Scout and Pumpkin’s Litter

One of the babies from Pumpkin’s previous litter in Caroline’s arms.

Update September 27, 2018: Our Golden Retriever babies born this summer have found forever homes.

UPDATE August 23, 2018: Liberty Run’s Pumpkin gave birth to five baby boys and four baby girls on August 22, 2018.  They will be ready to leave our farm and go to their new homes on October 17th. (Maryland law says puppies go home at 8 weeks of age.)

Scout has a tremendous track record of producing very traditional-looking and healthy Goldens. More importantly, they’re easy to train.  The babies from this litter will make exceptionally happy and healthy companions.

Pumpkin’s puppy cam is off now. Her babies have been moved outside.

 

 

About the parents:

Scout Pumpkin
Scout
OFA (hips and elbows), CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Scout is an ideal male Golden Retriever. He’s calm, intelligent, healthy, and very devoted to his mama (Suzanne).
Liberty Run's Pumpkin
OFA (hips and elbows), CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Pumpkin is a terrific mom and the ideal Golden. She’s calm in all weather. Confident. Fun Loving. Especially loves the water.
Scout’s Parents Pumpkin’s Parents
Dexter
Dexter
Shelby
Shelby
Samson
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Samson – the most awesomest doggie, ever!
Maybelle

OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.  Very smart, very devoted to her “momma”.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Golden Retriever Puppies

agroup-golden-retriever-parentsOne of the most frequently asked question is, “when is your next litter?” Great question! Unfortunately it’s very difficult to answer. Why? Read the Did You Know? section just below.

Sorry, we don’t keep a waiting list, send emails, or make calls when babies arrive. We notify you through this website and our Facebook page (facebook.com/libertyrun). If you’re interested in our upcoming litter (and we greatly appreciate your interest!), please check back here or Facebook for the latest info. As soon as we know something, we post it.

Did you know?

A female golden usually comes into “season” once, maybe twice, a year. Unfortunately, there’s no telling when it’s going to happen, and that makes it difficult for us to know when we’ll have puppies in the near future.

The gestation period for doggies is only 61 to 63 days. (It’s so fast, puppies are born before they’re fully developed. Their eyes and ears aren’t open at birth – they’re still developing outside the womb. Pups are, however, born with a fully functioning sense of smell. Pretty cool.)  If one of our mommas has been bred, we generally know when to expect new puppies – 61 days from the day the breeding took place.

Simba - a Golden Retriever Puppy from Liberty RunEvery now and then someone will write us asking something like, “are you planning a litter a year from now?” Good question! Unfortunately we can’t answer it because there’s no knowing when in the future one of our breeding moms will come into season. The best we can tell you is whether or not one of our females has come into season, or whether one has been bred.

Sometimes a female can be bred, become very large by day 61 (as if she really is pregnant), and then no babies come out. This scenario is known as a false pregnancy, and it happens more than you’d want to know. Because it can happen, we DON’T reserve puppies until they’re born. We don’t know how to reserve something that doesn’t exist, and we’re not anxious to take your money.

After we post here that a female has been bred, a popular question we receive is “do you know if she’s pregnant?” It’s a great question but one that’s difficult for us to answer because of false pregnancies. Here’s how we know our moms are pregnant: babies are born about 61 to 63 days after the breeding.  There is a pregnancy pee-test for doggies, but we don’t think it’s worth it, especially since nobody here’s thrilled about holding a pee-stick under a urinating Golden Retriever. Not to mention, it costs $500.00. The way we see it is we can wait the 61 days.

Some may tell you breeders can take a pregnant momma-doggy to the vet’s office for an x-ray. Although it is true, we believe it’s a bad idea. We believe x-rays are harmful to the babies that may be inside the momma dog, and we don’t think it’s wise to expose the momma doggy (and possible babies inside her) to potential viruses floating around the vet’s office. Lastly, pregnant mommas hate being moved – they just wanna stay put.

We sincerely thank you for your interest in our breeding program.  If you have any questions, please ask. It’s always nice to hear from you.

Check out what families who have our puppies say on Facebook. They post lots of updates about us on the Liberty Run Family Group page. A few of the most recent are shown in the column closest to the right. If you’re a FB user, follow this link to the actual page.

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Scout and Peek-a-Boo’s Litter

boo_pups_2015UPDATE: Liberty Run’s Playing Peek-a-Boo gave birth to six baby girls and one baby boy on November 3, 2015.  They will be ready to leave our farm and go to their new homes on December 28th. (Maryland law says puppies can go to their new home at 8 weeks of age.) See them on Peek-a-Boo’s puppy-cam.

Babies in this litter are now reserved.

This is a repeat breeding – puppies from two previous litters have grown to be calm, healthy, and intelligent. Older siblings are the most laid-back puppies our kennel has ever produced. Scout has a tremendous track record of producing very traditional-looking goldens, but most importantly, they’re easy to train.  We expect babies from this litter to be exceptional companions.

About the Parents:

Scout Peek-a-boo
Scout
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Scout is an ideal male Golden Retriever. He’s calm, intelligent, healthy, and very devoted to his mama (Suzanne).
Peek-a-Boo
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Peek-a-Boo is one of the sweetest doggies you’ll ever meet. Visitors always comment about her beautiful eyes.  People who know animals know you can tell a lot about a creature by the eyes.  
Scout’s Parents Peek-a-boo’s Parents
Dexter
Dexter
Shelby
Shelby
Patton
Patton
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Patton has sired only healthy, calm, and intelligent babies.
Buttercup
Golden-Retriever-with-puppies-buttercup
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.  A super Golden Retriever if there ever was one.

 

 

Scout and Pumpkin’s Litter

One of the babies from Pumpkin’s litter in Caroline’s arms.

UPDATE AS OF November 3, 2015: Liberty Run’s Pumpkin gave birth to three baby boys and four baby girls on October 22, 2015.  They will be ready to leave our farm and go to their new homes on December 17, 2015. (Maryland law says puppies go home at 8 weeks of age.)

Sorry, puppies in this litter are now reserved.

Scout has a tremendous track record of producing very traditional-looking and healthy Goldens. More importantly, they’re easy to train.  The babies from this litter will make exceptionally happy and healthy companions.

See these babies on the Liberty Run Puppy Cam

About the parents:

Scout Pumpkin
Scout
OFA (hips and elbows), CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Scout is an ideal male Golden Retriever. He’s calm, intelligent, healthy, and very devoted to his mama (Suzanne).
Liberty Run's Pumpkin
OFA (hips and elbows), CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Pumpkin is a terrific mom and the ideal Golden. She’s calm in all weather. Confident. Fun Loving. Especially loves the water.
Scout’s Parents Pumpkin’s Parents
Dexter
Dexter
Shelby
Shelby
Samson
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Samson – the most awesomest doggie, ever!
Maybelle

OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.  Very smart, very devoted to her “momma”.

 

 

 

Scout and Boo’s Litter

boo_pups_2015UPDATE: Liberty Run’s Playing Peek-a-Boo gave birth to four baby boys and seven baby girls on February 9, 2015.  They will be ready to leave our farm and go to their new homes on April 6, 2015.  (Maryland law says puppies can go to their new home at 8 weeks of age.)

Update: as of 3/8/15, all puppies from this litter have been reserved.

This is a repeat breeding – puppies from two previous litters have grown to be calm, healthy, and intelligent. Older siblings are the most laid-back puppies our kennel has ever produced. Scout has a tremendous track record of producing very traditional-looking goldens, but most importantly, they’re easy to train.  We expect babies from this litter to be exceptional companions.

About the Parents:

Scout Peek-a-boo
Scout
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Scout is an ideal male Golden Retriever. He’s calm, intelligent, healthy, and very devoted to his mama (Suzanne).
Peek-a-Boo
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Peek-a-Boo is one of the sweetest doggies you’ll ever meet. Visitors always comment about her beautiful eyes.  People who know animals know you can tell a lot about a creature by the eyes.  
Scout’s Parents Peek-a-boo’s Parents
Dexter
Dexter
Shelby
Shelby
Patton
Patton
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Patton has sired only healthy, calm, and intelligent babies.
Buttercup
Golden-Retriever-with-puppies-buttercup
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.  A super Golden Retriever if there ever was one.

 

 

Scout and Julianna’s Litter

Nine babies from Juliana's Feb 2015 litter. They're just hours old in this picture.

Nine babies from Juliana’s Feb 2015 litter. They’re just hours old in this picture.

UPDATE AS OF February 10, 2015: Liberty Run’s Juliana gave birth to five baby boys and four baby girls on February 5, 2015.  They will be ready to leave our farm and go to their new homes on April 2, 2015.  (Maryland law says puppies go home at 8 weeks of age.)

Babies in this litter are reserved.

This is a repeat breeding – puppies from their previous litter have grown to be calm, healthy, and intelligent. Scout has a tremendous track record of producing very traditional-looking goldens, but most importantly, they’re easy to train.  The babies from this litter will make exceptional companions.

About the parents:

Scout Julianna
Scout
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Scout is an ideal male Golden Retriever. He’s calm, intelligent, healthy, and very devoted to his mama (Suzanne).
Juliana-golden-retriever-breeders-md-va-dc
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Temperament: A+++
Juliana is the smartest dog we’ve ever met (she thinks she’s human). When she’s with you, she just can’t get close enough.  Everyone who visits tends to notice her out of the girls, here.
Scout’s Parents Julianna’s Parents
Dexter
Dexter
Shelby
Shelby
Patton
Patton
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.
Patton has sired only healthy, calm, and intelligent babies.
Jasmine
goldenretrieverpregnant-jasmine
OFA, CERF, and SAS clear.  One of the calmest, sweetest Goldens ever.

 

 

 

Sorry! We Don’t Keep A Waiting List

Liberty Run's April and her babies.

Liberty Run’s April and her babies.

We do not take deposits before the puppies are born here at Liberty Run.  Why? Because we are not anxious to take your money, and we don’t know how to reserve something that doesn’t exist (yet).

If you’re interested in an upcoming litter, call for an update. We are much better at answering the phone between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. (Eastern or “New York” time) than any other time of day.

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Kairos (Jasmine/Scout 3-18-14). Pictures courtesy of Kristen. Thanks for sharing, Kristen!  We love these pictures.

Info about future litters, like anticipated due dates, is posted on our Upcoming Litters page.

Once puppies arrive, reservations are accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis and are secured by your non-refundable deposit. We generally begin accepting deposits 48 hours after puppies are born.  If you’ve been calling, we’ll know, and you’ll be able to reserve a “high” pick, like first pick male or female.  We follow this process to help you get the exact puppy you’re looking for.

We’ve been doing it this way for 20 years, and it’s worked every time.

About four days after puppies are born, we announce the litter on our Current Litter Page.

We do not accept more deposits than there are puppies.

When you leave a deposit, you’re encouraged to visit as often as you like (please call us to schedule your visit-time). By visiting, you’ll get to know each of the babies in the litter.

This is the Liberty Run Waiting List Policy.  Thank you for reviewing it.

House-Breaking Your Golden Retriever Puppy

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Simba of Liberty Run. Thanks, Rob for sharing the picture! Those puppy-dog eyes are too cute!

We begin the process of House-Breaking Your Golden Retriever Puppy for you. As a result, most families report their new puppies are house broken in less than three days. Because our puppies never had the opportunity to make a “mistake” indoors, it’s very easy for you to take one of our puppies home and house-break him (or her!).

When you visit, we’ll show you how we do it.

Some breeders tout their puppies are “raised in their loving home”. If you think about it, their puppies poopie and peepee in their houses whenever they feel the urge to “go”.  By the time you get one, it’s already conditioned to going potty inside a house.  Unfortunately, “house-breaking” is teaching a puppy how to “hold it”  indoors. Good luck teaching a puppy who is already conditioned to go at-will inside how to “hold it” in your home. You’re going to spend most of your time un-doing all the harm caused by the conditioning already imprinted on their puppies.  Not to mention the puppy’s a little mad at you ’cause you’re not letting it do its business when and where it wants to.

A popular question we get is, “plastic or wire crates?”  Liberty Run recommends plastic kennels because they’re very easy to clean.  If you must go the wire route, we recommend putting a blanket over it.

From time-to-time we do have Golden Retriever Puppies for sale.  When you purchase a puppy from us, we review the house-breaking process and provide written instructions detailing what to do at home.  Plus we’re available as a resource the entire life of your puppy.

A Brief Blurb About The Breeders at Liberty Run

What kind of person breeds Golden Retrievers, you ask?  Well, that’s an interesting question. We do.

The breeders here at Liberty Run Golden Retrievers are Suzanne and Patrick.

Suzanne

Suzanne hates having her picture taken. Getting her to hold still for the camera just doesn’t happen.

Suzanne grew up with dogs all her life.  She can still remember the birthdays of each one she’s ever had (and she’s pretty faithful about reminding Patrick of the dates every year).  To her, they are members of her family.  Of course, she spoils them beyond belief.  But that’s OK because they spoiled her too.

Suzanne attended the University of Maryland at College Park.  As an undergraduate student, she was a member of Alpha Zeta – an honorary service fraternity for men & women pursuing a career in agriculture.  When a junior, she was elected as the fraternity’s vice president.  She was elected to serve as President her senior year.

During her tenure at Maryland, Suzanne worked as a veterinary technician at College Park Animal Hospital.  (She loved it there so much, she worked part time for another three years after earning her degree.)

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, she worked for 6 years doing Toxicology Research on pharmaceuticals, specializing in Developmental & Reproductive Toxicology.

Since December 2000, Suzanne has been a full-time mom to her children.  She home-schools all five. She teaches High School Biology and Chemistry in local home-school co-ops.  In her spare time, she manages the family’s farm, which includes operations of our Golden Retriever kennel, horses, cattle, and chickens.  She also enjoys researching and learning how to improve the life of our family & animals through more natural choices for nutrition and holistic medicine.

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Patrick & Vana along with AKC Club Secretary, 1995.

Patrick has been involved in the breeding of dogs, cats, cattle, and horses since he can remember.  It’s something his family’s been doing all his life.

Patrick graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied Biology and Psychology.  He was blessed to have been able to attend school thanks to an ROTC Scholarship.  After graduation, he served as an officer in the US Army, and then transferred to the Maryland National Guard.

During the late 80’s, Patrick was an awful yuppie in DC. Fortunately, the country kept calling, and in time the calls grew loud enough.  He gave yuppiedom up and moved to his family’s new farm near Taylorsville. There he managed the family’s 120-run dog kennel, a national and international pet transportation services company, a herding-dog breeding program, a dog-training club, a staff of 20, a herd of cattle, a slew of horses, and a small fleet of farm vehicles.  During this time, he was also a professional dog trainer.

Eager to branch out on his own, Patrick purchased his own farm in 1994.  He did this because he wanted a place to raise and train Golden Retrievers – his favorite breed of dog.  From day one, the mission was clear and consistent: produce calm, intelligent, and healthy Golden Retrievers – ones that make great service dogs and family companions.

Patrick serves as a coach and assistant program director for a travel fast-pitch softball organization for girls ages 8-18.  Both he and Suzanne (and the kids) are very involved in their church.

From time to time, we do have Golden Retriever puppies for sale in Maryland, VA, and Washington DC.

What Else Is Included With My Liberty Run Puppy?

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3-day old puppy

Your Liberty Run Golden Retriever Puppy is…

  • Covered by a full, one-year guarantee, in writing.
  • Permanently identified by a microchip.
  • Not inbred or line-bred.
  • Expertly socialized and ready to go home and bond with you.
  • Started on house-breaking.
  • Current on immunizations & de-wormings.
  • Encouraged to take advantage of a special offer. We will provide the full series of puppy boosters at no charge. However, it is your responsibility to visit Liberty Run to take advantage of this offer. (For proper immunization, puppies should have boosters every three weeks until they are four months of age.)
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Liberty Run’s Butter Cup

With your Golden Retriever puppy, you also receive…

  • Copies of mom and dad’s OFA, CERF, and SAS clearances.
  • A photo of mom and dad.
  • AKC (American Kennel Club) registration papers.
  • A four generation pedigree of your pure-bred golden retriever puppy.
  • A Health Certificate which shows dates of immunizations your puppy has received and dates of future boosters and wormings that are recommended.
  • Feeding instructions.
  • A general care overview.
  • Crate training instructions.