Welcome to Goldiva Goldens! My daughter, Lauren, and I have raised only Golden Retrievers since 1984 in our homes. In 2001, Lauren and I started competing in conformation with the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club for performance titles. Higgins was my first Canadian Champion handled by Junior Handler Emily Horton, then Cerille Young & Kathy Hanson of New Brunswick. Striker was my first American Champion handled by Jeanette Gould and then handled by Pam & Mark Desrosiers. Striker got a 3-point Major in his first show along with his sister Bonita. The excitement was thrilling and the show circuit became our passion. Gracie was my first home-bred American Champion handled by Pam & Mark. Sookie was Lauren’s first home-bred American Champion (“Am CH”) handled by Karen & Sam Mammano. The AKC awarded us the Breeder of Merit Awards in April of 2011 for our premium dogs with performance titles as Champions, Hunters or the Obedience ring. We are so pleased to be recognized in this elite program of breeders.
Goldiva Goldens are not kennel dogs but …
Goldiva Goldens are not kennel dogs but live in our homes as personal companions with our family or in Boarding Contract homes for our show dogs and pet therapy homes. The puppies are wonderfully socialized with our younger children and half the neighborhood since we both work from home.
Our pups go to their new homes at 8 weeks of age.
All puppies are examined by the Falmouth Veterinarians for a complete check up with health records on each puppy including vaccines and several de-worming given by us. Two to three times a year, we hold heart & eye clinics at our home in Cumberland thru the Lewiston Auburn Kennel Club. This clinic is open to all breeds for health clearances.We also volunteer for the Maine Golden Retriever Club annual health clinics.
Our Puppy Contract requires you to enroll in puppy obedience classes. We keep our growing pups in obedience training the first year, then fine tune with handling classes. We use the clicker training method for positive reinforcement. If you are interested in a Pet Therapy dog yourself, the puppy will need a Canine Good Citizen “CGC” certificate. The next level is the Advanced Canine Good Citizen “CGCA.” It’s a longer sit, a longer stay from 20′, come when called; not scared of people, friendly towards people, non-aggressive to other dogs; doesn’t pee when afraid; ride in elevators, different surfaces; basically a well-socialized pup. A puppy needs to be a year old before he/she can be tested for Pet Therapy. It’s a wonderful way to share the love of a Golden with someone that is lonely or doesn’t feel well, or read to children in the library. Lauren and I work and show our Goldens in Conformation, Field/Hunting, Rally O Obedience and Pet Therapy.
Goldiva Golden puppies are sent home with AKC Limited Registration papers with the American Kennel Club (“AKC”) on spay/neuter contracts. We do not allow puppy buyers to breed their dogs. We do not allow any UKC registrations for exhibition. All of our health clearances can be verified thru the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (“OFA”). All pedigrees are linked to www.k9data.com which is a website just for Golden Retrievers. Show puppies are available to experienced breeders who exhibit their dogs in AKC and/or CKC dog shows.
We have loved our Goldens for over 25 years.
They have the best temperament for families, kids, active people or senior companions. They are easy to train and want to please their owners. Socializing them as young puppies is so important as well as introducing them to different situations and locations. Please don’t create just a backyard dog. They will go with you anywhere and with proper training, they will never embarrass you. They may chew the plastic toys or the leg to the coffee table if they’re bored but they’d rather be by your side. They will be your best friend for life with unconditional love!
Dog Clubs in which we’ve participated:
- Golden Retriever Club of America
- Maine Golden Retriever Club
- Lewiston Auburn Kennel Club
- Therapy Dog, Inc.