FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Golden Retriever is an iconic dog - and for good reason! Obedient, playful, intelligent, and polite are all terms used to describe this beloved breed.
What are the "Golden Retriever Specific" hereditary diseases you test for.
Currently there are ten (10) DNA tests available for Golden Retrievers. We use Paw Print Genetics and OFA for our breeding dogs. Puppies will NOT be AFFECTED by any of the ten (10) diseases. Click on this link for a detailed explanation of each disease.
We use this DNA information as one of the critical factors in determining which dogs we chose for a mating.
We breed as follows:
Clear bred to Clear / Clear bred to Carrier / Clear Bred to Affected (ICT only)
Paw Print Genetics explains the results as follows:
For each test, you have the possibility of receiving the following results: normal, carrier, or at-risk (affected). Normal means that your dog has two copies of the "wildtype" or normal DNA sequence for the gene being tested. Carrier means that your dog carries one copy of the "wildtype" sequence (normal) and one copy of the mutation. For most diseases, your dog will not be affected with the disease, but simply a carrier. Carriers can pass this mutated copy of the gene to half of their offspring and depending on the genetics of their mate, may produce at-risk or affected puppies. An at-risk result means that your dog has two copies of the mutation and is at-risk for developing the disease. In this case, these dogs carry two copies of the mutation so that all offspring will inherit at least one copy of the mutation and depending on its mate, is at high-risk of producing affected puppies.
How do we reserve a puppy or inquire about a future litter?
To reserve and puppy or inquire about a future litter, click on the Available Puppies tab and begin by filling out the Puppy Request From. We will get back to you within 24 hours. We are also available to answer any question by telephone, text message, email, Facebook messenger – see Contact Page for information.
To reserve a puppy, we do require a non-refundable $500.00 deposit. Before we accept a deposit, we will provide you with our Puppy Contract to review.
Deposits are made by check or wire transfer only. In the event we are unable to fill your reservation after the litter is born we will refund your deposit.
What is Ichthyosis (ICT)?
Golden Retriever NON-EPIDERMOLYTIC Ichthyosis is generally considered a mild form of scaling (dandruff) and affected dogs are otherwise healthy.
Ichthyosis, whose name is derived from the Greek word for "fish" due to the fish-like scales that are observed on dogs with the disease, is a common inherited dermatosis observed in the Golden Retriever. Dogs with Ichthyosis may develop white scales on the skin soon after birth. The scales persist through the animal's life and may progressively blacken, becoming dry and rough with age but typically do not cause itching. Secondary infectious complications (bacterial, fungal or parasitic) are occasionally associated with the condition. This condition has been around for years but has recently become more familiar due to a new genetic test developed by Antagene (based in France) now available for Golden Retrievers, and hence more discussion amongst breeders and veterinarians worldwide. Ichthyosis is a known genetic condition (Golden Retriever Ichthyosis is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait). A dog must have two defective copies (one from each parent) of the mutated gene to be affected by the disease. Ichthyosis occurs in many breeds of dogs, including American Bull Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Boxers and Golden Retrievers. It is also a common condition in humans. The level it affects certain dogs’ breeds varies and some forms are more serious and can make life a misery for dogs affecting their feet and making the skin crack, other forms appear to be rather self-limiting such as in Golden Retrievers, and they do not appear to suffer much more than constant falling skin. The severity varies considerably and may only be present in times of stress. Some dogs may be affected and show little or no sign. It has a simple autosomal recessive mode of inheritance, so is not difficult to breed out, simply by careful selection. In the perfect world, a dog with this condition or one that is a carrier would be best to go to a clear partner, so that incidence is reduced in their offspring. Puppies can be tested before they leave so that clear puppies can be kept for future breeding. Affected puppies will usually be seen before 8 weeks (by brushing, but the disease can take 1-2 years to appear) By doing the DNA test we accurately know the status of each puppy/adult. A carrier will show no signs of the condition. Scaling is only seen on affected dogs. (J. Hodges, Ichthyosis in the Golden Retriever) To review the complete article click on the link below.
Another Good article to read in layman’s terms is published by Purinaproclub.com: Most data available on the internet is written by the laboratories that need to make money off the DNA testing. These laborites make it sound like a scary condition that will negatively impact the dog’s quality of life, when in fact the condition of an affected dog is seldom severe.
Why do some breeders refer to their Goldens as English Cream Golden Retrievers (ECGR)?
"English Cream Golden Retriever” is a coined term some breeders use to differentiate between USA Bred Goldens and English Bred Goldens. There is only one Golden Retriever breed, governed by the breed standard endorsed by various recognized Kennel Clubs around the world.
Author Bev Brown wrote an article titled “What Exactly Is An English Golden Retriever? In this article Bev Brown answers this very question in great detail.
Can we choose the registered name of our puppy?
Yes. We pay for and submit the AKC paperwork. We require our kennel name to be included in the name. Pick your name and it will end with ………of Golden Sensation.
Do you offer shipping?
If you are unable to personally pick up your puppy we are willing to explore options of transport, at your expense, such as personal delivery (we fly your puppy in the cabin to you and fly back), we drive your puppy to your home or we meet you half way.
Should you wish to travel to California and see the sites, such as Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, the beach, etc., we will help you plan your trip.