This is not the first time I've heard of this kind of blind "rules" that keep someone who would provide an exemplary home from adopting a dog. A very good friend of mine has always had either Golden Retrievers or Irish Setters. She has fort of alternated if she does't have two at once. She is a veterinarian, a professor in the vet tech and pre-vet programs at a college, and the dog is with her almost around the clock, going to school with her, going on farm calls, etc. When at home, her husband takes the dog(s) on long walks in the woods on a long line. They live on a 20 acre farm, with horses, chickens and a couple of cats. Their dogs have consistently lived long, happy and healthy lives with the best of care.
HOWEVER, they do not have a fenced yard. For this reason alone, Yankee Golden has refused to place a dog with them, even though they were told, (and any number of people could verify) that the dog would NEVER be outdoors unsupervised, and would be provided with plenty of supervised exercise.
Fortunately, there are some breed rescues in the deep south that realize that a good home that doesn't QUITE fit their "ideal" is MUCH better than either euthanasia or being warehoused in a shelter somewhere. It's even better than being housed with a fosterer, who is not going to let themselves get dAs far as the breeding thing is concerned, obviously, this eply attached to an animal they know will eventually leave them. It was Yankee Golden's loss in the end, because my friend would have not only provided a great home for one of their dogs, but would have also been a huge asset to their organization.
As far as the breeding issue is concerned, obviously this rescue would rather have underbred dogs and mixed breed mutts to place (probably for a tidy fee) than see reputable breeder producing good quality dogs. Such a shame that they are so short sighted. Their loss, not yours.