If you are willing to wait for one of our English Golden Retriever puppies (sometimes referred to as English Cream Golden Retriever puppies), we don’t think you will be disappointed. We appreciate and strive for beauty and good conformation. However, our primary goal as Golden Retriever breeders is producing the best of temperaments along with good health.
The parents of our Golden Retriever puppies have titles to prove their worth in both the conformation ring as well as the obedience ring. All dogs have excellent health clearances including cardiac clearances with a cardiologist, yearly eye clearances, excellent elbows, and very tight hips that are either rated good or excellent. We don’t breed “fair” dogs. See the Our Dogs page for more information, pictures, and proofs of health testing.
Then, the icing on the Summer Brook cake is our Focused Puppy Training program. See the many videos linked below to truly appreciate it.
Video of Our Last 2 Litters of English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Training at 8 1/2 Weeks of Age
Video of Golden Retriever Puppies at 8 Weeks
Current Golden Retriever Litters
Tara and Jake have nine puppies born on August 1. There were 5 girls and 4 boys. All puppies have wonderful homes waiting for them.
Puppy selection will be just before 7 weeks. Pick families will choose their own puppies. The three non-pick girls and two non-pick boys will be matched to families by us according to family situations and desires. Deposit date matters with regard to pick puppies. However, all family situations are considered equally with regard to non-pick puppies. See our page on How Puppies Are Matched to Families for more details.
All puppies from this litter will leave us with either our 11-week training program or our 12 Weeks Plus program. Puppy pick up days for those getting the 11 week program is October 14-17. Ideally families can come on October 16-17 for the best possible training. Puppy pick up days for those getting the 12 weeks plus program is October 25-27. The ideal time for this program is October 26 or 27.
Changes to Our Training Program
Starting with Tara’s litter, we will be making some changes with regard to the stay portion of our training program. Those families who reserved prior to the changes being implemented can choose between the old program and the new. I think that everyone will love our new program! See our page on Changes to our Training Program for complete details.
We have more requirements than most. The biggest requirement that keeps us from being a match for most is that someone must have considerable time for the puppy. If everyone in the family works away from home full time, we wouldn’t be the breeder for you. Even if you work from home, you must have considerable time to devote to a puppy. Golden Retrievers thrive on human companionship and it is important to us that our puppies have the best possible life.
Golden Retriever Puppy Pictures – Tara/Jake
We will take and post Newborn pictures by August 3. See current litter 1-week old pictures on or before August 10. Two-week-old pictures will be posted by August 17. You can see Tara’s three-week old puppies by August 24 and look for Tara’s four-week-old puppy pictures by August 31. We’ll take and post pictures of Tara’s five-week-old puppies by September 7.
Puppies begin to change more slowly at 5 weeks. Therefore, we will take the next set of pictures at 6 1/2 weeks by September 18. The last set of pictures will be taken at 8 1/2 weeks. We’ll post this set by October 2. There will also be a video of the puppies in training videoed sometime before puppies leave us.
Future Litters of English Golden Retriever Puppies
After Tara’s litter, our next litter of what is commonly referred to as English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies will likely be born in winter and ready for new homes in the spring. We have not decided who we will be breeding at this time nor have we firmed up the details. We do not reserve litters far ahead of time and keep long lists of people. It sets families up for disappointment when there aren’t enough puppies or when the wait becomes too long. When it’s reasonably close, we’ll post the information on our winter/spring 2022 litter here.
More Videos of Past English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies
The video below demonstrates the training of each of the seven puppies in a past Piper litter. We accelerated the training for the seven puppies in the video . This degree of training is exceptional. However, it is not our norm for puppies at barely 9 weeks of age. This video exemplifies the training at 10-11 weeks of age.
If Interested in a Future Summer Brook Golden Retriever Puppy
If you are interested in a puppy from Summer Brook, see our How to Reserve a Puppy page, as well as our FAQ pages for more information. Also, see our page on How Our List Works for more information on how our waiting list works. If not interested in a Summer Brook puppy, you might enjoy our page on English Golden Retriever Breeders for some interesting information on choosing another breeder.
How We Raise Our English Golden Retriever Puppies
We raise our puppies inside our home with a very well thought out plan. Our plan builds on the genetics that our puppies are born with. Every detail at every age has been planned and scheduled. See our How We Raise Our Puppies page for more details.
See our Focused Puppies Training Program for the details. You must see the videos to appreciate what we do with these very young puppies. Our training goals go beyond training behaviors. We train puppies to WANT to engage and work with a person. Therefore, training focus and a good work ethic is first.
For the past two years, over 90% of families getting puppies from us have chosen to get our training program. Many of these initially planned on picking up their puppy at 7 1/2 weeks and then decided to leave their puppy for the training after looking more into it. For this reason and more importantly because we believe it is in every puppy’s best interest to stay with us until at least 10 weeks, all Summer Brook English English Cream Golden Retriever puppies starting with our fall 2020 litters will leave us with a start in training. Families love our program and so do our puppies.
For more information, see first of all our Raising Puppies, Trained Puppies, and Trained Puppies Expectations pages for how we raise and train our puppies. Then, go to our About Us page which gives information on our family and who will be working with the puppies. Also see our After Puppy Pick Up page for additional videos and how to continue the training that we start.
See our videos and blog pages on Puppy Care and Training Tips once you get your new fur baby!
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 in 2019, she trained both Piper and Tara to the AKC Utility level, earned the Utility title on both dogs, and then in just a couple of weekends went on to put 19 OTCH points on Tara.
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). (Piper is equally smart and capable! However, her training time has been divided between obedience and agility.)
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.
Golden Retriever Puppy and Training Prices
See our puppy questionnaire for details of puppy and training prices.
How to Reserve
Click on our How to Reserve page if you are ready to reserve one of our puppies. This page will guide you through the process.