Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Comfort Retriever®?
We love golden retrievers and wish everybody could own one. Many have found goldens just too big to own.  We created the Comfort Retriever®, a miniature golden retriever, so that size wouldn’t be a barrier for golden retriever lovers.  A Comfort Retriever® is a hybrid from selectively bred golden retrievers and poodles.  Not only are the size issues resolved, but many wonderful benefits have been added.   For more information see the Comfort Retriever® breed history

What is the advantage of a comfort retriever® over a golden retriever?

  • A comfortable size family dog (20-55 lbs)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Decreased shedding
  • Increased longevity
  • Parents health tested
  • More intelligent and trainable


What is the difference between the Miniature and Petite Comfort Retrievers®?
Our Miniature Comfort retrievers® are generally from golden retriever moms bred to Comfort retriever® dads. They generally have more golden retriever in them, so they are a little better of a carbon copy and more golden retriever like than the smaller Comforts. They tend to be  45-55 lbs.
The Petite Comfort Retrievers® are generally Comfort Retrievers® bred to Comfort retrievers®. They generally have a little more poodle, so they may have more hypoallergenic and reduced shedding traits. They have a little higher activity level and are good looking, but not as close of a carbon copy as the larger comforts. They tend to be around 20-44 lbs., but sizes can vary.


What is the difference between a goldendoodle and a Comfort Retriever®?
Both are composed of poodle and golden, but Comfort retrievers® are selectively bred to look and act like golden retrievers and not like the classic goldendoodes . They are unique enough to deserve their own name.


What colors does a comfort retriever® come in?
Most of our comfort retrievers® are a medium gold.   We are attempting to get a full range of golden retriever colors, from cream to gold to red.  Occasionally, we get white spots (abstract) or parti colors from the poodle side.


What coat types can a Comfort Retriever® have?
Most of our Comfort Retrievers® are straight  or wavy coated.  Occasionally we produce curly coated.  There are times that we have seen a curly coated look very curly and times it has looked almost straight in the same dog.   We classify our coat types based on DNA results not on visual appearance.  

Snow Wavy Coat

Wavy Coat

Rain Straight Coat

Straight Coat

Annabelle Curly Coat

Curly Coat









Is a male or female puppy better?
Generally, all of our dogs go to homes already spay and neutered.   This really equalizes the genders. Both genders make wonderful pets.


What are the advantages of early spay and neutering?

  • Puppies have less bleeding, pain and recover more quickly
  • Lowering risks of mammary and reproductive disorders and cancers
  • Eliminates risk of accidentally producing puppies
  • Some areas have decreased prices on dog licensing
  • No behavioral conditions develop as a result of early spay/neuter, and undesirable behaviors such as urine marking, aggression, and roaming are much less likely to develop with these dogs
  • Reproductive organs stay smaller, which many owners appreciate
  • It eliminates the risk of a dog being stolen for breeding purposes
  • We have done early spay neuters for over 20 years and have never had a medical problem because of the procedure
  • Research indicates the longest living dog have all been early spay neuter puppies


Why did you trademark the GoldenQuest and Comfort Retriever®?
We had a breeder who knew about us and decided she could sell more puppies if she used our name, because it has a stellar reputation.  We were concerned that many owners would be tricked and that we would get her bad reputation.   We felt as if we had no option but to trademark GoldenQuest® to protect our name.

We had other breeders calling their dogs comfort retrievers®.  These dogs were composed of breeds we don’t use. These breeders used breeds known to have temperament problems and most didn’t do any health testing.  We thought they would get an awful reputation.  We were concerned the public would get confused, since these breeders were calling their dogs comfort retrievers® .   We wanted to protect both the hybrid, that we think has great potential, and  the consumer; so we trademarked the comfort retriever®.


Is it correct to call your Comfort Retrievers® miniature golden retrievers, since they are not composed of only golden retrievers?
We have looked at the history of other breeds to see what standard is already set.  One breed we examined was the  history of schnauzers.  Initially there were only standards and no miniature schnauzers existed.   Miniature schnauzers were developed from crosses between the standard schnauzer and one or more smaller breeds, such as the poodle and affenpinscher.   The miniature schnauzer has been AKC recognized since 1925. AKC is considered by many to be the one that sets the standard, so AKC accepted and approved the registration of miniature schnauzers that were produced by adding additional breeds to downsize the standard.  We are following a similar method and therefore feel it is reasonable to call our Comfort Retrievers® miniature golden retrievers.


I have a golden retriever breeder friend who says that it is wrong to breed Comfort Retrievers®.  How do you respond to comments like this?

There are very few golden retrievers that are as diligent as I am in their breeding standards and after support.    I have shown at Eukanuba, Westminster and my daughter was the #1 Jr. handler in the USA in her breed for a while.   I am sure if you look at my genetic and longevity program you will see that I am very serious about the health, longevity and aging gracefully.  I send out all of my pups spay/neutered, microchipped and tattooed.   I offer lifetime breeder support  and have a full time dog trainer on staff that also offers lifetime owner support.   I take back dogs at any time for any reason if there is a problem.  I offer a comprehensive 2-4 year health program.  I have donated service dogs working with the blind, deaf, physically challenged, seizure alert, diabetic alert, school, nursing home dogs, bladder cancer sniffing dogs and much more.  I produced the Kansas dog of the year with one of my service dogs.  I am working on developing  a service dog program.

So far I have never had any breeders that have complained about my comfort retrievers that came close to being as diligent as I am.  So mostly I get do as I say not as I do.   Their primary complaint is that they are hybrid dogs.   Of course every breed was developed by hybridization.  My comfort retrievers® were developed because golden retrievers are such excellent dogs.   I believe everybody should be able to own one but many goldens are just too large for owners to consider.  The comfort retrievers® bridge this gap.  Comforts® are in no way designed to replace or compete with golden retrievers.
Are Comfort Retriever® low shedders?
Yes, about 90% of our Comfort Retriever® are low to no shed dogs.   The remaining 10%  we would classify as light, moderate or heavy shedders.   Our hope is that a low to no shedding puppy will grow into a low to no shedding adult.   This testing protocol hasn’t been scientifically tested so we can’t guarantee outcome, but we think shed testing will give you best odds of being able to predict your dog’s shedding.  Please be aware that the change of season of winter to spring, stress and a puppy losing it’s puppy coat can temporarily change the dog’s normal shedding pattern


What health testing do you do on the parents and why do you test?

The testing depends on the parents, but frequently we test with a veterinary opthomologist for eyes; cardiology test for hearts; patella, knee caps; hips (pennHIP); elbows; prcd-PRA, for an eye disorder; GR-PRA1, for an eye disorder; icthyosis, a skin disorder; and vWD, Von Willebrand’s Disease, a bleeding disorder. We do extensive health testing on our dogs to give your pups best odds of having life-long health.


What is your Health and Longevity program?
We love our dogs and want to give them the best odds of having a long lived, healthy life.   In order to achieve this, we have developed our Health and Longevity Program.   We are attempting to eliminate osteoarthritis developing in our aging dog.  This disease is a big problem in golden retrievers.  We do all we can for your dog and we invite you to partner with us in our program.


What is the expected life span of a comfort retriever®?
Smaller dogs live longer than bigger dogs.  We are doing lots of genetic testing to try to remove as many health issues in the hybrid as possible.  We think is is reasonable that a well cared for Comfort Retriever® can live to be 15-20 years.  We think this is a reasonable estimate, but it will be years before  our dogs are old enough that we can have data to confirm the actual average lifespan.


What is the price of a puppy?
Our pups are $4,500.  Prices for pups in a litter will be listed in the litter listing.   Guardian homes are $500.  Shipping in the continental USA for most pups 8-9 weeks starts at $500.


What guarantee do you offer with your pup?

We offer 24 month health guarantee.


Do you ship?
Yes, we ship our pups worldwide.


How do I reserve a pup?
See Reserving your GoldenQuest® Puppy


What are your home going instructions?
See Preparing for your GoldenQuest® Puppy


Should I socialize my pup early and take a risk of disease or isolate till all the shots are given (rabies at 12-14 weeks)?

Dog trainers and humane experts have discovered behavioral problems are the number one cause of death in dogs.  Owners get tired of their adult dogs exhibiting theses behaviors… Dr Nicholas Dodman.

We think puppy socialization is critical.   There are risks with early exposures and risks with delaying socialization.    We suggest that you early socialize and avoid high dog traffic areas.  GoldenQuest agrees with the position of  the American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behaviorist.


What is the Temperament Test?

Volhard Puppy Temperament Test uses a scoring system from 1-6 and consists of ten tests.  The tests are done consecutively and in the order listed.  Each test is scored separately, and interpreted on its own merits.  The scores are not averaged, and there are no winners or losers.  The entire purpose is to select the right puppy for the right home.  THE PUPPY TEMPERAMENT TEST


How do I register my dog’s microchip?

For most complete protection you need to register your dog’s microchip.  First go to and click for instructions in English.  The implanter ID # is 3361.  On the last page of  your contract will be a sticker with the microchip and batch number. You can get the Id tag number from the contract or off your dog’s tag.


Can I pick my pup?
Yes, you can pick your pup and we help guide you and answer questions.  Many other breeders just pick your pup for you.  We believe that choosing your next puppy, a family member, is a very important decision that you should have the opportunity to participate in.  This takes more time than just picking a pup for you, but we think it’s worth the effort.

The pups aren’t normally fully protected from parvo from their first vaccination, so we send current photo and have a teleconference to discuss details of the pup with you till all your questions are answered.


What is your visitors policy?
We love to have visitors and to show off our dogs.  On the other hand, each visitor carries the risk of unknowingly bringing parvo on our property, which is highly lethal to young puppies.  Our compromise is to allow visitors, but pregnant or nursing moms and young pups are not allowed visitors.   Fully vaccinated puppies and adult dogs can be visited.  No outside dogs are allowed on our property without prior approval.


Where are you located?
We are located in Versailles, which touches the south side of Lexington, KY.  Please contact us to schedule a visit.  At that time, we will give you more address details.  Our airport, Blue Grass Airport (LEX), is 25 minutes from our house.