imheathbar wrote:I am looking for a dog with a working history (hunting). I will be keeping one from the litter for myself. The pups will be advertised as house pets. I am not a Professional trainer or breeder. I could care less how many feild trials or papers a dog has in their history, all I really care about is how well does it hunt. I cannot afford to pay for a premium stud and was hoping to find another working class hunter with an AKC Registered Male Golden that hunts.....
Bear in mind, the money you receive from the sale of your puppies should easily allow you to afford a quality stud that is both genetically pure and has the working bloodline you desire, plus it should substantially increase the price you get for your puppies.
Settling for a genetically "unproven", but "great hunting" stud whose ancestry may be filled with dysplastic (and who knows what all else) predecessors sets you up for a huge headache when your puppies start coming back with genetic abnormalities. I'm continually amazed by folks that are content to save a few dollars so they can breed to a cheaper stud and then wonder why their puppies either don't perform as expected in the field or they turn up with genetic problems at an early age. Although you haven't said so, I certainly hope that your female has had her hips cleared by OFA and her eyes cleared by CERF before she is bred.
Unfortunately, I can be blunt too, but I have seen way too many folks take similar paths and then bring me their dogs in hopes that I can turn them into a "hunting dog". Many of these dogs end up as pets because they just don't have the ancestry to instill the qualiites necessary to make them a good retriever.
Good luck in your search.