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Obtaining an Adult Golden

Not all households can handle raising a puppy—it can be a LOT of work! If you feel an adult Golden Retriever would be a better choice for your family, consider contacting As Good As Gold (Golden Retriever Rescue of Northern Illinois) at talk with a knowledgeable person about adopting an adult Golden.

Reputable breeders may also seek homes for older puppies and adult Golden Retrievers. You may want to visit the links provided under the “Breeder Referrals” section below.

Breeder Referrals

Sources of Golden Retriever Breeders include:

Litter Listings and Policy

GRCI supports ethical breeders who are committed to improving and perfecting Golden Retrievers. Please note that GRCI makes no warranties or guarantees as to the quality, health or any other matters with respect to the puppies or adult dogs, which have or may be produced as a result of the breedings listed herein.

GRCI reserves the right to refuse litter listings at GRCI’s discretion.

GRCI and the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) recommend that a fully executed, written purchase agreement setting forth all the terms of purchase be obtained before possession of a puppy is transferred to a purchaser. It is up to the buyer to ask questions and make sure they are comfortable with the breeder they have chosen.

Criteria for listing a litter with GRCI:

  1. Breeder must be a member of GRCI and/or GRCA, owning, co-owning or leasing either the sire or dam.
  2. The sire and the dam must be registered with the AKC and over 2 years old at the time of the breeding.
  3. Both the sire and dam must have required health clearances:
    1. Hip and elbow final clearances certified by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) showing no radiographic evidence of dysplasia or Penn Hip, conducted at or after 6 months, with distraction indexes below the median.
    2. Heart clearance issued by a veterinary cardiologist certified by the ACVIM. A OFA registration is acceptable.
    3. Eye clearance registered through CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) must be current (within 12 months). Evaluation should be conducted by a veterinary ophthalmologist certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
  4. Breeder must submit a signed Litter Listing Agreement (printable version at the top of this webpage), stating the Breeder is a member of GRCI and/or GRCA and agrees to abide by GRCA’s Code of Ethics, which can be viewed at
  5. Breeder must submit documentation of health clearances and AKC registration for the sire and dam, along with the Litter Listing Agreement and the litter listing fee.
  6. The listing fee is $25 for GRCI members and $50 for non-GRCI members. Listing fees are used to defray GRCI’s Public Education costs.

Litter Listings  

There are no current litter listings as as July 2015. 
Puppy Care and Grooming

For basic information about raising a puppy and grooming a Golden Retriever see these brochures at the top of this page.

  • GRCI’s “Training Tips” Brochure
  • “Grooming Goldens” Brochure

Other Informational Resources

For a list of recommended books and DVDs on a wide variety of subjects relating to the Golden Retriever, visit