1. Do you have any puppies available now? See our “Litters” page for announcements. Phone calls and emails are always welcome!
2. How much are your puppies? The price of my puppies is $1800, which is fair and reasonable for the quality of puppies and pedigrees I am breeding, the amount of time and work I put into the puppies from birth to the day they go to their new homes. There is lots of valuable information regarding if a golden is right for you and how to find a reputable breeder with quality, well-bred puppies on the Golden Retriever Club of America’s website at this link: CLICK HERE, and I am always available to provide more information as well!
3. What is the process to get a Grapevine Golden? The first step is to carefully read through this website and all about the dogs and litters planned. Potential purchasers need to consider whether a working-bred Golden is the right fit for their home and family, and whether they can honour the requirements of my contract, which I will happily send you upon request. If my dogs sound like a good match after that preliminary research, the next step is to complete the questionnaire by downloading it and emailing or mailing it to me. Once I have had a chance to review it, I will then contact you to set up a visit/interview, and contact your references.
4. Do I really need to fill out your application? Can’t I just come visit? Yes! You do need to fill out the application! The questionnaire is not just a way of collecting your personal information. It is full of vital insights which help me to determine if one of my pups is likely to be a good fit for your goals, experience, family and living circumstances. There is little point in coming out for a visit if my dogs are not going to be a good match for you. Also, I am a home-based breeder, not a store. I really do need information about you before I can be comfortable inviting you into my home! I also use the contact information to complete registration documents.
5. Do you ship puppies? No, I prefer not to ship puppies. However, I will consider driving to deliver puppies under certain circumstances. I desire at least one face to face meeting of my families prior to puppies going home. If distance is an issue, we can always Skype or do Facetime interviews, however, an in-person pick up is required in almost every case.
6. Can I come to visit your kennel? I do not run a large “kennel”, this is simply my home! But, yes, visits are welcome, and you should meet your breeder before deciding on one. I do all I can to accommodate visits, or plan meetings if my travels take me near you. If I have very young puppies or pregnant moms, for their safety and well-being, I am careful about visits from outsiders and make that judgement on a case-to-case basis. People on my list will have planned and scheduled visits.
7. Why can’t I pick my own puppy? I know how anxious everyone feels when getting a new puppy, and how much you want that puppy to be “perfect”. That is why I raise my puppies in an enriched environment, in which I carefully observe and evaluate them for structure, personality, temperament, work abilities, etc. In doing so, I know them better than anyone, and therefore, I know in what type of home every puppy will be well-suited. Also, in making my matches, I will have carefully read over your application and interviewed you several times so I know what type of dog you are looking for–and we do all of this to be able to give each home the puppy they will do best with. Believe me, I want your relationship to be a life-long successful one, just as much as you do! I am asking you to trust me, as your breeder and expert in this decision, as I am trusting you with one of my precious puppies! Keep in mind that there are no “pick” or “superior” puppies in my litters…only the RIGHT puppy for you!
8. I am looking for an English Creme only or I’m looking for a dark red only: I breed according to the Golden Retriever breed standard, and the standard accepts a large color range from pale gold to deep red. While I can predict colors, it’s unpredictable what we will get. Coat color doesn’t actually fully develop until the age of 4 or 5 either! It is our hope that you have fully vetted your breeder, and therefore TRUST your breeder and his or her decisions and opinions as to which puppy is right for your home. We do not match puppies with homes based on coat color, nor do we take color into account when matching. From our experience with dogs, we know that each puppy’s temperament, structure and health are what make a dog fit well in its home. If you want to pick your puppy based solely on color, we are not the breeder for you.
9. Your site states your prefer placing puppies in working homes. I just want a pet and do not hunt or work my dog. Can I be considered for you puppies? OF COURSE! The great thing about Goldens is their desire to be with people, please their people, and excellent demenor. This makes Goldens the perfect family pet! However, with that said, these are working line goldens. Driven Golden Retrievers can be good, active companions. Because I am selecting for the drive and trainability needed to be a good hunting or performance dog, my Goldens tend to be more active, or what some might deem “busy”. My dogs thrive on having a job to do, and are best suited to a home where they will get lots of training and work to provide mental and physical stimulation. They enjoy hunting/hunt tests/field trials and the training needed for that, as well as obedience and other active sports. They tend to get rather bored and can be destructive if asked to be “coach potatoes” for too long. With appropriate outlets for their energy, and training to focus their minds, they do have an off switch when at home, but only with that combination of mental and physical activity.
10. Why aren’t you USDA licensed? I am not required to be. I only have 3 breeding females at home, among other reasons.