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    Hi all,

    I currently have a 6 month old black Labrador and myself and my partner are interested in getting a Golden Retriever as a friend for him. We've done some research and discovered that the best age to introduce a puppy to an existing dog is 12 - 18 months. As such, I'm keen to get the feelers out and find a breeder for a Golden Retriever. I know when we got Loki we had to put our name down at this time of year (we got him in November).

    If you are a breeder of Golden Retrievers I'd love to chat to you. We're based in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne however happy to travel (our puppy is from Melton).

    -candi9

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    Hi 'candi9' - it is all well and good to be looking for a friend for your pup - but I would caution you on the timing - as well as - that you and your partner also want another dog for yourselves firstly and are prepared to do all that is needed for the new pup - with the bonus that your two pups will be great mates !

    About three years ago I lost my very precious boy - and then within a little over twelve months later I lost my very special girl.

    My advice to you would be to do your homework with regard to your new pup - but wait until your boy is at least 3 or 4 - or even longer - years old. I made the mistake of having my two very close in age - so that when I lost each of them - it was very hard on my heart.

    An alternative that you could possibly look at - is to do a rescue on an older GR - preferably female - works better - a male/female mix ! Maybe something you could also consider !

    Happy Hunting !



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    Hi RileyJ, thanks for the advice. We definitely want a puppy for us too, it's just a bonus that there will be company for Loki. I wanted a different breed before getting Loki but let my partner have his choice (he's always had labs) so the new puppy is my choice

    We're pretty keen to get a boy so that's why we're thinking our dog will need to be younger when we introduce them as I don't want there to be too many territorial issues from Loki. I'm not too keen on rescue dogs either. Our cat is a rescue cat and she's fine but I have a friend who has rescue dogs and I wouldn't trust any of them as far as I could throw them, not to mention dramas associated with trying to train a rescue dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi9 View Post
    I'm not too keen on rescue dogs either. Our cat is a rescue cat and she's fine but I have a friend who has rescue dogs and I wouldn't trust any of them as far as I could throw them, not to mention dramas associated with trying to train a rescue dog.
    Each to their own really but I have owned a golden retriever from a breeder and rescue dogs, and I am NEVER going back to a dog from a breeder ever again. Both my rescue dogs are 110% trustworthy and are the most loyal, loving dogs I could ever hope for. Yes, sometimes there are a few dramas but the reward of working through them with your dog is just an amazing feeling and it is totally worth it. Not all rescue dogs are 'broken', some abuse victims etc are harder than others but the majority are dogs who were strays or whose owners couldn't care for them anymore. To be honest, training my rescues has been no different and definitely not harder than training any other dog. Around 250,000 unwanted dogs were put down in Australia last year... People need to start adopting and stop having a 'rescues are no good' attitude.

    There is NOTHING that compares to the love and devotion that a rescue gives you, they definitely know that you have saved them and given them a second chance and they always have that extra bit of 'special' in them

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    A good idea could be to attend some dog shows and get your feelers out with breeders that attend or you could contact the breed club in Victoria as well and they may know of some up and coming litters.

    Male/Female matches do tend to work well together but if both of your males will be desexed then that will certainly be helpful and stop any issues that could be caused by hormones.

    It would also be a great idea before new puppy comes home to ensure Loki is completely trained as the new puppy will mimic his behaviour and pick up any bad habits he may have!

    Good luck in your puppy search!
    Last edited by jadielee87; 02-28-2013 at 06:35 AM.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Thanks for the advice. To be fair my friend has German Shepherds who have absolutely been abused by previous owners, which is why they're not to be trusted. I think the only way I could take an adult dog is if it was from a family who were moving or similar and couldn't take the dog but had pre-socialised it with a cat and done at least basic training. Most of the dogs that RSPCA has are greyhounds who will definitely chase a cat that runs or the kinds of dogs my partner doesn't want to own.

    Loki has been in puppy training since the week we got him so I think he'll be a good role model. We'll also train the new puppy separately so he doesn't have Loki as his only reference point. I've seen first-hand what happens when you put a puppy with an untrained adult dog and it's definitely not good! Both boys will definitely be desexed, Loki is going to get done in the next couple of weeks.

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    'candi9' - really sorry that your only experience with rescue dogs is via your friends’ experience. I have a rescue dog – though that was 4 years ago now – so it doesn't count any more that he was a rescue - and yes he was a PITA – but he was 2 years old at the time, and a male! Took a little while to get him how I wanted him - but it was definitely worth the effort !

    A lot of the regular members on this forum have/are either involved in rescue, have rescued or taken on pups with little knowledge of their backgrounds – and really after reading a lot of their posts – I don’t remember anyone posting that their experiences had gone totally pear shaped !

    When reading your initial post - sorry that I didn't answer your question properly – but – I remembered the following:

    This very old song - THE NEWCASTLE SONG by Bob Hudson

    And part of the Chorus which is apt for me – as for the reason for my reply:

    Don’t you ever let a chance go by.........

    When the words ‘rescue dog’ is mentioned – it does not only mean a pup from the pound. There are a lot of rescue groups out there that take pups from the pound and foster them in private homes for a period of time to enable the pups to have a better chance of finding a good home. Breed specific rescues – such as the following are also doing awesome work:

    Golden Retriever Rescue: http://www.grr.org.au

    As you have stated – you are looking for a GR pup – so the following would be useful to you:

    Breeder Directory

    http://www.grcv.org.au

    As 'jadielee87' so correctly said – go find a show that is on, and do a meet and greet. Look at all the pups prancing around the show ring, go and meet the owners/breeders – and then ask heaps of questions. The same goes for the GR Club ! You can get a lot of information off the Internet – but nothing beats the ability to physically and personally see the pups and then asking heaps of questions of the owners/breeders.

    As with any breed – there are health Issues – so have a look at this link:

    Disorders by Breed - Golden retriever - LIDA Dogs - Faculty of Veterinary Science - The University of Sydney

    Yes, it is based on USA information – but with all the imports and imported semen coming into Australia – it is still a worthwhile site. GR breeders should at least do hip and elbow testing of parents. If not – find another breeder !

    Again heaps of Good Luck Wishes !

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    Thanks for the tips and links! I wouldn't mind looking at a rescue dog, as long as I had the option to do a trial and ensure my cat is going to be safe around it.

    I take Loki to puppy school every week and there is a beautiful retriever there so I'm planning to chat to the owner and find out where it is from. The trainers also do shows so I'm going to pick their brains about shows and breeders in the area.

    Thanks again for all the tips and links, I really appreciate it!

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    Rescue dogs aren't for everyone. There's nothing wrong with getting a puppy from an ethical breeder as long as you are commited for life IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Rescue dogs aren't for everyone. There's nothing wrong with getting a puppy from an ethical breeder as long as you are commited for life IMO
    Definitely not but some rescue dogs are suitable for anybody, especially puppies that were born in shelters etc. it was the "I wouldn't trust any of them as far as I could throw them" comment that got me. But reading it back now, the OP might have just meant their friend's dogs and not every rescue dog (which I thought the first time I read it).

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