1. Learn about the Golden Retriever.  (You need to be sure that a Golden Retriever will be the right dog for your family.) See The Golden Retriever, Learn About The Breed and Why Choose a Golden Retriever
  2. Learn about the hereditary problems in the breed.  (You need to be well informed about hereditary diseases, the certificates required and the scores so that you have the best chance of owning a healthy puppy.) See Hereditary Problems
  3. Choose a breeder who is a member of DOGS Victoria.  (The puppies will be registered with DOGS Victoria.  The sire and dam’s hip certificates will be lodged with DOGS Victoria.  Members must abide by the DOGS Victoria code of ethics.) See DOGS Victoria Code of Practice
  4. Choose a breeder who is a member of the Golden Retriever Club of Victoria (GRCV) or their state’s breed club. (A GRCV member should be well informed about the breed and existing hereditary conditions.  The GRCV member may have carried out more hereditary tests than the minimum the club requires.   Members must abide by the club’s Code of Ethics.) See Choosing a Breeder
  5. Visit the breeder to see mother (dam) and puppies.  (The mother should be friendly and sociable and be a good example of the breed.  The puppies should be clean, healthy and sociable.) See Choosing a Puppy
  6. Visit the father (sire) if he is available.  (The sire should be friendly and sociable and be a good example of the breed.)
  7. View all the hereditary certificates and have the breeder explain the results to you.  (The minimum requirements to be listed on the GRCV’s puppy list are for both parents to have a hip and elbow grading certificate, a heart certificate and a current Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES) eye certificate (eye certificates are renewed annually).) See Hereditary Problems
  8. View the dam and sire’s Certificate of Registration and Pedigree.  (These certificates prove that the parents are registered Golden Retrievers.)
  9. Don’t pay a deposit until after the puppies have been born, there is a puppy available and you have visited the litter. (The dam may not conceive or there might not be enough puppies born, or you may be unhappy with the puppies.)
  10. Only accept purchase conditions about future breeding or showing if you fully understand the agreement and you both sign a written document.  (This will avoid disagreements later.) See Breeder's Terms

Puppies must stay with their mother and siblings until they are eight weeks old.  (This allows the puppy to learn valuable canine social skills.)

You can expect to pay between $2,000 and $2,500 for a Golden Retriever puppy. (June 2017)

Most puppies are registered on the DOGS Victoria Limited Register (orange certificate).  (There are two DOGS Victoria registers for pure bred puppies; the Main Register and the Limited Register. Puppies recorded on the Limited Register are equal to Main Register puppies in all respects except that they are not able to be shown at conformation shows, are not to be used for breeding and are not to be exported. They are eligible to compete in all other competition including obedience, agility and tracking. A dog is able to be transferred to the Main Register on application by the breeder and registered owner.)

The Golden Retriever
Why Choose a Golden Retriever
Looking for a Puppy
pointer Learn About the Breed
Choosing a Breeder
Questions You Can Ask
Breeder's Terms/ Leases/ Agreements
Choosing a Puppy
The Puppy List
Breeder's List
Free Puppy Training Books