Before You Buy

The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) site is a wealth of knowledge.  Their section on Find A Golden contains information on the following topics.  Please explore the site to answer many of your questions!

Topics on the GRCA site include:

  • Begin the Search – is a Golden Retriever Right for You?
  • About Breeders
  • Where to Find a Golden?
  • More Topics Before You Buy

Increase your odds of finding a Golden puppy that will meet your needs and expectations by investing the time to become an educated Golden Retriever purchaser.

As you begin your search here are a few handy guides to help you as you begin to contact breeders:

– GRCA’s Guide to Selecting a Breeder

– Understanding Health Clearances

Breeder Referrals

Sources of Golden Retriever Breeders include:



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 a rescue to 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.

Rescues in the Illinois/Wisconsin area are: