Our 20 acre property is located in Central Virginia about 40 minutes west of Short Pump Richmond and 30 minutes East of Pantops Charlottesville.
Puppy fee is based on litter sex/color size. Puppies are around $1,250. When there is more of a color/sex the cost can go down based on pick selection order. When there is less of a color/sex the price can go up based on pick selection. The highest demand is for a Golden color male. Example: If there is only one golden male in the litter the fee can go up to $250=$1,500. We get on average 20-50 inquiries a month but more than half are not interested later.
We do not deliver, ship or mail our puppies. To avoid us driving with cash, if you pre-paid in full and you are driving from out of state we may be able to meet in a public location 1-2 hours away (based on our availability) to help reduce your driving distance at no additional charge. You won’t be able to meet the parents this way but we can send videos of them to you as desired.
Quality home bred Golden Shepherds are great for families. We specialize in breeding mentally healthy trusting dogs. This is the best of both breeds with a fun Golden Retriever personality and the smarts of a German Shepherd. They are playful and very loving with the ability to learn tricks. They are raised with both AKC pure bred parents (with no health issues of any kind) freely playing with them 24/7 to ensure quality mental health growth. The parents are our own pets (since puppies) that live with us inside of our home.
New parents should have their puppy’s name picked out before 5 weeks so that we can start calling them by their name regularly to know it by pickup. Two syllable words are recommended.
SELECTION EXPERIENCE: In the month of delivery (apr/oct) we contact all those that fill out the (time/date stamped) inquiry form at the home page to notify them that a delivery is coming that month for pickup in june/dec. Those that respond still interested will be sent a online questionnaire form. The questionnaire will be reviewed and parents will be selected with reference to the time stamp on their initial inquiry form.
A $250 deposit can be made online after a healthy delivery and after an owner selection is made by us. Owners can pay the balance online with any major card within 30 days of delivery. After 30 days from their born date, payment is only accepted as cash at pick up. Checks can also be mailed for the balance postmarked within 10 days of delivery. Cash is also accepted at a visit appointment during week 4-7. Refunds on deposit is allowed up to 5 weeks from the born date to ensure time to relearn a renaming and time to find a new owner.
Pictures and videos are posted weekly. Weekly visits are permitted by appointment starting in week 4-5 when they start to have personality. A vet visit is done at 6 weeks. Pick up is not allowed before 7 weeks based on Virginia regulations. We recommend 8 weeks. Boarding is permitted after 8 weeks old for $5 a day plus a $100 second vet visit fee is required if we keep them past 9 weeks. We don’t keep them after 11 weeks to avoid bonding with us.
OUR PUPPY RAISING DETAILS
We love our puppies as if they are our own. The mother is cared for with a nutritional and natural diet to ensure optimal quality for the puppies physical growth in the womb.
- WEEK 1-2: For 24/7 there is someone sleeping near them to pay attention to their health, safety, warmth and ensure quality milk production from the mom with fair nursing times. We don’t do any washing of mom/pups to allow the puppies to develop their smell senses. We keep the area clean but avoid heavy cleaners and deodorizers in their growing area to avoid hormonal interference with their growth development. They sleep almost the entire day during this time like a newborn baby. We push them to build upper body strength in week 2 by dragging themselves around the birthing area box. They are learning about love during this stage.
Gross fact: mom licks then eats ALL their pee/poo for the next few weeks to promote regular waste removal. Yeah…we’re use to it and the mom gets NO kisses during that time! Sometimes the pups see this and copy her but they WILL grow out of it before they turn one year old. Sometimes quality dog food is tasty to them the second time around at this young age. Ewww. They need your patience and comments to let them know this is bad when it happens.
- WEEK 3: Their eyes and ears will start to open. We keep them away from bright lights and help them develop a regular day/night cycle near their birthing box. The puppies start to be held 3-5 times a day to get use to different smells and not fear sudden movements near their faces. We do not have any visitors before their shots are given. If they have names we call them by their name at each holding. We maintain regular home sounds like dish washer, washing machines, tv talking, microwave beeping, stomping and doors. We start to feed them at the end of week 3 but they still nurse for comfort up all the way to pickup time. We only feed top quality puppy food with glucosamine to ensure healthy bones as they double in size each week. They are building quality motor skills and muscles at this time.
No more quiet sleeping newborn time! The zombie time for us starts when they are 3 weeks old. They don’t sleep all day anymore, have stinky potty that mom doesn’t usually like to clean up and they want to play more though the night. We have to stay up to keep the floors clean through the night and all day. This “zombie parent” time is the biggest reason why low quality breeders let 3-4 week old puppies go. These early release puppies can have trust issues, be fearful, aggressive and or have other psychological issues later in life. We commend people that can give a forever home to these kinds of dogs.
- WEEK 4: We have now removed the puppies from their safe birthing box area into a more open space to move around more and start to lose the belly fat that was built up during the first 3 weeks. They will be building their hind leg strength in weeks 3-4. We maintain a clean open floor environment 24/7 to ensure that they don’t get comfortable walking on their own waste. They are learning to trust humans at this time.
- WEEK 5: We introduce a crate with a tied back stay-open door to build trust and comfort with being inside a dog crate. We put bells on the exit door and start outside play and build more muscle strength. We ring the bells each time we open the door but they still potty inside and outside. We make their sleeping area dark at about 9pm to get them use to quiet night time. We believe plentiful food should be left out all the time. This avoids issues with fighting for food or eating too fast later in life. They will know that there is enough to go around but that also makes potty time extended. They are growing fast and need the nutrients for a healthy body! They are learning to share, simple English words and the concept of potty training at this stage.
- WEEK 6: The puppies go to a licensed vet to get their first shots and dewormed. We start to introduce fiber with frozen green beans and can plain pumpkin once in a while to promote a healthy gut with productive bowel movements. The dad starts to play with them at this age and loves to be attacked by all of them. They learn how to play with other dogs, nipping and hierarchy at this stage.
- WEEK 7-8: The puppies are microchipped and given nexgard for flea/tick prevention lasting to about week 10. They are learning to go outside to potty more but need your continued training for the next few months. It will not be mastered until they are about 40 weeks old. They are allowed to roam in the yard regularly leash free here to build trust with coming to us when called. This can help avoid them learning the “chasing” game. They will not like leashes when you get them. Invest in a small-med harness for a 9-11lb pupppy.
- AT YOUR HOME: They will whine the first few nights because they miss their mom and sleeping with their siblings. We do provide a stinky toy or scrap towel in a ziplock bag to discard later. This smell will give them comfort the first week (in their sleeping area) until they get use to your smell. Comfort them to know they are still safe. We will give you enough dog food to last about 2 weeks. You can transition to your dog food by slowing adding parts of the new dog food each day. Switching too fast can cause diarrhea.
They will chew EVERYTHING because their teeth hurt and pressure on their gums feels good. You can use empty water bottles that feels good on their gums by being poked, discard when flat to avoid choking pieces. Please read about chewing below as this is a big problem with new puppy owners.
HELPFUL DETAILS AND TIPS FOR OUR NEW PUPPY OWNERS
Some people already know how to raise pups and some are new to it. A detailed list of puppy information is here for you to read as desired.
PICK UP: They will have small collar/leash on with papers from their vet examination and the parents AKC numbers. Mixed breeds are not AKC registered. They will have their first shots, deworming, flea/tick prevention (for about 2-3 more weeks) and an implanted microchip to register upon pickup. You can bring a medium sized harness/collar for them to grow into. You should have a name tag in case they run away from you during the ride home. The chip is inside them but it is not registered yet. The chip registration papers are given to you at pickup. Registration is free with a chip company but they do try to make you buy extra stuff not “needed”. You may want to bring an old towel and/or puppy pads in case they get car sick. We usually give a old small stinky fabric toy with it’s siblings/mom smell on it. Be cautious of taking your puppy to potty in places where unvaccinated dogs may have used the bathroom (when driving home) to avoid your puppy getting deadly diseases like Parvo. They are safe to be around unvaccinated dogs/areas after they go to their 3rd vet visit around 12 weeks old. Talk to your vet about this.
FIRST 6 MONTHS AT YOUR HOME: Your grown puppy will eventually fit into a 36″ crate (42″ gives them a lot more room). The crate is their private place to go to but you can’t lock them in there for hours or they will lose their trust we have helped them develop. We recommend bells at the door for potty training. Get a spot cleaning carpet cleaner if you have carpet for the first year of mistakes as they learn potty training. You should take them out every few hours in the first month to learn where to go. Like human children, they can’t hold potty long until they get older. They need water regularly to avoid kidney issues later in life. Expect them to be around 65-80+ lbs full grown and shed a lot. Regular brushing grooming will decrease shedding. See additional items in the list below.
LEASH TRAINING: We let the pups run around on our 20 acre property to build muscle and agility so they are not leash trained at pickup. This also helps them come to us and stay near by from trust not force. We recommend a medium harness to help your puppy not choke from dragging especially since their neck may be sore from the microchip. To help them learn to be on a leash, let them run around your home with a leash clipped (always supervised) to their harness/collar to get used to the pulling for the first few days.
FEEDING: We have not given them any people food except unseasoned frozen vegetables and can plain pumpkin. It is up to you to do that. They both eat either Rachel Ray or Diamond natural large breed. We feed the puppies high quality puppy food during the early weaning stage, then transition and provide you with Rachel Ray Large Breed dog food before your pickup. Rachel ray is known for creating hard stools (easy for training pickup) as long as you keep your pup away from people food/treats. We will give you enough dog food to transition to your favorite brand. We will give you a bag of puppy food that can last 1-2 weeks. We recommend large breed dog foods to help their growing hips and bones grow well during the first year. You must get large breed dog food to make sure their bones grow effectively and this can help avoid hip/joint issues later in life.
The only people food they have tasted is raw pumpkin from a can, frozen green beans or asparagus. Limit puppy treats by giving it in moderation because their little stomachs need to be filled with food (not treats) to grow well. Talk to your vet about transitioning to another brand of dog food to avoid diarrhea from a fast switch.
OTHER ANIMALS: We do have a indoor/outdoor cat that hates when a litter is born. The puppies usually chase him around to enjoy themselves. We have a few chickens and they usually chase them around at 6 weeks old but they don’t hurt them. We also do not get outside visitors before their first shots are given.
VET VISITS: Your puppy will be going to the Vet for their first 6 weeks exam and shots. The puppies are also dewormed by the vet. You need to make a vet appointment for an exam in 2-3 weeks from the day you pick up your pup.
Your puppy is able to contract Parvo, a deadly disease from being around unvaccinated dogs or the area where unvaccinated dogs use the restroom. Be cautious about where you take your puppy until they get their third vet visit at 12-14 weeks old. We are cautious with visitors for this and all guests are expected to wash or sanitize hands at visits. Parvo can be carried in by shoes.
We give the puppies Nexgaurd (fleas/ticks) right before your pick up but they will be due for another within 2-3 weeks of pickup because their weight is increasing. Contact your vet for additional dosage at their first vet visit. Their dosage will change at each vet visit while they are still growing.
They can get their first rabies shot at about 12-14 weeks old it is done every 1-3 years based on what the vet administered. After they are a year old vet visits are usually done yearly. Vet visits can cost around $50-100 or more per visit. Learn more here at this AKC website.
If you plan to board your dog in a kennel they need kennel cough vaccination. Some boarders and groomers require records of shots be cautious of those that don’t request that!
GROOMING: Start grooming their nails at a young age with careful (mostly filing) nail care so that they get use to the experience and become calmer during future grooming. These puppies will shed. Most shedding is during dramatic temperature changes. If you brush them regularly, take them to the groomers monthly then you will have less shedding in your home. Grooming can cost $40-70 with the higher cost at their bigger size. Wipe their ears with a lightly damp washcloth to keep their ears clean. Wet ears from bathing is a common cause to cause ear infections in Golden Retrievers. Look for warm to the touch and red coloring inside the flap of the ears when you open them. Notify the vet if you see this to get them treated.
SOCIAL: Introduce them regularly to lots of people in the first year (after two more vet visits) so that they become more of the fun loving social Golden Retriever. Isolation from visitors will bring out more of the protective German Shepherd traits.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND CHEWING!: Our puppies have never been hit or yelled at so please have patience during the painful teething time. They will chew a lot of stuff until their baby teeth fall out when 4-5 months have passed since you picked them up. Their gums are in serious during the first few months you have them so the chewing helps relieve their gum pain. Put things away like cords and plugs. They chew furniture bottoms, shoes, wall trim and loose things on the floor. A handful of raw frozen green beens is a great treat. Give them quality tasty treats like expensive bully sticks or CET Enzymatics to chew until they are 6 months old to make them less likely to chew up your valuables. The easy to find cheap treats DON’T work and could also give them diarrhea (not fun during potty training)! You can get the common cheaper treats after they are 6-8 months old or when they are better at potty training. Speak to your vet about solutions to help their chewing pain.
Do not give them shelf bought pre-cooked dark brown meaty shrink wrapped bones. It WILL give them diarrhea and could even cause broken teeth. Raw uncooked beef bones in pet store freezers or marrow bones from the meat department is a good 1-2x a month treat. Marrow has great nutrients but only in moderation. If you give them rawhides make sure there is water access so they don’t choke and throw any tiny pieces away.
Their teeth is usually checked by the vet but you can brush them with a toothbrush at least once a week. Our family believes in giving our own dogs occasional fresh 100% raw chicken quarters with the bone in to eat in the grass outside. This can help with getting great nutrients and offers deep teeth cleaning while chewing the chicken muscles/tendons off. Dogs can chew raw bones but they can NEVER eat cooked bones that can become like needles in their stomach/intestines. That can become $$$ at the vet! Be caution of keeping undergarments away from the floor as these can be chewed on and eaten too. Grown dogs enjoy the hormonal smells of select owners but a vet bill for a unpassable undergarment can be expensive.
If you have young children in your home please watch them around the puppies as their teeth can be sharp on delicate baby/toddler skin.
POTTY: They will not be fully potty trained for a few months. We train the puppies to hear a bell when going outside to potty. If you continue this they will ring a bell at your exit door to let you know when they need to potty. We are never violent during potty training and bells at the door will help them learn what door they need to notify you to go potty as they learn until to hold it better by next May. It would be a good idea to take up as many little rugs or floor carpets that you can for the next few months. Carpet and puppy pads are exactly the same thing to a puppy.
Take your puppy out every 1-2 hours during the day for the first few weeks. You ring the bells every time you go out to train them. Larger breed puppies can hold their pee for one hour per each month of age but not past 8-9 hrs as a full grown adult. Example: 3 month old large breed puppy can possibly hold it for 3-4 hours.
Take away food a few hours before bedtime and do a last potty walk to avoid finding night time gifts the next day. Potty issues can be longer from fear learned from abuse, UTI infections and issues from spaying before six months old.
Sometimes puppies will eat their own waste especially if you are using top quality dog food that taste good the second time around to young minded growing puppy. They will grow out of this before they are one year old so there is no need to buy products. Constantly take away their poop to decrease this habit. They learn it from watching their loving mother clean up after them but as they become an adult by one they will start to realize it’s as disgusting as you think it is. Pumpkin treats can help decrease this because pumpkin is gross to dogs the second time around.
Anytime your dog gets into something bad contact your vet. People food dishes (especially with any sugar in it) will cause diarrhea. A half to one cup of canned raw unflavored pumpkin can clear up diarrhea within 24 hours (if not followed by diarrhea causing food/treats). Keep a can of plain pumpkin in your pantry for these times, leftovers can be frozen for unflavored cookie treats later. Who wants to be locked in a crate with diarrhea?
EXERCISE: Just like human children they need to go out and play to get their energy out and sleep longer. Regular walks and exercise will help them stay calm after. Be careful of long walks burning hot or very cold roads because puppy feet are not tough enough yet to handle the burn/freeze. In time their pads will get thicker to handle the temperature. PLEASE NOTICE: really hot concrete/asphalt is dangerous for delicate non-callused puppy paws especially when playing ball on it.
SPAY/NEUTER: Please consider spaying/neutering your pup at 6 months and on. Check www.SpayVA.com (for cheaper than your vet costs) ranging from around $60-150. Each state usually has an area that offers cheap spay/neutering. These puppies will breed very very mixed breed pups and there are too many of them needing homes in shelters. Breeding is rewarding but it is hard work and time consuming to do it right. It can be heartbreaking to know that your baby went to owners that abused/neglected them. Most people don’t realize how hard breeding is after they 3-4 weeks old, they need 24/7 attention. Doing it wrong usually ends them up at shelters with owners that can’t deal with the issues. CHECK THIS CLINIC in Richmond VA for reduced costs with vaccinations, flea/tick meds, test and spay/neuter.
AKC REGISTRATION: These pups are not pure breed AKC recognized dogs. There is a mix breed registry for AKC mix breeds. Visit https://www.akc.org/register/information/canine-partners/ for more information about registering mix breed pups born from pure breed parents.
RETURNS: Hopefully you can offer your pup a forever home for the next 10-15 years but if you don’t want your pup or have a situation that does not allow you to keep them later then we know many good long-term loving financially secure forever homes willing to invest into free dogs for re-homing. We also have connections to foster homes that can re-train dogs with any issues to find new adopted parents. (there is no refund or money offered but we will meet you somewhere if it is a distance away).
Their is a big difference with our puppies and most adoptable dogs in shelters or puppy mill dogs!
Many low quality breeders do not want to deal with puppies after 3 weeks old because the care at that time gets progressively exhausting each week. We get frustrated with owners walking around with puppies less than 7 weeks old (which is not allowed in Virginia). We see so many important milestones during 4-7 weeks. Our puppies are usually all reserved before they are 1 week old and this helps avoid too many non-serious visitors in our home to avoid viruses like Parvo. We try to control the breeding to have smaller litters (around 4-8) so that we can give each of our babies quality attention and care by the mom.
Both parents are around the puppies 24/7. They are able to be abused by grabby children hands and not bite (except during the teething stage). They leave here completely trusting their human owner to love them with no mental fear/issues.
Our puppies can come out more like a shorter hair herding protective alpha-family-member loving German Shepherd or a long hair goofy anyone-with-a-hand loving Golden Retriever. They do not have ears that stay up or multi colors. The current mom has solid color GS parents to make only solid color pups. We might get multi color pups with our new mom breeding in 2021 with multi color parents.
People ask what is the difference between a German Shepherd and a Golden Retriever. There are two dogs in this video (one is similar to a German Shepherd and the other is just like our golden retriever) see who crosses the finish line the fastest to understand the two breeds. Our pups are the best mix of both! Video Link: https://youtu.be/_o0YOgtCn9A
RECOMMENDED THINGS TO BUY AS A PUPPY OWNER:
- Bring a 6′ or retractable clip Leash when coming to get your pup. A Medium size color/harness is needed within few weeks after pickup.
A small size collar or harness with a leash will be included with your puppy at pickup. Bring a few towels in case they get car sick.
- Book a vet visit at 9-10 weeks old. They will also need a visit around 12-14, 16-18 and 20-24 then yearly after that. Vet visits can cost $50-100 but look for low cost vet places or places like tractor supply petvet if you need to save money.
- Pet insurance like PetFirst (about $15-30 mo) can save you money during the first year of having a puppy. Most of them will reimburse a paid portion of the vet visit to help decrease your out of pocket cost. You just send them your vet visit receipt to get a payment in about 2 weeks.
- Choose a dog food to do week of transition mixing with the puppy food we will give you. We will give you about 1 weeks worth of dog food. Can dog food, cheap treats and people food (especially with sugar) will give them diarrhea. We will give you a small bag at pick up to last about 1-2 weeks.
We use Eukenuba large breed for our Golden Retriever and Diamond large breed for our German Shepherd. We give our older dogs fresh raw chicken quarters weekly to chew in the grass occasionally because we believe it keeps their teeth clean and provides healthy nutrients from the raw bones. We give them frozen veggies and can pumpkin for fiber. We give them beef marrow bones for the nutrients and as a treat once a month. Dogs can never eat any cooked bones.
- Water dish and food dish.
- Cans of plain pumpkin. This is handy if your dog gets diarrhea. We make them for our dogs in plain little patties and put them in the freezer to give as a frozen dog treat to help things stay “solid”. Loose runny stools can happen after they eat cheap chew treats, eat people food and sometimes after shots from the vet.
- Sleeping crate minimum size 36″ long that is considered “their” safe space filled with lots of stuffed animals. The more crowded/smaller the space the better. Some crates will come with a wire wall that can make the cage smaller and more confined/comforting to a small puppy. Your puppy may grow into a 42-46″ if it is a male.
- A soft bed or blanket for them to sleep on. It does not need to be hot. Most of our puppies HATE being hot and may just end up on your blowing floor vent in the summer.
- Optional box of puppy pads (xl size have better coverage). Stick to one brand to get them use to the smell of the pad. Different brands can confuse them. The XL pads from walmart offers a good price for the quantity. You can instead use to save money: old thick towels that can be washed regularly. Towels are actually better because puppies end up eating puppy pads to create choking hazards. The green puppy grass looking pee boxes are really for tiny little dogs and can be a waste of money for these eventually big dogs.
- Healthy chew toys like bully sticks, greenies, C.E.T treats or N-bone. Other kinds of treats/chews may choke or give puppies diarrhea. They will chew EVERYTHING until they are 6 months old because their teeth hurt really bad, so give them good treats to chew so they don’t chew too much of your stuff. You can get the cheap treats 5-6 months later when they are better potty trained. They are known to chew shoes, furniture corners, wall trim baseboard, game controllers, charging cords etc. Bully sticks and CET treats are the best but they are pricy. Vanilla rawhides are good if you can find them. Most typical rawhides will just sit around wasting your money.
- While teething, they love empty water bottles with the cap firmly on. Discard them when flat to avoid choking on little pieces. It feels good on the gums to poke the bottle.
- Puppy or human “baby wash” soap for baths (switch to a dog shampoo when the bottle is used up). Human soap could make dogs hair become oily, create skin issues and can also could make them shed more.
- Long hanging bells for your exit door to train them to ring when they need to go out. They sell these at pet supply stores.
- Baby gates to block off where you don’t want them to go
- Panel gates or a pen 30″ or higher to put them in an enclosed area in the first year
- Furminator or other dog hair brushes to brush them regularly and decrease shedding
- If you have carpet get a portable or big carpet cleaner for mistakes until they are fully potty trained at about 1 year old
- Plush big soft fluffy or crinkly noise toys. Our pups are known to play ball and may like laser pen lights. Please don’t point it into their eyes. We buy our dogs “build-a-bear” as a treat once in a while.
- We use flea/tick medications from Mar-Oct in VA and they cost us about $100 per year (per dog). We use NexGaurd (wrapped in a slice of cheese) because we don’t want the liquid drop kind rubbing off on our children’s skin. Heartworm medications cost us about $50 per year (per dog) and we use Heartgard.