Dog price questions

jonnyB

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I know. It sucks. Im getting older quick and I dont have any time to waste on a bad dog so I spent more to lessen the risk.
Its entirely likely this is my last gun dog. My Pudelpointer was around $1300 9 years ago and she been a so so dog but with great hunting instincts.
My last Golden lived 15 years and did everything well. Lost her two years ago. We really wanted another Golden but I needed one that was also a serious hunter and they are hard to come by. Especially within driving distance. Here's a pick from Aug at 7 months. She's solid, athletic and smart.
Not a 10 out of 10 but at least a solid 8 in the brains dept. And not hyper. Right now is not her proudest moment as she's laying on my foot in a diaper........
Good looking dog1 "Not a 10 out of 10." Can you amplify on this for us? Where does the dog fall short?
 
That's the highest I've seen for a field Golden...wonder why the return? Where do you train your dog?
I tried to send you a private msg but I guess that isn't an option here. I don't want to say anything that may sound negative about the breeder because they have a class operation. I took mine to pine creek kennels for two weeks of bird/gun intro just to get her in front of a lot of birds young. Otherwise I train my own dogs. I took her to a game farm yesterday. I did my own thing but didn't have the best luck planting birds. One flew out of my hands! Lol My golden was HOT on their scent. Very encouraging. She tracked and flushed 3 but 2 got clean away. It was snowing pretty hard while we were there. Marks well and was on top of downed birds but tears into live birds instead of retrieve. A work in progress. Not unlike my last golden I am not expecting too much at her age. I could be wrong but goldens seem to mature slower and I don't have the option of getting her lots of bird experience quickly. Takes me longer than many but I'll get there eventually. I suppose I'm at a disadvantage doing it myself but I enjoy it and am able to produce a dog that does what I want, when I want, with my commands regardless if they follow all traditional standards.
 
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Good looking dog1 "Not a 10 out of 10." Can you amplify on this for us? Where does the dog fall short?
I Guage all goldens (all dogs for that matter) by the first one in our family. My older brother got one when I was a boy and that dog was brilliant. Shes been gone almost 40 years and everyone that knew her still talks about her. Because of that dog i have always leaned towards goldens. We've all known dogs that had almost human like intelligence and I call them 10/10. I've yet to own one and probably never will but I am perfectly content with an 8. My pointer is more like a 5 or 6 on good day lol but her instincts carry her the rest of the way as a hunter. I've had 4 of my own dogs and all had a sweet disposition which is enough for me. I've had one dud. Sickly, couldn't swim and didn't hunt. A golden and very first dog. She only made it 6 years. We lost her to epilepsy.
 
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jonnyB

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I tried to send you a private msg but I guess that isn't an option here. I don't want to say anything that may sound negative about the breeder because they have a class operation. I took mine to pine creek kennels for two weeks of bird/gun intro just to get her in front of a lot of birds young. Otherwise I train my own dogs. I took her to a game farm yesterday. I did my own thing but didn't have the best luck planting birds. One flew out of my hands! Lol My golden was HOT on their scent. Very encouraging. She tracked and flushed 3 but 2 got clean away. It was snowing pretty hard while we were there. Marks well and was on top of downed birds but tears into live birds instead of retrieve. A work in progress. Not unlike my last golden I am not expecting too much at her age. I could be wrong but goldens seem to mature slower and I don't have the option of getting her lots of bird experience quickly. Takes me longer than many but I'll get there eventually. I suppose I'm at a disadvantage doing it myself but I enjoy it and am able to produce a dog that does what I want, when I want, with my commands regardless if they follow all traditional standards.
Thanks MN hunter...good report. Looking back, the key to developing my "hunting machine" (nephew's term) is lots of bird contact/hunting. He's 10 and still going strong!

"He tears into live birds"...not sure what is meant by that phrase.

Your litter's pedigree has some fine dogs in it's background; I wish you well with yours. If you want some help planting birds, give a holler.

Jon
 

BritChaser

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That is a sharp looking pup.
 

goldenboy

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Prices on dogs will always be debated, especially on forums like this. You can find a "good" dog in lots of places. "Good" is what you perceive as good. Standards that put your dog against others is where the increase in money comes from. Proven health, retrieving standards, hunt tests, etc all point to consistent dogs. I am amazed at what people will pay for a Golden Doodle or Lab a Doodle. I will never apologize for the price I charge when they get that much or more for a dog that isn't even recognized as a breed. By the way, I just put another person on my waiting list this morning. Good breeders will have waiting lists of people that is a good indicator that they have been doing it for a while and that they have happy customers. Good luck with the new pup! I suggest you go and see it before you pick it up. Spend time with the litter so you know what the tempermaents of the pups are like.
 
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