So I’ve decided not to go with the golden after some research I have a deposit down on a Chesapeake bay retriever with good hunting genes I’m picking up tomorrowIt's a fun journey and you'll learn a lot. Rarely is your 1st working dog your best (objectively) but I highly recommend you take it seriously for the benefit of you, the dog, and the outcome. Read, read, read and support that with a few dog training DVD's at least 6 months before you get the dog. They are sponges the minute they get home and I see way too many people start figuring out how to train the dog after they get it. IMO, a huge mistake.
While a working retriever makes a fantastic pet, a fantastic pet doesn't make a working dog. The level of obedience alone is far beyond any pet you know or have had. Nor can you fake knowledge and have "love" make up for it.
As far as Golden's, like many breeds they have been bred for anything but hunting. Genetics matter a lot. There are far fewer Golden's with working pedigrees than many other retrievers. That's why they are pricey. Just because a dog is a Lab or Golden doesn't make it suited to be a working retriever. Genetics matter as do health backgrounds. Generations of good hips, eyes, etc. I'd want the same even in a 'pet". Hips are expensive not to mention usually take dogs out of the field.
Golden's are referred to by many as "Marsh Mops" meaning their coats are beautiful but they absorb a LOT of water, mud and stickies. They are very time consuming to groom after a simple hunt. Hopefully you have a crate in a truck or large SUV.
Most Golden's I've seen also lack the perseverance and drive to get a tough job done. Not talking Field Trial Champion stuff, just basic hunting stuff. Often times people who think Golden's are a good choice refer to being a "family dog" first. Again, I'd say, so do Labs and other breeds that make better working dogs. And, I'd always suggest thinking gun dog first and pet 2nd because a well bred and trained gun dog makes a fantastic pet but it doesn't work the other way in reverse.
So just my 2 cents. Guarantee if I thought a Golden was the best choice for a waterfowl and upland dog I'd own one. I'm guessing these days you're looking at a wait list of a year or so and can expect 2kish and a probably shipped pup.
Be very weary of breeder claims if the pedigree doesn't back up the litter.
Out of curiosity, what made you change and so quickly be picking up a pup? What breeder? I have/breed both Goldens and Chesapeakes and to say they are very different animals is an understatement. Also, I really like the second guy. The drooler is a close second.So I’ve decided not to go with the golden after some research I have a deposit down on a Chesapeake bay retriever with good hunting genes I’m picking up tomorrow