|About Heatherwood English Golden Retrievers
|Our Breeding Program
My name is Megan, and our family is located in Olympia, WA. We have been breeding for
about 12 years now. I believe in breeding to better the breed. Temperament is one thing my
Golden's are known for, and we receive many referrals from people stumbling upon one of
our puppies out in public or in a training class. My Goldens have a soft, mellow, friendly,
sweet, and loyal temperament. Several of our puppies have gone on to become registered
therapy dogs. I wont breed a hyper, or aggressive dog, no exceptions. Health of our
Golden's is very important to me, I have all of our breeding dog's tested for Hip dysplasia,
elbow dysplasia, eye defects and heart defects, as well as a DNA genetic panel. I also really
try to create puppies with a diverse pedigree. My belief is that the bigger the gene pool is the
better the chance you have for making healthier puppies. Thankfully, with the European
Golden's the breeders overseas have a similar mindset. We have Goldens from all over the
world in our breeding program.
Raising our puppies:
My puppies are born and raised in my home until they are about 6 weeks old and need much
more room to play, run and use their puppy curiosity! We then move them to a small building
that is similar to the "puppy room" in my house. It has full power, heat, lighting, electricity, it is
dry walled and painted. The puppies are litter box trained by 6 weeks and also have access
by dog door to their own yard outside for them to romp and play. My kids love to play with
the puppies, they are all played with daily and given attention and love. We really LOVE our
puppies. At 3.5 weeks old we start introducing them to dry puppy kibble and they are fully
weaned from their mother at 6 weeks. We deworm the puppies every 2 weeks, and at 7
weeks they are examined by my veterinarian at South Bay Vet Hospital just down the road.
She does a full exam on each puppy and writes a letter explaining her findings for every pup.
They are then vaccinated and microchipped. We also bring in a stool sample to ensure your
puppy is free of parasites.