Amazing Goldens began back in 2008 as a result of the Herbst family's passion for the Golden Retriever breed. As a family they have a great love for the breed and a drive to always improve and make the breed better. WIth one ultimate goal: Provide the best quality golden retriever possible: confirmation, health, intellect and socialization.
Brett having a degree in Animal Science, and Nicole having spent countless years researching Golden Retriever pedigrees and creating contacts with many show judges throughout the world, makes a great combination for an incredible breeding program.
As a family they feel very blessed to be able to live on a farm, and have their seven children be a part of the daily care of the animals. Countless hours are spent snuggling, playing and enjoying their dogs and puppies. With the combination of amazing champion lines, knowledge behind the science of the breeding program and the unconditional love of their dogs and puppies, Amazing Goldens is unlike any other in the country.
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole"
Female dogs are pregnant for 60-64 days! When the puppies are born they weigh close to 1lb! We make sure that all puppies are nursing at least two times a day, by rotating them . We keep them in a whelping box that has a heated mat under half of it to insure the puppies are always warm. When they are born their eyes and ears are closed. So all they have is touch, and smell. They also don't have teeth, those will come in around 2 weeks.
ENS & weigh as much as when they were born
They have officially doubled in weight since birth and will weigh about 2lbs
At day 9 we are still working on ENS and at this point we may need to start supplementing the puppies with extra!
The puppies are just starting to open their eyes! But won't fully open for a few more days.
Their eye's are officially open, and their ears are just starting to open up but won't be able to see or hear very well until 3 weeks.
The puppies are just getting enough muscle to be able to stand up on their legs! Although it's more of a waddle then a walk!
This is always a big day! They finally are starting to be more active, and are wanting to do more. At this point we will transition the puppies over to wood shavings instead of a mat! In doing this keeps the bacteria away! We also are starting the 12 step puppy program! So we are introducing them to everything we can! To the fresh grass, dirt, and even different sounds.
Their personalities are just starting to come up. And they are starting to get more energy. Colored Collars
The puppies are now starting to run around and weigh around 6 lbs. Their little personalities are becoming more and more apparent each and every day.
This is usually when we can start to tell who is the alpha.
Day 42 is always a good mile marker. That is when we know the puppies little personalities! They have come through and are almost ready to be matched with right family!
Day 43 is when we start to wean the puppies
Day 46 is when we like to match the perfect puppy with the perfect family. We will have the families come and meet their puppy in person, or over facetime!
The puppies are now fully weaned from their mom. This is always a sad day for the puppies and the mom! We also start crate training them!