Puppy Application


Q.When will you have another litter of Golden Retriever puppies?

We breed when the time is right for us and safe for our dogs. Our dogs and pups are raised in our home and the parents are on-premises (unless otherwise noted). We plan for one to two litters a year which average 10 to 20 puppies. If you are interested in a Moose Golden Retriever, please check our puppies page to see if we’re currently expecting a litter and complete a puppy application.

Q.Is a Golden Retriever right for me?

Golden Retrievers are fantastic dogs and they’re a great addition to most families, but Goldens do have some very important requirements. First, young dogs and puppies need room to run and play, and should be trained basic obedience at the very least. They require this time to keep their mind and body healthy. It’s very important to understand this is non-negotiable. Those with a busy lifestyle, are away from home a lot, and must leave their dog at home for long periods of time for work etc., are not an ideal fit for one of our Golden Retriever puppies. When a golden is not given ample exercise and left unattended they will challenge their owner for pack leadership and can form destructive behaviors, plus training becomes much more difficult. This could all result in an unfavorable relationship between the owner and their dog.

Q.Does the name Moose Goldens mean your dogs are large?

No. The name Moose just stuck, being folks who enjoy being outdoors and Moose sighting in Maine, the name just felt right. Our dogs have a field pedigree. Field dogs are often slim, muscular, and athletic. Our males run on average 65lbs to 75lbs and females average 50lbs to 70lbs.

Q.Are your dogs registered AKC?

Yes. All our dogs are registered with American Kennel Club. Plus, we will register each litter with the AKC.

Our golden retriever puppies will come with limited AKC registration, this means we don’t allow breeding of our dogs, the limited registration prevents any offspring from being registered with AKC.

If you wish to purchase a puppy for future breeding please please contact us.

Q.How do you test the health of your dogs?

Our goal is to produce fun loving, healthy golden retriever puppies. As part of this, we have veterinary specialists examine our breeding dogs’ hips, eyes, heart, and elbows which are then examined by OFA per the GRCA breeder bylaws. Our dogs will have these tests done once they’re fully matured, after 24 mos. of age. As each of our dogs are tested and awarded their clearances from OFA we’ll make this information public on our dog’s page.

Q.Do you do genetic testing on your dogs?

Yes, we use Embark for breeders testing service. As we test our dogs we’ll make their test results public on our dog’s page.

Q.How much do your puppies cost?

Pricing for a Moose Golden Retriever puppy is determine at the time of a current litter, all litters are currently sold out, but you may sign up for our email list to be notified when we are planning future litters. Puppies will come with limited AKC registration and a non-refundable $500 deposit is required after an application is approved.

Q.Do you ship puppies?

No. Our puppy program is extremely personal, approved puppy owners and homes are not chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis, we place our puppies where we think they will be most successful. This does not mean we do not sell puppies out of our immediate area, if you’re from away and your application is approved expect to travel for a visit–at least on the go-home day. We do give preference to people in NY and New England, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire as we like to keep in touch and have meet-ups.

Q.How and when are puppies picked?

Our process starts with your application which is then followed up by a phone call. We gather information that is important to you in a dog and your lifestyle that we’ll refer to to match you up with the best puppy. Puppies are not assigned homes until they are 7 weeks of age, this gives us time to review their temperament and personality to ensure the best possible match.

Q.Do you take deposits for a future litter?

Ahead of an anticipated litter we may chose to accept around 3 to 5 applicants per litter for a paid wait list, the fee is $100. This is a non-refundable fee which would place you in line for our next litter. If a puppy does not become available from the anticipated litter you will be given the choice to wait for the next litter.

Q.At what age do your puppies go to their forever homes?

We shoot for pups to go home anywhere between 7 to 9 weeks, 8 weeks being the most common.

Q.Where are you located?

Currently, we reside in upstate NY, just a few miles outside of Saratoga Springs NY in a small town named Greenfield Center. A visit with us or our dogs is by appointment only at our local dog park, we do not allow walk-ins or leisure visits at any time. If you are accepted to purchase a puppy we’ll invite you to our home to visit the pups soon after they are born, and again as they grow.

Q.Do you offer Golden Retriever puppy training services?

We have plans in the future to begin offering some very early puppy basic training, this may be in the form of in-person training in a group setting, or via video courses. More on this to come.

Q.Do you offer dog boarding or doggy daycare?

We’ve been known to have some visitors, day visitors, and some overnight. At this time we’re not set up with a facility to do this on a large scale, but we’re happy to entertain one or two dogs for our puppy owners only when there is a need. Contact us to inquire.

Q.Do you keep in touch with puppy owners?

Yes! We love our Moose family and want to stay in touch as much as possible. We do this via social media, on Instagram, and our private Facebook group as well as occasional meet-ups. We also host a reunion once a year for those who can join. For information about reunion dates etc. sign up for email updates at the bottom of this page.

Q.Do you compete with your dogs?

We do not compete again others and their dogs, but we are getting more and more involved with AKC titles and events to advance and prove our dogs training and abilities.

Q.What is DogCrazy.co?

We’re passionate about dogs, DogCrazy.co is our small shop where we design and sell fun dog-themed t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, bandanas, stickers, and more. DogCrazy.co also features a section of Moose Golden Retrievers gear, from new puppy blankets to towels, there is some fun merch you can purchase to share pride in your pup to the world.

Q.I love your dog photos, can you photograph my dog?

In addition to our puppy program, Mike is also a dog photographer and owner of Dogs in The Wild. A small photography business specializing in photos of all dogs in the great out doors.

Q.Who designed your website?

We did! Web design and graphic design is what we do professionally besides our dog breeding program. We love working with other breeders and dog people in general, to learn more about our design services please visit the design studio website, www.MWHDesign.com.

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