BUYING A GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPY
Before you buy a puppy please think carefully about the following points
1. Puppies are very appealing but extremely time consuming, have you got the time with your other lifestyle commitments to devote to a puppy’s care, training and exercise. There should be someone at home for a good part of the day as a lonely and bored dogs can become destructive. Golden Retrievers by virtue of their nature love human company.
2. When you visit a litter of Golden Retriever puppies always see the mother as well, often it is not possible to see the father as he may live some distance away.
3. Ask to see the hips and eye certificates of both parents, some breeders may have elbow certificates, this is optional.
4. Depending on the age you first visit the litter, once they are on their feet the puppies should be friendly, lively and playful and delighted to see visitors. They should look well fed and their coats should have a nice feel to them, eyes and ears should be clean.
5. The breeder of the puppies will ask you several questions regarding the future life of the puppy you want to purchase. Hopefully you will have thought long and hard as to whether you have the time and resources to commit to a dog for it’s lifetime.
6. If you have more than one litter to visit please try not to go directly from one to another, should this be unavoidable, please tell the breeders you have visited other puppies before going into the premises as all the puppies could be at risk of cross infection.