UPDATED June 25, 2019
“Dreams Are Made of Dogs Like These” – Read About Our View of English Goldens on This Page….See Our Endorsements– Below and on Our “Kudos” Page….
Welcome. Do read through our site; visit sire and dam pages with pedigrees, and e-mail for further info to email@example.com, text to 970-214-1883.
– The Ardorgold Difference–Linebreeding on Ashbury, Garbank Lislone, Majik and Glen Sheallag for superior quality and soundness — see our upcoming litter plans below.
As retired teachers/professors and thirty-year stewards of our beautiful breed, we are very proud of the babies we have produced over the years. We urge you to read this post and learn about the “English” Golden and to visit the referenced Facebook link below.
To find a quality puppy, you can see a phenomenal network of US and international breeders on Facebook– many litter listings domestic and overseas. People’s reputations are at stake in this network; we urge you to look at the pages of listings and discuss testing and genetics and bloodlines before you buy. Beware of the dog broker Melissa Alexander, who is partnering with Tramin in the Ukraine to bring bred bitches into the US– highly unethical and grounds for reportation to Customs.
We have retired from breeding. We are joining with several other breeders in offering occasional young adult English Goldens for fostering/placement. We daily love, play, train and nurture our “brace” of five English Goldens on the long grasses of summer on our six acres in the Poudre River Valley of Northern Colorado. We curate the Facebook group Respected International English Golden Retriever breeders. We are happy to offer informal assessments and importation guidance.
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.”
We posted the following condensed info from the site earlier:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us help you pick a sound and healthy puppy and handle importation for you. Transparency and Accountability are the bywords of our network. email@example.com ; text 970-214-1883.
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.”
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. firstname.lastname@example.org . 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, email@example.com; 1-970-214-1883. . Thank you to the families who have reserved from our beautiful 2018 litter.
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.
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.