FAQs

Where are you located? We are located in north Atlanta.

What health clearances do you dogs have ? Our Goldens have health clearances from OFA or BVA for hips, elbows, heart and eyes

Where are your puppies raised ?Our puppies are raised in our family room.

How do I reserve a puppy? The first step is to fill out our puppy adoption application and I will email you back or give you a call. You can find the tab for application on our page . We often get busy with family so if you do not hear back from us w/in 48 hours please give us call or email us. We require a $500.00 deposit to reserve a puppy and the deposit is only refundable if we are unable to provide you with a puppy within a years time. Deposit goes towards the purchase price of puppy.

Do You Sell Your Puppies On Full AKC Registration? No, most of our puppies are sold on limited registration. We have a spay/neuter policy on all of our puppies. Limited registration means the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration nor are they eligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. They are eligible to be entered in events such as hunting test, obedience, tracking and agility.

What do you do with the puppy during the first 8 weeks ? Research has shown that from the age of about four weeks puppies are capable of learning from their experiences and the more pleasant the experiences a puppy has before the age of 12 weeks, the more confident he or she will be in new situations. We know it is our responsibility to ensure that puppies are well handled and socialized during this time- and we take this process very seriously.

Here is a brief overview of what we will be doing with your puppy each week– 

Week 1 and 2

Puppies spend most of the time being cuddled by mom. Someone is always with puppies 24/7 making sure puppies and fed and not laid in. During this time we also start picking up and rub and gently touch body and paws. This continues until the puppy goes to their new home. The idea is to help the puppy realize that we pupoy learn that humans are loving and safe. We run our fingers through the puppy’s gums, paws, and look in their ears. Puppies nails are trimmed.

Week 3: Start introducing the puppies to noise. We have different types of music playing so that the puppies get use to different sounds. They are also introduced to more sounds (vacuums, washer dryer, hair dryer, etc). This continues until they leave at 8 weeks old with new items always being introduced. Puppy mush is introduced and puppies start the weaning process .

Week 4: Introduced to the crate and start introducing new people. Puppy visit are welcomed . Puppy mush is still being feed.

Week 5 and 6:

Start potty training. At 6 weeks old we introduce car rides to help socialize the puppy and help prevent car sickness. Puppies are being weaning off of mush and starting to eat solid food

Week 7:

Continue with potty training and introducing new people and situations. Also, introduce the leash at this time.

Week 8: Puppies join their new families

Do you send videos and pictures so I can watch my puppy grow. YES!!! We love sharing pictures and videos of the pups. You will receive at least one video a week (usually around 5-10 minutes long) so you can watch how each puppy’s personality is developing. When the puppies are born we will place a different colored ribbon on each pup so you can identify them each week. We will also post pictures of the puppies.

Do You Ship? Yes, please contact me for further information. We don’t shop in cargo puppies must fly with me to their new homes.

When should I take my new puppy to the vet? Each of our puppies come with a warranty which requires you to have your puppy checked by a vet within 72 hours after picking up your puppy. Your vet will recommend a time to get follow-up “puppy shots” if you picked up your puppy at 8 weeks of age. Most vets recommend that puppies be re-vaccinated every 2-4 weeks until 16 weeks old.

Do English goldens mature slower? Yes .. English Golden Retrievers are slower to mature than American Goldens, with some lines maturing slower than others. Most English Goldens will continue to develop for years. They fill out and mature in both their body and especially their head later than American Golden Retrievers. Many imported Golden Retrievers don’t reach full maturity until about 4 years of age. This may be part of the reason that English Golden Retrievers live longer.

Are goldens good with children and animals? Yes… Goldens are amazing, sweet and loving to kids and animals. Golden Retrievers are wonderful dogs for families with children because of their gentleness. They are wonderful service dogs because of their willingness to please as well as their high intellect. We have had some of our puppies go in to be service and therapy dogs . They are wonderful dogs for those wanting to compete in obedience and agility because of their intelligence. And they are wonderful dogs in hospitals serving as therapy dogs because of their loving dependable nature. Some of our dogs visit hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Do You Train Puppies? We will train your puppy until 12 weeks of age. This includes basic obedience, crate training, getting your puppy used to car rides, sleeping through the night and used to going potty outside on a leash. The cost for this training is $2000.00. I only train a few puppies in each litter so please inquire if you are interested.

When Do Puppies Go Home?Puppies will be ready for their new homes beginning at 8 weeks. You must pick your puppy up by 8 weeks of age or we will charge $30.00 a day until pickup. Final payment must be made by 7 weeks on puppy selection day. The final payment must be made in cash. No checks will be accepted. On puppy selection day a puppy contract will be provided with our two year health guarantee.

What do I need to bring when I pick up my new puppy? We recommend that you bring a travel crate (~20 in. high for 8 week, 24 in. high for 16 weeks and 26 in. high for 6 months), some large bath towels, a small collar or body harness, a basic leash (NOT a retractable leash because they fear them at first), paper towels, garbage bags, some chew toys, water and a food and water dish.

What is the difference in a English and American Golden?The most obvious difference is the lighter colored coat. AKC penalizes for a light colored coat but the British Kennel Club doesn’t. As a result, many English Goldens have a light cream coat. English Goldens also have blockier heads, a more leveled top-line and a more square and bigger muzzle than American Golden Retrievers. Most importantly, English Goldens have almost a 25% less chance of getting cancer and outlive an American by 2-3 years.

What if I can’t make it to puppy selection day? If you aren’t able to come on puppy selection day don’t worry we can send lots of pictures and videos to help you make a decision. This is not unusual we have puppy parents do this a lot.

Have the puppies been wormed or given shots? Yes, puppies are wormed at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks. Puppies will be given their first puppy shot at 6 weeks of age and the puppy will need additional puppy shots at 9 weeks, 12 weeks and 15 weeks of age. Puppies will also be microchipped also .

What comes with my puppy ? Puppies will have will have had their first set of shots, will have been dewormed, vet checked (with written letter from our vet stating clean bill of health), you will receive a binder with important information about your puppy and how to take care of it, treats, toys and a blanket with moms scent on it .

May We Visit Your Home? Yes! You are welcome to visit, I just ask that you call first and let us know that you are coming. We also ask that if we have puppies at the time of your visit please do not visit or go around any other dogs or puppies before arrival. This includes pet stores, dog parks and any other place where lots of dogs gather. We do not allow visitors when we have newborn puppies at home for the protection of our babies.

How Do We Know Which Puppy We Will Get? Puppies are selected in order of deposits received. Puppy selection can be tough at an early age, so we wait until pups are six weeks old to begin the selection process. This gives the puppies time to develop physically and emotionally. Every puppy is assigned a separate colored collar from birth so that we can observe and note the personalities of each puppy as they grow. By six weeks of age they have enough of a distinct personality to share with the buyers.

At 7 weeks of age we do temperament testing and we match puppies to families based on individual needs and order of deposits. We can help you choose your puppy based on your needs. We are with our puppies everyday and we know them best. 

Is the puppy AKC registered? Yes. Our puppies are registered with the AKC. Buyers receive a copy of their limited registration AKC paperwork when they pick up their puppy.

What Should I Feed My Puppy?Currently our puppies and our dogs are being fed Pro Plan formula for All Stages. We will send home samples of this with your dog.

Do You Offer A Guarantee?Bent Creek Goldens offers a two year guarantee on any puppy with clinical signs of hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia and a preliminary OFA report confirming severe hip dysplasia or grade II or III elbow dysplasia. A copy of the x-ray must be furnished to Bent Creek Goldens and if we determine that the dog was poorly positioned, we reserve the right to require the dog to be re-x-rayed by a vet of our choice. We reserve the right to acquire DNA to determine that the dog or puppy is one of our lineages. Puppy must be returned to the breeder at buyer’s expense. Breeder will not be held liable for any expenses incurred by buyer, including but not limited to veterinarian bills and transportation costs.

Will my dog need to be on flea/tick medication? Yes your puppy will need to be on flea/tick medication . You will need to discuss with you Vet the best branch to use.

What is the breed standard for a Golden? We have chosen to show and breed in accordance with the International All Breed Canine Association for International titles.

General Appearance

Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression.

Characteristics

Biddable, intelligent and possessing natural working ability.

Temperament.. Kindly, friendly and confident.

Head and Skull.. Balanced and well chiseled, skull broad without coarseness; well set on neck, muzzle powerful, wide and deep. Length of foreface approximately equals length from well defined stop to occiput.

Eyes .. Dark brown, set well apart, dark rims.

Mouth ..Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck..Good length, clean and muscular.

Forequarters ..Forelegs straight with good bone, shoulders well laid back, long in blade with upper arm of equal length placing legs well under body.

Elbows close fitting.

Body ..Balanced, short coupled, deep through heart. Ribs deep, well sprung. Level topline.

Hindquarters..Loin and legs strong and muscular, good second thighs, well bent stifles. Hocks well let down, straight when viewed from rear, neither turning in nor out. Cow-hocks highly undesirable.

Feet ..Round and cat-like.

Tail..Set on and carried level with back, reaching to hocks, without curl at tip.

Gait / Movement..Powerful with good drive. Straight and true in front and rear. Stride long and free with no sign of hackney action in front.

Coat.. Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense water-resisting undercoat.

Color.. Any shade of gold or cream.

Size..Height at withers: dogs; 56-61 cms (22-24ins) bitches: 51-56cms (20-22ins).

Faults..Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

Do you show your dogs?

Yes we show our dogs in confirmation, rally, dock diving, barnhunt, FCATS, lure coursing .

Are you on social media?

Yes we are and we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Where Are You Located? We are located in north Atlanta.

Do You Have References? Yes. I will be happy to provide references. You can also find references on our page.

What if for some reason I become unable to keep my dog? It is our policy that if you can no longer care for your Golden because of a move, because of financial difficulties or any other reason then you must return to Bent Creek Goldens. We always want to make sure our pups go to quality homes, for the entire life of the animal. We will either find a good home for your Golden or care for him/her ourselves.

Goldens purchased from Bent Creek’s Goldens should never be sent to an animal shelter, a rescue center or given to someone without contacting us first.

How Long Have You Been Breeding? We have owned golden retrievers for about 30 years and began showing/breeding about 5 years ago.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I am always happy to answer any questions. Please call or text Lisa @  678-592-9036 or email me at Bentcreekgoldens@gmail.com

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