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Golden Retriever breeder colorado

The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve waterfowl and game birds during hunting and shooting parties and was named ‘retriever’ because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged. Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of water and are easy to train to basic or advanced obedience standards. They are a long-coated breed, with a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors, and an outer coat that lies flat against their bodies and repels water.

Golden Retrievers are well suited to residency in suburban or country environments. Although they need substantial outdoor exercise, they should be housed in a fenced area because of their instinctual tendency to roam. They shed particularly at the change of seasons and require regular grooming.  The Golden Retrievers’ intelligence makes them a versatile breed and allows them to fill a variety of roles – common ones being guide dog for the blind, hearing dog for the deaf, hunting dog, detection dog, and search and rescue participant. The breed’s friendly, gentle temperament means it is unsuited to being a professional guard dog, but its temperament has also made it a popular family dog.


  • Smarter but often more challenging
  • More behavior challenges (moody)
  • Suffer more from separation anxiety (crate training preferred)
  • Matures more quickly
  • Will take over if given the chance
  • Urine can burn the lawn if not fed/supplemented correctly.
  • Altering is expensive and recovery time is much longer.


  • More rambunctious as youngsters
  • May be easier to train for hunting and obedience training is shorter
  • Matures more slowly
  • Can handle more pressure when training
  • Talks to strangers easier
  • Handles stress and new situations easier
  • 1/2 the cost to get altered with less recovery time
  • If altered at 6 months or before, does not leg lift to urinate
  • Not necessarily larger than a female from the same litter. 

How To Reserve Your Puppy

You can reserve your puppy by putting a deposit down when the puppies are 1-2 weeks old, please contact me prior to sending a deposit.  Deposits ($300) are required to reserve a puppy for you.  A puppy that shows pending has a deposit pending and will be held that way for up to 5 days. If a deposit is not received after 5 days the puppy becomes available again.  A puppy that shows reserved a deposit has been received (however I generally remove that puppy from the website to avoid confusion). If there are multiple puppies that look similar in color, I generally do reservations by 1st pick male, 1st pick female, 2d pick male, 2d pick female etc. Then you will choose your puppy at the 6 week old puppy visits.  If you have 1st pick you will have an early appointment time for the 6 week visit as puppy selections have to go in order so plan accordingly if you have a distance to travel.

Cellular Somatic Mutation — totally harmless, just a little genetic blip that flips from light to dark fur.  “Golden retrievers are born with a base black coat, with a ‘modifier gene’ that turns them golden,” Almost every dog has this modifier.

Goldens are genetically black but look golden yellow to reddish due to their (ee) genes restricting the development of black pigment. Goldens are (BB ee) in constitution. Goldens that have the cellular somatic mutation in a skin cell in which (ee) became (Ee). This allows the black pigment to form in cells descended from that one original mutant cell.