pet taxi”, where we will drive the puppy to your location with additional fee (domestic travel in the U.S.).

 

Must pay advance to avoid any discrepancy.

Delivery within 40 miles……….$20.00
Extra Miles……………………..$4.00 per every 10 miles

 


 

Boarding:

If it is necessary, we are more than happy to keep your puppy for extra time.

Boarding Fee – $7 per day

Dog Boarding Fee – $7 per day one dog | extra dog(s) only $5 for each additional dog

Cat Boarding Fee – $5 per day one cat | extra cat(s) only $5 for each additional cat

Food – In-house food (Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-free dry kibble) $10 day (or you can provide your own food free of charge! Please make sure you bring enough food, if necessary we will use in-house food if provided food runs out – fee will apply.)

Phillips’ Pet Sitting

 


 

Stud Service:

$500 & pick of litter ……………….  $500.00

or

No pick of litter ……………………  $1200.00 – $3000

 

Prices may subject to change without notice, please contact us for updated pricing.

All payments are final and are non-refundable.
By making a payment you agree upon our terms and conditions.

 

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Payment methods that we accept are — Cash (please do not send cash in the mail), Credit Card over the phone or in person (surcharge fee will apply from our payment processor), online payment using PayPal (invoice will be sent to participants email address) or Payments can be sent with Western Union, U.S. Postal Money Order, Cashier Check, or Personal Check.

Payments should be made out to Keith Phillips or Tabatha Rosa.

 

Payment Methods Accepted On Pick-Up

Only payments accepted on pick-up are Cash, U.S. Postal Money Order & Cashier Check.

**No personal checks, Credit Card or PayPal accepted on pick up.** 

 

NOTE: Please, if paying remaining balance with PayPal or with a Personal Check, it must be received a week (7) days before puppy pick-up to assure clearance. If any payment made with PayPal payment has been denied, or a check that has been returned by our bank, you will be required to pay in cash from then on out and will be responsible paying any bank charges from the returned payment.

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We personally have not had anyone ask us why our security deposits are non-refundable. But we want to shine some light for those who may wonder.

 

As ethical reputable breeders, there are numerous reasons why deposits are Non-Refundable.

  1. A security deposit is a contract between the breeders and the buyers. On our side it means we will not sell or reserve the puppy to anyone else from that litter. On the buyer’s side they are promising to purchase the puppy from us the breeders, ware that you are serious about committing to the puppy/litter/etc.
  2. We believe our pups are well sought out and can be placed in a well matched home so the deposit refund would not be a burden.
  3. Once a deposit is made on a puppy, we will not sell that puppy to anyone else. If we have enough deposits for the whole litter, we turn potential buyers down, meaning if the buyer backs out, that puppy have had lost other opportunities for a reliable home due to the “contract” agreement being broken by the buyer. We will also keep the deposit for all the added trouble of placing the puppy later on.
  4. Our deposits goes towards preparing for the new arrivals, such as supplies, vet bills etc.
  5. There is WORK involved in screening people, letting them visit, talking to them over and over on the phone, answering e-mails, answering questions about our breeding practices, etc, etc. We have to get a good feel for who is getting our puppies, it takes time and effort.
  6. We also have the right to withdraw a deposit if we discover a buyer isn’t what they portray themselves to be.

 

As we always tell our potential buyers that deposits and all other payments are non-refundable, to make sure you and your family are committed before making a decision on placing a security deposit.

We do understand things happen, in certain circumstances, we do offer options, as the buyers can either transfer the deposit to a future litter of equal value. Deposits can be transferable to the following litter if anything unexpected occurs on either parties.

Placing a deposit is a security blanket for both the buyers and the breeders. This is why there are series of steps to purchase a puppy from us (required questionnaire, facebook friending & phone and/or in-person interview).

We do not take deposits until puppies are on the ground. We do not accept more deposits than there are puppies. We do not take deposits before the puppies are born here at Phillips’ Dawg House because we are not eager to take your money and we don’t know how to reserve something that doesn’t exist as of yet.

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Yes. Once you have chosen your puppy of choice and have placed a security deposit, we will give you a receipt stating the puppy known as, amount paid and remaining balance. The buyers and breeders sign and the buyers receive the copy.

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We do not fly our puppies – We do not feel comfortable flying our dogs, as we care about the welfare of our dogs and not just say it. Many things can happen, the puppy can get sick on flight, lost, misplaced, stolen, neglected or the owners could forget to even pick up their puppy. Pet cargo are not in a climate control area, have no room for comfort, no intervention if there is a danger or an emergency, and can get stuck in limbo for hours. We feel that someone should always be with the dog. —

We do offer a shipping option:

  • The owner can purchase a round trip ticket to fly down and pick up the puppy themselves as a carry on.
  • We offer one person from Phillips’ Dawg House to fly with the puppy as a carry on to your location with a (1) round trip ticket (at owners expense).
  • We also offer, as we like to ship our puppies using our “pet taxi”, where we will drive the puppy to your location with additional fee (domestic travel in the U.S.). For “pet taxi” price click here.

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To reserve a puppy you must fill out our online puppy questionnaire form.

After your questionnaire has been approved, we can set up an appointment for you to visit our puppies on their fourth (4th) week of age to pick out puppy of choice. To make the reservation finale, in order for us to hold your puppy you must place a security deposit.

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Yes. All of our puppies will be AKC Litter Registered.

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Limited Registration means “Pet Only” and which is under a spay/neutered contract.” Not allowed to Breed. A limited registration dog cannot compete in conformation shows. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event, including Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility, Rally, Earthdog, Therapy and Healing dog.

Pet Only –

Limited Registration are Under Spay/Neutered Contract.

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We do not sell our dogs on full registration. Although we believe in the quality and pedigree of our animals, there are many different factors of why we choose to not sell our puppies with full registration.

Factors such as: I inexperienced owner(s) (which increases the chances of mother & litter mates of dying), unethical breeding, backyard breeder, back to back breeding over year time span, resell to litter lots or brokers, reselling due to retirement or just to make profit.

They may be an exception for full registration considered on an individual basis at our discretion with certain responsible hobby breeders or for showing in AKC shows that do it for the breed and not for money. We want our dogs to be furever and not just a “right now” dog. If we consider full registration there is a required additional cost.

SALES TO PRIVATE HOMES ONLY

 

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Yes, they will come with AKC Litter Registration.

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If sold with limited registration, your dog will be under a spay/neuter contract, which means you cannot breed your dog.

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Phillips’ Dawg House commitment is unparalleled by any other breeder. There are so many different reasons that separates us from other breeders. As professional breeders, our breeding program doesn’t only focus on our puppies but also for the future parents. Being a breeder is also being an agent, we interact daily and have to communicate on a daily basis with each of our puppy owners to help maintain a healthy puppy and have the fortunate opportunity to watch our dogs grow and stay updated on their new adventures! We have created and built up our name by forming amazing new friendships each time around!

 

HERE ARE A FEW REASON THAT SEPARATES US FROM OTHER BREEDERS:

 

    • SAVE A LIFE DISCOUNT -We truly, truly love animals and offer a discount for a great cause! We believe it’s essential to be the voice for pets, give them all the opportunity to fulfill a happy and healthy long life, so as an animal lovers we believe one of the greatest thing for a person to do is to adopt a pet!  If you have adopted a pet from an shelter (i.e. High Kill Shelter, Humane Society, Rescue or Pet Hospital etc.), we will take $100 OFF on your puppy purchase! Everyone needs love in their life! Please read our terms & conditions.

 

    • SPAY/NEUTER REBATE PROGRAM – We are the first and only breeders who offer a rebate program! We offer a FREE $50 Visa/Mastercard gift card to the primary buyer who have spayed/neutered the dog and within the timely manner.

 

    • We DO NOT force our buyers to purchase NuVet vitamins. Many breeders will make this brand of vitamin mandatory for the life of their dog, or the health guarantee is void. Every breeder that are promoting these vitamins have a special, exclusive “code” for the consumer to use to purchase the vitamins in-which they receive profit, discount or kickbacks. We are no way affiliated or associated with NuVet in any way. We believe if we are truly raising healthy puppies, it is not necessary to purchase these vitamins. As it is always great to think ahead, we recommend feeding your dog whole food Antioxidant and Herbal Blend vitamins for a good  long term preventive care. Although there is no such thing as a miracle vitamin, there are many wonderful multivitamins for your dog on the market, at a more affordable cost.

 

    • Unlike some breeders, we DO NOT do theme litters, which we rather use strict alphabetical order, which we choose the litters letters by working the way through the alphabet, from A to Z. Example, our first litter is the “Angel’s A-Litter” our second litter from Angel is “Angel’s B-Litter” and so on. This is a way breeders keep track of each of their litters. Some breeders make it mandatory to incorporate the theme or the letters into the AKC registration name along with the kennel name. Really, what is the fun of having a new puppy if you cannot pick and choose your own puppies name? Not fun at all. We DO NOT recommend you to use our way of identifying our litters by adding it to your pets AKC name. This identification should solely be used for breeders files and records only. Not to mention, each litter is also tracked by AKC database. However, it is mandatory to use our kennel name ( Phillips’ ) for the first word in their AKC registered name.

 

    • Unlike some breeders, we DO NOT pick your puppy for you, but rather “guide” you in your decision as we like to work with you in determining the best puppy for you and your family. In most cases, our puppies are the one’s who pick and choose their families!

 

    • WORKING DOGS! All of our dogs come from champion bloodlines which proves that they have the will and mind to become the very best service dogs. Not only do we breed pet dogs but we also selectively choose the right potential puppies and train them to become successful service dogs for those who suffer medically and emotionally. This comes very close to home and we take pride in helping people in this very challenging life we live!

 

    • We DO NOT take deposits before the puppies are born here at Phillips’ Dawg House because we are not eager to take your money and we don’t know how to reserve something that doesn’t exist as of yet. *We may accept first, second and/or third pick due to high demand ONLY if pregnancy has been confirmed.

 

    • We DO NOT accept more deposits than there are puppies.

 

    • We DO NOT mix breed or crossbreed/hybrids our dogs. When you are crossing two first-generation dogs, unlike purebred dogs, with a hybrid, you really do not know exactly what kind of temperament, size, or exact look of the dog will be. Purebred dogs are beneficial in that when you buy a purebred dog you know what you are getting. A purebred dog is one that has been bred over many generations to breed true in-which each puppy that is born looks and has the same temperament and characteristics as the others.

 

    • HOBBY BREEDERS – We are hobby breeders and do not have over populated breeding dogs. We are NOT mass breeders. We DO NOT have puppies all of the time. We only sell to private homes; NO litter lot sales, brokers, or resale EVER. We DO NOT breed for money, we do it for the love of the breed! Our dos are selectively and limitedly bred.

 

 

 

    • AKC LITTER REGISTERED – Unlike some breeders, we DO NOT charge an extra fee to register the litter. This charge comes out of our own pocket.

 

    • OUR BREEDING PROGRAMOur breeding program concentrates on health, temperament & characteristics consistent with the Golden Retriever Breed Standard. Our Dogs are selectively & limitedly bred, home bred and family raised with children, adults and other pets.

 

    • RETIREMENT – Our adult dogs are not just for the use of breeding as they are our family members (first and foremost). Once our babies retire, we keep them and DO NOT sell, rehome, give, trade or put down our dogs under no circumstances in order to “make room” for another breeding dog.

 

    • COMPETITIVE PRICES – We offer love for all walks of life for a reasonable and affordable price.

 

    • OUR COMMITMENT – Our dogs are family members first & foremost. We focus on one litter at a time. We DO NOT have multiple litters at once- We believe each litter needs to receive our complete and full individual attention.

 

    • NO QUESTIONS ASKED LIFETIME RETURN POLICY (NO MATTER THE REASON, AGE OR CONDITION OF THE DOG) – We ALWAYS take back any of our offspring, if at anytime, that their owners can not keep, no question asked. (In some cases, we will pay full price minus deposit, shipping and any other added fees). Sometimes, no fault of the owner or the dog, situations and circumstances in a family’s life change beyond their control. We always put forth effort to find a new home for the dog, as we will care for the dog until they are able to be fitted in a suitable home or if it is severe we will keep the dog by our side as our own for the life of the dog. None of our dogs are allowed to be placed in a shelter or a rescue.

 

    • LIFETIME SUPPORT – We love to offer advice, tips and any suggestions that concerns your pet.

 

    • APPLICANT PRE-SCREENING – Unlike some breeders, we DO NOT just allow anyone to purchase a puppy from us, as we do a full screening on each potential buyer.

 

    • TWO HEALTH GUARANTEE – Puppy Wellness Check-Up Warranty and an extended Two Year Health Guarantee.

 

    • CONTRACT – To protect the dog, offspring’s and for both parties.

 

    • WE NURTURE OUR PUPPIES IMMUNE SYSTEM – by not over vaccinating or exposing them to process foods, harsh chemicals or public places where other dogs can carry contagious viruses and disease.

 

    • FLEA/TICK PREVENTIVE APPLIED BEFORE DEPARTURE – Each puppy will have a flea/tick preventive applied to help prepare them for a care-free month with their new owners preventing them from fleas and ticks to help them start off on the right foot! Free of charge!

 

    • HEARTGARD PLUS CHEWABLE GIVEN BEFORE DEPARTURE – Each puppy will be given Heartgaurd Plus Chewable to help prepare them for a care-free month with their new owners preventing them from heartworms to help them start off on the right foot! Free of charge!

 

    • FLEA/TICK & HEARTWORM PREVENTIVE Extra free month of flea/tick and heartworm preventive. Free of Charge!

 

    • KID TESTED PARENT APPROVED – Raised with young children and are given daily socialization.

 

    • HOME BRED & FAMILY RAISED – Our puppies are raised in our homes and are given daily socialization, experiencing a variety of situations appropriate to their ages from birth until they are ready to leave. This is a no cage environment, only whelping boxes & open play areas.

 

    • INTRODUCTION TO POTTY TRAINING, BASIC & ADVANCE COMMANDS – Most of our puppies leave completely potty trained, and know basic commends like sit and stay. Potty training starts as soon as the puppies start to walk from about 2 1/2 weeks old. Most of the puppies pick up on the potty training at 3 weeks old.

 

    • CUTTING-EDGE BREEDING & RAISING TECHNIQUES – All of our puppies will experience our extensive developmental Puppy Rearing program. Including, Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS/Biosensor) and Early Scent Introduction (ESI), regular socialization with people of all ages, race and sizes, regular socialization with other pets, physically and mentally stimulating environment appropriate to their age, problem-solving exercises appropriate to their age, daily walks and exercise appropriate to their age,  introduction to solid foods around 3-4 weeks of age, potty training starts about 2 1/2 weeks old.

 

    • ISO MICROCHIPPED – All puppies will be microchipped with a international microchip , which is used across the country and not just the USA- Only the best for the best!

 

    • MICROCHIP WITH FREE LIFETIME REGISTRATION – Microchips will be Pre-registered and Activated before leaving to their new homes. We DO NOT charge the buyer(s) for the microchip or registration fee as it comes out of our own pockets.

 

    • FEEDING HABITS – Our puppies eat organically and raised on a high quality grain-free dog food.

 

    • STATE HEALTH CERTIFICATE – We DO NOT sell our puppies without a state health certificate. Unlike some other breeders, we DO NOT charge the owners for the state health certificate (some breeders like to call it a “special vet check-up” or only offer it at extra cost when shipping dog). Most breeder’s only offer a state health certificate, with an extra fee when shipping a puppy, which is required when your shipping any kind of pet on an air far. We believe this should be required and at no extra cost to the buyers. Health certificate proves that the puppy is in good standing health, flea free, and free of contagious or infectious disease and have no evidence of internal or external parasite, including coccidiosis & ear mites.If your breeder does not included a state health certificate with your puppy by an licensed accredited veterinarian, most likely that puppy has not seen a licensed veterinarian. It’s very important to be provided with a REAL state health certificate stating what and when your puppy was vaccinated, and if they are in good standing health, not from, as far as the eye can see.

 

    • FREE COMPLIMENTARY AKC HEALTHCARE PLAN – Protection Includes: Veterinary Treatment & Surgical Procedures, Prescription Medications, X-rays, CT scans & MRI’s, Diagnostic & Laboratory Tests, Hospitalization, Emergency Visits to 24/7 Clinics, Specialist Visits, Cancer Coverage.

 

    • FREE VET EXAM FROM OUR VET – When purchasing a puppy from us, you will receive a special offer for a FREE initial Office Visit, Medical Consultation & Physical Exam from our veterinary clinic. We know how expensive it may be bringing home a new addition, this saving you the stress and worry of extra expenses. We are pawsitive that your new puppy would prefer using that money that you would’ve of spent at the vet to buy them new toy than receive a hello fecal exam!

 

    • VACCINATION/DEWORMEDUnlike most breeders, we DO NOT vaccinate our dogs ourselves to just save a few bucks. They receive their core vaccinations by a licensed veterinarian. Signs of breeders who vaccinate and deworm their puppies themselves usually state that each puppy will receive deworming at 2,4,6 8 weeks of age and have made their own “health record”. No good breeder should vaccinate or deworm their puppies. Fecal exam by a veterinarian is the quickest and most accurate safest way to determine if puppies have worms and to administer the right dose of dewormer. Our puppies only get dewormed if their fecal exam comes up positive, which they get tested twice a week apart, trying to avoid putting unnecessary chemicals in their young bodies. We have not yet needed any of our puppies to be dewormed!

 

    • PUPPY RECORDS – From birth certificate, whelping chart to weight chart.

 

    • OUR COMMUNITYA wonderful safe environment where you can connect with other puppy owners! Go ahead, register your free account today & start spreading the puppy breath in our community!

 

 

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Yes! We do not sell our puppies without a state health certificate. Unlike some other breeders, we do not charge the owners for the health certificate. We believe this should be required and at no extra cost to the buyers. Health certificate proves that the puppy is in good standing health, flea free, and free of contagious or infectious disease and have no evidence of internal or external parasite, including coccidiosis & ear mites.

We do not charge for a health certificate or some breeders call it a “special vet check-up” or only offer one because a health certificate is required when you ship puppy on a air far. If your breeder does not included a health certificate with your puppy, most likely have not seen a licensed veterinarian. It’s very important to be provided with a real state health certificate stating what and when your puppy was vaccinated, and if they are in good standing health, not from as far as the eye can see.

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Yes! All of our puppies will be microchipped with AKC Indigo ISO (standard microchips worldwide) microchip & registered with AKC Reunite. ISO is a worldwide standerd microchip that is read with a forward & backward-reading (universal) scanner. If you traveled to Europe, the ISO chip can be read with the standard scanners in Europe. All dogs will be microchipped & registered before leaving to their new homes.

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No! We register and activate the ISO microchip before puppies go off to their new homes. We use the information (address, phone number, and Email) from your application to register your puppy, so please make sure all of your information is correct before submitting.

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By breeding the finest lines, Phillips’ Dawg House can guarantee the health of all of its golden retriever puppies. All of our Golden’s are OFA & Cerf board certified with Hips, Elbows, Thyroid, Heart & Eyes. Clearances may be pending on our newest additions or dogs under 2 years of age.

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Normally we will post all of our dogs health clearances on our site. In case we have not updated or you cannot find the links, you can check health clearances on (OFA) Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (USA) and (CHIC) Canine health Information Center (USA). At times, you may have to search CERF’s database and OFA’s database separately as CERF may not get listed by OFA. Some cases, with our English counterparts, if they were bred, born, raised, shown to their championships, and evaluated using the standard European tests at the ages specified by the standard, may not be listed under OFA (USA). Our English counterparts and Ancestors may come from countries such as: England, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Sweden etc, which they use there own score and database; FCI – Fédération Cynologique Internationale (Europe), BVA – the British Veterinary Association (UK/Austraila) & SV – Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (Germany) which evaluations are comparable to OFA ratings. GRCA does not mandate or recommendation that indicates that all breeding Goldens to be certified by OFA. Sometimes we may not have registered their results in with the databases, please ask for a request for copies of clearances.

Score Tables

Hip Score Comparison Table

OFFA.org HD Grading

OFA:
“Do not ignore the dog with a fair hip evaluation. The dog is still within normal limits. For example; a dog with fair hips but with a strong hip background and over 75% of its brothers and sisters being normal is a good breeding prospect. A dog with excellent hips, but with a weak family background and less than 75% of its brothers and sisters being normal is a poor breeding prospect.”

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ALL OF OUR PUPPIES START OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW!

Each puppy will be provided with over 30 items and obedience training to prepare you and your puppy for long, happy, healthy life together!



Each puppy will be provided with:

  Purebred Puppies – Puppies AKC Litter Registered
  AKC Papers
  Champion Bloodlines – Many generations of obedience trained dogs
  Pedigree
  OFA Parental Clearances
  Lifetime Support
  Free Membership with full access to our social community consisting of present, past and prospective Phillips’ Dawg House owners.
 No Questions Asked Lifetime Return Policy (No Matter The Age)
  72 Hour Wellness Check-Up Warranty
  Extended TWO (2) Year Health Guarantee
  Free 60-day AKC Pet Healthcare Plan
  FREE Initial Office Visit, Medical Consultation & Physical Exam from our veterinary clinic
  State Health Certificate
  First set of shots & dewormed
  AKC ISO Microchipped (worldwide standard microchip)
  Microchip with lifetime paid registration – Pre-registered & Activated before new home with AKC Reunite
  Flea/Tick Preventive Applied Before Departure
  Heartgaurd Plus Tablet Given Before Departure
  1 Month Supply of Flea/Tick Preventive for home use
  1 Month Supply of Heartguard Plus for home use
  Reusable Customized Bags filled with goodies
  Blanket, Teddy or Toy with Mommy’s
Scent
 Puppy Starter Kit(s) (coupons, sample foods, etc)
  Starter Bag of Food (ORIGIN PUPPY Grain-Free)
  Treats
  Starter Toys (balls, ropes, stuff teddies)
  Starter Collar and Leash
  A binder containing your puppies:
  Health Records
  Full vet records
  Vaccinations
  De-worming
  Whelping Form
  Puppy Data Sheet/Birth Record
  Puppy Growth Chart
  Birth Certificate
  Puppy In Belly X-ray (if printable)
  Sale Contract/Agreement Form
  Training Guide Tips & Advice
  Warm Bath on Exit

 

All puppies leave with introduction of Potty Training, Basic & Advance Commands, such as:

Obedience Commands

✔ Call Name (if name is decided)
✔ Sit (taught with hand signal)
✔ Stay
✔ Come
✔ Down (taught with hand signal)
✔ Watch Me
✔ Ah-ah (correction cue)
✔ OK (release and go)
✔ Fetch
✔ Catch
✔ Drop-it

Manners

✔ Table / Feeding Manners (No begging)
✔ No Jumping
✔ No Chewing
✔ Nice (soft mouth/ be gentle)
✔ No biting, No nipping

Potty Training

✔ Potty
✔ “Go Potty” (potty on command)

Walking

✔ Walk on leash
✔ Sit-Stay (putting leash on & off)
✔ Heal
✔ Let’s Go
✔ Easy
✔ Our Yard (roam free – stay on location)

House Training

✔ Designated Potty Spot (artificial grass)
✔ Lights Out (bed time) – Sleeping through the night

Grooming

✔ Grooming
✔ Nails being Trimmed
✔ Bath time
✔ Blow Dried

Socialization

✔Car rides
✔ Vet visits (puppy wellness)
✔ Babies, Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors
✔ Introduced to other animals – dogs / cats / Hamsters
✔ “Scary noises” – Train whistle (as we live next to train tracks), Blow Dryer, Vacuum, Dishwasher, Washer & Dryer, Full House etc.
✔ Water / Swimming

 

As Phillips’ Dawg House guarantees that we have worked hundreds of hours with each puppy. Puppies, just like children may not all reach the exact same level. Some puppies may do better than others and have harder times in certain areas and/or may lapses as it is impossible to fully guarantee perfect training with each and every pup within the 8-9 weeks period. Like most children they have short attention spans, all puppies will need continuing training at home to succeed with their education. It is important for you to be prepared to keep practicing with the tools given, as we will provide training instructions, a DVD video and a lifetime of support so you can continue training and socializing your puppy.

 

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Yes! We offer two health warranties: A 72 hour and an extended warranty

Puppy Wellness Check-Up Warranty

All of our puppies leave with a health certificate, stating that the puppy left the breeders in a healthy physical state. Although we sincerely expect that your dog will remain healthy & disease free, we offer a 72 hours if found to be in poor health of a serious nature, we will provide a replacement puppy or a full refund of the purchase price.

Two Year Health Guarantee

Our puppies are guaranteed until two (2) years of age against fetal & life altering genetic disease. Guaranteed is under Hips, Elbow, Eyes, kidney, Heart, Pancreas, Spine & Liver problems of a severe life threatening or altering nature.

 

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Normally yes, both parents on site, as we usually own all of our Sire & Dam’s and are available for you to meet!

 

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As we are always improving on our breeding program. We have moved up the time from three (3) weeks of age to four (4) weeks.

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As much as we would love for you to introduce your other pets to your new puppy, we highly discourage doing so. Still being so young, the puppies are still building up their immune system and are very easily to catch something. Puppies are born with an immature immune system, which they receive antibodies and proteins from their mother’s milk, but these antibodies and proteins have short lifespans and do not help fight infections and diseases. Even if the puppies parents were vaccinated, the antibodies required to fight particular diseases and infections are not passed on to the new litter of pups permanently.

We take every precaution that we can to make sure that our puppies are not exposed to any kinds of disease that may carry on your shoes, hands and even your clothes. These diseases can be picked up and carried on your shoes for days, anywhere a dog has been, parks, pet stores, rest stops, parking lots, anywhere.

One of our fears is the Parvo virus, which is a deadly virus that affects dogs and puppies cardiovascular systems and is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS. Other bacteria, viruses and diseases they can catch are Kennel cough (combination of the canine Parainfluenza virus and the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica), Canine Parvovirus (Parvo), Distemper, Canine coronavirus, Canine influenza (Dog Flu), Infectious canine hepatitis, Pseudorabies  and Canine minute virus.

A lot of these diseases can survive for over a year in soil through extreme heat and extreme cold weather. Despite what some people believe pure bleach is not always effective against these bacteria, viruses and diseases. All it takes is someone walking through grass where a Canine Positive dog or puppy had been even a year earlier for a disease to cling onto a person’s shoes. then that person walks into the same room as the newborn puppies, momma dog walks or lies down on the floor where that person had been standing, then goes back to her puppies, every single one of those puppies will pass due to being infected.

During visitation, we do require that you wear fresh clean clothes, take off your shoes at the door before entering in the house, and right before you go interact with the puppies wash your hands up to your elbows.We strive on healthy, happy puppies, so please, taking precautions should NEVER stop here, you need and should do the same when your puppy is home and until vaccinations are completed.

If you do decided to bring your pet with you, we require for you to keep them outside or in the car with the windows cracked opened for a short period of time.

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Our puppies leave our home between 8 to 10 weeks of age.

We understand the anxious wait to bring your puppy home, but Please, do not ask if you can take home your puppy anytime sooner. We do not allow our puppies to leave our home a day earlier than their exact 8 weeks mark, as we are very firm on the health and development of our puppies.

Puppies will not be able to leave to go to their new homes until they are at-least eight (8) weeks of age. No sooner. No exceptions

Puppies cannot leave their litter-mates until they are at-least 8 weeks of age. The canine socialization period takes place between week 6 and 8, and is one of the most important stages of development of the dog. What they learn from their dam and litter-mates during this period greatly influences the rest of their lives.

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Absolutely not! We do not believe in cages or kennels. This is a no cage environment, only whelping boxes & open play areas.

Many other breeders have their puppies in their own separate room, our puppies have our entire house, that’s why we call ourselves the Dawg House! They will have a large area (our dinning room) for night time (sleep time) and our entire house during the day (for play time).

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Not as of yet! We are in the process of expanding our program searching for other prospective and researching to be become the best in show. Our dog’s are therapy dogs in nursery homes and our local hospital.

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Sometimes mommy likes to lick it clean, but we do like to leave the food out all day since they are still weaning  and growing puppies. We do not recommend doing so, once they are completely weaned and off to their new homes. Golden retrievers are known for obesity and if you ever previously owned a golden, you know how much they love food! We recommended feeding your dog 3 X’s a day (2 cups in the morning & 1 cup at night). If the food is still in the bowl in the morning, we still recommend giving them they’re 1 cup at night!

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Families who leave deposits are encouraged to visit as often as they like.  This is a wonderful way to bond with your puppy and litter-mates. From our perspective, this process does a great job of socializing the babies — they become familiar with many different people.

During visitation, we do require that you wear fresh clean clothes, take off your shoes at the door before entering in the house, and right before you go interact with the puppies wash your hands up to your elbows.

We take every precaution that we can to make sure that our puppies are not exposed to any kinds of disease that may carry on your shoes, hands and even your clothes. These diseases can be picked up and carried on your shoes for days, anywhere a dog has been, parks, pet stores, rest stops, parking lots, anywhere.

We strive on healthy, happy puppies, so please, taking precautions should NEVER stop here, you need and should do the same when your puppy is home and until vaccinations are completed.

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Yes. Your finale payment receipt is your contract which will have all information and payments in writing.

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We test our dogs temperament with certified young children and our own family pets. We teach our puppies to know no strangers. Our puppies do not discriminate basis of race, origin, sex, or age, and to love all kinds. We teach our puppies to be docile and very gentle in temperament! Our golden’s are loaded with personality, docility handled, well socialized, tamed & family raised with young children & with other pets to be well rounded & very gentle, unique souls!,

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Health comes from the inside out. That’s why its vital what you feed your pets.

All of our puppies are raised on BLUE Blue Wildeness Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Skin allergies are very common in Golden Retrievers. Many Golden Retrievers are allergic to corn or wheat and can suffer from allergies more than most other breeds. Golden Retrievers can develop allergies to any food in the diet, commonly including the meat protein or grains, such as corm, soy, wheat and rice. These ingredients are not beneficial. Lifesource bits (dark little pieces) in BLUE Blue Wildeness contains vitamins and minerals that are not cooked, or heated but cold pressed preserving the nutrition. Jump on over to see other reason why we choose BLUE Blue Wildeness (will open in new tab!)

From pregnancy & nursing to weaning process our dogs eat organically and we continuously feed our puppies our special homemade formula and in moderation for a healthy development, support healthy immune system, hydration, vitamins, minerals & electrolytes: Organic Aleo Vera Water, Pure Organic Coconut Water, Organic Coconut Milk, Organic Coconut Meat, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Flax Oil, Probiotic Bifidus BL, DHA, Omega-3 & 6, Vitamin E, Pumpkin & Blue Buffalo Wilderness Premium Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.

To search for high quality dog food reviews and rating head on over to Dog Food Advisor.

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Absolutely NOT! Unlike most breeders, we DO NOT vaccinate our dogs ourselves to just save a few bucks. They receive their vaccination and deworming by a licensed veterinarian. Usually will include the first combination vaccine without leptospirosis (DHPP) (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, & Parainfluenza) & Bordetella (Bb) vaccine. Signs of breeders who vaccinate and deworm their puppies themselves usually state that each puppy will receive deworming at 2,4,6 8 weeks of age and have made their own “health record”. No good breeder should vaccinate or deworm their puppies. Fecal exam by a veterinarian is the quickest and most accurate safest way to determine if puppies have worms and to administer the right dose of dewormer. Our puppies only get dewormed if their fecal exam comes up positive, which they get tested twice a week apart, trying to avoid putting unnecessary chemicals in their young bodies. We have not yet needed any of our puppies to be dewormed!

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No and Yes.

Puppies that are left unattended do need a safe place to crash, usually if a puppy is alone they get into mischief ,which is caused from boredom. Possibilities of chewing on electrical cords, falling down stairs, getting into the garbage or into any kind of chemicals that may be left laying around.

We really discourage crating, as it can be very uncomfortable and to cramped for your pooch. Having your puppy being cramped into such a small confined area (height and width of a crate) where they can barely move can cause problems down the road such as irregular growth, such as Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders, elbow and hip problems from laying on metal or hard flooring.

We highly recommend closing them off in a room, such as the bathroom, just like a child, make sure every valuable or dangerous items are out of reach, using a door or a baby gate to close the room off if available. You can also use a wrap around gate. Always make sure the room is big enough for them to move around and stretch. Leave a blanket (one that mind getting destroyed), rug (like a bathroom rug) or a dog bed for them to lie on. Leave toys available at all times.  Forget about those stuffed toys, they won’t last, give them frisbee’s, real tennis balls, hard chew toys, bones (not hyde bones), and/or dog ropes to play with. Keep string and yarn away!

Remember having a Golden Retriever is like having a child. Positive reinforcement is needed. Golden’s are eager to please, good manner voice and praise will raise a great golden!

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We introduce our puppies to potty training! It starts them off on the right foot! It really depends on the puppy on how fast he/she will pick up within the time frame of being here to completely be housebroken. This training will defiantly help you and other owners to get a head start on potty training since these puppies are not conditioned to pooping & peeing inside like most breeders allow.

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We usually  like to make our own Organic formula, but at times we like to use Organic Oscar or V05 shampoo & conditioner. If a dog has fleas, VO5 works like a charm and leaves them smelling amazing! When using a non tear-free shampoo or conditioner, sometimes we like to use mineral oil in our dogs eyes to protect them from soap and debris that might wash into their eyes while bathing.

Conversely, many people claim that human shampoos are not PH balanced for a dogs coat because human shampoo have a little more acidic. The vet I use to work with, her rule of thumb was, soap was soap, unless they have allergies, than use an oatmeal shampoo & conditioner. Dog shampoos are almost exactly the same as humans, but a little more expensive. Just like humans you shouldn’t wash you hair everyday because it can strip your natural oils, and goes the same with dogs, even if you use dog shampoo/conditioner, its all the same.

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Our puppies nurse up until they leave to their new homes. We usually start our puppies weaning process at three (3) weeks of age. The mother will also gradually try to wean her puppies which will teach the puppies not to rely just solely on the mothers milk. Each puppy will take advantage of the health benefits of their mothers milk up until they leave our home!

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We do NOT mix breed or crossbreed/hybrids our dogs. We breed only purebreds.

When you are crossing two first-generation dogs, unlike purebred dogs, with a hybrid, you really do not know exactly what kind of temperament, size, or exact look of the dog will be. Purebred dogs are beneficial in that when you buy a purebred dog you know what you are getting, what kind of temperament and what type of care the dog will need and have a pretty good idea how much exercise the dog will require. You know the dog’s limits, whether it is capable of agility, hunting, search and rescue, police work, herding, flock guarding, or just simply being a companion dog.

A purebred dog is one that has been bred over many generations to breed true in-which each puppy that is born looks and has the same temperament and characteristics as the others. It takes many generations to develop the perfect breed like a golden retriever.
There are disadvantages to creating designer crossbreds, notably the potential that the cross will be of inferior quality or that it will not produce as consistent a result as would breeding purebred animals. Crossbreeding
trait does not always breed true. Breeders of crossbred animals may be less careful about genetic testing and weeding out undesirable traits certain deleterious dominant genes may still be passed on to a crossbred offspring.

Crossbred
– GoldendoodleCross breeding a golden retriever and a poodle.
Pros: Combining these two generation dogs for golden retriever lovers to benefit those with allegories as they are known to be hypoallergenic .
Cons: You really don’t know what kind of temperament or look of a dog you are getting. It could be a toss up from inheriting the golden retriever, the poodles or a mix temperament/look. Golden retriever’s are known to have one of the best temperaments, eager to please, loves children which makes them the worlds top family dog, as a poodle are known to be emotional sensitive to stress, tension, and loud voices, skittishness in some lines, or when not socialized enough, barking and serious health issues, which making this breed not good with small children.

When we breed just a golden retriever you are receiving exactly a golden retriever — A golden heart for the whole family!

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All of our dogs ancestors have been breed with different Sire & Dam’s with coats that differ from color. All of our Golden’s coat is the hallmark of this versatile breed, and can range from light, medium to dark gold.

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Dog breeding has become more difficult in today’s economy. Food & medical expenses top the list for breeders trying to keep Goldens affordable on creating the perfect healthy, long lived family pet.

Responsible breeders are concerned with the betterment of the breed. They work on breeding healthier dogs with the appropriate temperament for their breed. A quality breeder does two important things. have the potential parents checked for genetic problems and breed for temperament. Most importantly, parents with behavioral problems don’t make it to the breeding pool. A good ethical breeder focuses on just one or two breeds of dogs, which they are well focused on and educated on those breeds and needs. They will know more than a pet store or from a puppymill of genetic issues and the right requirement of lifestyle that breed requires.

This is not the time to hunt for a bargain. Your new puppy will be a member of your family for his lifetime, so you’ll want to make a wise investment. A $900 dog from a puppy mill costs 21 cents a day over the puppy’s 12-year life span. A $2,000 dog from a quality breeder costs 45 cents a day. The difference is less than a quarter a day. But what are you getting for your money with the more expensive dog?

if a $900 puppy mill dog ends up with hip dysplasia, heart condition or a thyroid condition, you could easily swallow that $1,100 difference in a single vet visit, and still have a dog with a shortened life, or a compromised quality of life.

Good breeders aren’t cheap or easy to find, but they tend to be cheaper than the best dog hip surgeon, or the best canine behaviorist. Needless to say, the vet bill will eat up your savings tenfold or more. Health and behavioral clearances has to increase your chances of having a healthy, happy dog. And for a quarter a day, it seems like very cheap insurance. These are the benefits of dealing with a quality breeder.

 

Quality doesn’t come cheap.
The cost also helps to maintain each dog, helps us pay for their registration, vet bills, toys, food, treats and other necessities. The cost helps keep the operation going.

It’s not cheap to raise a litter of puppies properly so they go home in excellent health with good temperaments. It takes time, dedication and a huge credit card bill that usually lingers long after the pups have gone home! We always charge less than it costs us to raise our puppies. In many ways, we’re subsidizing your puppy – which is why we want only the best homes. There’s an old saying – it’s cheaper to buy a puppy than to breed one. But if you love to show, and find satisfaction in creating something unique and beautiful while seeking the holy grail of the perfect dog – you have to breed your own puppy and by doing so, you get a few others at the same time (which hopefully offset some of the costs associated with breeding that awesome dream litter you planned).

24/7 care. Supervising mom so she doesn’t squish a puppy? We have an enviable survival rate once the puppies are born. She’s not alone. Where anything can happen unseen by the breeder. We sit with her through delivery and are always nearby to make sure mom doesn’t squish a puppy and that all are fed and supervised properly. Sure it’s a lot easier to raise them outside or a kennel because there’s a lot less they can get into – but you are also more likely to lose puppies to cold, disease, new moms or accidents as well. And they don’t learn to be good house pets that way either.

Not every breeder does all that we do and I suppose if you didn’t do some things (like vet care and quality food) you might be able to even make a profit if the litter is large – but our concern is that our puppies get the best start possible. Sure, you can spend less buying a puppy from someone else – and then spend MORE in vet bills later nursing your puppy back to health (if it’s not too damaged by being raised improperly or from some disease it caught in poor living conditions). To us it makes more sense to give you a healthy puppy you can enjoy and play with, rather than waste his puppy hood nursing him back to health…but that’s just us. We are very proud of the fact that every puppy we’ve sent home went to the vet and got rave reviews – no fleas, no disease, no infections and they’re CLEAN and well socialized too…(which doesn’t just happen by itself).

We do not buy our own shots to save a few dollars like most breeders do, but that’s a drop in the bucket in the overall scheme of things. We like for them to have a full exam from our vet to assure good standing health, this includes all the things most good breeders typically do for their litters.

Sometimes you have complications and sometimes you don’t – but unless you have a crystal ball you never know if the price set for the puppies will cover enough (it never does). Remember, we have to come up with a price before we even know how many we’ll have or what the complications might be – and I’d say 90% of us estimate low (does anyone ever expect serious problems? If you did, would you breed?).

And don’t forget…the costs don’t end here. A good breeder will ALWAYS take any dog they’ve bred back at any time in it’s life should it lose it’s home for any reason….so then there’s finding a new home or feeding and vetting the returnee for it’s lifetime if a suitable home can’t be found (and that’s the rule more often than not).

 

  • BREEDING vet check on dam, CBC blood work-smear for infections, Brucellosis test about $250-300
  • POST WHELPING VET CHECK about $150.00-200.00
  • OFA HIP DYSPLASIA about $250.00 to 350.00
  • OFA ELBOW DYSPLASIA about $200.00 to 250.00
  • OFA OR CERF EYE CLEARANCE LIFETIME 12 yrs Yearly Eye Exams about $400.00
  • OFA HEART CLEARANCE Auscultation vs Echocardiogram about $275.00 to 600.00
  • OFA THYROID Blood Test about $150.00- 200.00
  • ACCUMULATE needed birthing supplies (clamp, heat lamp, heat mat, siphon bulb(s), scale(s), dishes, bottles, rags, replacement milk etc….)
  • SUPPLIES (dishes, bottles, towels, more towels, blankets, bedding, pee pads, litter, puppy collars, disinfectants, pedialyte, formula, etc.)
  • BIRTH EXPENSES – Natural (have oxytocin, other drugs on hand for complications and/or C-section/Complications) about $100-3,000
  • MICROCHIPS about $400.00-600.00
  • EMERGENCY visit cost about $200.00-3000.00+
  • AKC Litter Registration $25.00 per puppy
  • AKC Registration for each puppy $2.00 per puppy
  • VET COST (Pre-natal visits, ultrasounds, X-rays, regular vet checks, puppies vaccinations, De-worming & check-ups for each puppy) ultrasound about $450.00 to confirm pregnancy, X-rays about $250.00, vet check and vaccinations about $200.00-250.00 per puppy
  • TOYS (for fine motor skills & development) toy pools, balls, ropes, tugs, frisbees, kongs, cubes, plush, chew toys, etc.
  • NEW and REPLACEMENT puppy toys, towels, blankets, baby gates, pens, other misc. necessities
  • TREATS high quality organic for good introduction for training and praise
  • HEATBUG (heating whelping boxes)
  • LIGHTING 2xs the usage
  • WATER is 3xs as much for washing hands, towels, blankets, moping, bathing, washing and more washing! Bedding’s washed daily
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES paper towels alone we use at-least a package of rolls a day. Rug cleaners, new vacuum every year due to overstocked hair.
  • PREMIUM GRAIN-FREE DOG FOOD (Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free) for puppies and nursing mom (Extra food for pregnant mother, as a nursing mother she needs to eat 2xs much to produce milk) and organic supplements/vitamins – Dry Food about $60.00 every 2 days, supplements/vitamins about $50.00-90.00 per week
  • NURSING MOM refuses to eat – premium food, demands steak and chicken instead – only organic meat about $40.00-$100.00 per day
  • LAUNDRESS playmate and poop picker upper
  • HOME DESTRUCTION (replace chewed woodwork, cords, repair furniture and rugs etc.)
  • UPDATE WEBSITE time consuming
  • ADVERTISING for new loving homes. Time consuming
  • QUESTIONNAIRE REVIEWING time consuming
  • PHONE CALLS time consuming
  • EMAILS/WEBSITE(S) MESSAGES replying to questions/advice/concerns, time consuming
  • CAMERA for good quality updated photos & videos
  • Assemble puppy “STARTER KITS” packets (printing, copying, food samples, toys, gifts, etc.)
  • PRINTER INK for those puppy packets about $50.00 per litter
  • MEDICATIONS such as flea/tick and heartworm preventive, Capstar etc. $300.00-400.00
  • NO SLEEP WANT SLEEP! Sleeping in whelping box. Factor in HOURLY RATES, staying with our litters 24/7 (supervising new mom, making sure puppies are safe and fed)
  • EVENTUAL SLEEP – A HEALTHY MOM & PUPPIES – Puppy breath and cuddles = PRICELESS!

These are just a few of the cost of caring for the puppies.

TOTAL COST TO BREED A LITTER OF GOLDEN RETRIEVERS PUPPIES? The world may never know!

We as reputable breeders, barely break even in profit, in some cases we lose profit and have a lingering bill after litters. We don’t believe any dog should be bred for a profit. People ask, why do we do this!? We tell them, “for the love of the breed, they are worth it!” We strive for a healthy clean environment and Healthy, Happy Golden Retriever dogs, so you can enjoy the long life companionship with your dog. THIS IS SIMPLY THE LOVE OF THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER BREED. WE HOPE THIS PUTS THE COST VS PRICE WE CHARGE FOR A PUPPY IN PERSPECTIVE.

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Overview

Brucellosis is a bacterial infection which affects the reproductive organs that spreads from animals to people. The disease is spread by body fluids, with the main route of transmission being by sexual means. In addition to sexual means the disease can be transmitted during breeding. Most common dog to dog transmission is by nose and mouth contact with vaginal discharge of an infected female while inheat, ingesting contaminated fluids such as vaginal discharge or urine, abortion, and whelping. It is also commonly transmitted through semen and can be spread by infected urine for several years in chronically infected male cases, even after castration (removal of testicles). Puppies can become infected from their mother during pregnancy by way of the placenta. Animals and humans can also get infected by a placenta of infected animal, meat, unpasteurized milk, cheese and other dairy products. Airborne transmission is very rare but has been reported. The disease spreads quickly among dogs that are kept in closely confined areas especially during breeding times and when abortions occur. The most common way humans are infected include inhaling particles of, or direct contact, with canine abortion products (fetus, birthing fluid, placenta) or infected vaginal discharge via mucous membranes (mouth, nose, or eyes) or abraded skin. Infection can also occur after ingestion, either by contaminated hands or by allowing an infected dog to lick around the face and mouth area. Human infection associated with infected urine and feces is unknown, but thought to be a possibility. The Brucellacanis bacteria can live in areas with high humidity and low temperatures with no sunlight for long periods of time. Therefore, it can be transmitted by contact and/or inhalation of dust and dirt. It has also been shown to live in water, aborted fetuses, feces, equipment and clothing for several months.

 

Causes of Brucellosis

The causative agent for brucellosis is the bacteria Brucella canis. It is a gram-negative, rod shaped bacteria that resides inside the host’s cells. It is because of this intracellular characteristic that brucellosis is difficult to treat. Brucella canis is also a concern because it is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted to humans.

 

Prevention of Brucellosis

Brucellosis is easy to prevent in dogs. There is no vaccine to prevent brucellosis, but there are steps you can take to help prevent your dog from contracting the disease. Before breeding your dog, both the male and female dog should be examined by a veterinarian and have a brucellosis test performed, so you will know if your dog is infected and will stop them from being infected by others. The test involves a simple blood test. Breeding facilities should have all new additions tested for brucellosis before bringing them onto the premises. These dogs should also remain isolated until a second negative test is obtained 4-6 weeks later. Dogs should not be bred if they test positive for brucellosis. Always keep your dog away from known carriers of the disease. Routine disinfecting of areas is also advised. Contaminated wet areas should be dried and disinfected with a 1% bleach solution. Isolation, testing, and euthanasia of confirmed infected dogs are the primary methods necessary to eliminate and prevent the spread of disease in a breeding facility. During the quarantine/isolati on period, breeding dogs should be housed separately. It is important to note that the majority of testing for canine brucellosis checks for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Most of these tests commonly produce false positive results and unfortunately dogs are euthanized based on those results. If a test presents with positive results, discuss with your vet other testing methods, such as a blood culture, to confirm a positive or negative result. Decisions based solely on one test alone can lead to an unnecessary euthanasia.

 

Symptoms of Brucellosis

The classic sign of brucellosis is abortion during the third trimester of pregnancy. Other signs include stillbirths, conception failures and litter reabsorption. Signs that can be seen in the male are inflammation of the epididymis, the prostate gland, infertile males with abnormal semen, testicles that decrease in size and of the sheath covering the testis. In both the male and female inflammation of the lymph nodes may be seen, lethargy (decrease in activity, depressed), loss of libido, premature aging. Many dogs will not show signs of this disease at all.

 

What are the symptoms of canine brucellosis in humans?

Symptoms are often mild and nonspecific. The most common characteristics of human infection include a continued, intermittent, or irregular fever accompanied by headache, weakness, generalized aching and lymph node enlargement. In more severe infections, joints, bones, or heart valves may be affected.Individuals with any ofthese symptoms should seek
medical attention.How long after exposure would I become ill if I was infected? Signs of illness can occur within one week to several months after exposure. On average, signs will begin within 3-4 weeks following infection.

 

Diagnosing Brucellosis

Brucellosis can be diagnosed by isolating and identifying the Brucellacanis organism or by a blood test. The most common way of diagnosing brucellosis is by the Rapid Slide Agglutination Test (RSAT). This test is very sensitive but is not very specific. This means that it detects very small amounts of bacteria but does not differentiate between closely related bacteria types. False positive results for brucellosis are frequently produced when using this test. If your dog tests negative for brucellosis when using the RSAT you can be confident that your dog does not have brucellosis. If your dog tests positive further testing should be done to verify that your dog does actually have brucellosis.

 

Treating Brucellosis

There currently is no reliable treatment for brucellosis. In some cases long term antibiotic therapy has been successful in treating it but in other cases the disease persists regardless. The antibiotic therapy used consists of a combination of multiple antibiotics including doxycycline, minocycline, and streptomycin. In most cases the antibiotics will reduce the bacteria load in the blood stream but will not fully destroy all the bacteria present. Relapse is common, even after continual use of antibiotics. Having your dog spayed or neutered is an option to control sexual transmission of the disease but is not a cure and your dog can still spread the disease as it does not remove the bacteria from the body. In most cases euthanasia is the only permanent way to stop the disease from spreading. Treatment is especially difficult in male dogs as the prostate gland and testicle is chronically infected. The only proven method for eradication in kennels is to test all dogs and eliminate the confirmed positives. In most cases euthanasia is the only permanent way to stop the disease from spreading.

 

Care for dogs with Brucellosis

If your dog has been diagnosed with brucellosis the first thing to do is quarantine them. This will help stop the spread of the disease. If you have other dogs in your house or kennel they should also be tested for brucellosis. The area where the infected dog was staying should be thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant. Because brucellosis can be transferred from dogs to humans it is important to use caution when handling infected animals. Face masks, latex gloves, and eye protection should be worn when dealing directly with body fluids from infected dogs. If treatment is being pursued correct dosages and timing of antibiotics are important and your veterinarian’s instructions should be followed precisely.

 

If my dog has canine brucellosis, can I get sick too?

Yes, the bacteria Brucellacanis can infect humans, although it is not common. People who come into contact with large numbers of bacteria are at highest risk, such as dog breeders. However, people who have a compromised immune system, such as children, pregnant women, or ill persons, are at higher risk as well.

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