Current and Planned Litters
2019 Litters will
be posted in September/October.
puppies early as litters sell fast. Deposits
refunded up until litters are whelped. Litter dates
are approximate based on past heat cycles of females.
out puppy application and/or call.
expected to take place
in the fall with puppies
born in November and going
home late 2018/early 2019.
accepting any more deposits)
fill out a puppy
application if you are interested in a litter.
For additional information call Benita 320-766-9624
these litters are not the right time for you, but you
are interested in litters from Forman,
Otter, or Dixon,
other breeders may be using them as stud dogs. These
litters will either be listed below or you may contact
us, and we will direct you to those litters.
From our customers:
Just wanted to let you know Gib is doing great in her
new home! She could sit after the first day, has been
walking a mile a day on a lead with big sis, who keeps
her on the left, since 7 weeks, retrieves and water retrieves
like a champ, loves to boat and jump off the dock and
she LOVES her big sister, Vegas!!! We LOVE her, too! Such
a great pup! Just wanted to let you know what she's been
up to and sure you are not shocked to hear all she can
do! Thank you for such an amazing puppy and pick up experience!
We really appreciate the time you spent with us! We are
already talking about another one from you in 3 or 4 years!
Thanks again! Ty and Karen Currier
I wanted to tell you how much we have enjoyed Ember.
She is everything you had promised us she would be.
I can take her from hunting training with me to agility
training with our 11 year old daughter and she doesn't
skip a beat. I train almost daily with her and she has
never been overwhelmed as she is always eager to please
[video of Ember (Otter puppy) training for agility].
I haven't found much that she is
afraid to do, from gunshots, to birds to agility obstacles,
she is willing to do what we ask. Her tail is always
wagging and she loves to meet people and other dogs.
We hear a lot of comments on what a good looking dog
she is because of her curly and thick reddish coat.
I am looking forward to duck hunting with her this fall,
I know she will make a wonderful hunting companion.
We absolutely love our puppy, now
two years old, that we got from Thunderstruck Retrievers.
Cooper has been through two pheasant hunting seasons
and has been quick to learn tracking pheasants and retrieving.
He has been a friendly, outgoing, curious, and energetic
hunter and companion. We regularly get compliments about
what a beautiful golden retriever he is.
Chris and Christine Olson
Maggie has been a joy. Very smart
and a great natural hunter. Very athletic. Great with
people and other dogs. She loves everybody. I will get
my next dog from Thunderstruck Retrievers.
We found the perfect dog! Rio - is
loving, obedient, patient and always willing to learn.
She spends many hours at the dog park or playing with
other dogs. She's gentle with puppies and loves to play
with all dogs. She also loves humans. Always greeting
people with her tail wagging! Everyone loves Rio!
She has been a great hunter...hard
working in the field. Strong, with great endurance.
Another favorite pastime is jumping off the dock to
retrieve a ball. She just loves to play and get exercise!
She LOVES to be outside. Yet - she is a wonderful indoor
We couldn't have asked for a better
dog........willing to do anything and everything! We
Jim, Julie and Sarah Stark
I am a dog lover who likes to do
a bit of everything, not a competition guy or training
perfectionist, so my opinion probably does not fit the
typical Thunderstruck client base. That being said,
Ms. Nayeli is my perfect dog. Great family dog with
that wonderful golden personality, yet has
that second gear when I want to take her out and hike
Our two puppies from Thunderstruck
are amazing. So smart, loyal and athletic. I've never
had dogs with such great personalities. They are such
a joy and always get compliments on our guys.
Piper and I did a South Dakota pheasant
trip last fall, her first. At 18 months old she shined
in the field like my past goldens did at 4-5 years old.
She watched and learned from the two old timer labs
until she had the rhythm of the group . One particular
retrieve of a winged rooster led her across 2 fences
400 yards away never taking her eyes off the bird. She
returned back to me avoiding fresh fields as directed
by whistle, bird in mouth. The local guide and sheriff
was in awe. She tracks birds in the air at home in her
free time. And such a strong female golden for 58 lbs.
We love this dog
My wife requested a golden retriever
be our next dog after two of our hunters passed away.
We chose a male puppy from Thunderstruck Retrievers
and have been extremely happy him. He has been a terrific
family pet growing up, a partner to our older lab, and
the best athlete I have ever seen in the field, both
upland and wetland. He is patient when he needs to be
and masterful on retrieves of downed birds. He marks
extremely well, takes hand signals when necessary. He's
got the whole package and he's only two years old. I
would recommend Thunderstruck to anyone looking for
a family pet that can really hunt.
Spring Park, MN
We specialize in competitive field and hunt
test Golden Retrievers, and our dogs performance and pedigrees
support that. The Golden Retriever puppies we produce are ready
to learn. With our socialization program, you will be getting
a puppy that is immediately eager to become a part of your family.
You will be amazed! Contact us by phone or email to discuss
upcoming litters and possibly reserve your pup.
Our puppies are carefully raised: receiving
neurological stimulation, well-balanced socialization, and
exposure to birds and crates. They are individually stimulated
daily from 3-16 days. As they grow they will be problem-solving,
playing, interacting with people of all ages, exercising, and
beginning retrieving when ready. We are true believers of the
benefits of early individual stimulation and socialization to
maximize puppy potential.
These puppies will act as if they have been
part of your home from the moment they transition from our home
to yours. Pups experiencing these early benefits grow into mature,
well-adjusted adult dogs. Before leaving Thunderstruck Retrievers,
we do final testing and evaluating of our puppies using behavioral
methods to best determine which puppies match with which prospective
homes and to make final puppy placements.
We feel strongly about placing puppies in homes
that best match their behaviors, personalities, and potential
rather than having a "pick of the litter" system.
Because of the stimulation, socialization, and exposure all
of our puppies recieve from an early age, starting at Day 3,
all puppies are highly desirable. We place puppies (decide to
which homes each is going) at approximately 6 1/2 weeks of age
after observations and Puppy Aptitude Testing that analyzes
areas such as retrieving, sensitivity, dominance, etc.; thus,
it is important for clients to fill out the puppy application
in its entirety and give us as much information as you can.
We want you to be happy with the puppy we place in your home.
Choosing the right puppy for you is an important
decision that lasts the life time of the dog, and we are available
to ensure you have the information you need to make that choice.
We would like to give you as much information as possible and
answer any questions you have. You may also fill out and submit
a puppy application form. Another useful reference in your choice
is the Golden
Retriever Club of America.
All puppies come with
stimulation from birth to 16 days
Socialization from 5 to 7 weeks
||AKC Litter Registration
Puppy Starter Kit
Our new kennel facility is a great place for
dogs and puppies to flourish. We have in-floor heat and air-exchangers
to keep the dogs comfortable and healthy, two large whelping/puppy
rooms with additional play areas for puppies to explore, socialize,
and problem solve to stimulate early brain and social development,
and living space so we can be with puppies 24/7 during and
after whelping, and easily washable floors and walls for cleanliness
and sterilization. Outside we have a large airing yard for
puppies to play safely
Puppy Play Area
Room Outdoors to Play
(Click on image above to
The puppy price is
listed on each breeding's page and reflects the
quality of breeding; the resources we have invested in training,
trialing, and testing our dogs; our continual attention
to health clearances; and improvement of our breeding lines.
Because we strive for quality, we carefully select our breedings.
Our litters sell for $2500-$3500 depending on the breeding
and potential of the puppies.
We will do our best to steer
you to the breeding that will best meet your needs; our
breedings are geared towards all-purpose dogs, but because
of the various characteristics and genetics of our dogs,
some of our breedings may lend
themselves to being extremely strong field trial litters
or more suitable as pet only litters.
We require a deposit of $300 to reserve
puppies in advance of whelping to ensure you are on the
The puppies we sell are AKC registered with
the "Thunderstruck" prefix. Puppies are sold under
limited registration until buyers have proof of health clearances
for hip, elbow, heart, and eyes, at which time full registration
will be transferred. See puppy warranty link for more information.
We prefer if you are able to
come to Thunderstruck Retrievers when taking your puppy home
so that we are able to go through information with you. We do
understand that sometimes this is not an option for some buyers
because of distance and timing. For an additional cost of $100
(292 miles round trip), we will take the puppy to the Minneapolis
airport either to meet you if you choose to fly the puppy back
in a carry-on crate with you or to ship the puppy to you in
cargo. If shipping in cargo, we ship on non-stop flights only.