Hi everyone, I am thinking about getting a puppy in the not too distant future. It may be a while away yet but I am trying to research as much as I can from now anyway. I am fairly certain the breed I want a golden retriever. I have never had my own before but had one in my life as a child whom I fell in love with and have always had a soft spot for the breed. To include a bit of background, me and my partner are a young couple without children so far. We live in a house with medium sized garden front and back. We live in the countryside on a rural island (UK). This will be my second dog, my last being a cross breed so I don't have experience of choosing a pedigree dog. One thing I could be more clued up on are the technicalities when choosing a puppy. I have looked at countless adverts for puppies online and obviously many mention hip scores, health screenings, pedigrees and KC registration amongst other things. What I am wondering is basically what is the most important of these things for me. My dog would be purely a family pet, I would not be buying him for work, show or breeding purposes. Where we live is very limited in terms of finding breeders due to small population on the island, so we would likely have to find a breeder on the UK mainland somewhere and bring him home with us. Where should I be looking? There are lots of puppies advertised on sites like pets4homes and gumtree. Do some reputable breeders advertise on these sites? Obviously I would take the usual precautions such as meeting the puppies and parents, not giving money before picking up puppy etc. Anything else I should be thinking of or asking please let me know also. Thanks in advance.