Why should one get a pet from dog show lineage?
It is of Very importance to select the right breeder to at least direct you toward the right lineage, then to the right litter, and ultimately to the right puppy. Those who breed to improve on the lines they possess will breed in hopes to acquire that particular puppy who will win over other breeders and judges alike. It is a satisfaction that is rewarded from having the respect of the breeders in the golden retriever community. However, not all puppies in the litter can be kept by the breeders. Eventually, these puppies must find great, solid homes. Just because a breeder selects a particular puppy as third or fourth pick puppy in the litter, it does not mean that it lacks all the other DNA information passed down from generations upon generations of healthy champions whose owners loved and improved upon. Sometimes breeders may select a puppy to show in the litter because of certain anatomy angulations in structure or height in rear pasterns. Generally, the entire litter will share in the basic characteristics of substance, disposition, and coat type. The qualities in these characteristics usually outshine other litters that have been bred blindly and for profit.

Why do Golden Retriever puppies cost so much?

Golden Retriever breeders tend to get this question a lot. Golden Retriever are a designer hybrid that are notoriously challenging to produce (especially Golden Retriever with the popular markings and small in size). If you look around, our Golden Retriever puppy prices are in line or lower than most other reputable dog breeders. It takes a lot of time, research, and money to perfect the breeding of Golden Retriever

What is the Breed Standard?

The breed standard is a set of written guidelines put together by the Golden Retriever Club of America, the parent club of all golden retriever clubs in the United States, our national club. These guidelines help all breeders to conform to certain character features when breeding. It helps us to stay within certain height measurements, eye color, pigment color, and general disposition of the breed. Without such outlines, we would have an array of golden retrievers and no common objective when breeding.

These guidelines also help to assist AKC judges make their selections in competition. In turn, it conveys to the breeders which dogs comes closest to their interpretation of the Breed Standard. Top winning dogs and show champions are then highly considered as high-quality breeding stock. Of course, they are all critiqued and scrutinized a million times over, but it serves the purpose in choosing the right dog when breeding. Which is why showing dogs in conformation is so important if one would like to breed.

The breed standard helps to impose and perpetuate the true character and type of the Golden Retriever. It also maintains the importance of function and purpose, which is essential to its history and origin.

What does the cost of a Golden Retriever puppy include?

The puppy will have been vet checked and kept up on all age-appropriate vaccinations and dewormer. If you are traveling to pick up your puppy from out of state or having us ship your puppy then we will provide a health certificate from the vet. If you request your puppy to be shipped, we will provide an airline-approved travel kennel and also kennel accessories for the flight.  A starter supply of food will also be provided. We do also offer a health guarantee on genetic health problems up to when the puppy reaches 15 months of age.

Why is structure so important in a dog?

My definition of structure is the anatomy of the canine species that relates to the overall health of the dog. Depending on the purpose of each breed, structure plays a key role in its intended use. Golden retrievers were originally bred to retrieve game in field and water.  There are too many unwanted dogs and puppies in this world to produce more puppies just for the sake of making money. Dogs should be bred as an enhancement of its predecessors, so that we can enjoy and entertain its intended purpose and other assets that is beneficial to its families.

Retrieving game on land or water requires more than just four legs, a tail, and teeth. There are so many specific anatomy traits that help the endurance level of a dog, as well as overall health. For example, a well sprung rib cage and depth of chest can actually allow for more lung capacity. A well-placed shoulder can ease more comfort in a dog trotting all day. A thick tail base is an important rudder appendage. These are just a few examples of what is truly needed in the breed, which some breeders do not know

What is OFA, CERF, SAS?

OFA is an acronym for The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. It is an organization developed in 1966 to study, record, and limit the widespread disease of hip dysphasia. Today, it has grown to help prevent genetic hip and elbow dysplasia through radiographic screenings. OFA also provides evaluations on ultrasonic screenings for heart abnormalities, such as SAS. Without the assistance of OFA, most of all the AKC recognized breeds would suffer widespread decline in healthy and happy dogs.

Do you sell rare “White” Golden Retrievers, “Platimum” Golden Retrievers or English Creams?

NO, we breed American style Golden Retrievers. They are not rare at all. They range in color from a very light cream to a golden color. Many are lighter. Do not be misled by breeders selling “rare white” “rare platimum” or “English Creams” Golden Retrievers. They are simply the original Golden Retriever.

What is the adoption process?

After the initial contact either by telephone or email, we will prepare a legal sales contract. If initial contact is by email, the next step would be a phone conversation. As you are being very selective regarding a breeder, we are equally selective where our puppies are going so that is why we like to speak to everyone prior to confirming a puppy reservation. We are always available for our puppy families and provide a lifetime of support. 

Do you do health clearances on your dogs?

All of our breeding dogs have passed health clearances for hips, elbows, heart and eyes. These are posted on each dog’s web page. Since we import our dogs from around the world, their health clearances may come from their country of origin. In Canada, we no longer have a governing body that certifies health clearances for hips and elbows so we send our tests out to countries that do. In the USA, it is Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA). In the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, it is the British Veterinary Association (BVA). In Europe, it is the Fédération CynologiqueInternationale (FCI). Three radiologists inspect all x-rays and grade them. They are either graded “Excellent”, “Good” etc., numerical ( 6/7) or alphabeticaly (A/A) depending on the country. 

Do you ship your puppies?

Yes, we ship our puppies within Canada and the USA. Shipping costs range from $350.00 to $650.00 (including airfare, taxes and a crate) depending on the location. Regalgoldens will make all the flight arrangements and deliver the puppy to the airport. We only ship on direct flights. Puppies travel with an International Health Certificate.