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

2019 Breedings

Due March 11, 2019: Beau-D x Kölsch

CH OTCH Morgen’s Lil’ Bit of Skyefire TD UDX9 OGM MH24 WCX **VCX OBHF DDHF CCA OS x Gaylan’s Bramble Berry Bourbon Barrel Beer

We have bred Kölsch to Christy Thomas’s wonderful boy, Beau-D. 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. Some may even be conformation prospects. 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.



CH OTCH Morgen’s Lil’ Bit Of Skyefire TD UDX10 OGM MH24 AX AXJ WCX** VCX OBHF DDHF OS 

Beau-D is a handsome, multi-talented boy. He has excelled in conformation, obedience and the field. He was the breed’s first Conformation champion, Obedience Trial Champion, two-star dog and Master Hunter. He has placed in the AKC’s National Obedience Championship, as well as the GR National field trial. He is in the GRCA’s Dual Dog and Obedience Dog Halls of Fame. He’s even played in the tracking field and agility ring and has his TD, AX and AXJ

Beau-D is an outstanding sire with conformation and obedience trial champion kids, as well as Master Hunters and Master Agility Champions.


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 second litter.

Both Beau-D and Kölsch have OFA Good hips. They both have normal elbows, hearts and eyes.