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CODE OF ETHICS

All of the breeders listed on this site have signed the following Code of Ethics. 

As a Golden Retriever Breeder, I (we) promise the following: 

1.         To maintain the purpose of the breed;

2.         To demonstrate honesty and fairness in dealing with other owners and breeders, purchasers of dogs, and the general public. 

3.         To not sell or place a dog or puppy with undisclosed health issues and to try to work with the new owners to resolve any existing or potential health issues.

4.         To provide information to new owners concerning appropriate care, maintenance, advice on feeding, vaccinations, and potential health issues within the breed.   

5.         To provide appropriate documentation to all concerned regarding the health of dogs involved in a breeding or sale, including reports of examinations such as those applying to hips, elbows, heart, and eyes.  If any such examinations have not been performed on a dog, this should be stated. 

6.          Animals selected for breeding will:

(i)         Be of temperament typical of the Golden Retriever breed; stable, friendly, trainable, and willing to work. Temperament is of utmost importance to the breed and must never be neglected;

(ii)        Be in good health, including freedom from communicable disease;

(iii)       Possess the following examination reports in order to verify status concerning possible hip dysplasia, hereditary eye or cardiovascular disease, and elbow dysplasia:

a.         Hips — appropriate report from Orthopedic Foundation for Animals; PennHip; Ontario Veterinary College; BVA/KC Hip Score (Great Britain) or at least a written report from a board-certified veterinary radiologist (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists).

b.         Eyes — appropriate report from a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) or from a BVA/KCapproved ophthalmologist (Great Britain).  A certificate and number from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) evidences a clear eye examination. 

c.         Hearts — appropriate report from a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine, Cardiology Specialty.  A certificate with a finding of “Normal” from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals evidences a clear heart examination. 

d.         Elbows — appropriate report from Orthopedic Foundation for Animals; Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals; or at minimum a written report from a board-certified veterinary radiologist (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists).

Consideration will also be given also to other disorders that may have a genetic component, including, but not limited to, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, skin disorders (allergies), and orthopedic disorders such as osteochondritis.

(iv)        Assuming all health and examination reports are favorable, the age of the breeding pair also is of consideration. Generally, a Golden Retriever is not physically and mentally mature until the age of 2 years; an individual dog’s suitability as a breeding animal is difficult to assess until that time. (Dogs must be at least 2 years of age to get final hip clearance.)

7.          I (we) understand and acknowledge that I (we)  may need to take back, or assist in finding a new home for, any dog I (we) produce at any time in its life, if requested to do so. 

8.          To only breed, sell puppies, permit stud service, and/or lease any stud dogs or brood bitches only to individuals who give satisfactory evidence that they will give proper care and attention to the animals concerned, and who may be expected generally to act within the intent of the statements of this Code of Ethics.  
 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The people who are associated with this web site, strongly recommend that you buy a Golden Retriever puppy only from a reputable breeder who, as a minimum,  provides copies of hip, elbow, eye, and cardiac health clearances for both sire and dam of the litter. The articles and links on this site should provide you with information about those clearances and other important information about the Golden Retriever and types of breeders to look for. We encourage puppy/dog buyers to thoroughly evaluate health and temperament of any puppies/dogs offered for sale or placement.

A reputable breeder will give you a copy of hip, eye, and heart clearances on both the sire and dam of their litters.  Information on health clearances can be found here.

ASK FOR A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATES ON BOTH THE SIRE AND THE DAM.  DO NOT accept a report from a veterinarian. 

The maker / keeper of this web site and all breeders listed herein, take no responsibility whatsoever for any puppies/dogs that you may acquire through this web site.  The maker / keeper of this web site and all breeders listed herein (other than the breeder from whom you acquire a puppy or dog) are not responsible for any breeder’s sale practices and sales contracts, nor will the maker / keeper of this web site or any breeders listed herein (other than the breeder from whom you acquire a puppy or dog) be involved in any manner in contract disputes between puppy buyers and breeders. Availability of puppies and conditions of sale are at the sole discretion of the individual breeder. Buyers are encouraged to take as much time as necessary to locate a reputable breeder from whom they feel comfortable purchasing a puppy, and to investigate breeders and their puppies thoroughly before committing to a purchase. You are not obligated to purchase a puppy from the breeders listed herein.

BUYER BEWARE!  Protect  yourself. 


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