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Breeders of AKC Registered Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels & Shih-Tzus. We also specialize in Goldendoodles, Cockapoos and Shi-Poos.

At Coval Creek Kennels we are dedicated to raising healthy, happy family pets. We started our breeding program back in 1989. We continually strive to improve and develop our breeding program to ensure the good health and temperament of our puppies.
Quality puppies don't come by accident, they are the result of genetically sound parents. Knowing the family history of a certain bloodline and genetic testing is the best way to stay on tract.

Many people do not realize the reality associated with golden retrievers and hip dysplasia. A study done by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) from January 1974 thru December 2003 found 20.5% were dysplastic and that only 3.4% were evaluated as excellent. In order for a dog to be OFA certified, it must rank excellent, good or fair. Borderline, mild, moderate or severe hip dysplasia do not certify.  We never mate a golden retriever or a standard poodle unless it is hip certified or has had it's prelimb evaluation of good to excellent. All of our OFA certified goldens are  good to excellent.  We also do some testing for heart and thyroid. For more information, go to OFA website at www.offa.org.

We are on our 4th generation of golden retrievers.

Our cocker spaniel line is one of the best bloodlines that I have come across in two decades. What you should really be concerned about when purchasing a cocker spaniel is temperament. We do not tolerate any biters whatsoever. There is not a dog on our premises a stranger cannot pet. We are presently on our fourth generation of this bloodline. We have eyes and heart checked on our cockers before any are used in our breeding program. Hip dysplasia has not really been an issue with cocker spaniels.

We are starting our third generation of Shih-Tzus and take the same steps to ensure consistent quality that we do with our other breeds. You can be assured whether you purchase a purebred or one of our "poo" mixes, the same dedication of excellence goes into each breeding.

When our puppies are ready for their new homes, they will always be up-to-date on their shots and dewormed and come with a health guarantee.

Ed and Nancy Collins | Grand Ridge IL 61325 | (815) 249-6804 | ecollins1828@frontier.com