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Ardorgold: Dreams Are Made of Dogs Like These….Reserve Now!

UPDATED FEBRUARY 22,  2019

“Dreams Are Made of Dogs Like These” – Read About Our View of English Goldens on This Page, with Litter Plans….See Our Endorsements– Below and on Our “Kudos” Page….  

Puppies expected in June, ready for new homes in August– do read through our site; visit sire and dam pages with pedigrees, and e-mail for further info to jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com, text to 970-214-1883.

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– The Ardorgold Difference–Linebreeding on Ashbury, Garbank Lislone, Majik and Glen Sheallag for superior quality and soundness — see our upcoming litter plans below.

We hope for a quality litter in the oven by the end of March with puppies born in late May, early June, ready to go home in August.  We have highest quality puppies for half of what most importing breeders are charging; we do not believe in inflating our prices simply because we  have imported stunning and highest quality breeding stock–four magnificent Goldens, each champion-sired–highest quality dogs who are at the center of our lives.

There was a time when cream-coated “English” Goldens were rare in the U.S. but as you may know, many people are trying to cash in.  We are preservation breeders devoted to the stewardship of certain European bloodlines in the U.S.  Our priority is carefully selected,  excellent homes; breeding is a passion and not our “bread and butter.”

Ardorgold founded and curates  the group Respected International English Golden Retriever Breeders and Fanciers on Facebook with 2,000 and growing top of the line breeders in it.  We also offer limited importation services from top foreign breeders we trust. Quality puppies available from the signature “English” lines in the world; on referral and one puppy at a time importation into U.S.  For more info contact jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com.  Let us help you pick a sound and healthy puppy and handle importation for you.  Transparency and Accountability are the bywords of our network.  jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com ; text 970-214-1883.

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An Ardorgold Puppy– Heads and Tails Above….

Welcome to Ardorgold 2019!.  Ardor means passion, which we have had for the English Golden in abundance.  Our puppies whelped November 7 are spoken for.  We hope for a 2019 litter  by our Jr. Ch. Gabrielle Ola de Oro aka Gabe, out of Ardorgold Peerless Parisienne, Lola. Feel free to contact us to be placed on our list. Don’t miss the ringing endorsement below from the former Director of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, one of the top three veterinary schools in the U.S. :  Ardorgold has had a long and productive relationship with Dr. Voss and the “VTH.”

“The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital wishes to commend you on the quality of the Import sired-puppies you brought to us for evaluation. We have never seen puppies of such exquisite breed type as your Golden Retrievers.” James L. Voss, D.V.M., Hospital Director Emeritus.”

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Ardorgold is home to this magnificent Jr. CH Angels Dance in Beauly Highland aka Angelo, sire Int’l CH Ashbury Angel Heart, France, out of Int’l CH Lislone Garbank Loch Affric.  Angelo is grandsire of our recent litter.  Litter pedigree is here.  
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Our beautiful Jr CH Gabrielle Ola de Oro for Ardorgold aka Gabe—

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A Gabe son at 4 weeks, December 2018– a stunning young man… glowing with English “type”–substance, construction, proportion-and dazzingly smart!

Beware of those advertising “English Cream” Goldens.  Those selecting for coat color alone are operating in ignorance.  Goldens are one breed and differ only in terms of their construction according to differing “Breed Standards,” blueprints for the ideal Golden around the world.  In reality, English is a type and cream but one shade all Goldens come in.  There is no such type of Golden as English Cream and it is only Americans who call those dogs bred abroad “English” because the American ideal Golden promoted by AKC and the Golden Retriever Club of America is very different from that of the UK, where the breed was founded in the late 1800’s.

Here is our recent ad.  Many thanks to the families and individuals taking home an Ardorgold puppy this holiday season.  jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com .  Enjoy puppy photos and links to our recent pedigree below.

Absolutely stunning healthy cream- and sun-kissed cream-coated English Golden Retriever puppies ready this week  to loving families with fenced yards, time and love.  These babies are by our gorgeous imported Jr. CH. Gabrielle Ola de Oro for Ardorgold aka Gabe, out of our Jr Ch-sired Ardorgold Celestial Mystique aka Paris.  Both parents hip, eye, heart clear, 5 gen. hip, eye soundness in top of the line pedigrees. 1st shots, worming, vet checked.  2 m., 2 f., AKC registerable,    jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com; 1-970-214-1883. .  Thank you to the families who have reserved from our beautiful 2018 litter.

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Personality plus! One of our ultra stunning Gabe ex Paris babies…..

About Us

We are retired teachers with a thirty-year record of producing highest quality Goldens; our puppies have been purchased by veterinarians, members of The Golden Retriever Club of America and Colorado’s Mile Hi Golden Retriever Club; our puppies have been bred to champions, titled in conformation, agility and obedience and  have also brought joy to families, challenged children and cancer patients.

We are experienced hands-on “puppy whisperers,” monitoring, nurturing, socializing and loving our puppies 24-7 from the time they are born.  No puppy leaves Ardorgold without being happy, independent, healthy and ready to bond with new owners who are also passionate about this wonderful breed.

What is an English Golden, Beyond Coat Color?

English Goldens differ from American GR’s in “breed type.”  The UK has one set of guidelines for the ideal Golden
and the U.S. another.  Lightest coats, including cream,” are favored in Europe and beyond; in the U.S. show ring judges find the light coat “undesirable.”

The main difference however, is in how a given dog is put together.  The English Golden is a masterpiece of proportion—beautiful large heads, appropriate length of neck giving way to a level topline, muscular forechest, legs under the body so that when the animal moves he does so effortlessly.

American show dogs are hyper-angulated in the rear, so that their toplines slope; their heads are often small for their bodies, their necks short or nearly non-existence, the chest/prosternum weak to the eye accustomed to the symmetry of the English dog.

It is only Americans who call European dogs “English”—while there is one breed, differing breed guidelines give rise to different types.  The UK Breed Standard is here; Ardorgold keeps this guideline in mind when pairing our breeding stock.

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Ardorgold Celestial Mystique goes back to our early 90’s Gold Rush Sevilla; her pedigree is all English except for that gold-plated American strand.  We are coming for you, Paris….

Healthy momma and babies…

Why Buy from Ardorgold?

We know that you are looking for a quality pet, but quality depends on a strong pedigree and a breeder who knows what he or she is doing, working to produce a better dog than the ones coming before it.

Our litter pedigree is a “line-breeding”—not an inbreeding—see difference here, on Int’l Ch Ashbury Angel Heart, the Irish kennel Garbank Lislone, Robinhood of Glen Sheallag, and others.  Only naïve and ill-informed breeders tout that their puppies do not have “related” sires and dams.  Line-breeding on proven pedigrees insures sound, beautiful individuals.

About Heretible Defect Testing

Regarding genetic testing, while some breeders post an impressive array of tests, knowledgeable breeders understand that most hereditary defects have multiple expressions in the DNA so that testing reduces the odds but does not eliminate them all together and that the best protocol is to breed out given defects and not discard otherwise stellar individuals for minor or rare issues. That said, we test for clear hips, eyes, hearts.   Anyone guaranteeing absolute genetic health for the lifetime of the dog or making various claims about greater longevity and lower incidence of cancer in the European Golden is unaware of the facts.

About Prophylaxis for Common Transitory Puppy Ailments

Ardorgold, like most breeders, keeps the following on hand;  sulfadimethoxine for puppy coccidiosis i.e. overgrowth of an organism in the small bowel giving rise to diarrhea; metronidazol or fenbendazole  for giardia that colonizes in standing water in which puppies play.  Several broad-spectrum antibiotics in doses titrated for puppies and adults.  5% bleach solution to treat clean water and food dishes, bedding, toys and flooring (remove puppies prior to treatment).

We administer prophylaxis when to our trained eyes, based in thirty years’ experience, a puppy is symptomatic and not before.  We safeguard our puppies’ immune systems by following a good parasite control protocol and vaccinating at 6 weeks when the maternal antibody window closes with subsequent vaccinations in a series of three more up to the age of 12 weeks, when puppies may also receive the rabies vaccine.    We are happy to share our protocols with you so that you can avoid costly trips to the vet, including links to our suppliers.

We give you complete health records and you must have a purchase exam in which you also submit a fecal sample; we hold your payment.

The bottomline:  develop a trusting relationship with your breeder and trust his or her expertise.  Beware of breeder-bashing veterinarians; we can vouch for the fact that such vets exist all over Northern Colorado.    If you have a vet you trust, by all means, use him or her but discount any negative opining; direct his or her questions to us.  Our diligence and expertise shines through. Ardorgold is the farthest thing from a backyard breeder and we do not “suffer fools gladly,” as it were, i.e.,  the arrogance of millennial vets.

See our kudos page, the wealth of information we have to offer, how our babies are truly bred with love and expertise.  “Dreams are made of dogs like these….and once you meet ours, you will know this to be true……….jen and doug, Ardorgold.

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Dreams Are Made of Dogs Like These: Creamy, Dreamy Puppies Ready Christmas Week

Updated December 18, 2018

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An Ardorgold puppy going home…

Welcome to Ardorgold English Golden Retrievers.  We proudly announce our litter by our stunning Jr. Ch Gabrielle Ola de Oro for Ardorgold out of Ardorgold Celestial Mystique, parents and puppies pictured below.  Please contact us asap at 970-214-1883, or jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com.

A Few Urgent Words. 

This is a stunning, accelerated,  extroverted and joyful litter.  As the puppies turn 7 weeks old and head into ideal bonding time between now and New Year’s, we are on their schedule, well into weaning, worming and vaccinating today and tomorrow, monitoring and playing and teaching them that humans are safe and loving.  It is of the upmost importance to us that we place our puppies with families/individuals who are prepared to be devoted to a puppy, to comfort, cuddle and reassure it as it adjusts to a new environment, to quickly take it to the vet if it should spike a fever or show other signs of illness; never to isolate the puppy from the rest of its human pack, to protect it from exposure to high traffic areas like dog parks until it is twelve weeks old and fully vaccinated; to never force it to be crated for more than a few hours, or abused by children playing roughly.  We have hours and hours of love, attention and response to all of its needs, from the moment of birth until you take over and we expect no less of our puppy buyers.  

jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com; 970-214-1883.  Puppies of both sexes still available as of this date; many thanks to the families placing deposits. Puppies will be ready between Christmas and New Year’s. Litter pedigree posted at k9data is here. 

Our puppies recently photographed in natural light and during bedding change….
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The Ardorgold Difference

This is a truly elegant breeding producing gorgeous puppies with stunning heads; in our view, you will not find other English Golden Retriever breeders in the US with the depth of knowledge and decades of experience required to not only select the most outstanding individuals from abroad to import, but how and why to combine given bloodlines to produce superlative puppies in accordance with the UK Breed Standard, the blueprint endorsed by the UK’s most elite breeder-judges setting forth the qualities of the ideal Golden…

Scroll down in the Standard and you will see, despite the misconceptions prevailing online, that the English Golden may be “any shade of cream or gold except red or mahogany.” Because cream-coated Goldens are dominant in our pedigree, our puppies are cream and shaded or “dusky” cream.

This litter is linebred, far different than inbreeding,  on the beautiful Int’l CH Ashbury Angel Heart, the immensely influential Irish kennel Garbank Lislone, on the great Int’l CH and World Winner Robinhood of Glen Shellag and the beautiful Eng Sh CH Paudell Passion. This means that in our mission to promote and produce puppies of English type, you will find the named bloodlines behind both our sire and dam.  Linebreeding has been done many times over in our breed to promote “breed type”–to produce progeny close to the ideal in construction, temperament and soundness.

See the endorsement below the slide show of our stunning babies.

“The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital wishes to commend you on the quality of the English Import sired-puppies you brought to us for evaluation.  We have never seen puppies of such exquisite breed type as your Golden Retrievers.”  James L. Voss, D.V.M., Hospital Director.” 

We have not seen other discussions of  English “breed type” on people’s websites; please indulge us. Our Jr. Ch. Angelo, our puppies’ grandsire,  is pictured as a puppy above at roughly the 7 weeks in which it is believed that an English Golden shows its adult potential.  Note Angelo’s beautiful “domey” head in which his ears are set level with his eyes; note that his muzzle or “foreface” is the same length as the distance from where it meets the head to the occipital ridge or crest of the head.  Note the length of his neck and how the neck flows to a level topline extending to the tip of the tail.  From this side view we see that Angelo’s shoulder blades are set back and triangulated so that his breastbone is prominent and his front legs are set  well beneath his body.

Note that Angelo’s “rear assembly” is very “correct” in that he is “well let down in the hocks”, with definition and perpendicularity. The total puppy is meant to be proportional so that a rectangle may be drawn around him.

Many people now know of Angelo’s existence and tell us how beautiful he is;  we agree!  He was a classically beautiful English Golden Retriever puppy and for us, a magnificent adult:

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Jr. CH Angels Dance in Beauly Highland for Ardorgold, awarded his prestigious title by the international breeders’ consortium Chien D’Or Anglais Internationale.

Our puppies’ dam is the beautiful Ardorgold Celestial Mystique, aka Paris; she is pictured below with our gorgeous litter of cream and shaded cream babies. The sequence before Paris is of our beautiful sire “Gabe”–

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Our Stunning Jr CH Gabrielle Ola de Oro

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OUR MAN GABE SHOWING HIS STUDLY CONFORMATION WHILE EATING YOGURT!
Gabe is a loving, charismatic and very “typey” dog; we could not be happier with our two boys. Whereas Angelo is by Angel Heart out of a Garbank-bred bitch, Gabe is the grandson of Angel Heart’s most renowned and beautiful son, Int’l CH Big Boss of the Famous Family. Gabe is also the great-grandson of Int’ CH Lislone Garbank Jackpot. This gives you an idea of how we have replicated these bloodlines in the fourth and fifth generations of our pedigree. Meanwhile the great Robinhood of Glen Sheallag is Angelo’s great grandsire and Gabe’s great-great grandsire through his dam. Again, line-breeding promotes “breed type,” i.e., the extent to which a given dog or bitch approaches the ideal set forth in the UK breed standard.

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Paris with her whelps of several days….

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Ardorgold babies 3 wks beginning to interact…

More About the Breed and English Type

Golden Retrievers are one breed, developed in Scotland late in the 19th Century. Within the breed are types of Goldens with diverging characteristics arising from variations in how a given region or country conceptualizes the Golden. The UK, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, India, Ukraine, Russia et al all have their own “official” written list of the attributes of the ideal Golden Retriever. In the U.S., AKC judges find the light coat “undesirable”. In the United Kingdom and indeed, throughout Europe, the cream coat is dominant; in the U.S. that is reversed. Two cream-coated dogs may produce light Gold puppies and vice versa.

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We urge you to read two things:  The UK Breed Standard for the Golden Retriever linked above, and The Golden Retriever Club of America’s position on “English Creams.”  Ardorgold also curates the Facebook brook “Respected International Breeders and Fanciers of the English Golden Retriever” and we are two thousand strong i.e. 2k members including hundreds of prominent, highly accomplished international breeders who would never select breeding stock for coat color, as it narrows the gene pool, thereby setting up original exquisite genetic packages with all attributes of the ideal Golden for hereditary issues.  A review of our discussions in our group would be valuable to those of you who want a beautiful specimen of the English Golden as a family member.

We ourselves understand the appeal of the cream-coated Golden Retriever which is allowable and even dominant in some regions of Europe, but frowned upon in the U.S. We ourselves have cream-coated breeding stock.

Put more simply, Ardorgold breeds for those characteristics defining the English Golden beyond coat color such as proper construction, temperament and soundness. The English Golden may be “any shade of cream or gold except red or mahogany” per the UK Standard.

That said, you see for yourselves that our litter is first and foremost, the progeny of dogs chosen for “breed type,” meaning how close to the ideal as set forth by the UK Standard, they come.  Look at the beautiful heads and plush coats of our puppies.

We are thrilled with so many things about these puppies–but especially, these glorious heads! Please contact us at jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com for reservation information.  Many thanks to those who have reserved puppies from our litter thus far.

We are with our dogs and puppies 24-7, getting little sleep, utterly devoted to the welfare of each puppy.

Again, what we Americans call “English” in breed type is all about proportion, balance, beautiful broad heads, graceful necks giving way to strong chests  and the neck flowing to level topline in a line culminating in the tip of the tail.  The shoulder blades of the English dog are prominent so that the legs are set well beneath its body; when such a dog “moves out” in the ring the stride is symmetrical and the movement, breathtaking.

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The stunning Int’l CH Ashbury Angel Heart, Kennel Ashbury, France: Gerard and Cathy Sontag, Breeders.

This magnificent dog has a spectacular and “typey” head, excellent length of neck, muscular chest of great depth; his neck and withers flow to a level “top-line, which extends to the tip of his tail; he is beautifully proportional and balanced with his substantial legs set well beneath his body.

Here is our “baby-mama” Ardorgold Celestial Mystique, daughter of Angelo, with her stunning litter– info on the sire of these fabulous puppies below:

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Plush cream-coated English babies with loving Mama Paris…

Look again at the sheer beauty of our puppies, their exquisite heads and creamy, thick coats.  This is quality you will only find at Ardorgold; only Ardorgold has the knowledge and expertise to have the worthy goal of contributing to the breed by preserving and capitalizing on select bloodlines.  Again, we curate the Facebook group Respected International English Golden Retriever Breeders and Fanciers, 2k strong.  You may obtain references from our Kudos page or from anyone in that group.  Contact jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com or text 970-214-1883.

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An exquisite  Ardorgold puppy, d.o.b., November 5, 2018, full of genetic promise!
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Girl 1 – another of the beautiful babies in our litter. At three weeks she is already showing a beautiful wide muzzle and well-defined “stop” where foreface meets her head.

Again, contact us to reserve a puppy at jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com; text to 970-214-1883.

Classic English Golden Retrievers By Stunning Imported Grandson of 2015 World Champion Tramin Arni Joy — Sold!

Again, welcome to Ardorgold British Golden Retrievers. Our Angelo ex Munch progeny have done us proud;  all are sold. To see what’s coming up, visit our  puppy page.  For information    Many many hugs and a ton of gratitude to Melissa Egbert Wren, Sweetheart Therapy Dogs, Loveland, for handling our sales. Many, many thanks to our wonderful puppy buyers:  we couldn’t be more pleased that our gorgeous little Angels are in wonderful new homes.  Ardorgold Renegade aka Austin, now belongs to our wonderful friend Melissa.  Ardorgold Dash, now Finn, belongs to a lovely family with teenage daughters.  Ardorgold Rendezvous also has a very loving new family. Ardorgold Celestial Mystique aka Paris, is our gorgeous keeper.

 

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Paris “Oakley”, Little Sixgun in Annie Oakley garb

We attribute our litter’s stellar beauty to its wonderful parents– Angels Dance in Beauly Highland, aka Angelo, below–

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A gorgeous dog for the ages…..our boy.

and our stunning 3/4 British bitch –one quarter my stellar Gold Rush and Meadowpond American conformation lines;

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Not only is Angelo the son of CH Ashbury Angel Heart, bred and handled by Cathy Sontag, Ashbury, France, he is the grandson of one of the most spectacular dogs in the world, a dog who won the World Championship in Milan last year, Multi CH Arni Joy.

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World Champion Tramin Arni Joy, Angelo’s grandsire, Mrs. Kate Crosbie handling

Angelo’s beautiful mother CH Lislone Garbank Loch Affric, Lislone-Garbank being one of the top five UK breeders, was bred to Joy and the rest is history.

Angelo is not a huge Golden; he is slow maturing, like his grandsire.  But he is hands down the most exquisite Golden I have ever seen and there is no doubt in my mind that he will set the world on fire once he hits the showring.

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Angelo in the cool after photoshoot

The dam of Angelo’s first litter is also a precious jewel; she is the product of my Gold-Rush and Meadowpond bloodlines outcrossed to Scandinavian and European bloodlines.  What a spectacular bitch, and what sweet music these two have made together;

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The stunning Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin

 

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The Stunning Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin aka Munch, wearing tape so she doesn’t scratch c-section incision, and her butterball whelps by Angels Dance in Beauly Highland.

 

Behold our spectacular litter…. 

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Dash, Rendezvous, Austin–so handsome! — photoshoot, Melissa Wren
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Angelo’s only daughter to date– Ardorgold Celestial Mystique aka Paris — our keeper, so beautiful. Disregard her housefly earring.

Inquiries to Ardorgold, ardorgold2016@mail.com, 970-214-1883. See other pages for more on our history and genetic health information.

Puppies’ Pedigree – for a five generation pedigree, click here.  

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Angels Dance In Beauly Highland 

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Int.Ch,Int.Sh.Ch,Lux-Dk-CH-Dt.-VDH-S-Fr.Ch Ashbury Angel Heart TAN Suisse, Sel. B. France
International, French, Luxembourg Ch. Taram du Bois de la Rayere
Ashbury Summer Sun
Multi Ch, Multi Jr Ch, BISS Lislone Garbank Loch Affric SLO Club Winner, WW Puppy Bitch 2013 – Ireland
WW’15, Multi Ch Tramin Arni Joy Amst. W.’14
Lislone Garbank Zafina For Anshada
Gilded Peak Scrumptious Munchkin 

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Gilded Peak Double B’s Cutter   bred by J.R. Andrews-Brooks
White Dove Double B’s Blade Import Sweden
Gilded Peak Don’t Rush Amor (Gilded Peak the Craft of a Good Kiss ex Gold Rush Sevilla)
Krispy Mediguard Import Romania
RCH Cum Laude, RCH, MOCH, JCH Ordoghegyi-Berni Harrys Derby winner, 2xChamp.of Champ.
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