Golden Retriever Breeders in Alabama
Golden Retriever Breeders in Alabama: Summer Brook Goldens
This Alabama Golden Retriever Breeder is based in Chelsea, AL. According to their website, they focus on producing healthy Golden Retrievers with wonderful temperaments. All of their breeding dogs pass highly selective and thorough health tests which include no less than good or excellent health scores for hips and even higher for elbows.
They also perform yearly eye tests and many other DNA tests with their dogs. All their dogs are cleared for Ichthyosis, PRA 1, and PRA 2. Temperament is another important criterion for this breeder: all of their breeding dogs have a CGC title which signifies high trainability and obedience. Apart from that, this breeder also strives to produce dogs with excellent physiques. All of their dogs are bred from imported lines.
There is so much more that you can learn about this breeder on their website!
Golden Retriever Breeders in Alabama: Silkspun Golden Retrievers
This Golden Retriever Breeder in Alabama is located near Birmingham, AL. According to their website, they have been breeding Goldens for almost 20 years and are a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America. They have been active in showing and competing with their Golden Retrievers as well. As stated on their website, all their breeding dogs have thorough health and DNA clearances. If you are interested in this breeder, please visit their website.
Golden Retriever Breeders in Alabama: Southland Goldens
This Golden Retriever Breeder is located in Troy, Alabama. They have been involved with Goldens for almost 10 years. All of their breeding dogs undergo genetic and health testing to avoid issues like hip dysplasia, heart and eye conditions in the litters. They also limit inbreeding in their lines to preserve the health and quality of their litters. If you are interested in this breeder and their dogs, please visit their website.
Golden Retriever Owner review: Claire and her Golden Maxy
One thing that I would “change” about our Golden is his voracious appetite, including that for things that aren’t actually edible, or very gross. He will inhale his meal in half a second and then stand there wagging his tail looking at me as if I owe him a second helping. We’ve consulted our vet about portion sizes so we know we feed him enough. It’s just that he always wants more, probably because his energy levels are so high. He also keeps picking things up from the ground when we are out for walks and tries to eat them. He has already almost eaten a pine cone, some old rag someone left outside, and a couple times another dog’s poo! We try to show him it’s unacceptable by making indignant noises and taking the objects immediately out of his reach, but it still keeps happening. For a while we thought that perhaps he had some nutrient deficiencies, and our vet prescribed us some vitamins which we diligently give him, so maybe this will help.
I’ve dreamt of having a dog pretty much since middle school. I’ve always been sort of a lonely child and animals seemed easier to make friends with than people. I begged my parents to get me a dog but they couldn’t at the time. Maybe they thought I wouldn’t take proper care of it and they’d have to pick up the slack. They were both very busy so that wasn’t an option.
When I finally had a place of my own, I started thinking of a dog again (even though I don’t feel as lonely now as an adult.) Of course, I knew that dogs come with lots of responsibilities but I felt that I was ready. My partner wasn’t opposed to the idea either, so we started planning and looking for a breeder to get our puppy from.
We both wanted a Golden Retriever because we were both familiar with these dogs and they have a really good reputation. They are practically in every movie! Of course, real-life dogs are not the perfect little fluffballs like they are in movies. Especially as puppies. Which we learned very quickly once we brought Max home.
Maxy was a true Golden Retriever in terms of his intelligence. Even when he was just a puppy. He very quickly learned several commands such as sit, stay and fetch. He kept fetching his toys to us all the time! He was also very well-behaved when we needed to give him a bath or trim his nails. Toilet training took just a few weeks before he patiently waited for us to take him outside to do his “business”.
He wasn’t very well behaved on the leash right out of the gate, in fact, it took us a few months to teach him not to constantly pull the leash. I think he was just very excited on walks, as young puppies always are. As he gets more used to the big and bright outside world, he is getting calmer and more well-behaved.
When we first got Maxy, we had to put away all the valuable things in the house to where he couldn’t reach them. That includes shoes because those were his favorite to chew. He also wouldn’t mind chewing on any book or newspaper that was left out. For a few weeks or maybe even months he was a bit of a chewing disaster. Even some of our furniture got mangled. He doesn’t chew on inappropriate things anymore: he has plenty of toys now and they keep him occupied.
One great thing about our Golden is that he almost never barks, not even when guests come over, or a postman or someone else he doesn’t know. He’ll just act curious and come over to check the person out but there is no frantic barking, ever. We are very happy about that, because we both don’t like too much barking. Maxy should go teach our neighbors dog a thing or two!
One thing that I would “change” about our Golden is his voracious appetite, including that for things that aren’t actually edible, or very gross. He will inhale his meal in half a second and then stand there wagging his tail looking at me as if I owe him a second helping. We’ve consulted our vet about portion sizes so we know we feed him enough. It’s just that he always wants more, probably because his energy levels are so high. He also keeps picking things up from the ground when we are out for walks and tries to eat them.
He has already almost eaten a pine cone, some old rag someone left outside, and a couple times another dog’s poo! We try to show him it’s unacceptable by making indignant noises and taking the objects immediately out of his reach, but it still keeps happening. For a while we thought that perhaps he had some nutrient deficiencies, and our vet prescribed us some vitamins which we diligently give him, so maybe this will help.
Like all Golden Retrievers, Maxy is an incredibly friendly dog. He loves almost everyone and is very enthusiastic about meeting new people, dogs and even cats. He especially seems to love women and kids and is slightly cautious around men. We are not sure why.
In terms of health, I think we are lucky that Max is pretty healthy overall. We did have some issues finding a good brand of dog food for him that wouldn’t give him diarrhea (he had that a lot as a puppy). We seemed to have finally found the right brand and type of food around his 5 months or so, and the issues mostly stopped. Other than that, he is a vibrant, energetic and happy pup and has never had any issues with his hips or elbows which I have heard is something Goldens can have issues with.
In terms of training, I have read several books before we got Maxy, and it’s partly because of those books I think that I may have chosen the wrong strategy with Maxy. The books said you have to show dominance over your dog and not let them dominate you. I believe I may have been a little too strict with Max when he was a puppy. Although he is very well behaved now, I sometimes feel that he doesn’t quite trust me. I am working on regaining his trust and any training that we do now we do very gently and focus on praise rather than more punishing, strict techniques. Now that I know more about Goldens, I understand how sensitive they are and they really do much better with encouragement and praise rather than strict discipline.
Overall, Golden Retrievers are lovely dogs and I definitely recommend them, especially to first-time dog owners. They are a great breed to start your journey into dog ownership with.