LOOKING FOR A PUPPY -
If you have decided that a Golden Retriever is the breed for you,
please follow this important advice. Don't purchase impulsively -
all puppies are
cute and adorable. Take the time to read our articles
about the Golden
Retriever and Choosing a
Breeder and Breeder's Terms.
Your Golden Retriever will be
living with you for the next 10 to 15 years, so take some time to find a registered
breeder who cares about selling you a healthy and happy puppy. Look for a
responsible breeder, who has the interest of the breed uppermost in their
mind. Such a breeder will be as interested in you as a potential owner of
one of their puppies, as you are in them. The breeder should display a
good knowledge of Golden Retrievers and be willing to discuss freely all
aspects of the breed. Such a breeder’s aim is to produce and raise puppies
only to uphold and improve the breed's quality and temperament.
The Golden Retriever is a
popular breed and some people, hoping to make a profit may breed with their
Golden Retriever without thought to maintaining the breed’s excellent
temperament and attributes. There are unethical breeders in the
market. Learn about the Golden Retriever. You need to be sure that a
Golden Retriever will be the right breed for your family. See Why Choose a
- Learn about the hereditary
problems in the breed. You need to be well informed about hereditary
diseases, the certificates required and what the scores (hip/elbow) mean so
that you have the best chance of owning a healthy puppy. See Hereditary
- Choose a breeder who is a
member of DOGS Victoria. The puppies will be registered with DOGS
Victoria. The sire and dam’s hip and elbow certificates must be lodged
with DOGS Victoria before puppies can be registered. Members must abide by
the DOGS Victoria code of ethics. See DOGS Victoria's
Regulations, Codes, Policies & Procedures.
- Choose a breeder who is a
member of the Golden Retriever Club of Victoria (GRCV) or their state’s breed
club. A GRCV member should be well informed about the breed and existing
hereditary conditions. The GRCV member may have carried out more
hereditary tests than the minimum the club requires. Members must abide by
the club’s Code of Ethics. See Choosing a Breeder
and Breeder's Terms.
- Meet the breeder in person.
Visit the breeder to meet the mother (dam) and to see the living conditions of
the puppies. The mother should be friendly, sociable and a good example of the
breed. The puppies should be clean, healthy and sociable. See Choosing a
- Visit the father (sire) if he
is available. The sire should be friendly and sociable and be a good example of
- View all the hereditary
certificates and have the breeder explain the results to you. The minimum
requirements for listing on the GRCV’s Litters Available page are for both
parents to have a hip and elbow grading certificate, a heart certificate and a
current (annual) Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES) certificate. See Hereditary
- Don’t pay a deposit until
after the puppies have been born or there is a puppy available or you have
visited the litter.
Deposits are refundable under Australian Consumer Law unless
you change your mind. Refer to Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Refunds and Returns. The dam may not conceive or there might not be enough puppies
born. Alternatively, your circumstances might unexpectedly change because of
ill health, a work transfer or other unexpected event.
- If you buy a puppy with
purchase conditions about future breeding or showing called “breeder’s terms”,
make sure these are spelled out in a written contract, which both breeder and
buyer sign and retain respective copies of. Be clear about the conditions
and contact the Golden Retriever Club of Victoria (GRCV) if you are concerned
or do not quite understand the terminology. This will avoid disagreements
later. The section on Choosing a Breeder
and Breeder’s Terms provides more helpful
- See Certificate of
Registration and Pedigree under Choosing a Breeder
and Breeder’s Terms.
KNOW YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS!
Buying a puppy (or
stud service) is no different to buying any other type of goods – your
purchase is covered by Australian Consumer Law.
If you have a problem, seek
advice from Consumer Affairs
1300 55 81 81.
You can also lodge a complaint with DOGS Victoria if the
vendor is a member.
Tel 03 9788 2500.