Our Philosophy:

As breeder's we believe in, and follow, the Code of Ethics of the Golden Retriever Club of America.

We believe all canine parents should have health clearances that encompass hips,

elbows, eyes, heart, as well as common genetic tests.   All of our dogs have these

and we only select other males to breed our girls to with the same tests.   

We use these to make smart breeding choices to help give puppies the best chance of being healthy. 

We strive to produce healthy, happy, easy to train puppies that meet the AKC Breed standard, and that will be valued family members.  We undertake early neurologically stimulation, and exposure to everyday life to help the puppies be well adjusted.  

Our puppies are raised in our homes as members of the family.  They are socialized with children, other dogs, other people.   They experience a regular home environment with vacuums, televisions, music, barking, and talking.  They are started on potty training and bite inhibition and some manners.  They've been in different environments (inside, outside, grass, dirt, pavement), experienced loud noises, had their nails trimmed numerous times, and met many people.  An added bonus for families, they are comfortable with a collar, and they have been in crates.

We do not remove the dew claws of our puppies.  If anyone tells you it doesn't hurt them, they are mistaken.   Plus dew claws are actually useful to the dog.  They help them grip their toys/bones and they assist them when cornering when running.   The bad thing about this is 2 more claws to keep short.

We encourage  perspective families to come visit the puppies as much as they can.  This will make an easier first few nights for everyone.  If the puppy knows you, they will be more relaxed at their new home. 

We are a resource for our families during the life of their Dunkeld puppy.  You are always welcomed to contact us with questions, concerns, funny stories, or general updates.   In fact we like to keep track of our puppies throughout the years and see pictures as they grown and hear of their accomplishments.  We raised these guys for 8 weeks and love each and everyone of them, plus keeping track of  the puppies helps us build a better program.  We feel fortunate to still be in touch with families of our labs puppies and love seeing pictures and getting cards.

Ready For Their New Homes - what to Expect: 

Puppies are sold on a limited registration except for Show picks.   This registration allows you to participate in any performance sport, but not register any puppies produced by that dog.  A limited registration may be changed to a full registration for the right dog.

Having a Veterinarian onsite certainly has its benefits - the puppies will have their first set of shots, have had multiple checkups, and any issues addressed.  You'll also be provided with a health record to take to your clinic.  We personally believe a in 3-4 weeks between vaccinations schedule, but your veterinary clinic may have a different protocol.  

At seven weeks old, puppies will be evaluated for temperament and show potential.  Potential show homes are given first picks, performance homes are given second picks, followed by pet homes.  Please remember, most puppies go to pet homes.  There may be no show potential dogs in the litter, or no show homes looking for a dog.  For our pet homes, we will work with the perspective owners to help select a puppy.  We can tell you about temperament and personality.  You can tell us about your personal preferences.  We ask you to remember that we can't always meet every personal preference.  For example if you want a red-colored male, and the only one went to a performance home, we won't be able to meet that requirement.  But we'd remind you though that the color of the puppy has nothing to do with its temperament or ability to love you and hope you'd be happy with a medium gold male.

Puppies go to their new families at 8 weeks old at the earliest.

Non Legal, but Legal sounding Stuff: 

We offer the following health guarantee:  Up until the puppy is 30 months old, puppies who are deemed as not-passing for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), on hip, elbow, or eye certifications, may receive back 33% of the purchase price of their puppy, or return the puppy for a partial refund of 66% of purchase price.  To qualify for partial refunds, a copy of any x-rays or eye exam that were submitted to OFA, must be provided to Dunkeld Goldens, and at our discretion, we may require the owner to re-take the OFA xray's at a Veterinarian specializing in OFA x-rays (proper positioning for submission to OFA is critical.  OFA will not send back x-rays that are not properly positioned, nor will that make allowances for poor positioning, they rate what they receive).  Additionally, a copy of all health records must be provided to Dunkeld Goldens.   This guarantee is voided if the pet did not receive regular veterinary care (annual visits, all shots), or if the pet was ever considered overweight, or is currently overweight, or if the pet every received any trauma that would impact OFA ratings.  The partial refund will be given following proof of spay or neuter. 

We will accept back a Dunkeld dog at any time for any reason should you need to rehome them.  No refund will be offered, but if we successfully re-sell the dog  you will receive no more than 50% of your original purchase price following reimbursal to Dunkeld for any and all expenses incurred with the puppy until it is re-homed.

Each puppy sold by Dunkeld comes with a purchase contract that outlines the exact specifics for the guarantees and the responsibilities for all parties.


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.Type your paragraph here.

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​Dunkeld Golden Retrievers

Our Breeding and Puppy Philosophy