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Old 10-26-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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Any leads will be appreciated...

Not really big on reputable breeders. Just want something for 4-500 bux. [I know this is on the low side for a golden, but it is not impossible]

I have read debates on dogs having champion pedigrees and health certifications but the more I read the more I believe it is mostly a luck of the draw.

If you know someone or have bought one in the past please let me know. Willing to travel up to 3 hrs from woodbridge nj.

I hear PA has some lax breeding laws and I can probably find breeders there.

PS: Save the 'backyard breeding is animal torture' argument. People are going to do it regardless. I am better off giving a dog a good home then worry about how he/she was bred. Also I have a family vet that will be taking care of the medical check ups.

Thanks,
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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Hi. Funny u mention Woodbridge because we purchased our Golden from Animals n Things right on Route 1 and she is perfect!!!!! I know they have a bad reputation but we just went into the store to "browse". We paid $700 and would pay a million if we knew what we were getting at the time. She is beautiful healthy and has a wonderful personality. Wouldn't buy from anywhere else!
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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We purchased a Golden 11 yrs ago. We did get a health certification, but the examination for hip dysplasia ( very common in Goldens) isn't conclusive until about 12 months. Of course, ours had it. By then you are so in love with the dog there is no way you want to give her back, but, in our case, the seller paid for 18 months of injections into her hips that were supposed to help. She has torn both cruciates, but her hips have been good. We do give her glucosamine chondroitin every day.

The place we bought from is no longer in business, but our Golden is still going strong.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:53 AM
 
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You can try eBay Classifieds (Kijiji) - Post & Search Free Local Classified Ads. You type in your area and what you're looking for. I found my dog here, a retired breeder.

Petfinder.com occasionally has puppies; have you tried there? That's where I found the Delaware Puppy Rescue. I got my other dog from there; she was about five months old.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
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Sometimes you may just get lucky. We got our beautiful golden from a wonderful family who unfortunately had a home foreclosure and couldn't keep him anymore. We answered a local newspaper ad. He's a beauty and perfect in every way.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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PS: Save the 'backyard breeding is animal torture' argument. People are going to do it regardless. I am better off giving a dog a good home then worry about how he/she was bred.
I know you don't want to hear this but since you posted I have to say it because others may read this and I want to counter by saying I think your argument is very ignorant. The fact is, if people educated themselves and stopped buying from these puppy mills (let's call them what they are), then they would stop breeding because there wouldn't be any demand. In fact you are helping to perpetuate these awful conditions by purchasing a dog from such a place.

I purchased my now 16 year old golden retriever from a reputable breeder. That said, I personally would not "purchase" a dog again. There are so many great dogs waiting to be adopted - even purebreds.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I know you don't want to hear this but since you posted I have to say it because others may read this and I want to counter by saying I think your argument is very ignorant. The fact is, if people educated themselves and stopped buying from these puppy mills (let's call them what they are), then they would stop breeding because there wouldn't be any demand. In fact you are helping to perpetuate these awful conditions by purchasing a dog from such a place.

I purchased my now 16 year old golden retriever from a reputable breeder. That said, I personally would not "purchase" a dog again. There are so many great dogs waiting to be adopted - even purebreds.
I was waiting for this response.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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Why not contact these people?

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Old 10-27-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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Since cancer has been very common in golden retrievers you should keep that in mind. In fact they are doing studies to find out why so many golden retrievers have been dying from cancer. Just saying....
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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Only issue I have with GR rescues is that the puppies that they get usually come with issues and in the rare instances where they don't, they get snatched up within hours.

Also rescue tends to scrutinize like no tomorrow. They ask questions that are borderline invasion of privacy. If adopting a dog was made simpler I would do it in a heart beat.

PS: There is a difference between ignorant comments and reality. We are a capitalist nation and it all comes down to supply and demand. If the whole 'people should educated themselves' argument worked then we wouldn't have any smokers or drug addicts or criminals in this country. Regardless, I accept your opinion but just wanted to put my BYB comment in before people started suggesting breeders that charge $2000 for a puppy.
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