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Winsome Kennels

1762 Lockyer Rd
Roberts Creek, BC  V0N 2W1

(604) 885-8877

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3.5 star rating
Mary January 13, 2011
Outstanding Breeder

We purchased a golden Retriever puppy from Winsome Kennels almost 2 years ago. Our female puppy has the most fabulous temperment, very healthy and is a local legend in Whistler, BC. We could not be happier with our choice.

I clearly remember Jamie was very professional. He walked around with us and it was obvious that he cared a great deal for the dogs.

We had read the reviews and decided as professionals, to make our own observation. We couldn't have been more impressed with his facilities, his animals and his genuine love for them. Hopefully those who are looking for a beautifully natured and healthy dog, take a trip over to his facility and decide for yourself. Thank goodness we did.

Mary & Bryan Cleaver

3.5 star rating
Sara Harris January 08, 2010
Very clean, spacious facility and well cared for animals.

Don't take anyone's word for it... go see for yourself.

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No Puppy Mills May 06, 2009
Beware of Winsome Kennels

"Winsome Kennels", breeders of "Doodles", "Rotties", "Goldens" and other breeds, is a PUPPY MILL.

Puppy Mills breed lots of dogs (often many different breeds with multiple litters per year), do not test for genetic diseases and do not register with the CKC.

Winsome Kennels does not do genetic testing to be sure the dog is healthy before breeding. They do not register dogs with the CKC and the do not answer to anyone for standard control.

Genetic Testing is very important. If a dog has Hip Dysplasia and is bred to another dog (with or without Hip Dysplasia), the chance of puppies developing this genetic disease is great. These curable diseases are GENETIC. Bad breeders breed dogs with known genetic conditions. If you buy a puppy that does not come from tested parents, you may end up with thousands of dollars in vet bills and a dog that is in crippling pain by the time it is 2 or 3 years old.

There are many different genetic diseases that can be bred into puppies by bad breeders. Several can be tested for such as most skeletal disorders (Hip Dysplasia - Common in Rotties and Goldens) and eye disorders (Entropion - Common in "Doodles"!). This is an expensive process and "Puppy Mills" do not test for these diseases because they are only interested in money.

Does your breeder test for any of these? Are the parents of the puppies old enough to know if they have any of these genetic disorders so they can be spayed/neutered and not pass along these diseases? Are the parents hips x-rayed and examined by a qualified vet or testing organization? Are the eyes genetically tested to avoid common eye diseases?

Good breeders wait until dogs are over 2 years old before breeding them. They test for known genetic diseases in their breed and breed only one or two litters ever year or so. NOT the dozens upon dozens of litters that are produced at Winsome Kennels. And good breeders do NOT breed "Mixed Breed" dogs - did you know that a "doodle" is just a fancy name for a "Mutt". It is NOT recognized as a breed of dog by any reputable registry (CKC, AKC etc.). Doodles have been given fancy names to encourage people to buy them, but they are NOT purebreds!

Look at Winsome Kennels website...do you see all those "puppy cabins"? Each one holds litters of puppies...and they are expanding every year to include more breeding "cabins". They are also expanding to add another kennel section for breeding MORE PUPPIES...how disgusting!

Consider adopting a rescued dog that needs a home. Or research your breeder thoroughly and find one that does NOT produce hundreds of puppies a year. This way you do not contribute to bad breeders and you help to put them out of business.

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