Before You Buy
Increase your odds of finding a Golden puppy that will meet your needs and expectations by investing the time to become an educated Golden Retriever purchaser.
When you find your puppy, remember to enroll him in a Puppy Kindergarten class. Early training and socialization are critical to a well-behaved companion.
Acquiring a Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever Club of Illinois (GRCI) strongly recommends that you begin your search for a Golden Retriever by exploring the resource links below to obtain valuable information on:
- Determining whether a Golden Retriever is the right dog for you and your family, and
- Choosing a healthy Golden Retriever puppy or adult dog that possesses the type of temperament that is the hallmark of the Golden Retriever breed.
Is your home and family lifestyle compatible with owning a Golden Retriever? Take a few minutes to find out by completing the "Profiler Test" on the Golden Retriever Club of America’s website at http://www.grca.org/allabout/profiler.html.
Be sure you know the right questions to ask when looking for a Golden. Before you begin contacting breeders, read "Acquiring a Golden Retriever," an excellent resource available on the Golden Retriever Club of America’s website at http://www.grca.org/allabout/a_find.html This booklet will answer many of your questions, and assist you in locating a reputable breeder. You may also want to utilize a Breeder Questionnaire when you talk to potential breeders.
For additional information about Golden Retrievers, visit the “All About Goldens” section on the Golden Retriever Club of America’s website at http://www.grca.org/allabout/index.html.