Buying a puppy
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.
The GRCWA is unable to comment on breeders, either positively or negatively and we encourage you do your homework and gain as much knowledge of the breed as you can before making a decision. Read through our Puppies Page so you know what responsible Australian National kennel Council (ANKC) breeders do. The worst place to get a puppy is a pet shop and irresponsible breeder. Buying from a pet shop or a non-ANKC breeder perpetuates the inhumane practices of puppy mills as well as pet overpopulation and is detrimental to the health and welfare of the Golden Retriever.
Download the club’s “Responsible Dog Breeders Checklist” print one for every breeder you talk to. Printing out a checklist for each breeder enables you to keep a detailed record of each breeder as things tend to mix together after talking to a few different breeders.
To check if a breeder is a registered Dogs Australia (ANKC) breeder, use the Dogs Australia (ANKC) Registered Breeder Check
Below is a list of ANKC breeders who are members of the GRCWA. Inclusion on this list is by approval only and available to members who have a ANKC prefix and have been financial members of the GRCWA for at least 12 consecutive months. The fact that these breeders are listed here is by no means a recommendation by the GRCWA for any of the breeders or their line of dogs. Any person considering purchasing dogs or puppies from these breeders should make their own enquiries and form their own opinions. These breeders have passed an education course, have signed and acknowledged the clubs Code of Ethics, they uphold these Code of Ethics and follow all health and other recommended breeding practices. A good breeder has more than ANKC registration. A conscientious breeder will be able to provide evidence of health testing if the parents of the puppies along with the ANKC pedigree papers. The best source of a healthy, well-socialised puppy is a conscientious ANKC breeder with a long-term commitment to the breed and a reputation to uphold.
The club does not endorse any individual breeder and accepts no liability in respect of this. GRCWA takes no responsibility whatsoever for any puppies/dogs that you may acquire through our breeder's directory. GRCWA is not responsible for any breeder’s sale practices and sales contracts, nor will GRCWA be involved in any manner in contract disputes between puppy buyers and breeders. Availability of puppies and conditions of sale are at the sole discretion of the individual breeder.
The Next Step
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.
If the breeder is responsible then they will be happy to answer any questions about their breeding practices, their dogs or their breeding choices.
Talk to several breeders, so you get a sense of what separates the really dedicated breeder from the so-so one.