Our Goldens/ Golden Retriever Standards

The raising, training, and showing of golden retrievers who are beautiful in mind and body  is a passion for us.  Health, temperament, structure, and breed type come together to make a lovely, friendly golden who embodies the timeless icon of a trustworthy family dog of exceptional quality.

Through high ideals coupled with painstaking planning and work,  we produce golden retrievers who can achieve highly in the show ring and then curl up at the foot of a child’s bed as a best friend with whom to share dreams, who can compete in the obedience ring in the morning and also be a be a bombproof hiking companion in the afternoon, and  who are stylish athletes, kind therapy dogs, dedicated search and rescue partners, agility team members, and the very best pets.

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In a given month, our AKC Grand Champion golden retriever who “cleans up” to attend Westminster might hike every day in the woods and beaches except on two actual show days, serve as a demo dog for CGC classes, play at Ferry Beach, work as a therapy dog, and then go Best Of Breed. Our dogs are pets first, and all are sleep-on-the-bed house dogs with no kennels at all here.

The breed standard functions as a detailed blue print of the “ideal” dog, and is located at the bottom of this page for those with interest in reading it.

Further, we invite much objective feedback about our goldens by competing against wonderful peer dogs in the show ring, and the obedience and Rally Obedience rings. Our goldens work as certified Therapy Dogs, and all complete CGC.

We believe that responsible breeders are trustees of their loved breed as a whole, and lifelong students of its breed standard. Good breeders welcome back all dogs brought into the world under their auspices at any time in a dog’s life, breed only individual dogs of exceptional health and quality as demonstrated by objective evidence like hip and elbow xrays, heart and eye exams by board certified experts, and titles earned by the opinion of many outside judges or assessments. Love may make people “kennel blind” to a dog’s faults, so it is essential to be as objective as possible in assessing one’s own dogs.

Buyer Beware!  Please avoid pet stores and high volume breeders in seeking a puppy. Consider rescues like Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue or ask for referrals from good breeders.  To be a credible breeder , a person should be able to honestly discuss a breed’s health problems with you, have a detailed rationale for a particular litter and how it will contribute positively to the breed as a whole, and have a very solid command of the breed standard.

No matter what color or style of golden pulls at your heartstrings most, verify that both parents and all grandparents have at the minimum hip, heart, eye, and elbow completed by board certified experts with orthopedic clearances sent into OFA. That is minimal due diligence for anyone who wants to breed a golden retriever. In searching for a family dog who will be your beloved pet in your forever home ,  you should expect any breeder you choose to reach all of these benchmarks.

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Official Standard of the Golden Retriever
The Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club has approved the following revised Standard for Golden Retrievers submitted by the Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc., to be effective September 1990:General Appearance — a symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident. Primarily a hunting dog, he should be shown in hard working condition. Over-all appearance, balance, gait and purpose to be given more emphasis than any of his component parts.Faults: Any departure from the described ideal shall be considered faulty to the degree to which it interferes with the breed’s purpose or is contrary to breed character.Size, Proportion, Substance — Males 23-24 inches in height at withers; females 21 1/2-22 1/2 inches. Dogs up to one inch above or below standard size should be proportionately penalized. Deviation in height of more than one inch from the standard shall disqualify.Length from breastbone to point of buttocks slightly greater than height at withers in ratio of 12:11. Weight for dogs 65-75 pounds; bitches 55-65 pounds.Head — broad in skull, slightly arched laterally and longitudinally without prominence of frontal bones (forehead) or occipital bones. Stop well defined but not abrupt. Foreface deep and wide, nearly as long as skull. Muzzle straight in profile, blending smoothly and strongly into skull; when viewed in profile or from above, slightly deeper and wider at stop than at tip. No heaviness in flews. Removal of whiskers is permitted but not preferred.Eyes — friendly and intelligent in expression, medium large with dark, close-fitting rims, set well apart and reasonably deep in sockets. Color preferably dark brown; medium brown acceptable. Slant eyes and narrow, triangular eyes detract from correct expression and are to be faulted. No white or haw visible when looking straight ahead. Dogs showing evidence of functional abnormality of eyelids or eyelashes (such as, but not limited to, trichiasis, entropion, ectropion, or distichiasis) are to be excused from the ring.Ears — rather short with front edge attached well behind and just above the eye and falling close to cheek. When pulled forward, tip of ear should just cover the eye. Low, hound-like ear set to be faulted.Nose — black or brownish black, though fading to a lighter shade in cold weather not serious. Pink nose or one seriously lacking in pigmentation to be faulted.Teeth — scissors bite, in which the outer side of the lower incisors touches the inner side of the upper incisors. Undershot or overshot bite is a disqualification. Misalignment of teeth (irregular placement of incisors) or a level bite (incisors, meet each other edge to edge) is undesirable, but not to be confused with undershot or overshot. Full dentition, obvious gaps are serious faults.Neck, Topline, BodyNeck — medium long, merging gradually into well laid back shoulders, giving sturdy, muscular appearance. Untrimmed natural ruff. No throatiness.Back line — strong and level from withers to slightly sloping croup, whether standing or moving. Sloping back line, roach or sway back, flat or steep croup to be faulted.Body — well-balanced, short coupled, deep through the chest.Chest between forelegs at least as wide as a man’s closed hand including thumb, with well developed forechest. Brisket extends to elbow. Ribs long and well sprung but not barrel shaped, extending well towards hindquarters. Loin short, muscular, wide and deep, with very little tuck-up. Slabsidedness, narrow chest, lack of depth in brisket, excessive tuck-up, flat or steep croup to be faulted.Tail — well set on, thick and muscular at the base, following the natural line of the croup. Tail bones extend to, but not below, the point of hock. Carried with merry action, level or with some moderate upward curve; never curled over back nor between legs.Forequarters — muscular, well co-ordinated with hindquarters and capable of free movement. Shoulder blades long and well laid back with upper tips fairly close together at withers. Upper arms appear about the same length as the blades, setting the elbows back beneath the upper tip of the blades, close to the ribs without looseness. Legs, viewed from the front, straight with good bone, but not to the point of coarseness. Pasterns short and strong, sloping slightly with no suggestion of weakness. Dewclaws on forelegs may be removed, but are normally left on.Feet — medium size, round, compact and well knuckled, with thick pads. Excess hair may be trimmed to show natural size and contour. Splayed or hare feet to be faulted.

Hindquarters — Broad and strongly muscled. Profile of croup slopes slightly; the pelvic bone slopes at a slightly greater angle (approximately 30 degrees from horizontal). In a natural stance, the femur joins the pelvis at approximately a 90-degree angle; stifles well bent; hocks well let down with short, strong rear pasterns. Feet as in front. Legs straight when viewed from rear. Cow-hocks, spread hocks, and sickle hocks to be faulted.

Coat — Dense and water repellent with good undercoat. Outer coat firm and resilient, neither coarse nor silky, lying close to body; may be straight or wavy. Untrimmed natural ruff; moderate feathering on back of forelegs and on under-body; heavier feathering on front of neck, back of thighs and underside of tail.

Coat on head, paws and front of legs is short and even. Excessive length, open coats and limp, soft coats are very undesirable. Feet may be trimmed and stray hairs neatened, but the natural appearance of coat or outline should not be altered by cutting or clipping.

Color — rich, lustrous golden of various shades. Feathering may be lighter than rest of coat. With the exception of graying or whitening of face or body due to age, any white marking, other than a few white hairs on the chest, should be penalized according to its extent. Allowable light shadings are not to be confused with white markings. Predominant body color which is either extremely pale or extremely dark is undesirable. Some latitude should be given to the light puppy whose coloring shows promise of deepening with maturity. Any noticeable area of black or other off-color hair is a serious fault.

Gait — when trotting, gait is free, smooth, powerful and well co-ordinated, showing good reach. Viewed from any position, legs turn neither in nor out, nor do feet cross or interfere with each other. As speed increases, feet tend to converge toward center line of balance. It is recommended that dogs be shown on a loose lead to reflect true gait.

Temperament — friendly, reliable and trustworthy. Quarrelsomeness or hostility towards other dogs or people in normal situations, or an unwarranted show of timidity or nervousness, is not in keeping with Golden Retriever character. Such actions should be penalized according to their significance.

Disqualifications — 1. Deviation in height of more than one inch from standard either way. 2. Undershot or overshot bite.

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Stud Service Agreement

Bitch’s Registered Name:___________________________________

AKC Number:___________________________________________________________

Microchip/Tattoo Number:__________________________________________________

Under the terms of this agreement, Laura Jill Simmons, owner of the stud dog and  ________________________________, Owner (s) of the bitch agree as follows.

The stud fee shall be 1,400$.  A fee of 400$ (non-refundable breeding fee) is due at the time of the breeding and the balance of 1000 is due within two weeks following the whelping of the litter.  A litter is defined as two or more puppies.  The Stud dog owner will not sign litter registration until the entire amount of Stud Service is paid, including any reimbursement of any extra breeding-related expenses such as shipping/collecting to Broadview Reproductive. No puppy back is required. We encourage a progesterone test to confirm ovulation. 

If zero or one puppy(ies) is born, no stud fee at all is required, and there is no further obligation on either side. 

The bitch owner agrees none of the puppies from this service shall be sold to a pet shop, Doodle breeder, agent or broker,  or outside of North America.  Bitch owner agrees to sell show puppies from this breeding with a contract forbidding the sale of the dog to a pet shop, doodle breeder, agent or broker, or outside of North America.  The bitch owner agrees that pets sold from this litter will be sold with Limited registration and spay/neuter contracts.

The bitch will be protected from other stud dogs, and no dual sire litter is permitted.

Brucellosis negative is required.


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