GRCGLA Breeders Referral
(Reference to Golden Retriever Breeders and
Golden Retriever Puppies in Southern California)
GRCGLA strongly recommends that all parties interested in purchasing a Golden
Retriever puppy should check for the recommended clearances on the sire and dam and make sure that both parents are at least 2 years of age at the time of the breeding.
Clearances include OFA hips, OFA elbows, clearance from a board-certified Cardiologist regarding the heart, and a current (within 12 months) eye clearance from a board-certified opthalmologist.
GRCGLA encourages all breeders to follow the recommended guidelines from GRCA regarding the breeding of Golden Retrievers for health and temperament. GRCGLA encourages all puppy buyers to become familiar with the breed's standards and recommended health clearances and appropriate age for breeding. "Acquiring A Golden Retriever," a booklet published by GRCA, is an outstanding reference for anyone interested in having a Golden Retriever in the family.
Please be aware from whom you are buying a puppy. People who run puppy mills know the right things to say to convince you that it's not important to have current hip, eye, and heart clearance on both parents. Don't be fooled? Insist on seeing the papers or don't buy. A reputable breeder will always give you a copy of all health clearances on both parents. If they don't---walk away!
The GRCGLA provides this information and the Directory for our information only. The GRCGLA does not guarantee the quality or health of any puppy sold by members of this Club. While we encourage each member to uphold our code of ethics, this too is difficult to enforce and, therefore, we are not responsible for the actions of the members of this Club.
An excellent source of information on Golden Retrievers is Finding A Golden Retriever From A Responsible Breeder: DOWNLOAD
Breeders Code of Ethics
All members of the Referral Directory shall agree to the following: All litters (whether owning the stud dog or brood bitch) shall have OFA Clearance and current CERF (or normal veterinary ophthalmology report within 12 months) for both sire and dam. A member of the Referral Directory shall not serve as a broker for any other member or nonmember in the selling of Golden Retriever puppies. A broker is defined as someone who receives compensation in the selling of a Golden Retriever puppy for which the individual does not own or Co-own the dam. The Referral Directory believes in responsible breeding and at any time, if a puppy or dog sold is no longer wanted by the owner, the breeder agrees to accept back this puppy or dog sold (refund is not necessary). Provide a written contract for all dogs sold. Members of the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles are concerned about the current proliferation of inferior quality puppies. As any breed grows in popularity, it is inevitable that poor quality pups will be produced either by misinformed pet owners who breed pet to pet just to have a litter or by profit-seeking individuals who do not give thought to the quality, appearance or temperament of pups they produce. Many people are breeding inferior quality bitches to equally inferior dogs, producing even more inferior pups with hip and eye problems as well as breed disqualifications. This uneducated form of breeding can lead to the destruction of the breed. This information has been prepared to help you to purchase a quality puppy from a reputable breeder who has the betterment of the breed as his goal in breeding Golden Retrievers. Breeders Referral GRCA Code of Ethics.