At this writing there are at least 500 citizens of North America who have gone into business breeding cream-coated British Retrievers– the accurate but often unwieldy term of art for our beautiful dogs. SEE SALES CONTRACT AT BOTTOM OF PAGE.
We are importing the best dogs and bitches we can, thrilled to acquire some of the best bloodlines in the world. More accurately in Ardorgold’s case, I should say that we have imported one of each sex of Golden Retriever royalty, bloodlines hard to come by and that it is our responsibility to protect the many generations of hard work entrusted to us.
For there is a problem with this enterprise–even more than one problem . Many people who know nothing about the Golden Retriever– its origins and colorful history, the top influential bloodlines or the purposes for which it is bred, how it should look– its health and soundness issues et cetera, are turning puppies out many times a year, asking and obtaining around $3,000.00 for their puppies.
Goldens from abroad are accompanied by Export Pedigrees that in most cases are also Bills of Sale. These are beautiful documents. Then, many breeders are registering their dogs with the AKC, believed by most people to have some kind of prestige about it.
But in reality, to tell people your sires and dams are “AKC” means nothing. Anyone can register their dog with AKC these days, and then ask for more money on the puppy because it comes with its puppy paper, and states that one is the proud owner of a purebred dog. OTHER CREDIBLE REGISTRIES EXIST.
The fact is that the Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland decades ago at a gorgeous Edwardian estate called Guisachen. Eventually the Guisachen dogs became the Yeo, Holway, and other bloodlines, and even further down the line, the Camrose, Combine, Nortonwood and Standfast lines. Forgive me for skipping generations and bloodlines here.
These became the first dogs in “The Golden Retriever Club” of Great Britain, whose site features what has come to be known as the “English” Golden Breed Standard, as denoted by its logo:
Thousands of Goldens of the FCI–Federation Canine Cynologique Internationale, Brussels, are also listed in their local kennel club and typically, when importing i.e. under cover of the Export Pedigree.
AKC, ever more full of itself and touting itself as the elite registry, keeps a database going back a number of years. However, so does the United Kennel Club, a greatly respected organization focusing on the purpose for which different breeds have been developed more than how a given dog or bitch looks trotting around the ring. Now thanks to the Internet, there are authoritative websites, k9data.com , and in the UK, the Standfast Database. Another pedigree database of chiefly European, Russian, Scandinavian and Slavic countries is in the works as well.
Those of us breeding our beautiful dogs are worried about flooding the market with gorgeous puppies until they become commonplace and worse–until they become regular habitues of animal shelters. We are trying to control over-breeding with the help of each club with a registry. But there are seemingly unlimited ways to falsify registration papers.
A registry is important. K9data is not a registry per se, but an invaluable database and resource for pedigree research. A registry is considered by some to be the proprietary database of a breed club. But a registry can also be themed, as is the case with the recently established “North American Imported Sporting Dog Association,” which keeps a record of hunting breeds brought to this continent and issues registration papers contingent upon agreeing to not sell breeding stock out of said imports to curtail the currently monsoon-level of interest in the “English Cream” Golden Retriever– a misleading term, as it implies a separate breed.
At any rate, k9data has in it thousands of dogs; it has become internationalized. Generally if you type in your puppy and his sire and dam you will have both a fourth and fifth generation pedigree, yours to print out and frame.
K9 Data posts the results of hip, elbow, eye and heart certification that are recorded in the Orthopedic Foundation Database as the OFFA at The University of Missouri; it also posts the DNA panel run by many breeders obtained to screen for other hereditary or congenital issues. Links to your k9data pages can be added to your website with the flick of a button.
The principal reason to develop some kind of affIdavit of purebred status for one’s puppy customer is that most new owners are thrilled by their little aristocrat; they want proof of his or her status.
Ardorgold’s policy is as follows; We will provide you with copies of the parents’ Export Pedigrees and Affidavits of Lineage with a link to k9data, where we will have input the progeny of our dogs. We will also execute a Contract for Purchase and Certificate of Registration with you for $2500.00 per puppy provided that you agree not to breed. Most families and individuals don’t want to breed; we feel that this protocol is fair.
It is especially fair given that the current price for a puppy from imported parents is 3k and up and that some people have so lost sight of the need to be responsible that they pay thousands to an unknown breeder in India who has bred nice bitches to even nicer sires, and is brokering bloodlines–this is for-profit breeding, and it is a sin. We hope you will understand that our conscience keeps us from collusion with those who feel that the sky is the limit. We hope that our in house mechanisms for registration of your puppy will be meaningful and in accordance with being principled about having acquired Golden Retriever royalty. J.
ON THIS DATE__________________________ ARDORGOLD BRITISH CREAM GOLDEN RETRIEVERS AND THE PARTIES _________________________________________________________ AGREE AS FOLLOWS:
ONE OR ______ PUPPY DOGS (M)____ OR ONE OR PUPPY BITCHES (F)____ BY THE FCI/UKRAINIAN KC PUREBRED MALE CREAM-COATED GOLDEN RETRIEVER JR CH GABRIELLE OLA DE ORO FOR ARDORGOLD, AKA “GABE,” DOB 4/5/15, OUT OF THE FCI/UE PUREBRED FEMALE CREAM- COATED GOLDEN RETRIEVER ARDORGOLD CELESTIAL MYSTIQUE AKA PARIS, IS HEREBY CONVEYED TO THE ABOVE REFERENCED PARTIES FOR THE SUM OF $ ., FOR A TOTAL PURCHASE PRICE OF $ DEPOSIT OF $ HAVING BEEN PAID ON .
ARDORGOLD WARRANTS AS FOLLOWS: THE SIRE AND DAM OF THIS LITTER ARE REGISTERED UNDER THE FEDERATION CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE , BELGIUM AND THEIR RESPECTIVE KENNEL CLUBS. PURCHASERS WILL BE FURNISHED AN INTERIM CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AND AFFIDAVIT OF PEDIGREE FROM THE BREEDER CHARTERED CHIEN D’OR ANGLAISE INTERNATIONALE; PROGENY OF “GABE AND “PARIS” SHALL BE NAMED WITH “ARDORGOLD” AS THE FIRST WORD. EXAMPLE: ARDORGOLD BON JOUR.
INITIALS SHALL CONSTITUTE AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS OF THE CONTRACT;
___BUYER UNDERSTANDS THAT ALL HEREDITARY DEFECTS IN GOLDEN RETRIEVERS ARE POLYGENIC, MEANING THAT WHILE SCREENING SIRE AND DAM REDUCES THE ODDS OF DEFECTS IN PROGENY, IT CANNOT GUARANTEE THEM. YOUR BREEDER WARRANTS THAT THE PARENTS OF YOUR PUPPY HAVE BEEN EXAMINED FOR OVERALL SOUNDNESS AND CLEARED FOR STANDARD DEFECTS, BUT THAT THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF LIFETIME SOUNDNESS.
___BUYER UNDERSTANDS THAT IF PUPPY DEVELOPS GENETIC DEFECT PER TWO VETERINARY OPINIONS FROM SEPARATE SPECIALIST CLINICS, HE OR SHE MAY EITHER INVESTIGATE ANY AND ALL RECOURSE FOR CORRECTION OR AMELIORATION OF SAID DEFECTS, OR GIVE ARDORGOLD RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL AT NO COST, OR EXPLORE DONATION OF THE PUPPY TO THE COLORADO STATE TEACHING HOSPITAL OR OTHER TEACHING HOSPITAL IN HIS AREA, OR, TO A RESCUE, OR OTHERWISE INSURE THAT PUPPY IS APPROPRIATELY PLACED FOR LOVE AND CARE.
____ BUYER UNDERSTANDS THAT HE OR SHE PURCHASES THIS PUPPY AS A PET AND FAMILY MEMBER WITHOUT ANY IMPLIED OR STATED BREEDING OPTION. FURTHER HE OR SHE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ARDORGOLD BLOODLINES ARE TO BE TREASURED AND SAFEGUARDED AND NOT EXPOSED TO OTHER DOGS WHEN IN SEASON. DISCUSS SPAYING/NEUTERING OPTIONS WITH YOUR VET. WE RECOMMEND THAT PUPPY BITCHES BE ALLOWED TO CYCLE ONE TIME PRIOR TO SPAY, AND THAT MALE PUPPIES NOT BE NEUTERED.
____BUYER AGREES TO NOT OBTAIN PAPERS FROM ANY ONLINE “REGISTRY”* FOR THE PURPOSES OF CERTIFICATION OF PROGENY FROM THE PUPPY PURCHASED FROM ARDORGOLD.
____ SELLER WARRANTS AND GUARANTEES THAT PUPPY IS HEALTHY AT THE POINT OF SALE, HAVING BEEN WHELPED, MONITORED, NURTURED , VACCINATED AND WORMED WITH LOVE & EXPERTISE, WITH APPLICABLE RECORDS PROVIDED.
_____ BUYER WILL SCHEDULE A PURCHASE EXAM WITH HIS VETERINARIAN NO MORE THAN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS FROM POINT OF SALE. BUYER SHALL TAKE A FECAL SAMPLE TO THE VET. IF THE PUPPY EXHIBITS SIGNS OF ILLNESS—INAPPETENCE, FEVER, DEPRESSION, VOMITING OR DIARRHEA, BUYER AGREES TO TAKE PUPPY AT HIS OR HER EXPENSE TO EMERGENCY CLINIC.
______UNTIL THE VET EXAM THE PUPPY WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO STORES OR DOG PARKS OR HANDLED BY STRANGERS. YOUR PUPPY’S HEALTH DEPENDS ON YOUR VIGILANCE. UPON FINDING OF ILLNESS, YOU MAY RETURN THE PUPPY FOR A FULL REFUND; IN THE CASE OF COMMON STRESS-RELATED ONSET MINOR SICKNESS SUCH AS COCCIDIOSIS OR GIARDIA, WE URGE YOU TO MEDICATE PER YOUR VET’S RECOMMENDATION AND CONTINUE TO BOND WITH AND NURTURE YOUR PUPPY.
_____ BUYER SHALL ENTER THE NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH OF HIS PUPPY WITH THE ARDORGOLD PREFIX ON THE WORLDWIDE PUREBRED GOLDEN RETRIEVER AND LABRADOR RETRIEVER DATABASE HTTP://K9DATA.COM, WHERE IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO INTENSIVE RESEARCH AND EXPLORE YOUR PUPPY’S REMARKABLE LINEAGE.
______BUYER MAY PRINT OUT ANY WEB PAGE OF THIS SITE (rt CLICK) TO HAVE HARD COPIES OF VARIOUS PAGES FOR HIS OR HER FILES. SELLER SHALL TIMELY PROVIDE BUYER WITH COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS; A COPY OF THIS CONTRACT, INTERIM REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE WITH ATTACHED SIRE AND DAM PEDIGREES, AND A SHEET ON PUPPY CARE. AT THIS TIME ARDORGOLD DOES NOT TEST FOR OTHER ISSUES SUCH AS THE HERITABLE SKIN CONDITION ICYTHYOSIS (MANAGEABLE WITH PALLIATIVE CARE AND PRODUCTS.) OUR PHILOSOPHY IS THAT WE DO OUR BREED A DISSERVICE WHEN WE BASE THE VALUE OF BREEDING STOCK ON MINOR HEREDITARY CONDITION RATHER THAN ON CONSTRUCTION, OVERALL HEALTH AND STAMINA IN THE BLOODLINE, AND RETRIEVING DESIRE.
SIGNATURES BELOW CONSTITUTE BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES; THAT THE PARTIES HAVE RECEIVED ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION NECESSARY TO THE TRANSACTION, WITH ALL IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS ANSWERED, THIS DATE _____________________________________.
PUPPY PURCHASER NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE
PUPPY SELLER NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE.