We are located in Central Virginia. We do not deliver, ship or mail our puppies. If you pre-paid in full and are driving from very far away we might be able to meet in a public location 1-2 hours away (based on our availability) to help with your driving distance.
Golden Shepherds are a rare breed that is great for families. They are 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 parents freely playing with them 24/7 to ensure quality mental health.
SELECTION EXPERIENCE: A $250 deposit is taken after the pups are delivered to be healthy. Owners can pay with a card up to 30 days after birth. After 30 days from their born date, payment is only accepted as cash at pick up. Card payments are not accepted after 30 days from birth.
Those that use the contact page will be emailed when the mom is in labor to make deposits after 24 hours of delivery for first to last pick selection. Deposits in order are allowed to start picking their pup at week 3 when we start to see more development. If a deposit is for a specific sex/color and there is a limited amount in the litter; the hold is allowed before 3 weeks. The deposit form is updated for left over picks. Refunds on deposit is allowed up to 5 weeks old. Pictures and videos are posted weekly. Weekly visits are permitted by appointment starting in week 5. Vet visits are done at 6 weeks. Microchips are done at week 7. Pick up is not allowed early! Boarding is permitted after 8 weeks old for $5 a day and a 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.
FIRST 6 MONTHS: Your grown puppy will eventually fit into a 36″ crate (42″ gives them a lot more room). 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 will chew a lot until their teeth fall out when four months have passed since you picked them up. Their gums are in pain so the chewing helps. Buy quality chew toys like bully sticks during this time. Easy to find cheap treats don’t work as well and may give them diarrhea. Speak to your vet about solutions to help their chewing pain. Expect them to be around 70-80+ lbs full grown and shed a lot. Regular brushing grooming will decrease shedding. See additional items in the list below.
PICK UP: They will have small collar/leash on with a vet examination, first shots, deworming and microchips to register upon pickup. You can bring a medium sized harness for them to grow into. 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 after they go to their 2-3 vet visit. Talk to your vet about this.
LEASH TRAINING: We let the pups run around on our 15 acre property to build muscle and agility so they are not leash trained at pickup. 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.
FEEDING: We use Diamond Large Breed Puppy and give you enough dog food to transition to your favorite brand. The only people food they have tasted is raw pumpkin from a can, frozen brussel sprouts and frozen green beans.
VET VISITS: Your puppy will be going to the Vet for their first 6 weeks exam and shots. You need to make a vet appointment for an exam at 9-10 weeks old within two weeks from the day you pick up your pup. Then there is another exam at 14-16 weeks old.
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.
They can get their first rabies shot at about 12 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.
SOCIAL: Introduce them regularly to lots of people in the first year 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.
CHEWING: Our puppies have never been hit or yelled at so please have patience during the painful teething time when they chew up everything around them while their baby teeth fall out. Give them quality tasty treats like expensive bully sticks to chew until they are 6 months old to make them less likely to chew up your valuables. You can get the common cheaper treats after they are six months old. Do not give them shelf bought pre-cooked brown meaty shrink wrapped bones to avoid diarrhea and broken teeth (raw ones in pet store freezers or from the meat department is better). If you give them rawhides make sure there is water access so they don’t choke and throw tiny pieces away.
Their teeth is usually cared for by the vet but you can brush them with a toothbrush at least once a week. Our family believes in giving our dogs occasional fresh raw chicken to help with getting nutrients and teeth cleaning while chewing muscles/tendons. Dogs can chew raw bones but NEVER cooked bones that can become like needles in their stomach and intestines.
POTTY: We train the puppies to hear a bell when going outside to potty. If you continue this they will ring a bell 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. 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. Take away food a few hours before bedtime and a last potty walk to avoid finding night time surprises the next day. Next summer they should be able to hold potty up to eight hours. Exception to fear learned from abuse, UTI infections and issues from spaying before six months old.
EXERCISE: Just like human children they need to go out and play to get their energy out. Regular walks and exercise will help them stay calm later. Becareful of the burning hot or very cold ground because puppy feet are not tough enough to handle the burn/freeze. In time their pads will get thicker to handle the temperature. As adults, really hot concrete/asphalt is dangerous for their paws especially when playing ball on it.
SPAY/NEUTER: Please consider spaying/neutering your pup in Nov-Feb at www.SpayVA.com (for cheaper than your vet costs) ranging from around $60-150. These puppies will breed very very mixed breed pups and there are too many of them needing homes in shelters. Breeding is rewarding but is is hard work and time consuming to do it right avoiding neglect. Doing it wrong usually end up at shelters.
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 10-16 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)
Their is a big difference with our puppies and most adoptable dogs in shelters or puppy mill dogs. Some breeders do not want to deal with puppies after 4-5 weeks old because the care at that time gets progressively exhausting with more and more need of constant care to avoid mental issues. We do not neglect our puppies. We never lock them in a cage. We play with them to build a trusting bond to love humans. We are able to walk around with them outside without them running away. They don’t fear lighting because we are comforting them and instead they are ready to fight the lighting. They are around a 24/7 open never locked crate so they can learn to feel comfort being inside a crate. They are able to be abused by grabby children hands and not bite (except during the teething stage where they want to chew EVERYTHING). They leave here completely trusting their human owner to love them and do not have the mental fear or issues neglected puppies have.
Our puppies can come out more like a herding protective alpha-family-member loving German Shepherd or a goofy anyone-with-a-hand loving Golden Retriever. They have great loving personalities. 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 a golden retriever) see who crosses the finish line the fastest. Video Link: https://youtu.be/_o0YOgtCn9A
Recommended things to buy:
- 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/leash will be included with your puppy at pickup.
- Book a vet visit at 9-10 weeks old
- 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. If you want your puppy to have mostly hard stools then get the brand Bil Jac puppy or Rachel Ray puppy. We use Diamond Puppy dog food and transition during week 4-5 to Bil Jac or Rachel Ray puppy. We will give you a small bag to last about a week.
We use Eukenuba large breed for our Golden Retriever and Diamond large breed for our German Shepherd. We give our older dogs fresh raw meat weekly to chew in the grass occasionally because we believe it keeps their teeth clean and provides healthy nutrients from the raw bones. Dogs can never eat 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
- Bed for them to go in the crate or if not using a crate
- 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.
- Healthy chew toys like bully sticks, greenies 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. They are known to chew shoes, furniture corners, game controllers, charging cords etc. You can go to cheaper treats after 6 months. Bully sticks are the best but they are pricy.
- 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 and also could make them shed more.
- Bells for your 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.
- We use flea/tick medications from Mar-Oct in VA and they cost us about $100 per year (per dog). We use NexGaurd or Simparica chewable pills (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.