Dylan & Kourtney Haddix- Owner of Red Prairie Retrievers
Kourtney got her first golden retriever in 2007, and had her first litter in 2009. During that time, we only had one other litter in 2015 and another in 2017. We fell in love with the field goldens, and better established our breeding goals and program in 2015, moving to Gillette, WY in 2018.
We are currently living and raising our puppies in Gillette, WY. We are located on 5 acres with plenty of area for our goldens to run. Because our favorite hobbies are out door activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and more, our goldens get to enjoy all these activities as well.
Our first golden was what encouraged us to give other people the opportunity at a well raised golden. She was a sweet girl who always wanted to be by your side. We fell in love with the few litters we had with her and from there we have been able to expand our program and share the love of goldens with our puppy buyers.
Our goal is to have a working golden that you can take in the field all day, but is still able to be a phenomenal family member as well. Our dogs get to live normal, spoiled lives as our family members. Our puppies are raised inside and socialized starting day one until they leave to their new families. We strive to be responsible and honest breeders so our puppies owners have an amazing experience with their new puppy. Please note that we do this part time as a hobby only because we work full time jobs outside of the breeding world. We will not breed more than what is feasible and fun for us to do.
A little bit more about me.
I grew up on a ranch in Montana surrounded by many animals. I currently reside in Gillette, Wyoming where I work as a teacher during the school year and work with the dogs/training during the summer months. Growing up, my mom showed and bred miniature dachshunds (East Front Dachshunds), so I have over 15 years of experience with Golden Retrievers, and a lifetime of experience working with dogs. I also enjoy continuing to learn how to train in field and obedience work.
How did you get into breeding?
My mother was a breeder and shower of Dachshunds, so it was natural for me to be introduced to breeding and training. Once I was old enough to get my own dog, I chose a Golden Retriever. My passion for bettering this breed has grown every day I work and train them, including improving our health testing goals and titling. Over the years we have been able to keep in touch with our puppy buyers and improve our breeding program with our future puppy buyers in mind.
What makes your breeding program special?
We have dedicated ourselves to bettering the Golden Retriever breed through health testing, training, and titling our dogs. It is our goal to preserve the reason that goldens were bred for, which is to work and specifically be a hunting companion. Our dogs are not kenneled and live normal lives indoors with our family. They are a part of all the activities we enjoy. We do our best to stay up to date on research and continue to increase the health testing and work we do with our dogs.