I was working as a vet assistant back in 2010; this particular year was tough. Lots of Goldens coming in with skin and allergies. If they where not coming in with skin issues they had cancer, or hip Dysplasia. This wonderful full of life family loving breed was having all these issues. As tired as I was at night I went home and started researching goldens and health issues and testing that could be done. Come to find out there was a so much more than the common just hip and elbow test breeders should be doing. There also was genetic testing and in that genetic testing was a small answer of why goldens have so many skin issues. Ichthyoses (ICH) his being the biggest. I will not go into this genetic disorder.
Ok so after months of looking into health testing and genetic lines that had more cancer. I talked it over with Vern (husband) we made the chose to start looking for some females. I found Ann an English golden and back then there were very few breeders and even less that where not just breeding for the color. Then I also purc hased Mindy a field golden. (I from the beginning want to have both shades) Her parents hunted and had the basic health testing done. I drove from NE montana to south Dakota over to Idaho and home to pick these girls up. We started with the genetic panel to see what I had. I was lucky both where carriers, I knew than that if I was carful and found the right male, we could produce pups that would not be affected by the ICH and other disease in the genetic panel. Know the waiting game to check out Hips, elbows, heart, and later I learned about eyes.
It has not always been so lucky, I have purchased dogs that did not cut the breeding quality and have to neuter/spay then rehome. But this is how I got into raising Golden retrievers.