ALL PUPS FROM Our 2018 breedings have homes. Check back for our 2019 plans.


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 If you looking for a golden retriever, please familiarize yourself with this relatively new disease.

All golden retrievers from North 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, sometimes 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 according to Avidog’s development and socialization standards. Our bitches are excellent mothers so our pups begin their lives doted on and loved by their moms. Our development and socialization program that includes walking in our woods, swimming in our ponds (weather-dependent), meeting lots of people, learning all kinds of life skills, and getting to know their relatives. Our dams are raw-fed and the pups are weaned onto their mom’s diet. We use nomographs to optimally time our pups’ vaccinations while keeping them safe during key socialization periods.

We spend that time getting to know our pups and evaluate them with the Avidog Puppy Evaluation Test (APET) so we can match them well with their new owners. And please note, we do not breed for any color other than gold, so if color is your primary consideration in choosing a puppy, we are probably not the breeders for you.

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 ( and will not return phone calls.  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:

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

  • 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
  • regular socializationwith people of all ages and sizes
  • physically and mentally stimulating environmentappropriate to their age
  • potty training
  • problem-solving exercises, again, appropriate to their age
  • socialization with dogsother than their dam
  • introduction to solid food after 4 weeks of age followed by natural weaning, often not until 8 or 9 weeks
  • daily walksin 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

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

2018 Breedings

Born June 20, 2018: Stanley x Paige

FC AFC OTCH Can FTCH AFTCH MOTCH TNT’s Stanley Steamer UDX WCX Can MH FDHF OBHF OS x  HR Sunfire’s Turn The Page To Gaylan MH*** NA OAJ WCX

Spring Litter Pedigree

We are excited to breed Cindy Groveman’s hard-driving girl, Paige, to Janice and John Gunn’s great boy, Stanley. We expect high drive, moderate to high energy pups that have the potential to succeed at the highest levels of hunt tests, obedience, agility and more. Some may also be successful in field trials. All hunting and pet puppies from this litter are reserved. We are not maintaining a pet waiting list for this litter.




Stanley needs little introduction. He is the only dog, let alone golden, to have earned four Championship field trial titles—American and Canadian Field and Amateur Field Trial Championship–and his American and Canadian Obedience Trial Championships and he got them all by 5 years of age, amateur trained and handled. Along the way, Stanley qualified for both the American and Canadian National Championships and earned multiple perfect scores 200 and many High in Trials in the obedience ring.
Stanley has proven himself as a sire, too, with Amateur Field Champion, Qualified All Age, Master Hunter, GMOTCH, MACH offspring plus those with many lower titles and GRCA Outstanding Producers.


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 earned her Master Hunter easily and won a 35-dog, all-breed qualifying stake to become Qualified All Age (***). Her littermates include UD, MACH, JH and Nosework stars.

Paige produced our Number litter in 2015 and those 13 pups are doing well in field, obedience, agility, tracking and rally. Her most recent litter, our Ready litter, is just 6 months but are handsome, talented pups.

Both Paige and Stanley have OFA Good hips and normal elbows, hearts and eyes. The pedigree is filled with dogs with health and longevity. Stanley died at 15 ½ years of old age. Paige is a healthy 6 ½ years. Her sire died at 14 ½ years of complications from a stroke and her dam is still well at 11 and her granddam is still with us at nearly 17 years.

If you are interested in a Stanley x Paige competition pup, drop us a note at

Born July 18, 2018: Moses x Kölsch

MACH Ariell’s Burning Bush UD BN OM1 MXB MJB WC CCA ADHF x Gaylan’s Bramble Berry Bourbon Barrel Beer

More info at

We will be breeding Kölsch to Ellen Hardin’s Moses in May 2018 We expect handsome, well-built, moderate energy, moderate to high drive pups that have the potential to succeed in obedience, agility, nosework, tracking, hunt tests and more. This litter will be born and raised in western NC. Performance and working (SAR, HRD, hunting) reservations are available. We are not maintaining a pet waiting list for this litter. 


MACH2 Ariell’s Burning Bush UD BN OM2 MXB MJB CCA ADHF

At nearly 9, Moses continues to show and win in obedience and agility. In addition to his MACH2, Moses is in the GRCA’s Agility Dog Hall of Fame. He is OTCH pointed with four High in Trials. He is a beautifully built dog and is conformation pointed. In addition, he has two Junior Hunter legs. Moses sired our Number litter two years ago. Those pups are doing well in agility, field, obedience, rally and tracking.


Gaylan’s Bramble Berry Bourbon Barrel Beer

Kölsch is from our Beer litter, sired by Dave Mauer’s wonderful, OTCH Buster, out of our Glee. Though young, the Beer litter is showing talent in field, tracking, obedience, dock diving and more. Kölsch has started field work and is fast and driven. She is an excellent marker and is strong in the water. This is Kölsch’s first litter.

Moses has OFA Excellent hips and Kölsch has OFA Good hips. They both have normal elbows, hearts and eyes. Moses parents died at 14+ years of old age. Kölsch is a healthy young dog with no chronic health issues. Her sire recently retired from obedience competition and will turn 12 in August.