Golden Retriever - Bonsaviour The Home of Pedigree Golden Retrievers
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Golden Retriever Breeder - Golden Retriever Puppies For Sale - Golden Retriever
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Shropshire / Staffordshire - Midlands - England - UK
At Bonsaviour all of our dogs are first and foremost our companions and their welfare and happiness is of paramount importance to us. We are dedicated and love our dogs they are part of our family, they all live inside our home and are cared for in the best possible way for health, happiness and temperament.
Our puppies are reared naturally for true health and temperament and are used to the normal day to day living. The puppies are socialized with our grandchildren and all the normal noises such as the the hoover and TV.
When the puppies are 8 weeks old and are ready to move on to the new family we guarantee the puppy will be a confident healthy and happy puppy.
Bonsaviour are committed, responsible breeders rearing our puppies on a natural diet as nature intended for health. We're based in a small village in the beautiful, hilly, wooded countryside of Church Preen which is in between Much Wenlock & Church Stretton in the County of Shropshire West Midlands UK.
Golden Retriever Puppies are available all year round, all bred from parents not only of superb quality from long-established proven bloodlines, but also with wonderful temperaments - a factor on which we place great importance. Our puppies are bred with love for type, temperament, intelligence and health, making excellent companions, as well as being suitable for the various purposes for which these dogs are renowned. Retrievers are wonderful dogs with great temperaments and we are sure that you and your family will be happy to become Retriever Lovers.
Quality Not Quantity
As a small breeder, we at Bonsaviour aim to have approximately 3 to 4 litters per annum, selecting our Dam and Sire carefully and concentrating on quality, healthy puppies as a priority.
Bonsaviour dogs are fed a natural BARF diet which is keeping them all extremely fit and well.
The barf diet is based on raw meat and meaty bones along with a few vegetables and added vitamins.
Our aim is to breed dogs as near the breed standard as possible.
Litters of puppies are planned very carefully and are born and raised in the house. Bonsaviour puppies are adapted to family life well before they leave us. We have an occasional litter each year, most often puppies are sold before they are born. Reserving a puppy from planned litters is recommended. If you are interested in a puppy, we will require some background information about yourself, your family members, your home and lifestyle, including where you live, whether you have owned a pet before, opportunities for exercise and when you hope to welcome a new addition to your home. We are very happy to help in the process of selecting a puppy that is right for you and your family. When you purchase a puppy from Bonsaviour we will always be here to offer support for you and your puppy and help with any questions you might have for the life ofyour puppy and beyond.
Golden Retriever Temperament
The Golden Retriever's kindly expression says it all. This is one of the finest family dogs in the world: cheerful, demonstrative, trustworthy with everyone, and forgiving of any mistakes made by inexperienced owners.
Give this breed two brisk walks each day, play fetch games, and take him out for a good run once a week, and he is adaptable to almost any lifestyle.
Friendly with everyone (strangers, children, dogs, cats, smaller pets), his bark is welcoming rather than protective.
You must control his tendency to chew on objects and to mouth your hands -- provide a box filled with toys so he can carry things around in his mouth.
A Golden Retriever remains enthusiastically puppy-like for many years, so early obedience training is required to instill calmness and good manners.
Eager to please and wonderfully responsive, he is nonetheless distracted by exciting sights and sounds, so you must be both patient and persistent.
The mind and heart of a Golden is sweet and gentle, but his body is robust -- until he's taught not to pull on the leash, you'll need good biceps to walk him.
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Bonsaviour Dog Breeder for Golden Retriever Puppies & Golden Retriever Stud Dog England UK
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At Bonsaviour Retrievers we have our own veterinary state of the art puppy incubator. The Curadle Pet Brooder ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is the most advanced Care Unit for Sick and New-born Animals. Popular with Veterinary practitioners and Breeders of Puppies along with other species, the ICU offers all the features needed to successfully raise new-born animals or care for sick or injured animals. Main Functions Calibrated digital temperature display, with a range of ambient temperature – 38°c (100.4°F) Calibrated digital humidity display with a range of 40-60% Automatic control and settings for temperature & humidity Built-in water humidity pump for humidification Centralised heating system Built-in Anion Activation function Large window for clear visibility 5 stage dimmer devices for indoor illumination control Nebuliser and oxygen tank inlet High or low temperature alarm & power failure alarm Antibiotic/deodorising air filter One of the main advantages of this Pet Brooder is that it can attach a Nebuliser to it which is great if you are caring for sick animals as the nebuliser attaches directly to the unit which pushes the medicine around the machine using a specialised fan. Bonsaviour Retrievers Taking Dog Breeding Seriously....
At Bonsaviour Retrievers we have our own veterinary ultrasound scanner to be able monitor our pregnant girls and check the puppies before they are born. The machine is also a cardiac scanner to check the heart beats of the litter and mother. The scanner is a useful tool for when our vet visits us and we can check for abnormalities at the early stages of the puppys life. Bonsaviour Retrievers striving to give puppies the best start in life while giving first class care to all our dogs.
Progesterone Testing - When to Mate ?
The most successful time to mate a bitch is two days after she has ovulated, but how do you know when this is?
The only easily tested, reliable method of predicting ovulation in the bitch is a progesterone blood test. Ovulation occurs two days after the LH surge when progesterone levels are between 15 and 20 nmol/l (please note that some countries and some tests use different units to measure progesterone ie ng/ml and in that case ovulation occurs between 5 – 7 ). Most vet practices will take a blood sample, sent it to a lab and have the result the next day. This is very accurate but is not available on weekends or Bank Holidays. A premate test (in house blood test) is a useful indicator of progesterone levels, but even when carried out by well trained staff it only gives a guide to progesterone levels.
At Bonsaviour Retrievers we now have a progesterone analyser which gives a precise result within 20 minutes of taking a blood sample.
Even experienced breeders can have difficulty judging the best time to mate, some bitches may ovulate as early as day five of the season and some as late as day twenty five. Certain lines of bitches may ovulate early or late after the season starts and knowing this may be helpful to decide when to start testing. In general, we would recommend that you start testing progesterone levels between day five and seven after the start of pro-oestrus (vulval bleeding and swelling), and repeat the test every two or three days depending on the result.
After ovulation it takes approximately 48 hours for eggs to mature before they can be fertilised, and it takes around 12 hours after ejaculation for fresh sperm cells to be able to fertilise an egg. Luckily canine sperm cells can live for up to five days once deposited inside the reproductive tract of the bitch, so although the best time to mate is two days after ovulation, matings just before ovulation can still produce puppies. If possible, two matings (24 – 48hours apart) are recommended.
Progesterone testing is especially important if your bitch has failed to produce a litter previously and is vital when using chilled or frozen semen.
Chilled semen will only survive for 24 hours after warming, and frozen semen even less time at approximately 12 hours. So timing is vital in these cases, and to improve chances of success the sperm are usually helped on their way by placing them directly into the uterus rather than the vagina.
Bonsaviour Canine Artificial Insemination
Proper Timing of the Artificial Insemination in the Bitch
The use of artificial insemination in the dogs has experienced a tremendous increase in popularity over the last several years due to both its increased success rate and the flexibility it allows the dog breeder. Old rules of thumb such as breeding between days 10 to 14 will not work in every case because of the variable length of standing heat (receptivity) and because the optimum time to breed may occur any time during, before, or after standing heat. Vaginal smears have been used to help diagnose the proper time to breed. They are most helpful as a rough guide to the stage of proestrus or estrus when using natural service. But they are not accurate enough to use alone when utilizing fresh chilled or frozen-thawed semen.
A more exact method to properly time insemination is to measure serum progesterone levels. During estrus, progesterone levels are as low as 0-2 ng/ml early on, rise to levels of 2.0-2.9 ng/ml during the LH surge (Lutenizing Hormone; initiates ovulation), continue to rise to 4-8 ng/ml on the day of ovulation (2 days after the LH surge), and may peak at levels as high as 25 ng/ml post ovulation.
After ovulation has occurred, the oocytes (eggs) must go through a maturation process before they are capable of being fertilized. This process takes approximately 2 days. When fully mature, oocytes can then be fertilized for about 48 hours. Thus, the optimum time to breed when using fresh chilled semen is 2 days after ovulation (4 days after the LH surge); and 3-4 days after ovulation (5-6 days after the LH surge) when using frozen-thawed semen due to its shorter life span.
If previous breeding history is unknown, begin progesterone testing 4-6 days after the onset of proestrus. If the levels of progesterone are baseline, then the dog should be retested every 3-4 days until a level of progesterone is detected that is consistent with the onset of the LH peek. Call the stud owner as soon as the bitch is showing signs of heat. Have your veterinarian contact the stud owner’s veterinarian after the first progesterone test is performed to begin coordination of the semen shipment. Arrangements must be made by 10:00 am CST so that semen can be collected, processed and delivered by 10:30 am the next day.
It has often been said “Timing is everything” and this is certainly true when using artificial insemination in the bitch. By planning ahead and using these guidelines, one can maximize the probability of pregnancy.
Gary M. Greene, DVM, DACT
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All of our dogs are fed on a natural raw food diet. Nature designed the dog to eat raw meat and bones, and their digestive tracts are built to handle just that. Dogs in the wild are still eating raw meat and bones and thriving, just as nature intended. Dogs were not designed to thrive on a cooked and processed diet consisting of predominantly grains and rendered scrap meat products and by-products, deemed unfit for human consumption. Just as humans need fresh food to maintain optimal health, so too do our dogs, perhaps even more so.
The benefits of feeding a raw natural diet helps support and maintain a strong immune system, something your dog will need for the whole of their life. Puppy growth is even and steady, providing vitamins and minerals in their natural state.
Raw feeding promotes a hard, well muscled body, not a fleshy or pudgy form that can so often accompany a high carbohydrate diet. Bright eyes, excellent skin and coat condition, white teeth, and fresh breath, are all benefits of raw feeding, as well as excellent health.
Dogs love eating a raw food diet, giving your dog a RAW meaty bone can provide hours of exercise and stress relief for them. We feed our dogs on a variety of raw meat, meaty bones and mashed fruits and vegetables. The proteins we use are green tripe, ox heart, beef, breast of lamb including the bones and organ meats. We also add in pulped vegetables to the diet, plus the dark green vegetables and fruit, free range fresh eggs are added to meals two or three times a week.
The Golden Retriever, part of the sporting group of dogs, was originally bred as a hunting companion for retrieving waterfowl, and continues to be one of the most popular family dogs in the UK. Affectionate, obedient, and loyal to a fault, the fun loving Retriever makes an ideal pet for the whole family to love.
The Golden Retriever is a bit longer than it is tall. Meanwhile, its strong, athletic build is accentuated by its well-developed hindquarters and forequarters. This gives the Golden Retriever a powerful, smooth gait. The Retriever is also characterized by its strong neck and a broad head. Its coat, generally found in various shades of gold, is dense and waterproof, and may be straight or wavy.
Personality and Temperament
The Golden Retriever is very playful. Not surprisingly, it lives up to its name as a great retriever, reveling in games of catch and carrying objects around in its mouth. And while it enjoys its active time outdoors, the Golden Retriever is calm indoors -- making it a great household pet for any type of family.
This breed is highly regarded for its love of human companionship. Faithful and obedient, the Retriever is also amongst the easiest to train. Its enthusiasm for learning new things and ability to quickly pick up on new commands makes the Golden Retriever a pleasure to train.
To encourage turnover over of the coat and minimize buildup of hair inside the house, it is best to routinely brush a Golden Retriever's coat at least twice a week. And though it is capable of living outdoors, the Retriever is at its best when kept indoors with the family. In addition, it is important for the Retriever to maintain a daily exercise routine, or take part in active games, so that it can spend its natural energy and relax comfortably during "non-playing" hours.
The Golden Retriever has a lifespan of between 10 and 13 years. Some of its minor health problems include hypothyroidism, sub-aortic stenosis (SAS), eye disorders, elbow dysplasia, mast cell tumors, and seizures. Osteosarcoma is also occasionally seen in Golden Retrievers. Other major health concerns for the breed include lymphoma, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), hemangiosarcoma, and skin problems. To identify these conditions early, a veterinarian may recommend heart, hip, thyroid, eye, or elbow tests during routine checkups
History and Background
Lord Tweedmouth, often credited for the development of the Golden Retriever, lived along the Tweed River, north of the Scottish border, during the mid-19th century. There were already many retriever breeds used for hunting fowl and other game, but seeing further potential in the dogs, he sought to create a new breed which could combat the adverse conditions of the area.
To accomplish this, he crossed a Wavy-Coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. The result was four puppies with excellent bird-hunting abilities. Later, the yellow Wavy-Coated Retriever was cross-bred with Bloodhounds, black retrievers, setters, and Tweed Spaniels. This crossbreeding produced dogs with similar characteristics but with a distinct yellow flat coat.
The Golden Retriever remains today one of the most popular dog breeds in the United Kingdom.