Creek Labradors- SCL is registered and licensed by the State of
Missouri. Our dogs/pups have earned over 100 titles and awards in
at least 8 different organizations including AKC, UKC/HRC, UFTA,
BDC, PHU, PF, NATHA, and QU. Our dogs can hunt or compete at the
highest levels with or against any dogs in the world. We also have
puppies that have become search and rescue dogs, detection dogs
for the military and law enforcement, service dogs for the blind
and dogs trained to detect cancer and diabetes. One puppy this year
went to the breeder of the 2011 National Field Trial Champion(NFC
Watermark's Running Back). This is the result of years of breeding
for the total package of Labrador traits/skills rather than breeding
for any single trait. SCL is a small kennel and guide service
located on 80 acres in central Missouri. We also have land in the
Missouri River valley adjacent to 5000+ acres of the Big Muddy Wildlife
Area. We have over 12,000 acres of public land nearby to hunt and
train on including a waterfowl refuge. Our goal is to perpetuate
the original traits that have made the Labrador the most popular
dog in the world. We believe that longstanding great field bred
bloodlines are the key to great dogs. SCL has sought out NFC bloodlines
throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Our dogs possess
sound temperament and great natural instincts and excel in the home
as well as in the field. We believe in the British philosophy of
breeding. You don't train out bad habits/traits you breed them out.
We only breed our best dogs that have the complete package.
We only breed dogs that we can train easily without using a professional.
Our dogs are born and bred to hunt. They also have the skills to
compete as well as being excellent family companions. All of our
dogs and puppies have been raised in the house. We use the Early
Neurological Stimulation Program(ENS) on our litters as well. This
helps them to deal better with stress later in life and training.
dog is the most important part of your hunting equipment. SCL only
breeds dogs that have proven themselves in the field and all of
our breeding dogs are OFA certified good or excellent Their eyes
are CERF 'd annually. We also register the DNA of our dogs so that
our dogs' and your puppies' lineage can be proven. We are so confident
in our bloodlines that we not only guarantee our dogs health (hips
/ eyes ) but that they will hunt for anyone (with a minimum of training).
Our dogs are used extensively for upland and waterfowl hunting and
to further prove themselves, they compete throughout the United
States. We test all our dogs for the EIC(Exercise Induced Collapse)
gene. EIC is a genetic neuromuscular disease that has been found
in a large number of Labradors primarily from/in field trial stock.
A new DNA test has recently become available through the University
of Minnesota (EIC
info link). As of 2/24/2013 we have the results back for several
of our dogs. Swift Creek's JJ Flash , Swift Creek's Lady Guinevere,
SCL's Lady Hot Tub Aella, Glenbriar Primrose, Glenbriar Roisin,
SCL's Tandragee Kiera Flash, SCL's Loosey Goosey, and SCL's Watermark
Stella Blue were all found to be EIC CLEAR. All of our dogs are
tested and none will be bred until the results come back. We encourage
all buyers to insist on EIC test results for both the dam and sire
of their puppy/dog. This is a double recessive genetic disease.
We have witnessed it in dogs other than our own and feel that all
Lab owners/buyers/breeders must join to eliminate this disease from
the gene pool. It is an insidious disease with no cure that causes
dogs to become temporarily lame after exercise or excitement and
can cause death in extreme cases.
For several years our dogs ran primarily in the BDC/Tournament Hunter
LLC. We are now running AKC/HRC/APLA hunt tests/trials with continuing
success to prove that our dogs can compete in them as well at the
same high level. l feel that tournament hunting is the most true
test of what the Labrador Retriever was originally bred for over
200 years ago. It is real upland hunting with live birds being shot
by the handler, after being produced by your dog. The dog must produce
the bird, mark the fall, and retrieve to hand to receive full points
for that bird. Points are also awarded for the amount of time it
takes to fill the bag limit. Dogs are scored not subjectively judged.
No style points or politics! The most proficient dog wins. Championship
points are awarded to dogs placing 1st, 2nd,or 3rd. To earn a championship
title you must place first multiple times and accumulate a total
of 20 championship points similar to field trials. We also get to
compete against AKC JH,SH,MH; APLA GMPR's; Field Trial champions;HRCH,
etc. to see what dogs truly are great hunting dogs. We only breed
exceptional, natural hunters. We do not breed litters that we would/do
not keep a pup out of. SCL dogs have participated in thirteen national
tournaments since 1997 being awarded four National Champion titles,
second, two thirds, fourth, fifth, eighth, and eleventh place competing
against the best tournament hunting dogs in the USA and have been
featured on the Outdoor Channel, MAV TV, the Sportsman's Channel,
and in GunDog Magazine, and Quail Unlimited Magazine. We have had
to cut back on competing recently due to personal mobility issues.
In spite of this SCL dogs continue to compete at the highest levels.
We expect to return to a more active role in competition in 2013.
In 2010 two dogs we bred placed 5th and 6th in the World Championships
of Tournament Hunting. In March 2011 GMPR HR Swift Creek's Wanna
Dip SH(Cope) won the 2010 BDC Amateur National Championship title
and the BDC Amateur Flushing Dog of the Year while being handled
by Paula Voorhees. Cope followed that up in October 2011 placing
third in the World championships while handled by John Turnquist.
In Feb. 2012 Cope while handled by Noah Voorhees won the Youth title
at the National Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever Bird Dog Classic.
Another dog we bred, Ryley at 17 months of age, placed 2nd in the
doubles division at the same 2010 BDC National Championships and
was handled by her owner Jerry McCarthy. Ryley just followed that
up by winning the Top Gun Puppy and second in Puppy Doubles at the
NATHA U.S. Open in April 2011. Ryley has earned the 2011 BDC Puppy
Flusher of the year title. Ryley and Brenda McCarthy just won at
the BDC World Championships October 2012. On a sad note Swift Creek's
Lady Guinevere 5X BDC CH passed away Nov. 1, 2011 at the age of
12. Guin was our "once in a lifetime"dog and was one of
the best to ever tournament hunt. She had the best nose that anyone
has ever seen and the drive to keep up with it. Guin gave us many,
many, great memories. She was a special member of our family and
will never be forgotten. Her bloodline is the foundation of our
kennel and her pups, grand pups, and great grand pups continue to
prove her bloodline. Ironically, our last two litters of 2011 were
her grand pups and great grand pups. 4 generations in the house
and kennels at the same time! 2012 thus far has seen a pup from
Sugar Magnolia's 2010 litter make the Derby List. Just Trigg, a
chocolate male owned and handled by Monte Bochart earned his AKC
JH and SH and then ran in a hand full of Derby's making the Derby
Paul Swift has been hunting and training dogs for over forty years.
Paul has been an active judge, scoring hundreds of dogs in numerous
competitions and multiple organizations, as well as ten national
tournaments and the 2009/2010/2011 World Championships. He is a
member of the AKC, UKC, BDC, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wild
Turkey Federation and has guided hunts for upland birds, wild turkey,
and waterfowl for over twenty years. He is also a member of the
Tri-Tronic's Influential's Club. If you are in need of an e-collar
please contact us as we can get you the lowest price anywhere on
Tri-Tronics' equipment .
Our dogs are "possessed" with great hunting skills