Our Breeding Objectives
- To preserve the kind, friendly and confident disposition, quintessential to the Golden Retriever breed and its role as a loving and faithful family companion.
- To produce structurally sound, intelligent and biddable Golden Retrievers who are true to classic type, free of major heritable defects and possess a natural working ability to perform activities such as obedience trials, agility, search and rescue, and traditional field hunting and retrieval work.
- To produce quality Golden Retrievers that conform to the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) breed standard.
Our breeding dogs are screened for the following major diseases:
- Hip Dysplasia (HD)
- Elbow Dysplasia (OCD)
- Hereditary Eye diseases – eyes are examined annually by a Specialist Veterinary Ophthalmologist
- Heart disease (Sub Aortic Stenosis aka SAS) – test performed by a Specialist Veterinary Cardiologist
Other heritable defects we DNA test for:
- ICT (Ichthyosis) presents as shedding of skin flakes (much like dandruff) in affected dogs.
- PRA-1 / PRA-2 / PRCD – Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a group of degenerative eye disorders causing blindness over time.
- DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in senior dogs.
- MD (Muscular dystrophy) affects the muscles and is typically first seen in young dogs (eg 1-3 months of age). In affected dogs the body produces a defective version of a protein called dystrophin causing stiffness and a defective gait that worsens over time.
- NCL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis) is a degenerative disease of the brain.
Placement on the Wait List
As per information outlined on the ‘LITTERS’ page of this website, to be considered for our wait list, the first port of call is our Questionnaire (available on request). Upon establishing a family’s suitability an email is sent out to the family with advice of an approval and placement on the list. Any further information, if required, will also be requested at this time. Once approved, families are encouraged to join our private Facebook group page where families can follow both video and pictorial updates on the litter, as well as follow/connect with other Filigrigold puppy families who share their experiences and adventures with their puppies.
Pregnancy Confirmation & Litter Size
To help us determine if a mating has been successful, and estimate the approximate size of an upcoming litter, the dam has an ultrasound examination between day 28 to 32 post-mating. We reasonably cannot ‘guarantee’ the size of any litter, nor are we able to determine gender and/or gender ratios (ie number of males to females) in a litter prior to birth.
- Following the ultrasound an email is sent to families on our wait list either confirming a pregnancy or informing them that the mating was not successful.
- Families on the wait list for an upcoming litter are notified by email when the puppies are born.
- Families of reserved puppies will receive litter updates either by email or our Facebook group page (or both)
- Leading up to the collection day of puppies, a series of weekly emails is sent to each family on the distribution list, containing resource materials from our “Puppy Information Series” pertinent to raising, training, exercising, feeding and general care of the puppy.
- Once puppies are 72 hours old, a deposit is required to reserve a puppy. The balance is due prior to picking up the puppy (if necessary, a puppy may be left with us for an additional period for a nominal charge).
- Meeting families on our group ‘Puppy Family Day’ is a prerequisite, and is arranged when the litter is between 6 to 7 weeks old. Individual visits following PFD are available by appointment. Families will be provided with a copy of our Kennel booklet to take home.
- We currently only place our puppies with families within Australia (International placements are not available at this time).
- Puppies are registered with DOGS Qld on a Limited Register (meaning the puppy cannot be shown in conformation classes nor used for breeding purposes).
- Puppies must be picked up from Filigrigold Kennels by their new families and be driven to their new home (unless the puppy is being sold and flown interstate).
- At 8 weeks of age the litter undergoes a Veterinary wellness exam, during which each puppy also receives its first vaccination (C3), and is microchipped. All placements are conditional on each puppy receiving its health clearance during this Veterinary examination.
A Day in the Life of Our Puppies
Photos coming soon!
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