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Puppy Referral
Sophie Myers
Puppy Referral Volunteer

The GRCWNY refers only club member breeders in good standing.

Pigmentary Uveitis Info for Puppy Packets 
As a service to the prospective Golden Retriever puppy buyer,
the GRCWNY maintains a puppy referral list of Club members whose Goldens (dam and/or sire) meet
the necessary criteria as set forth by the GRCWNY.
The GRCWNY does not handle any of the pricing or transactions
but merely puts prospective puppy owners in touch with breeders who are members of our Club.
Puppies are not always available since many breeders maintain a waiting list on their own.
Our puppy referral contact, 
Sophie can provide you with general breed information regarding purchasing and maintaining a Golden Retriever,
and with contacts to those members having current litters available


Before a litter is listed with our puppy referral contact, the member must provide the following information:

An AKC pedigree for both the sire and the dam of the litter.

OFA Hip and Elbow Clearance Certificates for both the sire and dam (or PennHip equivalent)

  CERF Eye Clearance Certificate or Ophthalmologist's eye exam report indicating "normal" for both eyes for both the sire and the dam.
 These reports must be dated within 12 months of breeding.

Cardiac exam reports are required for both the sire and the dam. An OFA report or report from a board certified cardiologist or Internist with a specialty in cardiology are examples of these types of reports.

The names of breeders are provided as a public service free of charge and in good faith.

Current Litters: the GRCWNY does not guarantee and makes no representations as to the health of any dog purchased from any breeder whose name is provided by GRCWNY. Any information provided by such breeders is not necessarily the position, opinion or recommendation of GRCWNY and GRCWNY assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of statements expressed or implied.

Although the GRCWNY stresses the necessity of health clearances, it is your responsibility to make sure that all of your questions are answered and that you feel comfortable with the measures taken by the breeder.

Please note that the puppy referral contact can not put you on a waiting list and call you when litters are listed. Time and financial restraints do not allow us to return phone calls, we ask that you be patient and we will do our best to find you a healthy, happy Golden Retriever puppy. There is no way for us to know in advance when a litter will be listed and availability. It is often difficult for callers to remember all the details provided during a phone call to a breeder.

What is a responsible breeder?

A Responsible Breeder:
*Requires that all Pet Quality puppies be sold on a Spay/Neuter/Limited Registration agreement. Be cautious of breeders who do not mention altering.
*Requires a written contract, which will vary, from breeder to breeder, that spells out the rights and responsibilities of the seller and buyer, health information and return policy.
*Shows an interest in, love for and knowledge of the breed. He or she takes great care in placing puppies in good homes and will often interview potential buyers, ask for references, ask that a questionnaire be filled out and refuses to sell a dog if necessary.
*Will guarantee a puppy's general health for a certain period of time. While no one can guarantee against inherited diseases, a responsible breeder is well informed about genetic problems in their particular breed or bloodlines, routinely has dogs/pups tested for problems and passes this information along to their buyers. Beware of breeders who scoff at genetic testing and claim their particular breed/line is problem free.
* A responsible breeder should be aware of the "major" breed problems, i.e.: Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Heart (SAS) and Thyroid, and Pigmentary Uveitis.
* Will provide a safe, clean and well maintained environment for their puppies and dogs. Trust your instincts!
*Is willing to provide you with references from past buyers.
* Is involved in the dog fancy; showing, rescue, membership in All-Breed and or Specialty, Obedience, Field or Agility clubs.
*Is willing to assist with questions you may have regarding, grooming, training and nutrition and is ready, willing and able to assist you if the need arises.
* Will allow you to meet the puppies parents (sire & dam) if available, and if the sire is not available, be able to provide you with pictures, pedigree and health information.
* Follows up on their puppies. He or she is interested in how the pups develop physically and mentally, problems in the dog/owner relationship and health problems.

To see if a Golden Retriever is the right dog for you and your family, click on any of the links below, which are loaded with information:


……… a message from a club member:

If you are scrolling through our web site devoted to the Golden Retriever, your interest in learning about the breed is evident. You also need to educate yourself about the growing segment of breeders who produce “goldendoodles” and have created all the hoopla about the “new designer breeds,” such as goldendoodles and “rare white goldens.”

Are goldendoodles really a separate distinct breed? Are they worth the high prices the hype describes? Do goldendoodles exhibit the best traits of a pure-bred Golden (or the best traits of what other breed it comes from)? Are they likely to be healthier than either of the parents? Are they less likely to shed or require less maintenance? Will they have a predictable adult size? Are temperaments more likely to be predictably “golden”?

The answer to the above questions is a resounding NO!

Goldendoodles are MUTTS, pure and simple. They are no different than the cross-breeds and mixed breeds at your local shelter, which can be rescued for far less money. Sadly, there are increasing numbers of goldendoodles which did not live up to their breeders’ claims now in shelters adding to the burden of unwanted dogs.
If you are looking to add a dog to your family and are drawn to the look and temperament of a Poodle, seek out a responsible Poodle breeder breeding pure-bred Poodles. Likewise, if you are drawn to the look and temperament of a Golden Retriever, seek out a responsible Golden Retriever breeder breeding pure-bred Golden Retrievers.


Read on, and follow the links which contain no-nonsense information about this issue. Our Parent Club, the Golden Retriever Club of America, has tapped the long-time experience and knowledge of some of the most respected spokespersons for the Golden Retriever.



To see if a Golden Retriever is the right dog for you and your family, click on any of the links below, which are loaded with information:

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

Canine Eye Registry

GRCA advise on purchasing a puppy

Please read the info provided by our National Club by clicking the sentence immediately above. It will be time well spent!

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