While we enjoy 'dog sports', most people are not looking for a show, hunt, or obedience dog, they just want a family member. They want a pet they can take for a walk, swimming, or just sit in the backyard with and throw a ball. They want someone to be excited when they come home and to give them kisses for a treat.
We are the same way - our dogs are our children. They are active members of our family, they live in our home, they go camping with us, and we spend time training, loving and playing with each of them. Our house has a dog-toy box and when visiting you are in constant danger of stepping on a “boney”. We hope one day to train at least one of them to vacuum and mop, but as of now, that is still a parental duty assisted by our robotic vacuum "Goldie" We are “those people” who would jump into an icy lake to save our dogs regardless of the risk to ourselves.
Dunkeld Goldens is owned by us – Sharon and David Kitchens. We are are located in central Virginia, an easy drive from Maryland, North Carolina, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. To support our dog habit - David is a Veterinarian and Sharon is in Information Technology. We really do love dog sports and actively participate in Rally, Obedience, Dock Diving and Conformation. We are members in good standing with the Golden Retriever Club of America, and the Potomac Valley Golden Retrieve Club.
Prior to our golden retriever family, we bred Labrador Retrievers for a number of years, but following an emergency c-section where we almost lost our girl, we stopped. Fear of losing your beloved dog will do that to you and we stopped being breeders. We really had no intention of starting back up until Oberon came into our lives. He changed our world. We went from performance dog sports, to conformation and performance (you can never give up your first love). We went from Labrador's to Goldens, though we miss our labs who have now all gone to the Rainbow Bridge to wait for us.
To read about our breeding and puppy rearing philosophy - click here.
The GRCA provides puppy referral as a convenience to puppy buyers to find out about breeders who are GRCA members and their litters. GRCA takes no responsibility whatsoever for any puppies/dogs that you may acquire through GRCA puppy referral. GRCA is not responsible for any breeder’s sale practices and sales contracts, nor will GRCA be involved in any manner in contract disputes between puppy buyers and breeders. Availability of puppies and conditions of sale are at the sole discretion of the individual breeder. Buyers are encouraged to read ACQUIRING A GOLDEN RETRIEVER, as found on the grca.org web-site, for general information about obtaining a puppy, to take as much time as necessary to locate a reputable breeder from whom they feel comfortable purchasing a puppy, and to investigate breeders and their puppies thoroughly before committing to a purchase. You are not obligated to purchase a puppy from the breeders whose names you obtain from GRCA puppy referral.
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Dunkeld Goldens, located in Richmond Virginia, is a small hobby breeding program that strives to ensure our dogs have the greatest opportunity to be healthy, have wonderful temperaments, meet breed standard, and are able to perform their job, whatever that job may be. Most importantly – we are dedicated to having Happy Dogs!
All our adult four-legged children have OFA health certifications, receive genetic testing, and participate in competitions: conformation and/or performance events, depending on each's unique characteristics.
Most puppies are destined to be family pets. That's why we believe in trying to make our puppies the best pets possible. We want them to go to families that will love them and whom they will love in return.