Why does Sunshine Acres raise the Golden Irish?
Golden Retrievers have been noted as one of the most gentle family dog breeds. For years, they have been a popular choice for those with young children, those that are older, and everyone in between. Their popularity has been demonstrated by many breeders who cross their breeds with the Golden, i.e. Irish-Golden, Golden-Lab, Golden-etc. Many want to capture that sweet nature.
About Our Golden Irish Puppies
Here at Sunshine Acres, we specialize in raising quality Golden Irish hybrid puppies, which are also sometimes referred to as Irish Retrievers. We have focused on this wonderful cross so that we can offer you one of the best Golden Irish puppies you can find. This hybrid cross of the Irish Setter and Golden Retriever breeds combines the outstanding personality and trainability of both of these breeds, but comes with a reduced risk of genetic defects such as are often found in purebred dogs. With less shedding and improved health, we have found this cross an excellent choice for Golden Retriever and Irish Setter lovers over the past 10+ years. A top rated red Irish Retriever Breeder, Sunshine Acres is family owned and family run. We are located in northwest Indiana about halfway between Chicago and Indianapolis just off I-65, near Wolcott. The Sunshine Acres Golden Irish is socialized in a family setting following techniques taught by Jan Fennell, The Dog Listener.
Same Cute with Less Hair Maintenance and Shedding
At Sunshine Acres, we have crossed the Irish to the Golden to produce what we believe is an outstanding outcross. The Irish breed has moderate energy levels, are loyal, friendly, and happy, while the Golden is gentle, friendly, moderate to low energy levels, and smart. An Irish Setter’s coat is red, majestic, beautiful. And the Golden coat is thick, heavy shedding, great color tones. Mix the two breeds together and you end up with a dog that is healthy, has a great personality, is even tempered, and sheds less than the Golden. Just what were were looking for.
Genetic Health, a Big Plus
The genetic health of the Golden has suffered somewhat over the years. There are two ways to alleviate this condition which is caused by inbreeding. First, testing for known genetic issues and using purebred parents that pass these tests to produce future generations of healthy Golden Retrievers. Second, is to outcross to similar breeds (similar breeds help retain more Golden characteristics) in an attempt to reduce the genetic mutations that cause genetic disease. For example, the Golden is plagued with poor hips which leads to Canine Hip Displasia. The Irish has a mild susceptibility to poor hips. By crossing these two breeds, one can expect puppies with healthier hips. The very best combination to producing healthy puppies is to test for common diseases and outcrossing to another breed.