New Litter Coming in December!

We’re excited to announce that Lina has been bred with Forrest of Mardovar Golden Retreviers, our new stud pick! Puppies are due December 20th.

I’m feeling very blessed to be partnering with Dodi from Mardovar. Her dogs are amazing, and she’s been placing her Goldens in service and therapy work for decades. Since I am all about excellence in conformation and temperament for our Lake Joy Goldens puppies, this partnership is a great fit.

Check back regularly here for updates about the upcoming breeding and litter! If you are interested in a Lake Joy Goldens puppy, please explore our website and fill out a puppy questionnaire.

Here are some pictures of Forrest, and a link to his pedigree: Forrest_Pedigree 

And here are some picture updates from our sweet LJG puppies from the May-July litter. We love staying in touch with our families and watching these beautiful dogs grow up from afar. Thanks for sending us these pics!

This is Murphy (whom we called Mr. Green, if you want to look back through blog posts and pics).

And this is Indy (whom we called Mr. Red).

About Us


We are a selective hobby breeding family who loves Golden Retrievers and lives on 2 acres in Great Falls, Virginia. We carefully research and plan limited breedings, and then turn our attention to providing these puppies with the best nutrition, love, and stimulation we can possibly give them.

We came to love Golden Retrievers through our first Golden, Holly. Our crazy, large family wanted a dog to join in our family adventures (which are many), but it had to be just the right breed for water, family, friends, and fun. Holly joined us and changed us all through her sensitive, noble, and devoted spirit. She was a walking advertisement for Goldens!

Our house in Great Falls!

Every June, as soon as school was out, we packed up our large family and headed by van from Great Falls, VA to a small lake outside of Seattle, WA called Lake Joy. Yes, it’s really a place!

We spent the entire summer there (my husband works for a Seattle based company so this all worked) in kayaks, sailboats, and constantly in the water, returning usually the day before school started.

Holly was the best friend and companion to our kids.

Holly was with us on every adventure of those sun-filled, Lake Joy days and also in our life back in Great Falls (although she preferred the lake). Unfortunately, Holly died suddenly in 2014 at age 7, much too soon.

Lake Joy Goldens was born of my determination to help in the effort to breed only very healthy Goldens. In some breeding lines, cancer is taking dogs at much too young an age. I began to search for a female puppy, with an impeccable health pedigree, who was also an excellent example of the Golden Retriever breed standard in conformation and temperament. After researching for nearly a year, we found our Lina, Goldenway’s Stellina d’Oro from our fantastic and encouraging breeder, Leslie Lesser of Goldenway Goldens, and now have her as our beloved family companion and foundation female.

Explore our website to learn more about us, our breeding philosophy, and our foundation momma, Lina.

We’re also excited that Lake Joy Goldens is officially listed on the Puppy Culture world wide map of breeders! This puppy training method that we use is designed to take full advantage of the natural intelligence and developmental capacity that puppies have from birth through eight weeks. That means your puppies will come to you with a great head start! Check out their website for more info if you’re curious.

Below are some photos from our previous litter: first one puppy (Hero Dogs Captain) and then some the whole litter, taken shortly before they headed to their families. Check out our blogFacebook, or Instagram (follow us at @lakejoygoldens) for lots more photos and information about past litters!



Lina is a little lady at 61 lbs. She has a happy, confident style that makes everyone notice her and compliment her beauty. She is a light gold with a gorgeous straight correct coat and outstanding structure. She has a blocky head and an excellent stop. Her eyes are expressive and cheerful.

Lina is a playful Golden who loves to be with people. She loves spending time outside running and walking, but is also happy to cozy up next to us by the fire in the evenings. She’s added an enormous amount of life to our home and is devoted to the whole family.


Pedigree and Certifications

Hip Certification

Hip Certification

Elbow Certification

Elbow Certification

Heart Certification

Heart Certification

Eye Certification

Eye Certification

Lina’s Pedigree from the AKC

Lina’s Pedigree from the AKC

Results from Lina’s Genetic Tests

Results from Lina’s Genetic Tests

Cali (Mom) x Koji (Dad)

Lina is the daughter of Cali (Goldenway's Don't Hate me Cause I'm Beautiful GCH CAN CH U CH Goldenway's Caramel Chew Chew X Goldenway's After The Storm) and Koji (PENNYLANE YANKEE SPARE NO XPENSE TO GOLDENWAY

Breeding Philosophy

I carefully select a stud dog that comes from healthy lines, with excellent Golden Retriever temperament and beautiful conformation. Superior health and temperament are the traits I breed for, but I don’t believe in breeding a dog that isn’t also an excellent example of the breed standard.

I use Jane Killion’s Puppy Culture protocol with all of my puppies and can be found on their world wide map of breeders. This puppy training method is designed to take full advantage of the natural intelligence and developmental capacity that puppies have from birth through 8 weeks and means that your puppies will come to you with a great head start! Check out their website for more info if you’re curious.

Golden Retrievers belong with people, and our adults and pups are born in our home surrounded by people (and 2 friendly cats), and will stay in our home until they go to their new families. I will not kennel my dogs or ship puppies. Puppies must be picked up from our home in Great Falls, Virginia.

I will keep a journal about each puppy as they develop, noting stories of their escapades that give clues about their temperament so that you can know some of what I know about each puppy when they go home with you. Each puppy will go home with a puppy packet with instructions, and a blanket that will come from the litter. They will be de-wormed with all their initial vaccinations.

Temperament testing will be done by me and an outside professional. We will give you as much information as possible about your puppy and his or her patterns of behavior so you will “know” your puppy a bit when he or she goes home with you. We want each puppy and family to be the perfect fit for each other.

When filling out the puppy questionnaire, please be as candid as possible about your lifestyle and wishes for your new family member. This will help us ensure that you and your puppy are a good match.


Week 6 – lots of new experiences!

This week we intensify the operant conditioning with the clicker and treats. These puppies are all really smart, and are quickly responding to the training. The families […]

A busy week!

The puppies have had a full week! They met the grandkids on Saturday, and were loved and played with whenever they were awake! They met many family […]


If you're interested in learning more about Lake Joy Goldens and the upcoming litter of puppies, please reach out to us at and we will send you a Puppy Questionnaire, or download the Questionnaire and send it to us. We sell all puppies limited registration only. We look forward to hearing from you!