How to Choose Responsible Goldendoodle or Labradoodle Breeders
If you choose to get your doodle from a breeder, it is important that you find a responsible breeder for so many reasons. You certainly don’t want to buy a puppy form a breeder who is only into breeding for the money. You want to be sure that they truly care for the pups and would never just dump them at the pound (or worse) simply because they didn’t sell. If people don’t buy from breeders like this, they will go out of business. So do your part! You also want to make sure that the pups are in a clean, safe and comfortable environment. Unclean living conditions may be a sign of unhealthy Goldendoodle or Labradoodle puppies. There are several ways to tell if your breeder is a responsible breeder:
1) Breeders should have nothing to hide. Good breeders are proud of their facilities and their dogs. When you go to see the puppies the breeder should have no problem with you meeting the parents and coming into the puppies’ environment. Avoid breeders who have all the puppies in an area that you cannot see and then bring each puppy out for you to meet one at a time.
2) Good breeders are knowledgeable and open to any question you may have.
3) A breeder should be interested in the type of owner you are going to be. They should have the puppy’s best interest at heart and desire to give them to a loving and caring owner who can raise a happy pup.
What Age Goldendoodle or Labrdaoodle Should You Get?
Although the cuteness of a puppy is hard to resist, it is important to consider if a puppy is the best fit for your family. Many people are choosing to buy or rescue Goldendoodles and Labradoodles that are anywhere from puppy stage through older ages. Older owners or families that don’t desire the hyper potty training stages may want to look into a doodle that is out of their puppy stage. Rescuing is a great way to do this. There are many Goldendoodle and Labradoodle rescue organizations, and below are some resources to help you find your perfect rescue doodle.
If you decide to get your doodle as a puppy, it is important to make sure the puppy stays with his mom and litter until he is at least 7 or 8 weeks old. This allows the puppy to learn the important “doggy social skills” from its littermates, like ranking processes. Basically, you want your dog to know how to be a dog!
Is Shipping a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle OK?
It is not recommended to ship your doodle for a few reasons. One large reason is because it does not allow you to see the facilities that your doodle was in before coming to you to make sure they are clean and healthy environments. You are also unable to meet your doodle before buying him or her, and you do not get to meet the parents to make sure they are friendly dogs that fit into your household. Often times the pup is a reflection to some degree of their parent, so you should beware if the parents’ personality does not fit with your family.
Some people do choose to ship their dogs, and usually it is because they cannot find a breeder in their area. Click here for help on finding a breeder in your area!
Rescuing a Doodle
Unfortunately, like many other breeds, there are many doodles that are left by their owners for various reasons. Rescuing a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle may be a very rewarding option to consider in finding your perfect new pet. Below are a few recommended rescue sites:
*Petfinder.com – This site links to many different rescue groups throughout North America. It allows you to search by location, breed, age, size, etc.
* http://www.adoptapet.com– This site is similar to Petfinder and allows you to search in your area.