The NGRC will not direct you to individual club members, breeders or any other person associated with the Australian Golden Retriever Clubs. Please contact the Golden Retriever Club in your State for information and advice relating to the golden retriever (see Contacts page).Before you buy, however, watch this short video prepared by the GRC of America,
then browse through the notes: About the Breed, Breeders If you are planning to buy a golden retriever, it is wise to think carefully about your purchase before you are drawn in by that very cute, fluffy puppy. You must consider whether the breed is really for you and whether or not you can take care of the companionship and welfare needs of a dog before you buy.
A well bred golden retriever is a devoted and loyal companion dog.
A well bred golden retriever will probably be with you for 12-15 years.
A well bred golden retriever lives to please.
A well bred golden retriever loves to work and makes an ideal companion, obedience, retrieving or assistance dog – the dog must be first and foremost a companion.
A well bred golden retriever comes from a reputable, ANKC** registered breeder, one who exhibits his/her love, and great knowledge of, the breed and his/her blood lines.
A well bred golden retriever comes from a breeder who acknowledges that the breed has a predisposition to hip and elbow dysplasia, and inherited disease in the eyes and heart, and has screened the puppy’s parents and other ancestors for inherited disease prior to breeding.
A well bred golden retriever comes from a breeder who has registered all his/her litters and provides you with an official ANKC Certificate of Registration – blue for main register, orange for limit register.
A well bred golden retriever comes from a member of a golden retriever club who has access to the wider gene pool and peer/collegiate support.
A golden retriever is not for you if you don’t have the time to, or cannot adequately exercise a large dog.
A golden retriever is a moderately long coated dog and requires regular grooming and the occasional bath.
A golden retriever loves company and should not be left alone, or outside, for long periods.
A golden retriever is not for you if you cannot pay for annual veterinarian checkups, immunization or a costly emergency should one occur.
A golden retriever is not for you if you can’t afford kenneling or cannot make other appropriate arrangements for the care of your dog when you are on holidays, even if it only for a weekend away.
A golden retriever is not for you if you have young children who are afraid of dogs. You must be committed to the dog and be prepared to supervise both child and dog for the welfare and safety of all.
A golden retriever is not for you if you don’t like fur on your clothes, furniture and floors.
A golden retriever bred by a “puppy farmer” or a breeder who is not an ANKC** registered breeder is not for you.
A golden retriever whose sire, dam, grandparents etc have not been screened for known inherited disease, is not for you.
Beware of “cheap” golden retrievers from unregistered** breeders.
** An ANKC registered breeder is a member of Dogs Queensland, Dogs NSW, Dogs ACT, Dogs Victoria, Dogs Tasmania, Dogs SA or Dogs WA, depending on state of residence of the breeder.