Do you have requirements for buying one of your puppies? We love our dogs and their puppies very much and want to see them go to homes where they will receive the same amount of love and attention they receive from us. If you or someone you know is unable to be with the dog most of the day then I would encourage you to find another breed or consider finding a friend or loved one who could care for your dog while you are away. Golden's love their people and want to be with them ALL the time. Whether you're off boating, out for a hike, walk in the park, ride in the car, tending to your flowers in the backyard or lounging in the evening watching TV, your golden wants to be with you. Golden Retriever's should not be put out to the backyard and left alone. They will not be happy and become VERY destructive.
Do you evaluate your dogs or use the VOLHARD PUPPY APTITUDE TEST? We are very much hands on breeders. All of our dogs and their puppies are exposed to many people(three generations) throughout the course of the day in our home. He have a very busy and noisy household. Puppies and dogs are loved on and cared for daily from the moment they are born. The Volhard test is great but very subjective. Due to the fact our puppies and dogs live in and are raised in our home some of the tests on Volhard PAT may not be accurate based on our rearing protocols(intensive hands on care). We use the PAT(puppy aptitude test) to address any early signs of fear to specific situations. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us. We evaluate all of our puppies daily from the day they are born until they leave our home to go to yours.
What if I work all day and no one is home, will you sell me a dog? Simple answer, yes but in this situation you will want to make arrangements for someone to come and care for your dog. I can not emphasize enough how much they want to be with people and need human companionship They are devoted and loving but they need love, attention, and human interaction. Please plan accordingly for your puppy.
How much time do you spend with your dogs? We have three generations living under one roof. My parents are retired and we homeschool our four children, so someone is always home with our animals. We live on a 26 acre farm with other animals including a jersey family cow, two mix breed livestock guardian rescue dogs and a cat. We made the decision a long time ago when choosing the life of animal husbandry to always have someone home. Animals need our time, care, and attention. They are a huge responsibility but we absolutely love our animals especially our precious goldens.
Do you health test your dogs? Yes, all of our dogs receive extensive DNA testing including, Degenerative Myelopathy, Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, Osteogenesis Imperfecta(brittle bone disease), Sensory Ataxic Neuropathy, Ichthyosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (GR-PRA1, GR1-PRA, GR-PRA2, GR2-PRA, PRA-PRCD, PRCD). We also test with the OFA for their hips(finals after 24 months of age), elbows(finals after 24 months of age), patella, eyes, thyroid and heart. We also test with PENNHIP. All of our puppies will be clear from the ICT(Ichthyosis) skin disorder.
This is a great article on HIP DYSPLASIA by the "Institute of Canine Biology", titled THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CANINE HIP DYSPLASIA . The article discusses the importance of environmental factors on the health of our dogs and their hips. Most importantly their diet and weight management. Most Americans overfeed their dogs!!!
- We are very passionate about health especially Debbie who has overcome her own health struggles. She was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2013 and told by many doctors that her thyroid was slowing down and she would need to be on prescription drugs for the remainder of her life. Long story short, after countless hours of reading and studying human physiology/anatomy/hormones, she made changes in her diet, supplements and lifestyle giving her body what it needed to heal. By 2016 her thyroid normalized. Doctors, well meaning family/friends, said Debbie was genetically ordained to have hypothyroidism due to family history/genetics. What she learned, what we learned as a family was that diet, supplements and lifestyle is paramount to our overall health. The same holds true to our precious canines. Heathy DNA is important but if you don't take care of your DNA with proper nutrients and exercise any health issue can emerge. Breeders and owners need to work together for the health of our dogs. We, the breeder, provide the strong foundation and the owner follows up with proper diet, supplements and exercise.
Do you ship your puppies? We prefer to meet our puppies families in person but we know that life can keep us very busy and traveling to our area may not be possible. We now offer Puppy Nanny Services. We are now coordinating with multiple Puppy Nanny's to bring your puppy to the airport closest to you or directly to your home! Contact us today for pricing! We highly recommend and encourage you to make the full trip to our home the day of pick-up. This gives you the opportunity to meet the Dam and Sire of you puppy!
Where are you located? We are located a hour south of Nashville, Tennessee. Arrangements can be made to meet anywhere between Nashville, TN and Huntsville, AL
Do you allow visitors? We only allow visitors to our farm the day they pick up their puppy. Although, we love visiting with our families and getting to know you, our first priority is protecting the health and safety of our dogs and their pups. We simply cannot not risk introducing disease to our farm. In order to ensure a safe environment for them to grow free of dangerous bacteria, viruses and disease we limit exposure to visitors. Many breeders have been devastated by PARVO brought onto their property by well meaning visitors. Thank you for your understanding. Arrangements can be made to skype or ichat. Our puppy families(once a deposit is received), of course, do come to our home to pick up their puppies if they choose or we meet somewhere in Middle TN. We would be happy to provide you with personal references or you can connect on facebook and instagram to see what our puppy families have to say about our amazing pups.
What happens if I make a deposit, then on day of pickup I'm not happy with the puppy selected? Please call us to discuss
Do you have a guarantee on your puppies? Yes, we offer a 1 year health guarantee plus an optional 2 yr health guarantee from genetic defects. Details can be found in our Health Guarantee and Purchase Agreement.
Do you recommend pet insurance? Yes, most families like the added security this insurance provides them. We do everything possible to make sure you are getting a very healthy puppy however, accidents can happen. In the puppy packet you receive the day of puppy pick-up, I include a TRUPANION certificate. If activated within 24 hours of puppy pickup up you receive 30 days of coverage with no obligation, immediate coverage(waiting periods are waved), coverage for any new illnesses or injuries, $250 deductible(no payout limits).
Are your dogs show quality?
Absolutely, all of our dogs are carefully chosen with high standards for health, temperament, intelligence and exceptional world class championship pedigree's. Our adult dogs do not have AKC Titles in the USA but their parents and grandparents have numerous foreign Titles overseas.
Are your dogs registered with the AKC?
Yes, all of our dogs are AKC registered.
Do you offer full registration with your puppies?
No, at this time we only offer limited AKC registration.
Do your dogs have AKC titles? Our adult dogs come from bloodlines that have numerous, mostly overseas, Championship Titles(Russia/Ukraine). Our dogs, that are part of our breeding program, do not have AKC titles in the USA. Our focus here at Radiant Goldens is selecting healthy dogs with temperaments that would make exceptional family/pet companions. A considerable amount of our time is devoted to being up-to-date on current research affecting the health of our dogs and monitoring the labels of products we use on our dogs.
Are you puppies good for Therapy or Service work? Absolutely, our adult dogs come from bloodlines that would be a great fit for therapy or service oriented work. Therapy/service dogs can take up to 24 months of training for their specific job. Finding the right dog and a trainer in your area is paramount to a successful therapy/service dog. Please call us if you are interested in therapy/service dog so we can discuss in detail.
Do you require us to show our puppy/dog?
No, here at Radiant Goldens, our family is dedicated to raising top quality genetically sound exceptional pet companion/therapy/service dogs. Although, our dogs come from long lines of top quality English Goldens Retrievers and would do very well in shows, we do not require this in our contract.
Do you remove dewclaws?
No, we do not. We feel they were put there for a reason and are best left alone. Our dogs have never had any issues with their dew claws. Even our male mixed breed Pyrenees has double dew claws and never had any issues.
What is your policy for spaying and neutering? How do I manage having an intact female and male? Aren't the males supposed to be more aggressive? This may be the case with some breeds but not with the Golden Retriever. Our intact males are not aggressive at all with our farm mixed breed dogs. In the US, it is common practice to completely remove their hormonal organs in order to neuter/spay them. This is not practiced in Europe. By delaying the time the organs are removed this gives the dogs body more time to mature, completely fill out and significantly reduces their chances of hip dysplasia, lower chances of cancer and will also provide a longer life expectancy. Hormones are an integral part of growing. Without the hormones produced by these organs they cannot and will not grow as they should. For females; she will go into "heat" her first time around 9-15 months old(this could vary a bit more). Then approximately every 6 months from there. Their heat cycle lasts about 3 weeks. At this time you need to be with her or monitoring her closely while outside. Do not let her roam freely. Keep her inside 100% of the time unless you're outside with her to go potty. We think this is a small sacrifice, in an effort, to protect your dogs health and longevity. We require spaying our females between 9-20 months of age and our males between 9-30 months of age. AKC paperwork will not be provided until proof of spaying/neutering. See our HEALTH GUARANTEE and PURCHASE AGREEMENT.
- PLEASE READ THE STUDY BY UCDAVIS (February 2013) and PLEASE READ THE STUDY BY PLOS ONE with regard how neutering affects our dogs health
- The implication of early spaying/neutering is evident with an increased risk to cancers and hip dysplasia PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE
What is your policy for vaccinations? We follow a limited vaccination protocol and believe over vaccination is one of the reasons many dogs are sadly being diagnosed with cancer. Even the AAHA now recommends a conservative approach to vaccination. We will provide you with research by Dr. Ronald Shultz in your Puppy Pack for you to review. Dr. Ronald Shultz is a well respected veterinarian immunologist. Your 10 week old puppy will have had his/her 1st round of vaccination for Parvo, Distemper and Adenovirus-Type 2. Here is a great article on the subject of vaccines, citing Dr. Ronald Shultz. If your puppy stays with us longer for additional training they will receive their 2nd, possibly 3rd round of vaccinations before they go home. Please contact us for more information.
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