An example of how breeders can help their owners
We strongly believe that a key part of a dog breeder’s job is lifelong assistance to those who own their dogs. This doesn’t mean sitting back waiting for them to call or email but instead requires reaching out with new information about dogs in general and your breed specifically, reminders about important health care decisions, and updates on the health of their dogs’ relatives. As an example, here is a letter I sent out to my owners about the need for annual golden retriever eye exams due to a serious eye issue found in the breed, including dogs in my line. The letter is simply my opinion and recommendations so is by no means perfect but perhaps it will be helpful to breeders and owners alike. (If you think it’s useful, feel free to share this post with golden retriever and goldendoodle owners you know.)
Then consider what information could you provide to owners of your dogs that might help those dogs live a long and happy life and drop them an email!
Reminder! You Need to Do Golden Retriever Eye Exams Every Year
An essential part of owning a golden is doing annual golden retriever eye exams for a lifetime. It doesn’t matter if that dog comes from us, another breeder, a shelter or a rescue. Pigmentary uveitis (PU) is found throughout show, pet and field lines in the US and Canada. Estimates from researchers are well over half of North American goldens carry the gene for PU. At the moment, they think PU’s mode of inheritance is dominant with incomplete penetrance so your dog only needs ONE PU gene to end up with the disease. Not every dog with the gene will have the disease but at this point, we don’t know why that is.