The Golden Retriever Club
of San Diego County, Inc.


There's Nothing Cuter Than A Golden Puppy!

Before beginning your search for your new family member, please read the articles in the section "Looking for a Puppy?"  They are filled with a wealth of knowledge that will assist you.  Feel free to print out any of these helpful articles.  If you have already read them then you are ready to take the next step to find your new golden puppy!

Keep in mind that your puppy's purchase price is just a small percentage of what you spend over your dog's lifetime.  Think ahead for the life of your dog, imagine more than a decade of expensive veterinary bills and you will appreciate the importance of choosing a puppy whose sire and dam have been screened for health issues which have a hereditary component.  This requires documentation beyond simple AKC registration.  AKC registration does not mean anything more than the fact that the sire and dam of your puppy are both golden retrievers.  It does NOT indicate health, temperament, structural soundess or breeding quality.  The best source of a healthy, well-socialized puppy is a conscientious breeder with a long-term commitment to the breed and a reputation to uphold.  Please see the Litter Referral page for a referral to a reputable breeder.

When It Comes to Breeding Dogs, Good Intentions Are Not Enough

The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) encourages careful and selective breeding of Golden Retrievers that possess the appearance, structure, soundness, temperament, natural ability and personality that are characterized in the standard of the breed, and to do all possible to advance and promote the perfection of these qualities.  The GRCA Code of Ethics recommends that animals selected for breeding should:

1) Be of temperament typical of the Golden Retriever breed; stable, friendly, trainable, and willing to work;

2) Be in good health, including freedom from communicable disease; 

3) Have verifiable clearances for hips and elbows from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA);

4) Have a heart clearance from a board-certified Cardiologist recorded (certified) in an online approved database; and

5) Have a current (within 12 months of breeding) eye clearance from a board-certified ophthalmologist recorded (certified) in an online approved database (usually the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)).

If you are thinking of breeding your dog, please consider the impact of your decision and read the GRCA Code of Ethics, "Acquiring a Golden Puppy," "Costs of Raising a Litter of Golden Puppies," "I Have a Purebred Golden...Is That Enough For Breeding," "Thinking of Breeding?" and "Should I Breed My Dog?" to determine if your dog is of breeding quality.