Golden Retriever Breeders Have to Do Their Homework Well and be Completely Responsible
Golden Retriever breeders who want to bring out litters have a big responsibility
resting on their shoulders. They have the responsibility of choosing healthy bloodlines
and healthy parent dogs that meet guidelines set by American Kennel Club. They have
to thoroughly research the pedigree of the parent dogs.
Golden Retriever breeders also have a responsibility towards the dogs in their custody and have to
look after their well being. They have a responsibility towards the litters. They
have to provide hygienic conditions for the litters, de-worm them, get them
their initial vaccinations, wean them and socialize them. The list of responsibilities
can go on and on. It is not an easy task at all.
Committed Golden Retriever breeders go into this with eyes wide open and do a good job of
it. You have to firstly do your homework and ensure that you know everything there
is to know about this breed. Information is the key, and more importantly information
from authentic and multiple sources.
Do your Homework
- You have to clearly understand everything about the breed standards for Golden Retrievers
as stated by the American Kennel Club which is the recognized authority for such
- You should speak to a few reputed Vets and find out everything you need to know
about the health issues in the Golden Retriever breed and there are quite a few
health issues that have to be screened before breeding.
- You have to read up about health or behavioral problems with the breed from authentic
sources. This is not just for your information, but this information has to be passed
on to families with whom the puppies will be placed. It ensures that they take good
care of the Golden puppy.
- You have to find out about the type of living conditions and hygiene to be provided
for newborn puppies in your litter including the de-worming schedule. The breeder
has to start de-worming of the puppy and pass on information about the de-worming
schedule to the new owners.
- You have to know everything about weaning the puppies. The breeder has to start
the process of weaning at around 3 weeks by introducing the newborn to puppy food.
The food has to be given as a soft gruel that is easy to digest. It is usually mixed
with water or puppy replacement milk to get the right consistency.
- You have to find out about the various vaccinations that are mandatory while the
puppy is in your care to ward off deadly diseases. Certain vaccinations are imperative
before the puppy is taken home by the new owner. Thereafter more vaccinations and
booster shots follow as the puppy grows. If you have not yet placed the puppy with
a new family by 8 weeks, then you have the responsibility of continuing the required
All these factors are the responsibility of the Golden Retriever breeders. You have to evaluate if
this is really your cup of tea. And if it is, then go right ahead but just make
sure you handle your responsibility with a lot of dedication and sincerity.