Dog breeder recommendation for good family dogs
We have checked and are continuing to check rescue organizations but have so far not found a dog that we liked and that met our requirements, so we decided to look into breeders in parallel as well while continuing to check the rescue organization's websites and attending meets and greets. Any recommendation for breeders of golden retriever, lab, or golden or lab mixes who breed medium sized dogs with good, chill temperament who will make for a good family pet in a family with very young kids. And what is the average cost for a puppy from such a breeder for that type of dog? We have started looking around and have been quoted anywhere from $600-3000 and it will be helpful to know what a reasonable amount is. We were also advised that dogs of those type are sometimes bred/trained as guide dogs or other service animal type and that getting a dog from such breeder or a guide dog school drop out might be a good way to increase the odds of a well behaved and chill dog. Any advice for those type of breeders or training places in the area? We prefer in northern CA so we can visit the dog and see the parents, but will be ok with out of state and getting the dog shipped here if the breeder is recommended. Thanks.