Choosing to adopt a Golden Retriever puppy is never a decision that you should make lightly or without proper forethought and care. Like other different breeds the Golden has particular character traits and health issues that should be thoroughly researched before the adoption occurs in order to prevent unnecessary problems further down the line. Golden Retriever breeders who genuinely care about the breed will be invaluable to you. Unless care is taken the dog and you will bear the consequences and sometimes they are rather unpleasant.
Reputable Golden Retriever breeders will take into account the individual traits of the breed that they are associated with. They will work toward preventing certain disorders from being passed from the parent dogs on to the puppies if possible. They will make sure that the adult dogs are in the best physical condition so that the puppies receive the best start in life. The female will receive the proper and necessary health care not only while she is pregnant but even before she is. The puppies themselves should be seen by a vet and given a clean bill of health before they are put up for adoption.
Once you have decided to adopt a Golden Retriever puppy your next step is finding a reputable breeder from which you will be able to obtain your dog. There are many Golden Retriever breeders out there and your vet, kennel club, Golden Retriever groups and the internet can all be great sources from which you will be able to find a breeder that meets your requirements.
Of course it goes without saying that a puppy mill should never be a potential port of call as the dogs bred in these places are subjected to horrific conditions and denied veterinary care. Golden Retriever breeders who breed Goldens under these conditions are not in it for the sake of the breed but for profit and the females are forced to give birth to multiple litters every year which is cruel and dangerous.
Your Golden will bring you lots of love, devotion, protection, loyalty and loads of pleasure. Adopting a dog or puppy, whether a Golden or a different breed is a big decision. To help you make it consider making use of the resources available to you and do your research. Choose to deal only with Golden Retriever breeders that are keen on the breed and are not in it to make money.
A good breeder will allow you to view the parent dogs, all the puppies together, and provide you with the necessary information so that you can see that all the dogs have been seen by a vet and given a clean bill of health. The puppies will not be kept caged up but will have plenty of room to play and get exercise. Seeing the whole litter together is key in determining the personalities of the puppies so that you will be able to pick the one to which you take a fancy.
Of course there is a tendency to make an impulse buy, especially when confronted by something as adorable as a Golden puppy, but impulse buys can turn nasty in the long run. Golden Retriever breeders will take care before re-homing a puppy but you need to be strict with yourself and make sure that you have researched and done your home work before you buy the puppy. That way you will know that you have not entered into this decision without making sure that you have covered all your bases.