visiting the breeder

Below is sone information to help guide you through what to expect from your visit and what warning signs you should walk away from.

If you are unsure about a breeder, don’t buy. 

if you have any reservations about a breeder then it is best to trust your instincts and walk away. If you think a breeder may be a puppy farmer, then never purchase a puppy from them, even if you think you are rescuing the puppy. the puppy may be better off going home with you. But by giving the breeder your money you are ensuring that other puppies will suffer in horrible and unethical conditions.

Always trust your instincts

  • Do not buy a puppy if you feel pressured to buy.
  • Do not buy if you have any doubts about the breeder.
  • Don’t rush any decisions.
The puppies & their environment

The puppies

  • The breeder should give you the opportunity to see and handle all of the puppies of the litter, rather than just the puppy you are thinking of buying.
  • The puppies should look happy, healthy and inquisitive.
  • The breeder should only sell you a puppy that is at least 8 weeks old.

Their environment

  • The breeder should want to show you where the puppies are kept. 
  • The breeder should be able to show you what mental and physical stimulation the puppies are receiving.
  • The puppy’s environment should be clean with plenty of water and stimulating objects.
  • The breeder’s older dogs should also be well looked after in a good environment.
The Mother
  • The breeder should be willing and able to show you the puppy interacting with its mother and littermates. If you are unable to see the mother, then you should walk away.
  • The mother should be healthy, happy, relaxed and displaying the characteristics of a golden retriever – Kind, Friendly & Confident.
Ask for details
  • The breeder should be happy to provide you with details of their vet. 
  • The breeder should be happy to show you any paperwork, e.g. pedigree certificates of mum and dad, vaccination and worming information, health certificates for hip and elbow screening, eye certificates for eye issues and heart certificates. 
  • The breeder should be happy to answer any questions that you have about their dogs, the breed or their breeding choices.
  • Be prepared to go on a waiting list – it’s worth waiting for a healthy puppy and it’s a good sign if a breeder has a waiting list.

The Next Step

Now that you’ve discovered a reputable breeder, it’s time to focus on what paperwork you should expect when bringing your new puppy home! GRCWA understands the significance of this step and is here to guide you through the process.