We acquired our first Golden Retriever in 1989 after owning and showing Alaskan Malamutes for many years. It was a great move for us as we love the dogs, they fit into our lifestyle and we have been extremely fortunate in our dogs and our mentors.
Since starting to show our dogs seriously in late 1990, we have personally, in conjunction with our handlers, finished conformation titles on six Goldens that we acquired from other breeders. We have produced 46 Champions at this point with at more fairly close to completing their titles. These conformation dogs have been Best in Show winners, Best in Sweeps and Best In Specialty Winners and their accomplishments have included obedience, hunting and agility titles including a High In Trial. And now we have three Grand Champions, a new AKC title.
Eight of our dogs have gone on to enter the Show Dog Hall of Fame, a program of the Golden Retriever Club of America that honors dogs that are able to complete successfully at the Group level.
Sixteen of our dogs have been ranked in the Top Twenty Golden Retrievers in the United States with one being the Number One Male for two years. Many have qualified for the AKC/Eukanuba Classic. A number of other Sunbeam dogs which are not conformation champions have titles in obedience, agility and hunting. And two Sunbeam dogs have achieved their Grand Champion status.
In a breed as competitive as Golden Retrievers, we are extremely proud of having compiled this record in such a short time with a very limited breeding program. We have achieved this because we were fortunate to acquire three wonderful bitches Ch. Golden Light Happy Camper OD, Ch. Keane's Nutmeg Pippin OD and Ch. Laurell Sunbeam Pink Panther SDHF OD, all of whom have been outstanding producers.
We breed primarily Champion bitches and breed them into lines that are filled with top producers with good temperament and health records. And of course the final ingredient is getting those dogs into wonderful homes where they can realize their potential - as a great member of the family or as a performance or show dog. Goldens that are well-bred and well taken care of have the potential for long lives. And in the end, even for 'show dogs', most of those years will be spent as a part of a family. So our goal is to find the best possible homes for these wonderful dogs.
We have tried to make this website informative whether you are wanting to get a dog or just starting to think about the breed.
About the photos on this website: Almost all the cute "posed" photos were taken by Mary Thompson of Calico Goldens. They are her property, are copyright protected and may not be reused. Thank you for not abusing her generosity.