Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, various eye problems and heart disease arecommon inherited health issues in Golden Retrievers for which there are screening examinations. GRCA recommends breeders perform standard health screening tests for these on their breeding stock. Learn more about these conditions here.
A puppy's sire and dam can be screened for these health issues to minimize the risk that their puppies will be affected. A conscientious breeder will provide you the full AKC registered names or registration numbers of the parents. Use this information to verify their health clearances here.
A number of other health issues may affect Golden Retrievers, and some of the most common are allergies, cancer, and hypothyroidism. Please visit the Health section of the GRCA website for more information on these and other health topics. Potential buyers should feel free to ask the breeder about these or any subjects of concern to them. The exchange of such information is an expected and customary practice