Buying a Golden Retriever is a lifelong commitment and not an impulse decision. Have patience the average wait time for a golden retriever puppy is about 12 - 18 months.
Puppies are cute, cuddly and full of antics. Hopefully, that helps carry you both through the period when puppies wee in the house, surf kitchen counters, dig holes, jump up on people, chew your favorite possessions, run away and other annoying puppy habits! Puppies need a substantial investment of time and training for their first two years to become happy, well-adjusted adults. If you have the time to devote to raising a puppy, this can be a joyful and bonding experience.
Keep in mind that your puppy's purchase price is just a small percentage of what you spend over your dog's lifetime. Think ahead for the life of your dog, imagine more than a decade of expensive veterinary bills and you will appreciate the importance of choosing a puppy whose sire and dam have been screened for health issues which have a hereditary component. This requires documentation beyond simple ANKC registration. ANKC registration does not mean anything more than the fact that the sire and dam of your puppy are both golden retrievers. It does NOT indicate health, temperament, structural soundness or breeding quality. The best source of a healthy, well-socialized puppy is a conscientious breeder with a long-term commitment to the breed and a reputation to uphold.
The Golden Retriever Club of WA (GRCWA) encourages careful and selective breeding of Golden Retrievers that possess the appearance, structure, soundness, temperament, natural ability and personality that are characterized in the standard of the breed, and to do all possible to advance and promote the perfection of these qualities. The GRCWA Code of Ethics recommends that animals selected for breeding should:
- Be of temperament typical of the Golden Retriever breed; stable, friendly, trainable, and willing to work;
- Be in good health, including freedom from communicable disease;
- Have verifiable clearances for hips and elbows from the Canine Hips and Elbows Scheme (CHEDS);
- Have a heart clearance from a board-certified Cardiologist; and
- Have a current (within 12 months of breeding) eye clearance from a board-certified ophthalmologist.
The GRCWA offers a Breeders registry of breeders that are members of the GRCWA. - Breeders Directory