Golden retrievers

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  1. fnsret

    fnsret Refuge Member

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    The top of the line pedigree would be $2500 to $3000. I have seen some nice litters for less though around $1500 to $2000. Remember the initial cost of a puppy is very cheap compared to the total lifetime cost. There is a big difference in Show and Field bred. Ive seen alot of slow non-watery Goldens in my life. Before you make a decision I would talk to a few few trial Golden breeders on their thoughts. That is the route you would want to go. My 8 month pup was $2500 and she is what she was bred to do. Super fast, great maker and loves the water.
     
  2. stephen brown

    stephen brown Senior Refuge Member

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    Might want to see a some field trials to get an idea what the dogs can do and make introductions. Field trailers are pretty open about the dogs they're running and may give you some leads on what lines/breeders to look for.
     
  3. Rogue Hunter

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    Want to thank everyone for your replies thus far.

    Any other breeds that might be a worthy all-round dog to consider?
     
  4. gadwall52

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    Bought a golden in 82 from a back yard breeder. No distinguishing blood lines show or field. Turned in a super hunter, master hunter at 2.5 years. 300 yard blinds no problem great water dog. Pulled her own ****el burrs herself, only had to comb the ones she couldn't reach. Great family dogs . Breed the line for a number of years. Two years ago in Jan picked up a pup whose parent's both trace back to her.
     
  5. Labsforme

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    Is that a "Tuff" dog you have there? PM me
     
  6. gadwall52

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    Took Kentucky's Duchess October's Grace for a run and to scout the local duck marsh to if anything had come in. She busted her first covey of quail. She stopped and gave me the look that said I've got something dad. Gave her the all right command and sure enough here come the little buzz bombs. The sit and look trait is something her great grandma used to do, not something I taught. It's not a true point but it accomplishes the same thing. Pushed twenty or so pheasants out of the same area.
     
  7. BAYDOG

    BAYDOG Moderator- Diver, NY Forum, Refuge Classifieds Sponsor Moderator Flyway Manager

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    22904787_10214198712343046_6693260047245936773_o.jpg 14519768_10210458405557714_2351103566909889872_n.jpg 20620798_10213513624176270_1816276865282054298_n.jpg I don't think as far as a true duel purpose dog you could do better then a American Water Spaniel. There is no split in the breed with Field/Show like most other breeds. They are flat out hunters. Prey Drive is amazing.
     

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