Matt Malham stopped by our place and made a video of a litter which had Hemingway as grandfather
Hello, I am William Coleman. I am a Professional Engineer with a BSME from Bucknell University. I worked for the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia and retired January 2016.
We live on 44 acres with a spring-fed pond in Alloway, NJ. I am a serious hobby breeder, not a kennel. My dogs are my pets and they live fulfilled lives. I have always enjoyed pets, especially dogs and I raised my first litters of puppies while I was still in high school. I was still in college when I bought my first Golden Retriever. In the following paragraphs, I hope to explain my love for Golden Retrievers and also explain my breeding plans.
My goal is to produce the highest quality puppies possible for the main purpose of being family pets. I produce beautiful pups that have the gentle golden nature and trainability, which also possess strong swimming and retrieving skills. I focus on breeding for good health and longevity through health certified parents and out breeding for genetic diversity.
If you understand how Coefficient Of Inbreeding (COI) is a measure of inbreeding, then you may know that many goldens with pedigrees full of titled dogs have high COIs. I use the litter planning tools available through k9data.com to plan my litters to always have a low COI under 5%. If a competition breeder is most concerned with producing a pup to win a show or field trial, there are limited options when selecting a stud. Other breeders often overlook a planned litter's COI of 10% or 15% if a one or two of the pups can win competitions. My goal is to make the healthiest pets so out breeding for low COI is top priority when planning litters.
I have owned and competed with several breeds during my life, but I have come back to Golden Retrievers because they are the best family dog that I know of. Along the way; I competed with beagles at field trials, I competed with Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs at shows, I imported and competed with Appenzell Mountain Dogs and founded a club for them in the US. Through experience, I learned a lot about dogs and I am comfortable saying that the Golden Retriever is the best dog for most families.
The most important trait that all my Goldens have shared is that their main interest in life is pleasing me. If we are taking a walk in our fields or woods, I don’t worry about them taking off after deer, turkeys or rabbits. Encountering game makes an interesting walk, but my Golden’s priority is to be with me. My past Beagles, Weimaraners and German Shorthair Pointers put hunting as their highest priority.
Golden Retrievers are the safest dogs to have around children. When a Golden is unsupervised with children, the concern needs to be for the welfare of the dog, not the child. At least that is true for the Goldens that I have owned. My Goldens would never bite any of us for any possible reason. If I hand out new bones to my dogs, my children or I can grab a bone and take it back again out of the dog’s mouth. Most other breeds would bite in this scenario.
My goal from the start has been to breed puppies that not only give the new owners what they were looking for, but also give them what they don't know to look for. Everyone looks for a pup to have good looking parents. Many people know the importance of OFA health certifications for the parents to reduce the chance of the puppy having hip dysplasia. Most people do not know the importance of genetic diversity and outbreeding for good health and long life. Recently, a study of thousands of golden retrievers showed about a two year life span increase for dogs with no inbreeding (see "Low COI for Longer Lives" page). Also, most first time golden buyers do not understand that not all dogs are the same when it comes to swimming and retrieving. I do my best to make sure that I produce pups that will be ready if an owner wants to try frisbee or tennis ball retrieving.
My breeding plan started with two littermate sisters, Morgan and Sherry. They are show Champion sired and their pedigrees are packed with show Champions. They have OFA hip clearances as well as heart and eye clearances. When I was searching for them, my goal had been to get the best that I could find whatever the cost. They are beautiful inside and out, so they were worth the effort and cost it took to get them. Morgan is now retired and Sherry is planned to retire this winter. I am going forward with the next generation.
For stud selection, I wanted to avoid inbreeding so I looked into the European Goldens. I purchased a pup from Poland with a solid champion pedigree. If he had lived up to expectations, I could have produced 0% inbreeding pups with good looks coming from show lines on both sides. Unfortunately, "Cheese" did not retrieve and did not like water. I gave him to a friend who has a wife that is very much an inside person and loves him. Many of my pups will go to people who are not concerned about retrieving, but they all need to have the potential. I am not completely ruling out the use of a European Golden in the future, but I would need to see his retrieving and swimming skills proven first.
I had a very lucky break. A friend from work had been telling me for over a year that I needed to see his male Golden. He said that everyone that meets his dog loves him. I finally met his male, Hemingway or “Hemi” and he is an exceptional example of a Golden Retriever. He is everything that a family dog should be. He has the looks, temperament and talent. I used Hemi for most of my litters. I plan to use him more in the future. If you open the two videos of Hemi on the "Our Girls" page, you may understand why. Hemingway is a true gentleman with small children, but a great athlete when it is called for. This video shows what Hemingway is: video Another video: video
My daughters and grand daughters of Hemingway will be the mothers of my future pups. I am very happy with the puppies that I am producing. Avoiding inbreeding has always been a priority. Now a study of thousands of Golden Retrievers is showing that can add up to two years to a dogs life expectancy.