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Old 04-30-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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Hey - we are looking for a recommended dog breeder in Seattle Area. If you could kindly recommend one, that'll be greatly appreciated! The types of dogs we have been considering are Beagle, Golden Retriever, Lab, or, actually most types
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Really partial to Golden Retrievers but these guys also have Labs and Bernese Mountain Dogs:
Canyon Meadows Farm
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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Hey - we are looking for a recommended dog breeder in Seattle Area. If you could kindly recommend one, that'll be greatly appreciated! The types of dogs we have been considering are Beagle, Golden Retriever, Lab, or, actually most types
What are you looking for in a dog? This is an important question. Labs are hunting dogs and require a lot of exercise to be healthy. I see a lot of overweight labs that families have as "pets" and I feel very bad for them. I think you should narrow your search down before selecting a breeder. Would a shelter dog not do for what you're looking for?
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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I would narrow things down, too. Beagles are scent hounds - they'll fixate and find. That can pose issues off leash and present training challenges. They often are happier when they have a job to do. But they are also lovely little guys - friendly and pleasant. Retrievers (Labrador and Golden) have a lot of energy and can get pretty...stupid...when that energy doesn't get let out. Goldens shed like you wouldn't believe. They're both great family dogs, if you can survive YEARS of potential puppyhood, and are committed to training (because otherwise, you'll never get out of puppyhood).

Do you want a dog with lots of energy (daly walks, sometimes two)? A shedder? A dog whose puppy stage last a long time?

I think that there's a good case to be made for shelters, rescues, breed rescues and breeders, depending on the circumstances, but I think the first thing to do is narrow down what you want in a dog.

If you do decide a purebred is the way to go, the next thing is to decide whether you want a puppy or an adult. Sure, puppies are cute but they are SO much work. Adults are less adoptable because of the cute factor (which means they need homes more than cute little puppies) but they are also usually better behaved, often house trained, sometimes obedience trained and so on. Adults can often be found via breed rescues and then you are saving a dog who needs it. And you still get the predictability of a purebred, if certain traits are important to you, as well as the knowledge that comes from a rescue really knowing their dogs.

If you decide on a breeder, find a responsible one. Buying from a puppy mill or a backyard breeder just encourages those people to keep selling, and that means more and more puppies are produced and more and more dogs in shelters die. A responsible breeder breeds not for the money (because it's very expensive to breed responsibly - which is why puppies are a bargain from backyard breeders - they don't spend any of the endless funds devoted by a good breeder to health related testing and care) but for a passion and love of the breed and a desire to continuously respect and better it.

This site (it's a rescue page so it's not trying to sell you puppies - it's full of tons of info about backyard breeders and puppy mills) gives you a bunch of info about finding a good breeder: Breeder Checklist
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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Thanks all for your reply!! We are actually open to shelter dogs, and please recommend good shelter/rescues if you know of any! Thank you!

We want a dog, because they tend to make the family a better, warmer place. We don't mind take them out for walk everyday, especially that my wife currently doesn't have a job. Our house has plenty of room and a big yard for them to play around as well. However, we hope our family member won't bark too much, as we don't want to disturb our neighbors.

Puppies are mostly what we are looking for, because we want to establish the bond from the beginning. I understand we can bond with adults as well, but we hope we can watch him/her grow from a little one, and be in that process. However, we are also open to adults if they are a good fit for our family.

We won't really mind if they are not purebreed. It is just that we've heard purebreed tend to be healthier and more predicatable, and that is why we aksed for breeders in the first place.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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Highly recommend Colorbook Farms in Stanwood for Goldens. But it's a pretty extensive interview to get through to get a pup and she doesn't always have a litter. She does it all by the book and is an excellent and careful breeder. Very involved in rescue as well. She was one of the few recommended by the Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue when I spoke with them. I tried to get a Golden Pup from them but they said it could be a year or more before they move through their pup waiting list. Wouldn't you know it they called us right after we found our dog.

http://www.egrc.org/breeder.aspx

Also loved Sherry at Klasique Goldens. But she was out of puppies - usually has a wait list too.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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This is an old post, but it came up on my search as recent. Incase you haven't found your dog, I would recommend local shelters or a local organization called Georgia Peach Puppy Rescue! Again they are local and save puppies from the high kill shelters in the South and fosters them here until they find them a forever home
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