Our 2017 breedings are underway and we are selecting sires for our 2018 litters. 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 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 (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 do not breed for color, 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 (gaylanspups@gmail.com) 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 http://www.avidog.com/esi/)
  • 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 therecall
  • 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 gaylanspups@gmail.com.

2018 Breedings

Summer 2018 TBD x Bliss

TBD  x  Gaylan’s Living Life to the Max SH WCX CGC;

Bliss Litter Pedigree

We have performance reservations available for this litter. We have no pet or service reservation remaining.

Bliss did not get pregnant in the Fall so we are breeding her again next heat. We have not finalized the sire but are expecting pups with moderate energy, high drive and friendly, confident temperaments. They will enjoy playing any games, from hunting to agility to obedience.




Gaylan’s Living Life to the Max SH WCX CGC;

Bliss is from our Max litter, sired by Karen Hollander’s HRCH Jack MH MX MXJ WCX OS*** and Al and Irene Lamphere’s MACH5 Peach ADHF. Bliss and her littermates have excelled in agility, obedience, field and tracking. Bliss herself is a superb field dog with excellent marking and strong water courage. She is also training in agility where she is fast and focused. Bliss’s pedigree and health clearances

Fall 2018 litter TBD x Kölsch

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

To Be Determined(TBD)



Gaylan’s Bramble Berry Bourbon Barrel Beer

Kölsch recently turned 2 so we will breed her after she has gotten all her clearances. She 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. The sire we select for this litter will be an older golden with a pedigree filled with longevity and working talent.