Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have another question that is not on this list, please e-mail us at or call 980-223-2779.

Questions About Recherche Goldens

facebook-144Yes! Social Media is a great way for us to keep everyone posted quickly as well as post many extra pictures. Also, being friends will give you the opportunity to post pictures, comments and questions. The links to our social media pages are found at the bottom pf every page on our website.

We are located in Statesville, NC. Our email address is and our phone number is 980-223-2779 (Our email and phone number can be found at the bottom of every page on our website). Prior to visiting our property we ask that you read through our entire FAQ page and if everything looks good fill out our online Puppy Application. We will be happy to meet with you and give you directions to our home.

General Puppy Questions

Amalie_Dec09_7Weeks-099Puppies go through a critical phase of development between five and twelve weeks of age, in which they mature very rapidly. If raised in an isolated setting, barred from almost any interaction outside of with their mother and littermates, they often grow into fearful adults. It doesn’t matter if the setting is a family home, professional kennel or vacant building – isolation can be a significant detriment to proper social development of pups, and avoiding that requires dedication and effort on the part of those raising the pups.

How does Recherche Goldens ensure our English Golden pups are well adjusted and meet all kinds of people and animals with a calm, assured confidence and friendliness? The key is to ensure our pups encounter all of the common scenarios and people groups which they are likely to experience throughout life with their forever families. Regular car rides, trips to the vet, trips to the store, meeting strangers old and young, meeting other dogs, loud city and household sounds – all these are woven into their daily lives here, giving them numerous opportunities to learn the art of encounter and adjustment, and to ingrain in them the confidence that something or someone new is not meant to be a source of fear, but of delight.

We are proud to have built a proven track record of successful, well-adjusted pups that fit seamlessly into the lives of their new families.

No. There are two main reasons why this is not a worry. First, the Golden Retriever is one of the best breeds in the world at social interaction and bonding with humans. Many people say that Goldens are loyal to their owners, but the truth is that they are loyal to the human race! Goldens should never be thought of as true watchdogs because they will bond with strangers naturally.

Secondly, one of the four pillars of our Puppy Training Institute is socialization. We take our puppies on weekly field trips and regularly introduce them to various children, teens and adults – both on and off of our property. They are trained to be fearless of strangers and to be comfortable in new surroundings. You can read more details HERE. We have never had a client complain that their trained puppy did not bond with them.

Information on the English Cream Golden Retriever temperament, care, history and health can be found in detail on the English Golden Retriever page.

Puppy Health and Registration

AKC-logoYes. Our dogs are dual registered with the American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club in their country of origin. Information about the AKC can be found on their website. Recherche Goldens recommends only purchasing a pup that is AKC registered. Many other North American registries do not conform to the high level of standards upheld by the AKC.

Buyers receive a copy of their limited registration AKC paperwork when they pick up their puppy. The final copy will be mailed to the buyer after we receive proof of spay/neuter. Each of our adult Goldens have had their DNA profile completed with the AKC. This may be seen on each individual dog’s webpage.

Paw Village has the most complete listing of the International titles we have found. You may see all the titles and what they stand for by CLICKING HERE .

Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration. A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration shall be ineligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event. These events include: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog.

Breeding is a very complicated and serious decision. So many people have decided to breed dogs because of the financial benefits. An ethical breeder does not breed to make income- they breed to advance only the healthiest Goldens to the happiest homes.

Hip Dysplasia and many other eye and heart diseases have been spread by irresponsible breeders. Because of the intense dedication it takes to breed appropriately, 99% of our pups will only be sold as pets. BEWARE of any breeder that is willing to advertise selling FULL registration to ANYBODY that pays extra. Once again, that breeder is not breeding for the betterment of the breed but simply for profit.

As a rule of thumb, if a breeder is breeding for profit then they will cut-corners in every way possible to save money.

What we put into our dogs is as important as what we put into our own bodies. For this reason, Recherche Goldens takes very seriously what puppy food is the best for our puppies. We also have learned from experience that not all high quality foods agree with English Goldens sensitive stomachs. We have learned through trial and error that the best food for most English Goldens is TLC Whole Life Puppy Food and All Stages Dog Food.

Please take the time to read why we chose TLC over all the other dog foods by clicking HERE.

We spare no expense in making sure our pups are healthy and up-to-date on all their shots. Every puppy is treated for kennel cough, giardia, coccidia and roundworms. Each puppy is also micro-chipped. How long the pup stays with us before going home will determine what other shots they will receive.

Puppy Academy pups are given 2 sets of “puppy shots” which is Duramune Max 5, the vaccine for coronavirus, parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2 and hepatitis. Canine College pups will be given a final 2 sets of puppy shots and rabies vaccines. Doggy Doctorate pups (6 months plus) will be given a monthly dosage of k9 Advantix II for flea and tick and also a monthly dosage of Ivermectin (Heartguard), a heartworm preventative.

Each of our puppies come with a warranty which requires you to have your puppy checked by a vet within 72 hours after picking up your puppy. Your vet will need to check for any communicable diseases during that period. Your vet will also recommend a time to get follow-up “puppy shots” if you picked up your puppy at 12 weeks of age. Most vets recommend that puppies be re-vaccinated every 2-4 weeks until 16 weeks old.

NuVetNuVet is a powerful antioxidant that gives a tremendous boost to the immune system to prevent skin and coat problems, creates a defense against over fifty major diseases including hip and elbow dysplasia, and extends the life span of your dog. Please take the time to CLICK HERE to read more about NuVet and NuJoint.

Puppy Training Questions

Every puppy from Recherche Goldens is automatically enrolled in Puppy Academy (Click HERE to learn the details). To summarize quickly, every puppy is potty trained, spot trained, crate trained, leash trained, stair trained, obedience trained, car trained and much more. We have 4 extended programs as well,  Canine College, Master’s Program, Doggy Doctorate, Doggy Double Doctorate. Every buyer will receive a “Report Card” specifically designating your puppy’s performance in every area of training. You will also be given instructions on how to continue with the training.

We have many tools that help transfer the training from our family to yours. The best book on training that we have found and which we recommend highly is “The Art of Raising a Puppy” by the Monks of New Skete. You can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE. Another great book put out by the Monks of New Skete is “Divine Canine.” This book deals with handling issues of excessive shyness, dominance and separation anxiety. Click HERE to find this book.

A quick read that we put together is the Recherche Puppy Training Manual to help answer common questions on training your puppy. You may see and print out the training manual by CLICKING HERE.

Puppy Academy pups graduate at 12 weeks, Canine College pups at 16 weeks, Master’s Program pups at 20 weeks, Doggy Doctorate at 6 months of age and Doggy Double Doctorate at 7+ months. Pups can be picked up earlier if it works with your schedule or up to 3 days later with no charge. We never stop training your pup so if you need us to keep a pup over 3 days after graduation it would incur a daily charge for boarding and training. We do this quite often and are happy to work with your schedule.

Questions About Our Process

YES! This question is very commonly asked of breeders. The answers that are given by other breeders quite frankly are shocking. Many breeders refuse for you to visit their kennel until the pups are 6 weeks old. By that time the buyer has already committed emotionally and financially to that breeder. Recherche Goldens understands that parvo and other diseases are a very serious threat.

However, simple precautions can be made to eliminate that threat. We ask that if you choose to visit Recherche Goldens please do not visit another kennel beforehand. Also, please try to stay away from any unfamiliar dog just in case they have any diseases. Many breeders hide behind “trying to protect their dogs” as a motive for keeping their facilities concealed. Golden Retriever Club of America recommends that you find a breeder who has nothing to hide and is actually desirous of meeting with you.

Recherche Goldens simply ask that you first read through our entire FAQ page and if you agree with everything that you fill out our online Puppy Application. If everything looks good then we will make an appointment to meet with you.

We recommend that you bring a travel crate (~20 in. high for 12 week, 24 in. high for 16 weeks and 26 in. high for 6 months), some large bath towels, a small collar or body harness, a basic leash (NOT a retractable leash because they fear them at first), paper towels, garbage bags, some chew toys, water and a food and water dish.

It is our policy that if you can no longer care for your Golden because of a move, because of financial difficulties or any other reason then you must return you Golden to Recherche Goldens. We always want to make sure our pups go to quality homes, for the entire life of the animal. We will either find a good home for your Golden or care for him/her ourselves.

Goldens purchased from Recherche Goldens should never be sent to an animal shelter, a rescue center or given to someone else without prior approval of Recherche Goldens.

Please take time to read this email sent to us January 13, 2013

Dear Jamel and Charity Hamka,

With great interest I looked at your stunningly beautiful and detailed website, featuring your gorgeous English Cream Goldens and I am not at all embarrassed to admit that I cried because I did not have the good fortune to purchase my English Cream Golden from your kennel. In my overwhelming joy and anticipation of owning one of these beautiful dogs, I acted too hastily and was not selective enough and realized too late that I was dealing with a breeder who offered no information, made no photos, gave no ancestry details and did not ask one single question about us, caring little or nothing about his pup or what kind of home we were going to provide for it.

We paid just a little less than what you ask for your pups, but I would gladly have paid just a bit more in order to know that we would receive a “new member of the family” from an integrative, caring and supportive breeder, who has the best in mind for his dogs and their prospective owners. I am impressed with the in-depth care you are willing to provide from the time your pups are born until they go to their for-ever homes. The training, the exposure, the excellent food and vitamin regimen, all are a guarantee for happy, healthy and well-socialized dogs, making the transition from breeder to new owner so much easier.

I would have loved a few photos, a memento of my dog’s very first weeks, but I was not that lucky! My pup was one you describe on your website, one who was born in a kennel, lived outside until she came to us and who had to compete for her food and water with other siblings and other litters. To this very day she still gulps down her food in unbelievable haste, not chewing it and vomiting it up later, always worried someone will beat her to the bowl and afraid she will have to do without. She was terrified of stairs, any stairs, be it at home or in town and the very beginning principles of toilet training were completely unknown to her. With lots of reassuring, calmness and encouragement I trained my dog to believe that there always will be enough food, that it is o.k. if someone looks in your ears or touches your paw and that we take vitamins every day.

Thank you for the treat of looking at your beautiful website, which contains all the information any prospective English Cream Golden owner ever could wish for!