Why are Bachelor Creek English Goldens so different than other English Goldens?
Why are they one of the most sought after dogs for therapy and for families?
Backed by years of selectively breeding females from several countries in Europe; then crossing them with a sire from France, for over a decade and a half we have sought to have the perfect dog.
A dog with health, a dog with a calm yet loving temperament who bonds with its people, and a dog with the conformation true to the breed as English Goldens originally were. Dogs with short stature, big bones, and blocky heads.
Today the dogs speak for themselves.
Known nationwide, Bachelor Creek’s Goldens are recognized wherever they are.
Many have become celebrities known in large cities. They are also popular figures in businesses, restaurants, and frequenters in bars as they daily serve their humans.
I have learned that it takes many years of breeding to acquire or remove a trait in a dog. Usually no less than 5 generations. That’s a long time. Time that’s both frustrating and rewarding. Time that’s worth it in the end.
Trying to breed the best health is hard. Goldens in the U.S. are plagued with cancer, bad hearts, and poor hips. Even with excellent health clearances, which I’ve learned almost entirely depend on the person reading the picture; there are no guarantees. This is an advantage to having bred many generations of a dog. To know traits and tendencies that come with a bloodline over a period of years is much more accurate I’ve found than a snapshot which can be skewed or misread at one moment in time in a dogs life.
When we sell a pup, we put a 2 year health guarantee with it. But, adopting a puppy is forever. We want to know, beyond the shadow of any doubt that you are getting a healthy puppy that will live and be with you for a full life. For a long life.
These are the reasons that we have our own proprietary genetics.
We know exactly what we have. We know exactly because our dogs span over many generations.
Even with perfect health clearances, outcrossing with certain males can create an unforeseen disaster.
We will continue to breed with what we know will most consistently produce the healthiest pups for a lifetime.
A calm, consistent temperament among our pups was the hardest of all to acquire.
There are so many people bringing in “first generation” imported Goldens into the U.S. as we also did so many years ago.
Advertised as “Champion Bloodlines” and “Imported” the claims that are made catch the eye. These dogs are beautiful (although some are looking more like Labradors) but the vast majority are bred strictly for show. Many are very active and do not have the temperament or personality that Bachelor Creek people are looking for.
A therapy dog and even a family companion must have the personality to love, stay close, and the desire to sacrifice. These are traits that must be within them. Hardwired into the heart of a dog. These traits are not acquired.
The calmness and compassion of our dogs captivate those around them. They love unconditionally.
It’s been a long road and at least 3 distinct times I’ve gotten discouraged and wanted to quit fighting to achieve the perfect dog.
But we kept going. We kept working to get all of the traits that we wanted.
Today.....we have them all.
These dogs are awesome. Not because of us. Because of who they are.
Their people tell their story. There are more stories every day....
We are proud to offer these pups to you.
One of a kind. From our family to yours.
Travis E. Flora