The first thing you should know about us is that we consider ourselves Preservation Breeders. We are more concerned with breeding the next generation of happy, healthy Golden Retrievers than we are in taking shortcuts that might produce bigger winners that do not meet the Golden Retriever standard.
We acquired our first Golden Retriever in 1989 after owning and showing Alaskan Malamutes for many years. It was a great move for us as we love the dogs, they fit into our lifestyle and we have been extremely fortunate in our dogs and our mentors.
Since starting to show our dogs seriously in late 1990, we have personally, in conjunction with our handlers, finished conformation titles on six Goldens that we acquired from other breeders. We have produced 57 Champions at this point with at more fairly close to completing their titles. These conformation dogs have been Best in Show winners, Best in Sweeps and Best In Specialty Winners, Group winners, Grand Champions and their accomplishments have included titles in obedience, hunting, and agility. Some are therapy dogs for children’s hospitals, others regularly visit extended care facilities.
Eleven of our dogs have gone on to enter the Show Dog Hall of Fame, a program of the Golden Retriever Club of America that honors dogs that are able to complete successfully at the Group level. Sunbeam’s Cruise Control was the Number One Male for two years. Many have qualified for the AKC/Eukanuba Classic. A number of other Sunbeam dogs that are not conformation champions have titles in obedience, agility and hunting.
In a breed as competitive as Golden Retrievers, and with our very modest breeding program, we are very proud of having compiled this record with an extremely limited breeding program. We have achieved this because we were fortunate to acquire three wonderful bitches Ch. Golden Light Happy Camper OD, Ch. Keane's Nutmeg Pippin OD and Ch. Laurell Sunbeam Pink Panther SDHF OD, all of whom have been outstanding producers.
We breed primarily Champion bitches and breed them into lines that are filled with top producers with good temperament and health records. And of course the final ingredient is getting those dogs into wonderful homes where they can realize their potential - as a great member of the family or as a performance or show dog. Goldens that are well-bred and well taken care of have the potential for long lives. And in the end, even for 'show dogs', most of those years will be spent as a part of a family. So our goal is to find the best possible homes for these wonderful dogs.