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I am planning to get a puppy, specifically a golden retriever.
I am on a waiting list currently, when the puppies are born the breeder will contact me (hopefully) to secure a pup with a deposit.
Is it worth spending £2000 to get a KC registered golden retriever puppy? I'm not sure about the prices for KC registered puppies, so I just want to make sure I am not over-paying

They've stated that both the mother and father have been hip and elbow scored.
Is there anything else I should ask about before proceeding with this?
Any extra questions to ask the breeder will be very useful.

Cheers
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Hmm not sure about golden retrievers, but our KC registered cavalier King Charles spaniel was only £700 or so, so it sounds a bit expensive to me. Either way, good luck and enjoy it, my dog is truly my best bud
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Hmm not sure about golden retrievers, but our KC registered cavalier King Charles spaniel was only £700 or so, so it sounds a bit expensive to me. Either way, good luck and enjoy it, my dog is truly my best bud
May I ask when you got your little bud?
I feel like I have only seen KC registered C king charles spaniel's for £1500+ for a good couple weeks now! (Same with goldens)
Additionally, this breeder only lives about 1 and a half, maybe two hours tops away from me via car. A lot of other breeders are always so much further from me

I still have a few weeks to see if anyone else posts about a KC registered golden retriever litter, hopefully priced at a lower price point!
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May I ask when you got your little bud?
I feel like I have only seen KC registered C king charles spaniel's for £1500+ for a good couple weeks now! (Same with goldens)
Additionally, this breeder only lives about 1 and a half, maybe two hours tops away from me via car. A lot of other breeders are always so much further from me

I still have a few weeks to see if anyone else posts about a KC registered golden retriever litter, hopefully priced at a lower price point!
Oh gosh, wow! Three years ago - his birthday was 2 days ago aha I completely understand, all of the breeders we found were in Wales or even Scotland, so we had to settle for a 2 hour drive in the end! Yes maybe play the waiting game and see if a more suitable price appears, fingers crossed!
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Oh gosh, wow! Three years ago - his birthday was 2 days ago aha I completely understand, all of the breeders we found were in Wales or even Scotland, so we had to settle for a 2 hour drive in the end! Yes maybe play the waiting game and see if a more suitable price appears, fingers crossed!
Sorry, let me correct myself... the average price for your dogs breed specifically is £3000 currently! (this is only on one website that I've been looking on.)
Of course, for any breed there are always breeders who price their puppies at much lower prices but this is crazy! :eek:

Awww, Happy belated birthday to him!
Thanks a lot!! Here's to hoping for a better opportunity.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I am planning to get a puppy, specifically a golden retriever.
I am on a waiting list currently, when the puppies are born the breeder will contact me (hopefully) to secure a pup with a deposit.
Is it worth spending £2000 to get a KC registered golden retriever puppy? I'm not sure about the prices for KC registered puppies, so I just want to make sure I am not over-paying

They've stated that both the mother and father have been hip and elbow scored.
Is there anything else I should ask about before proceeding with this?
Any extra questions to ask the breeder will be very useful.

Cheers
£2000 seems excessive to me. Are they from a particularly good bloodline? How have they justified that high price? A family friend of mine bought his kc reg pedigree labs (dad was a French champion worth £10k) for about £700 each.

It's a requirement to being a kc reg breeder that they do the health testing.
One thing to be careful of is if we are still in lockdown, you should consider whether that is the best time to get a puppy because they will need extensive socialisation which just cannot be done adequately whilst in lockdown.

The fact that they're kc registered is a good sign, but things you want to ask/look out for can include:
- seeing the puppies with their mum (and interacting together, not just in the same room but separate)
- ask what they have been doing for socialisation. Have they got other animals, such as cats, or have they socialised to sounds such as the hoover
- they should be happy to show you the paperwork for all treatments/vet visits so far and good breeders should be happy with you requesting for a vet check yourself, for example, within the first 24 hours of getting the puppy, and a refund if there are any problems
- do they also offer you things such as a period of free insurance, some of the same food they have been feeding the puppies and a blanket with their mum's smell
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Sorry, let me correct myself... the average price for your dogs breed specifically is £3000 currently! (this is only on one website that I've been looking on.)
Of course, for any breed there are always breeders who price their puppies at much lower prices but this is crazy! :eek:

Awww, Happy belated birthday to him!
Thanks a lot!! Here's to hoping for a better opportunity.
Thanks haha! And the user above makes a valid point, puppies need socialisation after 8 weeks I believe, so maybe think through whether this is the best time for you. It’s a bit embarrassing, but the breeder told us that our doggo shouldn’t leave the house for six months so now he’s terrified of other dogs big and small, things are getting better but if you’re unable to socialise yours at this stage then see whether the late summer or autumn would be better
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Thanks haha! And the user above makes a valid point, puppies need socialisation after 8 weeks I believe, so maybe think through whether this is the best time for you. It’s a bit embarrassing, but the breeder told us that our doggo shouldn’t leave the house for six months so now he’s terrified of other dogs big and small, things are getting better but if you’re unable to socialise yours at this stage then see whether the late summer or autumn would be better
Puppies need socialising from pretty much when they're born, though I guess it will have more of an impact from 3 weeks or so onwards. Their critical socialisation period is up to around 16 weeks, that's the most important time when they will benefit the most from socialisation. The first part (when they're younger than 8 weeks) is usually learning from their mother and litter mates, which is why puppies that are separated too early often develop behavioural issues. Once you have the puppy then you take over the socialisation. However, remember they can't come into contact with other dogs/places where other dogs may have been until they're fully vaccinated.
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Suggest you read this:

https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-...lden-retriever
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