When my husband and I were looking to welcome our first family dog in 2004, we knew we wanted a pet who was even-tempered, intelligent and affectionate, playful yet gentle with strangers, and would get along well with other pets and strangers. Our search led us to Martha, a sweetheart who was all of the above and, everything a Golden Retriever should be. Unfortunately, we did not know what made a quality breeder or to ask about health testing.
Martha was not a healthy dog. She suffered from skin issues and seizures and eventually died of cancer at the age of 11 years old. We were absolutely heartbroken. She was my baby.
When it came time for us to get another puppy, there was no doubt we were getting another Golden Retriever. This time, though, we were going to do our homework. We researched breeders and looked at the testing that was done on their dam and sire. What food did they feed their dogs? Where did they raise their pups? What kinds of activities and training did they do with their dogs? I was not going to make the same mistake again.
Along came Piper and I was introduced to the world of dog shows. Yes, dog shows. My husband and I joke that it is "Toddlers & Tiaras" for dogs. Dog shows, known as conformation, do serve a purpose, though. It allows us to show that we are breeding a dog to the standard of the breed, which is crucial in maintaining the integrity and health of the breed. I was hooked. And it didn't hurt that Piper loves to be shown in the ring and adores being pampered. I wanted everyone to have a Piper.
I met countless amazing people during these shows who were so willing to help and guide me through the world of conformation. This is where I met my mentor Cindy Price of Powderhorn Goldens. Cindy entrusted me with one of her pups and my second show and performance Golden, Tilly.
My goal as a small hobby breeder is to breed and raise healthy Golden Retrievers so that everyone who has an Argos Golden is confident their new family member will have the best life possible.
3. If there is a mutual agreement that Argos Golden is the right fit and we are able to accommodate your request for a puppy, your deposit will be required at this time, with a signed copy of the contract.
4. Schedule your First Puppy Visit
5. The remaining balance will be submitted and then we will schedule your puppy pick up date/time.