StonemeadReg'd Golden Retrievers
Milton, Ontario, Canada
Breeder of C.K.C. Registered Golden Retrievers
Stonemead Golden Retrievers, Milton, Ontario, Canada. 519-853-9543
At Stonemead, we notify the people who have placed a reservation when the puppies are born. From that time we email
videos or photos of the
puppies to you regularly.
When the puppies are four weeks old you can visit them. At this age the puppies may sleep through your visit
and not do anything interesting at all. Even so, you will want to photograph them.
We will give you notes on puppy training and perhaps
you will go to the library for more information. You will buy toys, dishes (preferably stainless steel), an adult sized crate and
we will tell you which food to get.
The Big Day - Puppy goes home
What happens here at Stonemead
Golden Retriever Puppies - How to get one
A week later the big day has arrived - Puppy is eight weeks old and you are coming here to pick him up. You have set up his crate, probably in your kitchen, not far from the back door. Inside the crate is a fluffy blanket. There is a bowl of water nearby. You won't put his food out yet because you'll be using mealtimes to teach Puppy her manners: "Sit"; "Wait"; "OK". You've had a good night's sleep because you know Puppy won't let you have much tonight.
We want every puppy to go to the right home; therefore we want every owner to take home the most suitable puppy for his family. Most
of the puppies in our litters are similar in temperament. However, by the time the puppies are seven weeks old, we
may have observed
some minor differences in personality, differences not apparent to visitors.
You've done your research and you've decided that a Golden Retriever is the breed for you. Now you have to find a breeder. Anyone
who has had a litter of puppies can call themselves a "breeder" but you want a breeder who has done her/his utmost to produce a healthy
litter. The Golden Retriever breeder you want will:
- ask you to visit to meet her Goldens;
- want to know all about you;
- answer your questions;
- show you hip and elbow clearances, and heart
and eye screens for the parents of the litter; plus
results of parents' DNA testing for Ichthyosis, PRA1, PRA2,
PRA-prcd, and MD.
- not rush you into giving a deposit but suggest you take time to think about your big
Often, puppies are reserved before they are born, sometimes even before they are conceived. Most breeders will ask for a deposit when
you reserve your puppy.
So we never say to people: "Here's the litter. Pick which puppy you want". If you have expressed a preference for a particular sex,
we give you a choice between two or three puppies of that sex which we think are suitable for you. If the composition of the litter
does not allow such a choice (you would like a boy; but there are two boys and seven girls in the litter) your choice may include
a puppy of the other gender.
Therefore, the order in which we receive reservations for puppies has little bearing on picking order unless there are not enough puppies in the litter to fill reservations. In that case, the last to reserve would have the option of going to the top of the list for our next litter or having her/his deposit returned.
No, we don't feel sad that Puppy is leaving us. We know he is going on to bigger and better things. He has been a delightful guest.
We continue to send you photos until they are seven weeks old At this time you come for another visit and we do "Puppy Picking". By this time our vet will have been here and examined the puppies, microchipped them, and given them their first shots.
When you arrive, puppy is already bathed and waiting for you. We complete the paperwork and off you go with the new addition to your family.