We are firming up our 2017-2018 breedings now. Most of the combinations have been chosen but we are still in the process of selecting sires for a few litters. Final decisions will be posted as soon as they are made. We are taking no more pet reservations for any of our 2017 litters right now but do have performance/competition/working reservations available.

IMPORTANT!! All buyers of golden retrievers with North American show champions (typically designated by CH before the dog’s name) anywhere in their pedigrees, even many generations back, must be aware of pigmentary uveitis, an eye disease found in golden retrievers and golden crosses. We have produced some affected dogs and have posted that information on k9data.com. If you looking for a golden retriever, please familiarize yourself with this relatively new disease.

All golden retrievers from American lines including ours should see an ophthalmologist EVERY YEAR after the age of 2 since this disease can strike any time from 1.5 until 15 years of age. If you are unwilling to have these exams done, please get another breed of dog.

About Our Breedings Typically, we have one to three litters a year, usually co-bred with Marcy Burke and Lise Pratt. Our litters are whelped and raised either in western North Carolina or on Long Island, NY. All litters are raised strictly according to our standards. We select excellent mothers so our pups begin their lives scrubbed and loved by their moms. We have an extensive development and socialization program that includes walking in our woods, swimming (weather-dependent), meeting lots of people, and getting to know their relatives. We’ll spend that time getting to know them so we can match them well with their new owners. We are thrilled to partner with our co-breeders on these litters.

Please read the following portions of our website to be sure that we and our dogs are right for you

We strongly prefer email contact (gayle@gaylans.com) and will not return phone calls concerning the availability of pet puppies.  We apologize ahead of time for any delays in our response to your emails. In your first email, introduce yourself to us so we have some idea if we might have a puppy that is a compatible match for you.

Please note that we do not ship puppies as freight; all owners must come in person to pick up their pups. We have a very successful program to prepare pups and owners for these flights so that dozens of our pups have flown home with their owners in the cabin of a commercial airliner with no problem.  To use this program yourself, download the FREE ebooks:

If price or color is your primary consideration, we are probably not the breeders for you.

In your first email, introduce yourself to us so we have some idea if we might have a puppy that is a compatible match for you.

All of our pups, no matter where they are raised, experience our extensive developmental protocol from  Avidog International (http://www.avidog.com/) including:

  • Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS/Biosensor)
  • Early Scent Introduction (ESI), recently featured by the AKC Canine Health Foundation in a webinar from 3-17 days of age (link to http://www.avidog.com/esi/)
  • regular socialization with people of all ages and sizes
  • a physically and mentally stimulating environment appropriate to their age
  • potty training
  • problem-solving exercises, again, appropriate to their age
  • socialization with dogs other than their dam
  • introduction to solid food after 4 weeks of age followed by natural weaning, often not until 8 or 9 weeks
  • daily walks in the woods (weather dependent)
  • regular opportunities to swim (weather dependent)
  • introduction to game birds
  • crate training
  • impulse control
  • teaching the recall
  • introduction to cues, like sit

For more about how we raise our pups, check out How We Raise Our Puppies.

We are accepting performance/breeding/hunting reservations now for most of our upcoming litters. Please keep in mind that our breeding program focuses on producing high drive, moderate energy goldens that are most appropriate for performance, hunting, show and breeding. We place most of our pups in working homes that either compete in more than one arena–field, agility, obedience, conformation, tracking–or that work their dogs in hunting, search & rescue (SAR) or serious pet-assisted therapy. If you are interested in a performance or hunting puppy, please contact us via e-mail at gayle@gaylans.com.

2017 Breedings

Spring 2017 litter.  Trigger x Spell, born April 3, 2017, no reservations available

HRCH OTCH One Ash Spring Loaded For Play UDX4 OM7 MH CCA VCX OBHF x Gaylan’s Spellbound Star Catcher CDX BN GN RN OA OAJ NF CCA CGC

More info at http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=720240.


HRCH OTCH One Ash Spring Loaded For Play UDX4 OM7 MH CCA VCX OBHF


Gaylan’s Spellbound Star Catcher CDX BN GN RN OA OAJ NF CCA CGC

Summer 2017 litter. Chase x Paige, due August 2017, no reservations available.

Gaylan’s Chase the Winter UD JH WCX TT x HR Sunfire’s Turn The Page To Gaylan MH*** NA NAJ WCX

Pedigree and clearances at http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=776061


Gaylan’s Chase the Winter UD JH WCX TT

Chase was from our wonderful “Winter” litter born in 1985. Owned and trained by Bets Keen, Chase was a smart, willing worker, easily getting his obedience and field titles. He had a self-confident, rock-solid temperament, getting along with all dogs and people. This will be Chase’s first breeding.


HR Sunfire’s Turn The Page To Gaylan MH*** NA NAJ WCX

Paige is Cindy Groveman’s hard-driving girl who loves playing all games—field, agility, obedience and more.  She is fast, focused and self-confident but settles well in the house and is friendly to people and dogs alike. She produced our Number litter in 2015 and those pups are doing well in field, obedience, agility, tracking and rally.

2018 Breedings

TBD x Kölsch

Sire to be determined(TBDGaylan’s Bramble Berry Bourbon Barrel Beer

More info at http://k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=687869

To Be Determined(TBD)


Gaylan’s Bramble Berry Bourbon Barrel Beer

Kölsch is not yet two years old so we are awaiting her health clearances but she is a fast young agility dog and loves all kinds of training.  Her littermates are training in field, obedience and agility with good success.