We started Paws of Gold Kennel about
twenty years ago as a hobby with the intention of providing Golden Retrievers to be trained as service dogs to help the handicapped.
We were a very small backyard operation and only bred eleven litters in eighteen years.
As breeders we worked with C.H.A.M.P.
Inc. (Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities) and we have provided them many puppies free of charge. C.H.A.M.P. is
one of several providers of service dogs for the handicapped in the St. Louis area.
C.H.A.M.P. cannot work with
many puppies from the same litter and we defrayed most of our costs by offering the rest for sale. My husband and I
raised our dogs in one of our bedrooms. We have had many learning experiences along the way and I think that made us better
breeders. They were whelped in a large birthing bed or “whelping box” and stayed there until they were ready to
leave mama. We taught them to go outside at the age of four and a half weeks. They were taken to a door and set outside four
or five times a day. If an owner got one of our puppies and did the same they could be housebroken in just a matter of a couple
of weeks. We microchiped all of our puppies. Our puppies received their first puppy shot and de-worming. They were taken to
see a vet at least twice while they were with us. They were checked to see if there were any problems before they leave our
We are no longer able to breed due to age and health but we have a two year old male from our last litter
which was out of Ginny and Aaron Kincer's Champion Sire Owling's Designed by Signature or "Calvin", and our Moonstruck
Bella Grace or “Bella”. Cal is a champion and has many champions in his pedigree. Bella has not shown,
but has many champions in her pedigree. Both have all desired OFA and CERF clearances for eyes, heart, hips, and elbows.
We named our male “Paws-of-Gold Klein’s Fine Design” or “Calvin Jr.” after his dad and although
he has not shown and has no honorifics, but he has hip, elbow, eye, and heart clearances with the OFA and a superior temperament
and we are offering him as a stud.
We think the main reason we provided all this info about Paws-of-Gold is so
that a first time breeder can get some basic idea of what they may be getting themselves in to.
If you are interested
in more information about breeding you may contact us at 636-668-6456 or email us at email@example.com. We are
located in Foley, MO which is a rural community in the St. Louis, MO area.
Shirl and Stan