Where to Find a Golden

GRCA Member Club Puppy Referral

Buying a Golden Retriever is a long-term commitment, and shouldn’t be an impulse decision. Puppy referral volunteers will be happy to give you more information about purchasing a Golden Retriever from a reputable breeder. Please remember to give the puppy referral volunteer a few days to respond to your inquiry as s/he may be at work, a dog event, on vacation, or just involved with personal family obligations at the time of your phone call or email. Find a local club near you here.  If you need more information click here.

Once you locate breeders, either through the list below or through a puppy referral volunteer, we encourage you to read “Selecting a Breeder” to assist you in asking breeders all the right questions.


Phone Calls to Puppy Referral Volunteers:

If you reach an answering machine, the following hints will help the puppy referral volunteer return your call in a timely manner:

  • Include the best time of day to reach you.
  • Leave an evening phone number, as many puppy referral volunteers work full-time and are unable to return calls during the day.
  • Speak slowly and clearly. Include an area code with your phone number, and your city and state.
  • If your phone number is long distance, your call may be returned as a collect call.
  • If you don’t get a response to your call or email within a week, call or email again. Sometimes messages get lost.

Emails to Puppy Referral Volunteers:

When sending an inquiry by email, be sure to include your name, city and state. Be specific about what you are looking for.

Note: The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) provides puppy referral as a resource to puppy buyers to help locate breeders who belong to the GRCA and/or a local GRCA member club. GRCA takes no responsibility for any puppies/dogs that you may acquire through GRCA puppy referral, or that are sold by any breeder on the puppy referral list. GRCA is not responsible for any breeder’s sales practices or sales contracts, and GRCA will not be involved in any manner in contract disputes between puppy/dog buyers and breeders. Most importantly, the GRCA puppy referral list is not an endorsement or advertisement of any of the breeders on the list. The list is used solely to identify member breeders who have litters available for sale to the public. Buyers are encouraged to take as much time as necessary to locate a reputable breeder from whom they feel comfortable purchasing a puppy. Every potential puppy buyer should thoroughly investigate breeders and their puppies before committing to a purchase.