Firstly as I am not a geneticist
or a vet, I would strongly advise you to speak to a vet
about the characteristics and health issues that Golden
Retrievers may have before you set your heart on getting
one. In fact I would suggest this for any breed that you
may consider. A vet will give you an unbiased opinion
and may lead you to adding the right new family member
to your existing household. Don’t forget this is an at
least 14 + year commitment.
When my puppies leave here they have been vaccinated,
wormed, vet checked and micro chipped. I provide a
comprehensive folder of information when you visit your
puppy at 6 weeks of age. My commitment to my puppies is
life long, whilst I prefer my puppies to go to forever
homes I fully understand that situations change and
happily accept back any dog bred by me no questions
asked as I would be in a better position to find the
right home for your dog.
My puppies are pedigreed dogs. They are sold on the
limited register. I do this to protect our breed from
indiscriminate breeding. I endeavour to use the best
bitch and dog that I am able too in order to have a
litter, and as such each and every puppy means a great
deal to me. I have ensured that all of the appropriate
tests have been completed on the sire and dam prior to
the planning of the litter. I have tried to keep with in
the breed guidelines with respect to the scoring of both
the sire and dam and have either the original or a copy
of all of the relevant tests for your perusal.
Should you wish to show your puppy I will organise for
several experienced breeders to assist in the selection
of your puppy. I get several opinions’ as it is too easy
to become kennel blind with respect to your dogs.
Despite this there can be no guarantees as to how your
puppy will turn out. There are many factors that come
into play as a puppy matures and grows into an adult –
the most important of which is environment, both
physical and socially. Diet is the important factor in
realising the full genetic potential of your puppy. I
have had success with rearing pups using the diet that I
include in your information folder. I see the dogs diet
as an evolving item whereby the components can change
depending on how your puppy is growing. This is where
you, your dogs provider, needs to watch your puppy as he
or she is growing and developing and adjust the diet as
Each and every litter is special in that there will be a
mixture of personalities that will reveal themselves as
they grow and develop into the loving companions that we
admire and work with . I allow my puppies to go to their
new home at approximately 8 weeks following their birth.
The reason for this is that they are vaccinated at 6
weeks of age and it takes two weeks for the vaccination
to take full effect. More importantly, by 8 weeks they
will have had the opportunity to socialise with their
siblings and mother thereby learning valuable
behavioural life lessons.
On the Saturday, when our babies are six weeks old I
hold a puppy socialisation day where everyone who is
interested in purchasing one of my babies may come for a
visit. I understand that not everyone is able to attend
that day so I actively encourage visits after the babies
are six weeks old as by then they have built up some
immunity and will have had their vaccinations. I prefer
not to have people visit prior to this as parvo can be
transmitted via your foot-ware, and upper respiratory
infection may be transmitted via your hands – I guess
that I am like a mother hen in protecting our babies. I
just prefer to be safe than sorry. When you attend our
puppy day and decide that you would like to share your
home with one of our babies, I ask a $400.00 deposit
from you. In return I will give you a folder full of
information. You then have two weeks to digest
everything that is in there. The balance is payable when
you collect your baby at 8 weeks of age. If something
happens in that two weeks and you are unable to take
your puppy I will refund your deposit when I have placed
the puppy reserved for you.
If you have had a dog before do you remember the puppy
"destructo" team that entered your life ? Puppies look
cute, and by all means they are cute, but to have a well
educated adult you must be prepared to educate your
youngster in what is expected of him/ her. Now is a good
time for you to decide how you would like you puppy to
behave i.e.: no jumping up, no going on the couch, etc.
.... Puppies, like children need consistency and will
test your limits the great thing about puppies is that
they never answer back LOL! I strongly advise all dog
owners to attend dog obedience classes for two reasons -
the first is to educate you on how to educate your dog
and the second is the socialisation element. The correct
socialisation of puppies is very important. The only way
to have a well adjusted adult is to gently expose young
dogs to all manner of people/ places/ dogs etc.
Fortunately the “hair drifts” that are a common
characteristic of a home with Golden's doesn’t start
straight away! Are you prepared to groom your Golden to
prevent the double coat from matting when they change
coats ? A weekly brushing / combing with a coat rake all
over is what is needed to keep the coat in good
I have some questions below for you if you don’t mind. Feel
free to ask any questions that you have of me. You need
to be happy with me as a breeder just in the same way
that I need to be happy with you as a future dog owner!
[Click here to go to Serngold Questionnaire]
Please understand that the reason why I ask these
questions is because I am committed to placing the
right puppy with the right people and I firmly
believe that dog ownership is a three way
partnership … you, me and your future dog. If any of
the above seems too difficult for you, I fully
understand and accept your decision to go elsewhere
for your family member.
Your home address:
What sex of dog are you looking for?
Have you had a dog before? If so what breed of dog
have you shared your life with in the past? Do you
currently own a dog?
Is your garden / property suited to a medium sized
Is your property fully fenced?
Do you have children ? If so, how old are they?
Think carefully about bringing a puppy into the
household when you have very young children as puppies are not a doll or toy, they have
sharp little teeth and will grow. Given the size of
our breed can easily knock over a young child.
Are you buying a puppy to fulfil the wishes of a
child, if so don’t forget who will be on “foot; poo;
and food patrol” for the next 10 to 14 years?
Are you prepared for the expenses associated with
responsible dog owner ship – apart from the cost of
the puppy there are on going vet fees,
council registration fees, food etc.?
Are you prepared to have your puppy de-sexed when
he/she is older? (6months for a female and 12 months
for a male) – this costs anywhere around $250 to
$300 plus ?
Are you prepared to bring your dog to eye and heart
clinics for testing and pass your results on to me ?
The only way that we can assess the health of our
breeding is by such testing. This helps me, as a
breeder who cares deeply about my future breeding
plans and more importantly helps our breed as a
whole. Eyes should be tested annually, the heart
check is done once only.
Are you prepared to take your dog to basic obedience
classes? The only way to have a dog that is a joy to
walk and to have around when visitors arrive is to
ensure that your dog is educated in “house manners”.
There are many obedience clubs around Adelaide that
will help you achieve this goal. I am happy to
assist you in finding the club that is closest to
Are you prepared to take your dog for a walk every
day? ( AKA “Foot Patrol”) This is not only for
exercise, but it is basically to give your dog a
chance to go into new environments – don’t forget a
fully grown Golden has the mentality of a four year
old. As such you wouldn’t leave your four year old
outside in the back yard day in and day out. Imagine
if you were stuck out there – you would go stir
crazy! Sadly, this is how the barking issues start,
so don’t let this happen to your dog.
Serngold Golden Retrievers