We are the Perkins family of Berryville, Arkansas, and the Reed family of Greenbrier, Arkansas.
The Perkins are originally from Northwest Arkansas, but called Central Arkansas home from 2013 to 2021. Arkansas River Golden Retrievers was born from a great love of the breed and their own first golden retriever, Oakley - their Valentine's Day gift to one another in 2012.
The Perkins' started their married lives together in Russellville, and would often take Oakley to Lake Dardanelle or the Arkansas River to play and swim. Often on their treks to see family in Northwest Arkansas, stops for water play time in various rivers and creeks were a common occurrence when the dogs are along for the ride. They moved to Maumelle to be closer to his job, and finally settled on buying their first home in Benton in 2013. Because they always lived near the Arkansas River since being married and owning goldens, they decided on the name Arkansas River Golden Retrievers when they decided to take their love for the breed a step further and added Echo and Elsa to the family. In September of 2021, they made the decision to move back home to Northwest Arkansas to be closer to family and are currently residing in Berryville while they buy/build a home in the crazy NWA market. They now have a son that keeps them very busy, but he's great to help out with socializing dogs and puppies! These days, whether it's the Arkansas, Buffalo, White, Kings, or any other river, they and the dogs still often enjoy a trip to any accessible body of water in the beautiful state of Arkansas.
The Reed family are long-time golden owners and lovers residing in Greenbrier, Arkansas. After tragically losing their beloved golden, Chief, they acquired another golden pup, Scout, from Arkansas River Goldens out of Oakley and Elsa's Valentine's Day litter in 2017. Soon after, they decided to also add Willow to their family. They established Reed's Retrievers and purchased Huck with ARGR with the intent of co-owning him as a sire before the Reeds and Perkins agreed to merge together under the singular name of "Arkansas River Golden Retrievers". They and their kids have all been actively hunting and training with Huck and often take their dogs on hiking adventures in between all their sports activities.
Together we are working toward continually becoming better and more responsible breeders in multiple ways. First and foremost, we are focusing on getting our dogs' health clearances completed; being selective on the dogs we choose to add to the ARGR family with focuses on pedigrees, health history, longevity, keeping up with veterinary research surrounding the breed and genetic diversity; and we're working on getting our dogs more involved in things outside of our homes. While we all stay busy with our kids, in our free time we always stay busy training and entertaining our dogs!
The Perkins are located in Berryville, Arkansas.
The Reeds are located in Greenbrier, Arkansas.