All of our summer English Cream Golden Retriever puppies are in their new homes. Our next three litters are already reserved unless there should be large litters or considerably more of one sex than the other. There is a chance for any families just now being added to our list to get a Summer Brook puppy in the spring, but it very well could be that you’d be waiting until summer for a puppy from us. If you are flexible about the sex, there is a much better chance of getting a puppy from us sooner rather than later. However, those who have gotten puppies from us in the past think that we are worth waiting for.
We are no longer taking deposits because of the uncertainty of the number of puppies we will have. However, if you’d like to be on an informal list, feel free to fill out our puppy questionnaire.
We have plans for 3 litters starting winter 2019/2020 through late winter/early spring 2020. It is possible (though not likely) that we will have a 4th litter in late spring. We plan on breeding two litters in the summer. Families normally can reserve either with first available puppy or for particular litters. However, because our three announced litters already have been reserved to our max, we are only adding families to an informal list.
Our policy is to reserve 3 puppies of each sex before birth of a litter. The average litter size for Goldens is between 7 and 8 puppies. If there are more than 3 puppies of a particular sex, there will likely be puppies available for someone flexible about the sex.
The first litter will be with our Molly and Luke (a repeat of our early summer 2019 litter which produced some amazing puppies in both looks and temperament). Molly is now in season and will be bred in around the second week in November. Pregnancy is 2 months. We will post a more exact due date after progesterone testing has been done and breeding is complete.
Video of Our Last Molly/Luke Litter
See a video of the 4 puppies that were in training from our last Molly/Luke litter below. They are only 8 weeks 4 days in this video and just getting started in training.
Pictures of Past Molly/Luke Puppies
End of the Year Litter
Our second planned litter will be with our Eva. She is also in season (as of November 6). She will be bred to our new boy, Flynn who is Micah’s son. He has good hips, elbows, heart, and eyes. He is also clear for PRA-1 and PRA-2 as well as Ichthyosis. You can see Eva on our website. You can see Flynn on our daughters blog page, Loving a Dog. He is only 12 months old in these pictures and he is only getting better with age and maturity. You can see more recent pictures and health results on Flynn’s new page.
Molly was a full 2 months late on coming in heat which means that these two litters will probably be only about a week apart. However, we have raised two litters together many times and in fact have even raised three litters together a few times. Dogs tend to come into season together which is not what we prefer, but it is what breeders learn to handle.
However, we have plenty of help! Both of my daughters are back home and will be working with us. One of them is now a very skilled local dog trainer and will be devoting herself to helping train and socialize. We also have two college students working with us. One of them has been working for Summer Brook for over 3 years.
Our last litter was born in March. We’ve had a long break from puppies and are excited about having puppy breath around here again!
Late Winter Litter
Our third planned litter will be with our Tara and Luke. We had hoped that Tara’s litter would be born after Molly’s puppies had left us and when Eva’s puppies were at least a month old. We are still hoping for that, but she could come in season any time.
Details on All of Our Litters
See our page on How We Raise Our Puppies for information on where and how we raise our puppies.
Over 90% of those getting our puppies over the past two years have chosen to get our training program. Many of these families began the process with us wanting a younger puppy. They then changed their minds after looking more closely at what our training program has to offer.
Because so many families are requesting the training, we are now beginning intensive training at 6 weeks of age. All puppies, including those leaving us at 7 1/2 weeks, will benefit from our training program.
See our Focused Puppy Training Program page for more information on the training provided. To really appreciate our training, see our 10 Week Videos page where you can find links to several of our past 10-week old puppies in training. This page also has a link to our You Tube channel where you can see dozens of our puppies in videos.
Our Trainer’s Accomplishments
Karen (Darrell’s wife and the primary trainer at Summer Brook) is a very competitive trainer in the AKC obedience ring. In fact, in the three short months that we were without puppies, she trained both Piper and Tara to the AKC Utility level, earned the Utility title on both dogs, and then went on to put 19 OTCH points on Tara in just a couple of weekends. Tara and Karen had a hugely successful weekend during their last trial before winding down for breeding and having puppies again. Tara got HIT (High in Trial) AND received Combined High in trial, not only once, but BOTH DAYS of the trial. HIT is awarded to the dog and handler with the highest score in the trial. Combined High in trial is awarded to the dog and handler with the highest combined score from the Utility B and Open B classes (the two classes for those dogs who have completed the Utility title; these are the only classes where dogs earn OTCH or Obedience Trial Champion points).
We discuss more about Karen’s accomplishments and skill on our training page. There is also a link to a video of her at an AKC obedience trial in the Open obedience ring as well as the Utility Obedience Ring. These videos demonstrate Karen and our now retired Jack doing the most advanced AKC obedience exercises.
See our puppy questionnaire for details of puppy prices.