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Breeding Philosophy 

The breed standard describes a golden retriever as “a symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident. Primarily a hunting dog, he should be shown in hard working condition. Over-all appearance, balance, gait and purpose to be given more emphasis than any of his component parts.”


Sassafras Goldens aims to produce puppies that match this standard as closely as possible. By researching bloodlines and selecting for certain traits, we have been very successful in providing families with great examples of the breed. In addition to standard, our puppies are also bred for health. We screen all of our sires and dams for any potential genetic diseases to ensure that we are breeding the healthiest puppies possible.


We continue to implement health, training, and socialization strategies that ensure we are producing the best dogs possible long after puppies are born. We keep in contact with every family that purchases one of our puppies and offer lifetime breeder support!



How often does Sassafras Goldens have puppies?

Our breeding program is very small and,  as a result , we only have a limited number of puppies each year. Currently, we are only breeding about twice a year resulting in a Fall and Spring litter. 


What registration is included with a Sassafras golden puppy? 

Our puppies are sold with limited AKC registration. Limited registration simply means that the puppy will not be sold with breeding rights. Breeding and raising puppies is a huge commitment that requires time, knowledge, and experience. Offering only limited registration helps to guarantee that our puppies will not be bred irresponsibly. 


What vet work does each puppy receive before leaving?

Every puppy is taken to the vet when they turn 6 weeks old for their first physical exam. Our vet checks each puppy for hernias, heart murmurs, and any other physical abnormalities that might affect the health of the puppy. A fecal test is also done on each puppy to make sure that he/she is free from any intestinal parasites. Puppies also receive their first set of vaccines at this visit. All results and procedures are documented on an individual health record that will go home with the puppy.  


How do we socialize and train our puppies?

We work hard to make sure every puppy leaves us ready to take on the world! Our family is filled with children and animals that help us safely socialize every litter. In addition, each puppy goes through the Puppy Culture early socialization and training program. More information about this program can be found here.


How and when are puppies selected?

Puppies are picked out by their new families when they are 6 weeks old in the order that deposits are received for males and females. We encourage new families to come select their new puppy in person. However, if this is not an option, we are more than happy to help you select your puppy through picture, video, and our knowledge of each puppy's individual personality. 


How much does a Sassafras Golden puppy cost?

Price should never be the most important factor when choosing a breeder but we understand it is an important one! We currently sell our AKC golden retriever puppies for $2,500. This includes our training and socialization protocol, vet check, first set of vaccines, worming, and our health guarantee. A deposit of $200 is required to reserve a puppy (if your application is approved) and will be deducted from the total balance. 

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