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What You Must Know About Your Breeder Before Buying a Golden Retriever Puppy

October 28, 20235 min read

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” - Josh Billings

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and for good reason. They are known for their friendly and outgoing personalities, their intelligence and trainability, and their love of people and other dogs.

If you are thinking about buying a Golden Retriever puppy, it is important to do your research and choose a reputable breeder.


There are many things to look for in a good breeder, but some of the most important include:

1. Health

A good breeder will test their breeding stock for common genetic health conditions, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye problems. They should be able to provide you with documentation of these tests.

2. Temperament

A good breeder will also assess the temperament of their breeding stock. They should be looking for dogs that are friendly, confident, and well-socialized.

3. Socialization

A good breeder will start socializing their puppies from a young age. This means exposing them to different people, places, and experiences. This helps to ensure that the puppies will grow up to be well-adjusted and well-behaved dogs.

4. Facilities

A good breeder's facilities should be clean and well-maintained. The puppies should have plenty of space to run and play, and they should be well-socialized with other dogs and people.

5. References

A good breeder should be able to provide you with references from previous puppy buyers. This is a great way to get feedback on the breeder's puppies and their experience working with the breeder.

In addition to the above, there are a few other things you can do to ensure that you are buying a puppy from a reputable breeder:

Visit the breeder in person:

It is important to visit the breeder in person before you buy a puppy. This will give you a chance to see the puppies' environment, meet their parents, and ask the breeder questions.

Ask questions:

Don't be afraid to ask the breeder questions about their breeding practices, their puppies' health and temperament, and their guarantees. A good breeder will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Be wary of red flags:

There are a few red flags that should signal to you that a breeder is not reputable. These include:

  • The breeder is unwilling to let you visit their facilities.

  • The breeder cannot provide you with documentation of health testing or socialization.

  • The breeder is willing to sell you a puppy without a contract.

  • The breeder is offering puppies at a very low price.

If you see any of these red flags, walk away. There are many reputable breeders out there, and you don't want to risk buying a puppy from a breeder who is not in the best interests of their dogs.

Additional tips for choosing a good Golden Retriever breeder:

  • Look for a breeder who is a member of a reputable association, such as Dogs Queensland.

  • Ask your veterinarian or other dog-owning friends for recommendations.

  • Do your research online. There are many websites that list reputable breeders, such as RightPaw.

Once you have found a few breeders that you are interested in, be sure to visit them in person and ask them lots of questions. The best way to find a good breeder is to trust your gut instinct. If you feel comfortable with the breeder and their dogs, then you are more likely to have a positive experience.

Questions you can ask a Golden Retriever breeder:

  • What health tests have you done on the breeding parents?

  • Can I see the results of those tests?

  • What is the temperament of the breeding parents like?

  • How do you socialize your puppies?

  • Can I meet the puppies' parents?

  • Can I see where the puppies are raised?

Once you have chosen a breeder, be sure to get everything in writing. This includes the purchase price of the puppy, and any other terms and conditions of the sale.

Buying a puppy is a big decision, but it is also a very rewarding one. By taking your time to choose a good breeder, you can increase your chances of getting a healthy and well-adjusted Golden Retriever puppy.

Finesse Golden Retrievers are a RightPaw Verified Outstanding Breeder


RightPaw Outstanding Breeders recognises breeders who meet exceptional standards across health, socialisation and customer service.

In addition to RightPaw verification and adherence to their Code of Ethics, a RightPaw Outstanding Breeder must meet and provide evidence for:

  • Minimum of 3 years breeding experience

  • An exceptional puppy socialisation program

  • Conducting a minimum of all Core Health Tests for their breed for every breeding dog in their Program

  • Exceptional communication with puppy buyers including prompt response time

  • A fully completed RighPaw breed profile displaying upcoming litters, current litters and their parent dogs

  • Allow for puppy payments securely via RighPaw Pay

Being a RightPaw Outstanding Breeder means the due diligence has already been done (and verified) for you.

  • RightPaw Outstanding Breeders are experienced.

  • They are passionate about health testing their parent dogs.

  • They provide exceptional customer service to their puppy buyers.

  • They raise their puppies with exceptional care, using a dedicated socialisation program to ensure each individual puppy develops into the best version of themselves before going to their new homes.

More information about RightPaw Outstanding Breeders can be found here.

All applications for Finesse Golden Retrievers are submitted through RightPaw. The application is extremely important because it helps me understand more about you and where our pups are going to. It also allows me to match the right owner with the right dog or puppy.

You can find the application here.

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact us through RightPaw or through our Contact Us page.

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Caroline Rolls

For as long as I can remember I've had a strong passion for dogs. I breed Golden Retrievers because I love the breed. They have one of the best temperaments in the dog world and make great companions. They really are an amazing family pet!

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