Gold-Rush Kennels

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Princeton, NJ

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Reviewed July 25, 2021

We have had the most wonderful and most painful experience of having two gold rush goldens. Our first was when Anne was still running the kennel which was a very positive thing. Luke, our first (1995) was a beautiful huge dog, lovely temperament, who died of cancer at 10. When we decided to get another dog, we went to gold rush as they have the most beautiful temperament and personality. We were fortunate to adopt our most precious family member, Winston, in 2015. He is by far the most intelligent sensitive, beautiful golden, or dog, we have ever known. He arrived to California with fleas and worms.

The kennel was not clean when we visited but we did not care because we were in love at first sight. None of these warning signs had any impact on my families devotion to this beauty. His personality and love for us is everything. Even as he suffers from 26 weeks of chemotherapy due to lymphoma diagnosed at age 5. He is a trooper, showing love and devotion at every moment, despite some days barely walking and sick. We ask how would we have survived our lives without this beautiful dog. And yet, how is it fair that he is subjected to such a painful terrible struggle at such a young age. We wonder about his siblings and how they have faired. We are so grateful for every moment with him, ever single minute, because he has enriched our lives in indescribable ways. I pray this breeder does not continue to do this, because despite this most beautiful wonderful dog no animal should suffer like this. No family should suffer this.

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2021

I Just came across this site today… So sad to read the reputation Gold Rush Kennels seems to have. My information is old, but I thought I would share it, as I bought a male golden retriever pup, Son of Charlie, in 1979. He was an outstanding dog, Probably my favorite dog ever, and twice became third top golden in Canada, owner handled. He was very beautiful, very intelligent, and a temperament that was just outstanding. But… He also died of cancer at barely age 10. At that time, it was a little unusual. Now, I understand it has gotten very prevalent in the breed. Apparently it has been going on for a long time… So sad

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    Reviewed Dec. 2, 2019

    Wonderful experience with my Golden Retriever puppy and boarding. Have a strong beautiful male retriever that is the 2nd love of my life. First time owner - so happy to get from a strong knowledgeable breeder. Ms. R. Ann Johnson, Gold-Rush Goldens, 1040 Mercer Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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    Reviewed Nov. 16, 2018

    I picked up Jack from Gold-Rush in the early Fall of 2012. When I got him home he became somewhat sickly. He also had fleas. The Vet advised me that he needed to be on a very strict diet due to complications. 2 weeks ago, he started coughing. Yet no expert could find a reason for this cough. After many tests I just believed he might have a simple cold. Within in days he refused food. A sure sign for anybody that knows goldens. He was diagnosed with severe lung cancer that had metastasized from another area of his body. My other goldens from Gold-Rush all died early. I am devastate by this loss but wanted others to know that due to possible cross-breeding at Gold-Rush, your dog might not live a full life. Get your special dog elsewhere. Please. I'm still in shock.

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    Juli increased rating by 4 stars.
    After a positive interaction with Gold-Rush Kennels, Juli increased their star rating on March 1, 2018.

    Updated review: March 1, 2018

    Wonderful customer service from Gold-Rush Kennels. I purchased my dog from an outside kennel who uses one of Gold-Rush’s dogs extensively in their breeding program. I were under the impression that this kennel was associated with Gold-Rush. Sadly this outside kennel is not a reputable kennel and we had health issues with our Golden Retriever who didn’t make it to the age of three.

    After contacting the kennel I purchased our dog from and getting nowhere, I contacted Gold-Rush to address my concerns and grievances about the lack of health testing since we were under the impression all Gold-Rush dogs were health tested. Even though we did not get our dog directly from Gold-Rush Kennel, they explained both their non-affiliation with the kennel we purchased from and gave their deepest condolences for the loss of our dog.

    Original Review: Feb. 22, 2018

    Our Gold-Rush heavy bloodlines Golden Retriever died from Cancer (lymphoma in the intestines and stomach) at only 29 months. His case was an absolutely terrible and painful way to die. I couldn't wish that emotional pain on anyone. Havencrest Gun Dogs boasts their "Young Thor's" Gold-Rush bloodlines, and didn't even want the paperwork documenting the biopsy results. No health testing has been done on their dogs either and they continue to breed. There's a lot of bad rep linking Gold-Rush Goldens to cancer, but no definitive proof. For my family, we will never own another Gold-Rush bloodline golden regardless of what breeder they come from.

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    Reviewed July 30, 2017

    We have always had a soft spot for Golden Retrievers. Our first experience with a Golden was wonderful! We got Sydney from a breeder close by our home in Ontario and he lived to be almost 15, with no health issues. Consequently, when it was time for our next Golden, we neglected to research Gold Rush Golden Retrievers to determine if their bloodlines were healthy. Hogan was shipped to Canada and was definitely a uniquely beautiful dog (nothing compares to this beauty in our area).

    Hogan was also the most loving, devoted and friendly dog imaginable. There is certainly no dispute about the incredible beauty and temperament of Gold Rush Dogs. The problem lies deeper than the exterior traits. As mentioned in prior posts, our puppy did arrive with worms and worm medication and went through a second bout of worms before he was clear. At age 2, he began to suffer from hot spots, terrible seizures and at age 5, a cough that vets treated with **. Poor Hogan was never quite himself after starting the ** and at age 8 1/2 died of lung cancer. I am not posting to criticize Gold Rush Goldens, or even to recommend that they be avoided, but after learning of the growing number of dissatisfied clients felt I should share my experience. We have learned from our impulsive purchase and will do a better job of researching breeders for our next Golden.

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    Reviewed May 12, 2017

    I have had 3 of THE most wonderful Goldens from Gold-Rush & in 3 weeks will be picking up my fourth at the age of 8 weeks. My three all lived beautifully & healthily for 12 years. No hip problems, no cancer, just pure joy, energy, devotion, laughter & love. All three sites at Gold-Rush are scrupulously clean, all dogs well groomed, clean & happy. I spent the better part of the day there every time I visit and have never seen or even poop--with 30 dogs spread across the three locations.

    Their new whelping facility is meticulous, clean, attractive & beautiful. Several All tiled, with floor drains, ample water sources, bathing sink waist high, fans, a/c, heat for winter, cabinetry, fencing perfect, lots of clean green grass with happy Goldens running around... I know this facility well since 2005 and it is run with passion, dedication & love of the breed, meticulousness and integrity.

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    Reviewed April 6, 2017

    We visited Gold-Rush to see new puppy litter. There were 2 litters - both around 6 weeks old at the time. IT was a cold March day and the puppies were inside a cold barn all crammed into a tight cage, open at the bottom for excrement to fall through. I witnessed Amy, the woman who represented the breeder, switching around the collars of the puppies. The collars were color coded to represent what buyers had dibs on what puppy. Pretty dishonest. I found the conditions cold dirty & cramped for the puppies. The puppies had no interaction with their mother.

    I have a friend who has purchased 2 puppies from this breeder - BOTH DOGS ENDED UP WITH CANCER BY AGE 6. I just found out about the second one today so I am so upset (thus prompting me to write this review). I inquired with my Vet, a very reputable vet in the NJ area, and he told me the Gold-Rush Kennels are notorious for having cancer. He has seen many of their dogs diagnosed with cancer at a young age. Gold-Rush should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to breed these dogs knowing full well that these dogs have malignancies. There are not many, but there are some reputable Golden breeders in NJ. I would recommend anyone interested in this breed to do their homework before buying. And absolutely do not buy a puppy from Gold-Rush.

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    Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

    Beware of sanitation at Goldrush Kennels! We recently purchased a golden retriever puppy there. Four days later he was in the emergency room at the vet. After testing the vet stated the puppy had the worst case of Coccidiosis she had ever seen! This is a parasitic infection contracted from feces and soil. Our vet, AND TWO OTHER VETS, INDEPENDENTLY stated our puppy left Goldrush Kennels with a substantial case of Coddidiosis. Due to the high levels of the parasite detected upon examination, we were in fear of our new puppy dying or having some type of permanent medical issue. Fortunately, after several days in the hospital and several thousands of dollars' worth of medical procedures (including a protein transfusion due to bloody, watery stools) we were able to take him home where he continued treatment.

    We contacted Amy at Goldrush Kennels only to be met with belligerence! She stated the puppy left there with medicine for the disease (obviously they were aware of the problem and acted like this is normal) and stated this was all our fault for over stressing the puppy. The puppy was delivered to us by a third party and we were not aware of medicine in his info packet to help with the parasites. That call was followed with a letter from their attorney stating they have no further obligation with the puppy or his care. "Are they used to this scenario?" was the first thought that came to my mind. I would caution the potential customer to check out the sanitation and be prepared to deal with their aloofness!

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    Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

    I have had 6 Gold Rush Golden Retrievers since 1995 to the present. Four of them have died. All of them were over twelve years old. The oldest one was 13 years and 7 months old. Two of them had hemangiosarcoma of the spleen, one had lymphoma and one had liver cancer. And no one has had any hip or other health issues. It has been heartbreaking to have so many of my babies die but my 6 experiences with Ann Johnson have been flawless. Her dogs are beautiful and have wonderful temperaments.

    I have also been a pet sitter for 24 years and many of my clients have been Golden Retrievers. None of them were Gold Rush and many of them died much before they turned 12 like my dogs and they all died of cancer. I think I'm unique in that. I've had 6 of Ann's dogs and the dogs have lived longer than many other Goldens from other breeders. I currently have 2 Goldens and one is 11 years old and my other one is 9 years old. Will they die of cancer? Probably. But that won't ever stop me from sharing my life with these amazing dogs. As Rudyard Kipling said, "My brothers and sisters I bid you beware of giving your heart to a dog to tear." Sadly it is an inevitable part of loving a dog.

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