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Have your questions answered before placing a deposit.
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Wondering about the Petite Golden Retriever?
3 What is "genetic drift"?.

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Requested and Answered by Admin on 30-Nov-2015 09:30 (787 reads)
We follow the general rule of retailing and offer a 3-day refund on a deposit with no penalty. After 3 days, rules below will apply........

We need to sell the puppy you saved for yourself before refunds are given. If that puppy doesn't sell at full price, then we take the discount out of your deposit.
If you move to another litter and then change your mind, deposits are returned when the litter you've reserved goes home.
That could take you a year to get a deposit back from us.

We also reserve the right to immediately return a deposit without penalty and we don't have to forward it to another litter.


Requested and Answered by Admin on 19-Mar-2015 08:34 (1116 reads)
Sometimes you may notice that we have 2 breeding dogs and the percentages don't line up properly.
The idea is, over time, that as we are choosing for more Golden Retriever traits and less for the others, that
our dogs slowly become more Golden-like.
I decided that the way I would express the "drift" toward the Golden standard is to take out the 1/2 percentages and any breed that falls below 10%.


Basically, it's when you've bred a dog to a point where one of the breeds behind it is gone. This simply means that when I'm figuring out who to breed to whom, that breed that used to be there is lost to the others(which are more prevalent).
Example:
Dog 1 is 75% Golden, 13% Cocker and 12% Poodle
Dog 2 is 100% Golden Retriever
Breeding these 2 dogs together will give you 100% Golden Retriever traits as the Cocker and Poodle are below 10%

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Requested and Answered by Admin on 19-Mar-2015 08:28 (700 reads)
We are downsizing the Golden Retriever and must therefore make them smaller while keeping that classic look.
Our main breed is the Golden Retriever, we never forget that, so we may have some 55 lb dogs in our litters
while we incorporate 'new blood'.

We believe in the 'infusion method' whereby two dogs are bred that share a common breed(in our case, Golden Retrievers).
This is how they developed the Australian Labradoodle in the 90's. So.....

“Infusion #1” to “Infusion #2” = “Infusion #3” or F1

We also breed using a technique we call “genetic memory” or “breed memory”, whereby two dogs have the Golden
Retriever behind them only back a bit further in the family tree. So.....

F1B Infusion #1 to F1B Infusion #2 = Infusion #3 or F1



We don't breed GoldenDoodle to GoldenDoodle often.....just for breeding stock.

We aren't GoldenDoodle breeders. We'll breed hard-to-find and unusual litters to gain breeding stock in our rotation
or have a litter due to request(if we have the breeding stock on hand at the time). Breed rotation examples look like
this:

Golden Retriever x Poodle to Golden Retriever x Cocker Spaniel

=

GoldenDoodle x Cogol(Cocker Retriever)

=

Petite Golden Retriever F1



We will call this rotational breeding “breeding outside”......as in 'breeding outside our established bloodlines'.

For our established bloodlines, we simply use the knowledge we have of their backgrounds to determine who we'll
breed to whom. We try to avoid irregular coats, long, skinny muzzles, over-long ears and over-long legs.

We try to blend at an ideal 60,20,20. For example:

Dog #1(63% Golden, 12% Cocker, 25% Poodle) to Dog #2(56% Golden, 37% Cocker, 7% Poodle)

=

Puppy(60% Golden, 25% Cocker, 15% Poodle) (Not exact but very close)

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Requested and Answered by Admin on 19-Mar-2015 08:26 (643 reads)
A Petite Golden is not a smaller version of a purebred Golden Retriever.
It is a dog designed to be the healthiest golden produced today, using breeds that are smaller to
give us a nice medium-sized dog.
We use 3 breeds in a rotation because that has been shown to give us the look we want and the
good health we need.
Medium sized dogs live longer, healthier lives. You can find many articles on that if you look for them.
It is easier to handle a dog of this size.
Mixed breed dogs have stable temperaments.

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Requested and Answered by Admin on 19-Mar-2015 08:15 (1619 reads)
We feed weaning puppies Whole Earth Farms canned or dry puppy food.

All puppies receive regular dewormings, as these parasites can rob growing puppies of necessary nutrients. They receive one vaccine at 8 weeks old or the day before they receive health certificates. Tiny puppies receive 2 vaccines-7 and 10 weeks old.

We are now inoculating for Coccidia and Giardia, two illnesses that cause extreme diarrhea in young puppies. We don't expect our puppies to have these when they go home but offer it to keep our puppies from getting diarrhea when they go home and outside.*

All puppies receive mental and physical stimulation according to their age and size. We have platforms for them to walk upon, tunnels to burrow into and toys for them to play with. We have a puppy puzzle for the bigger puppies to enjoy and a tv pad for the little ones.

Puppies learn that there are special rules for potty when they are 3 weeks old. We practice with newspapers.

We crate puppies at 6 weeks with littermates. We encourage crating and we like to know that we are helping our puppies to acclimate to your home environment by crating early. We have a schedule that we post on the newspage and you can print this out. Please note that we do not crate for 8 hours or overnight before 7 weeks old. You must still help your puppy fit into your sleep schedule and routine. A well-balanced puppy stays with mom and his littermates as long as possible, we just allow for up to 2 hours in the crate per day, split into two periods called “nap time”.

We have time set aside every week for grooming and caring for the puppy. We handle and clean their ears, put our fingers in their mouths, clip their nails and play with their bottoms:) They are handled often and talked to, using simple words and commands they can understand.

*Innoculations don't insure that these parasites won't show up in a fecal coliform test. Unusual stress can still cause diarrhea in young puppies.

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