Welcome to our puppy information page. We breed quality, healthy, well socialized golden retriever puppies from health tested parents that we show in AKC conformation shows and obedience trials. We breed for the preservation of healthy bloodlines. We perform health clearances on our dogs to do everything in our power to ensure that the offspring will not have genetic issues. We do not primarily breed for pets, but with competition in our breed being strong, only a couple of puppies from any litter are kept for showing and there will be pets available in our occasional litters. We prefer buyers visit us to meet us, see our dogs and see how they are raised. We do not "sell puppies or dogs over the internet."
We do not sell to third parties, brokers, or pet stores -- nor does any other reputable breeder we know.
Shown Right: Owner Angie with Mattiaci Le Rouge AKA "Lily"(CA)
Please read our all of our puppy information below before inquiring about our puppies. We do not breed our dogs solely to produce pets. We title our dogs in AKC events and perform health testing on all of our breeding stock. Anyone who buys a puppy from us regardless of the intended purpose benefits from all of the hard work we put into our dogs and puppies. Our puppies are available only to homes seeking an indoor family pet who will not be just a dog, but a family member -- whether they are show dogs or pets. Our puppies are whelped in my bedroom, and raised only inside our home, only by us. They are well socialized with children, bathed, blow dried, brushed and nails trimmed weekly, and are very well rounded by the time they leave for their new families. They are crate trained, and are used to car trips in a crate. The puppies are routinely dewormed, receive their first vaccinations, and are veterinarian examined at 7 wks of age prior to leaving us.
When inquiring please describe your past dog ownership history, dogs you currently have, what kind of a home you have for dogs, and what you are seeking in a puppy. If your dog will be spending a large part of his or her time away from people; primarily housed in a kennel, garage, or crate, i.e., not an in-home environment, or know that you will not be a permanent lifetime home for this puppy or dog: thank you for your interest, however, we do not have a dog or puppy for you. Golden retrievers are hunting, working and family dogs, bred to be constant companions with daily attention.
I began showing golden retrievers in 1987, more of which can be read here: About Us page. Our golden retrievers are listed here on Our Goldens page.
We primarily compete with our goldens in AKC venues, mainly conformation, to their AKC championships. We have a breeding program of 25 years and have many family members here from our oldest champions to our show puppies we are growing out. We also frequently have our puppies back for boarding here.
You can see many video clips of our show dogs and puppies by clicking on our Video Channel here
LOCATION: We are located in Garrison, and Bozeman Montana. Puppies are picked up at our home in Garrison or Bozeman, or shipped air freight out of Butte, Missoula, Helena or Bozeman airports. We frequently fly with our dogs to dog shows, and are very experienced at shipping dogs and puppies to their new homes. Click here for shipping information to read about how flying with and cargo shipping. We have many homes who fly or drive out to meet the relatives of their puppy and/or fly out later to return home with their puppy in a bag under their seat. This way you can meet our whole golden retriever family listed on Our Goldens page.
Goldens originated in Scotland in the 1800's to retrieve upland game birds. We strictly adhere to the AKC standard for golden retrievers of size to perform their origional purpose, with females being 55-65 pounds and males being 65-75 pounds. The majority of dogs in every generation of our dogs are titled in Conformation, Obedience, Field, Hunt Tests, and also have awards of Outstanding Sire or Dam for producing titled offspring. We typically keep one or two puppies in a litter for showing. Most of our puppies go to homes who are not looking for a show dog, "just want a pet," but one that they can be proud of. We only breed golden retrievers for ourselves, and those who want more than a "just a dog" -- whatever their ultimate endeavor may be.
Shown Left: 5 week old puppies from a past Han-Grey litter.
Our puppy buyers are highly invested in their puppies, and looking for a breeder who is dedicated to the breed, doing their best to produce the healthiest puppy possible by breeding dogs from generations of health tested dogs. We are not the most expensive breeder to purchase a quality, well bred puppy from -- but we are picky who we sell our babies to. We do not typically reply to "one liner" e-mails. Plan on telling us about your home for dogs if you expect us to be interested in selling you a puppy. Most of our puppies go to homes who "don't want a show dog," but want to be proud of their pet. Pet quality puppies at 8 weeks of age are sold on a spay/neuter contract and AKC limited registration are $1,700. Older puppies started on training: We have many homes who come to us for older puppies, as they fit their situation better than an 8 week old puppy. Visit our Started Puppy And Trained Dog page for updates:Click HERE. Dogs with AKC limited registration can compete in any AKC event and junior showmanship events. Conformation events are for breeding stock. *We only sell show/breeding quality dogs to homes that compete in events with their dogs, in some venue.showing at AKC or International shows in conformation. . "Paying more later" to breed a pet quality dog, who has not been titled in some AKC venue, and/or does not have the required health clearances for breeding is never an option with us, nor any reputable breeder. All puppies leave with age appropriate vaccinations and de-worming.
Shown Right: Jaki Linderman and her Beau-Syrah son, Mattiaci Fantastic "Finn" TDI Therapy Dog at 13 Monts of age!!
We occasionally have puppies we've kept to show, grown out and trained that we later decide would be better pets than show dogs. Most people who inquire about them are wanting an older puppy who is not getting up frequently in the night for house training, or those don't have the experience or time right now for young puppy training. Any older puppies we have kept to train are listed on our older puppies or dogs available page.
HEALTH -- HIP, ELBOW, EYE AND HEART CLEARANCES:
All health clearance information on OUR GOLDENS are listed in the top left hand corner of their pages, and on their linked pedigree database page listed on their page. Our dogs over the age of 2 used in breeding program have been screened for the minimum of:
- Board Certified Cardiologist heart clearance
- Opthalmologist clearances
- Hips and Elbows evaluated by OFA and OVC
- We utilize Optigen testing to make sure our puppies will not go blind from PRA
- Our breeding stock is cleared yearly by an opthalmologist, past when they are being used in our breeding program.
- None of our dogs have been afflicted with Pigmentary Uveitis, also known as PU. Our foundation bitch, Ch.Citrine A New Atti-Two'd is still eye clear at 11 years of age.
Statistically, there will be a certain number of dogs produced that have a problem we screen for, this is why we screen for these disorders in our breeding stock. Hip dysplasia is a polygentic disease. We cannot control how you raise your puppy after it leaves here -- therefore do not guarantee against it. If a breeder does not clearly list the hip, elbow, eye & heart clearances of their breeding stock easily their website -- they probably don't have those health clearances on their dogs, and typically those dogs will not come from generations of healthy, screened dogs.
Our breeding program is a result of several generations of consecutive health clearances, to maximize the chances of producing healthy dogs. The health clearances of all of our goldens over the age of 2 years of age. We do not breed dogs with epilepsy, seizures, allergies, hot spots, skin disorders, chronic ear infections, have tested abnormally for thyroid, or are not free from esophageal disorders.
SHADES OF GOLDEN RETRIEVERS:
Color is the last virtue of importance in the realm of important factors that we consider when breeding our dogs. We do do not breed for any particular color. Although most of our dogs are light golden in color, our main focus is health, temperament and longevity. We realize people have color preferences and do our best to accommodate depending on when their reservation was received.
Shown Above: one of our boy puppies enjoying playground equipment dressed up for Halloween! He now lives in Boston, MA
Shown Right: Bentley, swimming in his pool in MI.
For those people looking for ""White" golden retrievers," please visit our parent club website, on ""rare" or "white" goldens."
Golden retrievers in any country exist in shades of gold from cream to mahogany, of which white does not exist no matter what false marketing scheme some breeders try, to deceive buyers. Breeders who market their golden retriever puppies by color such as, "white, platinum, or creme" often fail to health test breeding stock for hips,elbows, eyes and hearts, much less breed from generations of health tested dogs.
Glory, the new model: Glory is by Am/Can CH Dakota's Texas Tornado CGC, NJP, NAP out of Mattiaci Bling Bling'n who has 2 points. Her owners and photgraphers: Ernest LaBelle & Frances Pollak of Jackson Hole, WY.
Shown Left: A Han-Grey son in living in Steamboat Springs, CO named "Beau" Friesell
The typical temperament and activity level of our dogs is a more laid back dog who is quieter and settles in the house, but ready and happy to do whatever activity you want to do. Both the sire and dam of all puppies bred at Mattiaci have been selected for their sensible temperaments they not only possess, but produce. Stud dogs used in our breeding program are dogs I have not only seen and met in person, but must compliment my bitches on many levels: structurally, generations of health clearances, and the temperament of a willing to please dog that harmoniously lives in our home. By 7 weeks I know the individual personalities, characteristics, and temperaments of each puppy and can match them best to the right family.
Male or Female? Typically the deciding factor is size. Golden retrievers are upland game hunting dogs bred to retrieve game from your boat or on land. Females are 55-65 pounds and males 65-75 pounds. To view the AKC Golden Retriever Breed standard click here: AKC Golden Retriever.