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Golden Retriever Puppies For Sale...

Falkinburg Golden Retrievers, Clarksville, Tn.

Please note! We aren't associated with VOOFLA or its content!

To learn more about the Golden Retriever, try.....

 HISTORY and BREED STANDARDS: 

AKC's History of the Breed: Golden Retrievers....

WHY HEALTH CLEARANCES ARE IMPORTANT:

*******ALL FALKINBURG GOLDEN "PARENT DOGS" HAVE THEIR HEALTH CLEARANCES FOR: HIPS, ELBOWS, HEART, EYES AND THYROID; THEY ALSO HAVE BEEN TESTED AND CLEARED FOR ICHTHYOSIS.********

***** Also, please review GRCA's article on "Finding a Golden Retriever Puppy", below. It is full of good information.

Finding a Golden Retriever Puppy from a Responsible Breeder

You’ve decided you want to add a fuzzy golden bundle of joy to your family. You want it to be healthy, happy, and a good match for your lifestyle and circumstances. But where do you find the puppy that’s perfect for you? Puppy Sales Website? Pet Shop? Dealer? Backyard Breeder? No, No, No and No! Not unless you want to risk getting a poorly bred and raised, sickly pup with temperament issues, at an elevated price. These people generally care only about taking your money, not about you or the dog. That’s no way to choose an addition to your family. So let’s find a better alternative! The Responsible Hobby Breeder. Now you’re on the right track! Dedicated hobby breeders take responsibility for every puppy produced and stand behind every dog they have bred, for the life of the dog. They have carefully researched pedigrees, double-checked health clearances, nurtured the dam, and raised the puppies in their homes. Their goal is to produce superior animals perfect for companionship and the various dog sports. In short, they have put their hearts and souls into breeding YOUR puppy. Where do I find a responsible hobby breeder? Begin by going to http://www.grca.org/allabout/puppyreferrals.html. That is the website of the Golden Retriever Club of America and the page where you will find the puppy referral representatives from all of the local Golden Retriever breed clubs, listed by state. Contact the club reps in your area and ask to be put in touch with the breeders expecting litters. How will I know if I’ve found a responsible hobby breeder?

• S/he will want to meet you face-to-face if at all possible

• Will ask questions about your expectations, home environment, children, other pets, etc.

• Will conduct a home check if at all possible, or ask someone from a local club to do it, or ask for several references

• Will provide proof that sire & dam are at least 2 years old and have their health clearances for hips, elbows, heart & eyes

• Will provide a 3-5 generation pedigree

• Will tell you about any possible health issues in that pedigree

• Will provide puppy wellness details from a veterinarian

• Will probably provide a copy of the litter evaluation done by another knowledgeable breeder

• Will provide AKC registration papers

• Will talk to you about feeding, training and care of your puppy

• Will have a contract for you to sign that includes responsibilities on both sides

• Will take back the dog at any time if you no longer can care for it

• Will be a member of the GRCA and probably a local club

• Will be an active participant in at least one dog sport or activity

• Will always be available to advise and consult on diet, vaccinations, injuries, health issues, etc.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions! If the breeder fits the profile above, you can feel confident you’ve found a responsible person. A Word about Rescue...There are responsible breed-specific rescue organizations who can provide older Goldens to people who are not quite ready to raise a puppy. They will ask you the same questions, do a home check, ask you to sign a contract, and provide health and temperament information. They also will take back the dog if it doesn’t work out. Find out more at www.grca-nrc.org.

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                   Check out.......... https://www.grca.org/find-a-golden/

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       What a responsible breeder does....

       Also, please review these articles from Forbes for Investment info., regarding a Purebred Puppy and cost....... 

       There is only one Golden Retriever! Interesting and enlightening article to read....

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 For your interest...….The Reasoning behind NOT SHAVING YOUR GOLDEN!!!

Friends of Golden Retrievers

To shave or not to shave your Golden?? .. I share this excellent article each year and with the warmer weather upon us, this is a reminder on why not to be tempted to shave your Golden ..

Wait! By Nancy Bynes, NCMG of Nevada City

With warmer temperatures finally coming to Nevada County, many dog owners are exploring options to help their pets stay comfortable. Shaving off all that hair is probably the most popular option. Indeed, for some coat types, this is an ideal solution. Not for all. With the exception of hard-coated terriers, dogs come in one of two coat types: single coated and double coated.

Examples of single-coated breeds are poodles, shih-tzus, bichons, etc. This type of coat will continue to grow longer and longer, much like human hair, with genetics being the final determination in reference to length. Double-coated or fur-bearing breeds have coats that grow to a predetermined length. They can be further separated into open coats and closed coats. These breeds have a hard, protective outer coat (guard hairs) and a soft, dense undercoat. Examples of open, double-coated breeds are any of the spitz-type breeds, such as Siberian huskies, Pomeranians and chows.

This coat is designed to shed snow or ice and provide maximum protection against freezing weather. Closed, double-coated breeds have noticeably longer guard hairs, which lay down over the undercoat, sort of like a blanket. While the outer, or guard, hairs get wet, the undercoat works to keep the dog's skin dry. Examples include golden retrievers, Australian shepherds and Newfoundlands.

Single-coated breeds can be clipped down to the skin, and the coat will grow back pretty much as it was before. The same is not true for double-coated breeds. For this reason, shaving these dogs down is not a solution to summer heat.

Think of a healthy double coat as an old-growth forest. There is a balance with different parts providing different benefits. If you clear-cut an old growth forest, there will be immediate regrowth of a lot of young trees very soon. Unfortunately, they won't initially be the same kind as those you cut down. Instead, the forest has to start from scratch and spend decades, first growing ground cover and softwoods that provide an environment for slower growing hardwood varieties. It takes generations before the natural balance is restored. While on a much shorter timeline, it's the same thing with a double-coated dog. Guard hairs represent old growth, and undercoat represents ground covering vegetation.

The act of shaving a double coat removes the dog's natural insulation and causes his system to kick into high gear. He'll now produce coat to protect himself from extreme temperatures, sunburn and sharp objects. Since the top coat or guard hairs take a long time to grow, what the dog's body produces first is soft undercoat. That's why we hear people say, “I shaved my dog, and it grew back twice as thick and really fuzzy!” In reality, what happens is that the original coat isn't restored at all. What grows in instead is thick, prolific undercoat mixed with short new guard hairs. We call it false coat or coat funk.

So, why is this bad? Picture this scenario: It's 90 degrees outside. You're getting dressed to go work in your yard. Are you going to put on a light cotton T-shirt and sunblock or thermal underwear and a sweatshirt? A dog's shaved-down false coat is like that sweatshirt. It's dull, soft and soaks up water like a sponge. Burrs and foxtails stick like Velcro. Above all else, it's way too thick for hot weather. By the time that false coat grows out enough to protect the dog from sunburn, scrapes and bites (the usual job of the top coat), it is so thick that the poor dog might as well be wearing thermal underwear and a sweatshirt.

Remember, Mother Nature designed the undercoat to be extremely heat-retentive. Do you take your dog to a grooming salon? You can request a bath and blow-out. Virtually all modern professional grooming salons have high velocity blow dryers in their work areas. These powerhouses can literally blast the dead undercoat out of your dog's hair after a thorough bathing with minimal brushing and combing needed. The benefit to your dog is a healthy, balanced coat you can both live with. Sure, you could opt for the shave-down, but you'll more than likely be back in a month or so for another “shave-down” because your dog is cooking in its own hair.

Then, if you're like most owners who fall into this cycle, you'll intentionally let your dog's woolly false coat grow out all winter “for warmth,” only to have it shaved off again in the spring. In reality, all winter long while you're under the false notion that your dog is staying warm and dry under that thick layer of fuzz, his coat is matting, retaining water and mud and possibly even mildewing. It will stay cold and wet for hours. Do you see the vicious cycle that started?

In some cases, owners really don't have a choice. If there's an underlying skin condition, requiring removal of the hair, obviously shaving is the lesser of two evils. Same applies if the coat is so matted that shaving is truly the most humane option, affording the owner a chance to start over and improve their brushing skills. These are situations to thoroughly discuss with both your veterinarian and your groomer so you can make an informed decision.

However, if your sole motivation for shaving your dog in the spring is to “keep him cool,” you need to know that you're actually creating a far worse situation than you think. Aside from destroying coat integrity, shaved dogs are susceptible to a multitude of complications, including, but not limited to, alopecia, heat stroke and skin cancer, specifically Solar-induced Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Dermal Hemangiosarcomas. Sometimes, these complications are not reversible.

Nancy Bynes is a certified master groomer with more than 38 years of experience. She lives in Nevada City.

This article was originally published in the Nevada City Union, June, 2011.

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  Genesis, Gracie's and Calvin's puppy

Falkinburg's Golden Genesis, 9 months

     Genesis has passed all of her Health Clearances. Genni joined our breeding program in Summer 2016. 

CLEARANCES: 

        Gracie, Lori, and Genesis 

            GENESIS

Falkinburg's Golden Genesis, 8 months; Best Puppy

For OFA Resuits , go to... 

Genesis, Jan. 2016

Gracie, Jan. 2016

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Falkinburg's Liberty Gold, 2018: 21 mons.

(Upon passing her 2-year-old--July Health Clearances, Liberty joined our Breeding Program in Fall 2018, with a Christmas 2018 Litter. )

Puppies from Liberty's First Litter

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And stay tuned for Anna Grace, 3 months

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