About Us at Goldrush Labradors
Both my husband and I were raised with family dogs. We have always had dogs in our marriage tried Basset Hounds, Border Terriers, bred and showed Giant Schnauzers, . . . but when our three children hit the ages of 7 to 11, I went to Vet Tech school in San Leandro, California. We went on a field trip to Guide Dogs for the Blind, and then I went and volunteered at Canine Companions for Independence which was close to our home. I observed the breeds that both these organizations used and saw how incredibly easy they were to train, and how kind and devoted they were. The two dog breeds in common with both organizations were the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever. Our 11-year-old daughter had become withdrawn and we saw the need for her to have her own loving, loyal companion, so together we did some research, put a deposit on a litter yet to be born, and about 3 months later we were at the airport picking up our first Labrador Retriever puppy.
We have never looked back. This breed is phenomenal in all respects.
We found that there are many back-yard breeders producing some very hyper dogs, and that is very disappointing. We have been breeding since 1994. We have learned much from different prominent long-standing breeders. We have never owned a stud dog, but rather kept our best females, co-owning many of them. We breed our girls to some of the finest males out there.
We have always done the appropriate health clearances for our girls, and used well-proven stud dogs with health clearances. We have had many people come by in their search for the perfect Labrador Retriever companion, and often see their surprised look as we pick up a pup, put it in our arms on its back and snuggle it. They say that they have not seen any other puppies from other places that will let them do that to a pup without the pup frantically struggling.
We breed for that calm, even tempered dog that you can take anywhere with you and can easily train in any venue obedience, hunting, agility, showing in conformation, therapy, tracking, . . . anything but a venue requiring an aggressive dog.
We recommend putting the pup into obedience class between the age of 4 and 6 months old. Most of our pups end up being the training instructor’s “example” dog.” We love it, and so do the owner and the instructor!
We love sending our pups to be integrated into a new family, for the pup to enjoy life right along side their owners. Both dog and owner are always happiest that way.
We moved to Utah in the late 90’s, and we are 30 minutes north of the Salt Lake International Airport. This certainly makes it convenient in taking a pup to be sent by air to their new owner.
We typically have 1-2 litters of pups each year, and a pup or two from different dogs we co-own, so if you like what you see here, give us a call or email so we can see if we can get just the right pup for you.