Robin’s love affair with Golden Retrievers began in college, when a favorite professor had a companion Golden Retriever, Tug, who went everywhere with him. To Robin, Tug’s deep golden color, jaunty yet sweet personality, and warm brown eyes embodied everything a dog should be.
Many years later, after Robin and Mike married and had two children, they acquired their first champion pedigree Golden Retriever, Gold-Rush Lady Liberty. Within the next eight years, their Wood Ridge Golden family expanded to include seven other majestic female Goldens. Breeding since 2003, we have been blessed with litters of beautiful puppies and terrific clients.
It truly takes an entire family to care for our Wood Ridge dogs, to whelp a litter, and to raise puppies. Robin and Mike share equal duties as dog trainers and walkers, poop scoopers, late night checkers, and drivers to the vet. Our daughter Sarah is our chief puppy wrangler, and she can often be found in the whelping box cuddling and talking to each puppy. Steven, a busy teenager, can be depended upon for support with dog rotations, camera work, and lots of advice.
As Golden Retriever enthusiasts and hobby breeders, we strive to produce a dog that is wonderfully tempered, of sound heath, and of great beauty. We breed dogs with health clearances (hip, elbow, heart, eye), which not only contributes to the overall health of the breed, but also creates the foundation of each puppy’s health. Our dogs are champion pedigree; the multi-generational accomplished pedigree assures us of reaching the goals of excellent temperament, health, and beauty. All of our dogs and puppies are AKC registered. In truth, although we produce a show-quality dog, we are aiming for something more important: the exceptional family pet.
Recently Robin trained one of our retired Goldens (Romy) as a therapy dog. With just a bit of additional training, a dog that is naturally lovely, empathic, patient, and kind, can “officially” offer therapy with her handler. Of course, long before she offered anyone else therapy, Romy offered us that bond, that attention, and that unconditional love. It’s just what Goldens do!
Wood Ridge Puppies
We make appointments for prospective Wood Ridge puppy owners to begin to visit our puppies when they are five weeks old. At this meeting, if we find each other mutually satisfactory, a deposit may be left for a particular puppy. At the time of deposit, we will provide ample information on how to prepare for your puppy's homecoming.
Puppies are available for their new homes beginning the weekend after they turn 7 weeks old. Prior to leaving us, all puppies receive one puppy vaccine, are de-wormed routinely, and visit the vet for a health check.
When you bring your Wood Ridge golden retriever puppy home, you are adding a new member to your family! To ensure the health and happiness of your relationship with your puppy and with us as breeders and partners, you will receive the following: written contract, AKC registration certificate, multi-generation pedigree, record of inoculations and vaccinations, specific directions for caring for your puppy, veterinary certificate of good health, and a written explanation of our warranty.
Located in New Egypt, in the heart of central New Jersey, we are blessed to be situated on the edge of many, many acres of the Pine Barrens. In fact, our sloping property sits right on the ridge of the woods, hence our name, Wood Ridge Golden Retrievers. We and our dogs enjoy roaming the woods, swimming in the ponds and lakes, and experiencing the wildlife that passes and flies by. We are equidistant to both New York City and Philadelphia, and are also just 15 minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.