Frequently Asked Questions
Do you breed English Creme/Rare White Golden Retrievers?
No, there is no such thing as English Creme or Rare white Goldens. A Golden is a Golden. We breed the English style of Golden Retrievers. They are light in color(our preference), stockier than American and have blockier heads. The term "English Creme" was made by American breeders to try to make them seem more rare or desirable.
Do they shed?
Yes. Goldens definitely shed!
Are your dogs health tested and what tests do you do? Yes, of course they are. The dogs will have hips, elbows, eyes and heart tested and all will be found on OFA. Our dogs are also clear/free of PRA-PRCD, PRA1,PRA2,DM and ICT. These are the 5 genetic tests recommended for Golden Retrievers.
Where are your dogs and puppies raised? All of our dogs are indoor/outdoor dogs. They are NOT kennel raised. Yes, we have crates, but our dogs live indoors with us and are free to come inside whenever they please. All puppies are raised in our home until 4 weeks of age and after that they are moved to our detached puppy room that is 15 steps from our front door (yes I counted). During the day, they will be in the house, night times and when we are gone (grocery shopping, family event, etc...) they will be in the detached puppy room.
How many litters do you have a year?
Really, it depends. Usually 3, but we also have up and coming females that, if they pass their clearances, the number of litters could be more than 3 a year.
Will I be able to come visit my puppy? Yes, you are allowed to come visit your puppy at 6 weeks of age
How does the puppy picking process work? The first pick male and female is always reserved for show/breeding homes or for us to keep for ourselves. After this, picks go in deposit order. Puppy picks are made at 6 weeks of age.
So, puppy picks are made at 6 week, how will I know which puppy I want if I can't (due to distance) or haven't come visit? Easy, we send out weekly videos showing all of the puppies and their weight and explaining their temperaments. We also post weekly pictures on our website and Facebook page- PAC NW Retrievers.
What do you do with the puppies during their first 8 weeks with you? It all starts at 3 days old we start with ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) and it ends at day 16. You can read more about ENS and what benefits it has here.
Once the puppies ears open we start desensitizing them to a multitude of noises, cars, fire alarms, fireworks, kids yelling, pots dropping, doors slamming and so much more. At this point we also spend individual cuddle and loving time with them, getting them used to being touched and away from their litter mates.
As they start to walk around we introduce new objects daily whether that be a new toy, or a new everyday household objects. (Fair warning, our puppies love the vacuum and are definitely not afraid of it).
We start them on crate training and manding(not jumping on people for attention). We work hard to make sure that they are getting the best possible start to their life.
The puppies are trained to go potty on pressed paper pellets, we have found this to be the most sanitary way to potty train our puppies,
What do the puppies come with?
All puppies come AKC Registered, microchipped, vaccinated twice once at 4 weeks with Pro-gard DpV and another at 7-8 weeks with Nobivac Dappv. They will be fully vet checked by our vet. They come with a 1 year hip/health guarantee. They also come home with a specialized puppy pack of things that we have put together for your puppy.
Will you give out full registration?
Yes, we will consider full registration but it is very selective. The breeder must be small and in home. He/she must not breed any mixes (doodles).Hips, elbows, eyes are heart must be tested before breeding the dog. A phone conversation will need to happen before being considered for full registration.
What is the difference between limited and full registration?
Limited registration is what 95% of our puppies are sold with, it is the pet registration it means no breeding rights. Full means you get breeding rights.
Do you sell older retired breeding dogs?
On occasion, we will have an older female available that is done breeding, but it is NOT often at all. They will be around 4-5 years old.
Do you charge more for full registration?
Yes, we do. It can vary from each litter and each puppy.
What food do you feed your dogs and puppies?
Currently, we feed Purina Proplan Focus Large breed and some of our more active dogs get the Proplan Sport mixed in.. We also supplement with some raw meat (chicken and venison), farm fresh eggs, pre and probiotics, fish oil and Glucosamine.