Argos Golden Retrievers

Friendly, Intelligent and Loyal

From a chubby ball of golden fluff to a beautiful, graceful, and elegant looking dog, Golden Retriever characteristics are unmatched!

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We have puppies due in December 2022.

We have puppies due in December 2022.

Piper has been bred with Poseidon.

Puppies expected late December 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are your dogs health tested?

    ABSOLUTELY!

    Each of our dogs has a link to the K9data showing test results.

  • How much is an Argos Golden Retriever puppy?

    Our puppy price is $3500. A deposit of $1,500 is required to reserve your puppy and $2000 at puppy pick up.

  • How do I go about getting an Argos Golden?

    1. Complete and return Puppy Questionnaire

    2. Schedule a phone call and touch base.

    3. If there is a mutual agreement that Argos Golden is the right fit and we are able to accommodate your request for a puppy, your deposit will be required at this time, with a signed copy of the contract.

    4. Schedule your First Puppy Visit

    5. The remaining balance will be submitted and then we will schedule your puppy pick up date/time.

  • What if I don't want a "show dog"?

    BUT I DON'T WANT A SHOW DOG!

    Why do people recommend choosing a breeder who shows their dogs to folks who are just looking for a pet and have no interest in showing? Why should breeding to breed standard be important to a pet home? Does it seem excessive, or “snobby”?

    It’s not, and here’s why.

    Dog shows are a means of evaluating dogs against the breed standard, to evaluate soundness, movement/gait, type, and temperament.

    Soundness: The state of physical and mental health when all organs and faculties are functioning properly, each in its rightful relation to each other.

    Type: Breed type encompasses appearance, character, condition, bone structure, temperament, and movement; "breed type is all these things." Breed type also includes a character specific to each breed, a combination of behavior, temperament and carriage that demonstrate an essence of the breed.

    Gait: The gait of a dog is its quality of movement. You want to see ease of movement, unimpaired by illness or poor structure.

    Temperament: The general attitude a dog has towards other animals and people. From the Labrador Breed Standard "True Labrador Retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the “otter” tail. The ideal disposition is one of a kindly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal. The Labrador has much that appeals to people; his gentle ways, intelligence and adaptability make him an ideal dog. Aggressiveness towards humans or other animals, or any evidence of shyness in an adult should be severely penalized."

    So. That’s a very basic intro to what goes on at a show... why does this matter? You want a pet, a companion, not a show dog, right? Well, you chose a Labrador for a reason. You’ve done your research, and have read that they’re great with kids and other animals, they’re gentle, not aggressive, they make excellent companions and love spending time with their people. That their good and kind nature predisposes many Labradors to be excellent therapy dogs. Good, responsible breeders seek to preserve those definitive and positive characteristics.

    What about type and structure? How the dog is put together, able to move freely and comfortably? Would you rather buy from someone who has proven publicly, over time, that the dog they’re breeding can move well, free of limp, or a structural problem? Or just trust someone who has no interest in proving their dogs? It’s your puppy’s quality of life and comfort (as well as your wallet) that’s at stake.

    Not every dog in a well-bred litter is going to be show quality- there will ALWAYS be pet-quality puppies. Well-bred, but maybe with a slight imperfection, and those are the puppies placed in pet homes. You don’t have to want a show-quality puppy to get a well-bred puppy!

    This is not about being snobby, being elitist, thinking that one dog is “better” than another, it’s about ensuring you get a puppy that acts and looks like the breed you fell in love with. It’s about ensuring that all puppies have the best start in life, and will grow into a loving family member. It’s about loving our breed enough to want to see everything that’s good about them preserved for future generations to enjoy. If you want a healthy dog, with a properly sweet temperament, choose your breeder wisely!

    This was authored by Terri Lewin Gilbert. Please direct any inquiries to her if you have any questions about sharing it on any other media.

    lewintn@gmail.com

  • Where is Argos Goldens located?

    As of July 2022 we are moving from Asheville, NC to Virginia Beach, VA