Frequently Asked Questions
What does a Goldendoodle
- Please take a moment to look through our
Doodle Gallery. Many of our owners have sent us
photos, and we have included the names of the parents with each pup's page
so that you might be able to see examples of pups from that family line.
- We currently have one adult Goldendoodle on premises,
and we can make an appointment for you to meet her, as well as our other
- There are also quite a few pictures of adult
Goldendoodles on the internet. You
can find several custom home pages for owners at www.Goldendoodles.com. Please keep in mind that some of those
puppies are F1, or first generation and some are F1B or multi
generation. Most of our puppies are
F1, and have moderately wavy coats.
Why would someone choose a
Goldendoodle over a pure-bred?
- The most salient feature of the Goldendoodle is
that they have the Golden Retriever’s desire to please, combined with the
Standard Poodle’s intelligence. As
a result, they quickly and happily learn what their owner
desires of them.
- With any cross-breed (including the Goldendoodle), you
have the benefits of a more diverse gene pool, greatly reducing the chances that
your dog will suffer from a recessive illness. With a designer cross-breed, this
principle (called "hybrid vigour") combined with the selection of healthy members
of the parent breeds (Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles) produces the best of
- As a result, a mixed-breed such as the Goldendoodle is
healthier than the average pure-bred dog. They are much less prone to the
inherited weaknesses of either parent breed. Many of our customers have come to us
for this reason, having experienced the heartbreak of losing a beloved purebred pet
to cancer, hip dysplasia, or other
Isn’t a Goldendoodle just a
- Of course not. A "mutt" is a term (whether used
affectionately or pejoratively) referring to a dogs of mixed-breed heritage where
the contributing breeds are unknown (or guessed at based on certain physical
traits). Until the dog is grown, it remains unknown what size, look, or
personality traits it has inherited. There is nothing wrong with a mutt,
in fact we have had several rescue mutts in our home over the years.
- You will hear others denounce various
intentional cross-breeds as mutts, usually making the emotional and uninformed
statement that intentionally producing mixed-breed puppies is “renegade”, claiming
that the results are "unpredictable" or or "irresponsible" because there are
many mutts available at the pound. These statements are obviously made by
those who are uninformed about the goals of cross-breeding.
- Some families (including us) adore their adopted
mutts and enjoy the surprises that come with getting to know them. We fully
support all families that are able to make a decision to adopt an orphan dog from
the shelter. To do so is clearly a blessing to the dog, and in most cases a
blessing for the family. We also understand that not all families are in a
circumstance to adopt without a known background, as they cannot or choose not to
take the risks associated with the unknown because they have small
children, allergies, or a lifestyle that doesn’t allow for the time
necessary to rehabilitate an animal with an unknown history.
How large will a Goldendoodle get?
- In general, Our Goldendoodles
range in size from 65 to 75 pounds. Our Golden Retrievers are athletic and compact,
ranging from 55-75 pounds, and the poodles we breed to are tall.
- Keep in mind that females
are on average 5-8 pounds lighter than the males, but there are certainly
individual females the are on the larger side and individual males that are
Is a larger dog harder to
- We don’t believe so. Our dogs are incredibly calm and
easily trained. Most people have seen the dog that
jumps and takes his owner for a walk. While larger breeds are generally stronger,
this behavior has
everything to do with training from as early as 5 weeks of age. We begin to shape
our dogs at this age, reinforcing good
behavior (attention, calmness, affection, etc.) and ignoring bad behavior
(jumping, biting, excessive barking) so that they know what
humans expect from them. Our
experience has shown us that a consistently trained 100 pound dog will be
easier to handle than an unruly 40 pound dog.
What is F1 and F1B mean? What does Standard mean?
- F1 refers to Goldendoodles that result from the
breeding of a full-bred Golden Retriever and a full-bred Standard Poodle.
F1B refers to the puppy born of a Standard Poodle and a F1 Goldendoodle.
We breed both F1 and F1b Standard Goldendoodles.
- Standard refers to Goldendoodles bred with
- We breed both F1 and F1b Standard Goldendoodles.
About our puppies and dogs:
What sort of dogs do you use
to breed your Goldendoodles?
- All of our Goldendoodles are bred using high
quality AKC purebred Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles. Most of
our dams are Golden Retrievers, but we do have a one female Standard Poodle
and a couple of female
Standard Goldendoodles. For specific pedigrees, please go to the dog's individual
page and click the blue link with their formal name and AKC number.
What health testing do you put your dogs through?
- All of our breeding dogs are screened for Hip and
Elbow dysplasia via OFA or Penn-Hip style xrays. We also screen for hereditary
eye problems through CERF examinations. Additionally, they are certified through
OFA for cardiac and thyroid health. For more details on OFA certifications,
please visit www.OFFA.org.
- All of our hired studs have also received their OFA hip
and CERF eye exams. Some of the studs we've hired have additional examinations,
depending on the breeder we've contracted with.
- In addition, we stay in contact
with the breeders and owners of the parents (and sometimes grandparents) of our
dogs to follow up on their continued health and potential breeding considerations.
For the specifics on a particular dog, please go to their individual page and
click the blue link with their formal name and AKC number.
What nutrition and
veterinary care will the puppies receive before they are sent home?
- Our dams are fed high quality whole foods and
supplemental herbs for the puppies in utero. Once the puppies are about four weeks, we begin supplemental feeding with soft foods.
- Many breeders de-worm
their puppies several times before going home. Although puppies can
contract worms from a the environment, in most
cases worms are contracted via the mother's milk. Because deworming is
very hard on their young intestines, the best
defense for parasites is prevention.Our dams are cleared for
parasites (worms) before conception, and dewormed again after the
puppies are born. This helps to minimize the possibility of parasites
in the puppies and the need for harsh treatments before 5 weeks of age.
If puppies are symptomatic for worms,
we will of course treat them immediately, but we have found prevention
to be the most useful. They are wormed after they are weaned, minimizing
the possibility of re-infection and maximizing the deworming process.
This prepares them to make the best use of the following vaccinations.
- Our puppies receive their first
vaccinations before they are released to go home.
We time this to be soon after they are weaned so that the injected
antibodies are not competing with the maternal antibodies.
How long before the puppies
can go home?
- We typically keep our puppies until eight weeks
of age. Goldendoodles mature faster than Golden Retrievers. Much like
Standard Poodles, they are ready to bond and learn about new
environments by 6-7 weeks. However, we cannot release
them until they have been weaned enough to receive their first set of
shots. This makes it possible for
their immune system to make the best use of the injected antibodies. Our
litters are also quarantined away
from other dogs until then.
How much do your puppies
cost? What does that include?
- Our first generation (F1) puppies are $2000
each. Our second generation (F1B) puppies are $2200.
- All of our puppies go home with a health guarantee
that covers immediate life threatening illness for the three days and
hip dysplasia for two years. Please feel free to contact us for a copy of our
puppy contract and health guarantee.
- Our puppies also go home with microchip already
implanted and the first of their puppy vaccinations already completed.
- We take a $500 deposit (non-refundable) for a priority wait-list
reservation, with the balance due at delivery. Please note that final payments
need to be in cash or cashier's check.
- Please take a moment to read our
Waitlist and Selection
Policy for more details.
Do I have to spay/neuter my
- Yes, we do require a commitment to spay/neuter
- (a) It will make your life easier by eliminating
the behavior patterns that accompany a sexually mature dog;
- (b) it will reduce the chances of your dog being
attacked by a same-sex competitor;
- (c) it will protect against the possibility of
you dog developing a reproductive cancer, which is not uncommon;
- (d) it will eliminate the possibility of an
unwanted pregnancy that could result in puppies that suffer from an
inherited condition from an uninformed pairing. (Again, wouldn’t it just break your heart if your dog had
puppies all developed a painful condition?);
- (e) it ensures that your dog does not run away
to seek a mate, possibly resulting is his or her injury or death; and
- (f) last, but equally important, fixing your dog
is a conscientious good deed that reduces the number of unwanted puppies,
therefore honoring and valuing the heroic efforts of the volunteers that
donate countless hours and dollars to rescue and rehabilitate ill and
neglected animals from local shelters.
Will my puppy need grooming?
- Yes, because Goldendoodles don’t shed, they need
“haircuts”. This can be done by your local groomer or can be done at home
with some practice. Goldendoodles also need to have the hair in the their
ears trimmed and the ears themselves cleaned regularly to prevent ear infection.
We also recommend regular toenail clipping.
- There are many different styles of grooming for
Goldendoodles. It is often difficult to describe exactly what you want from
your groomer, so we recommend that you bring your groomer a photo
of a Goldendoodle with the haircut you prefer.
Are your puppies
- Almost all of our F1 puppies are non-shedding and
hypo-allergenic. There are a handful of pups that may experience temporary shedding
in the following conditions: sudden weather changes,
frequent swims in a chlorinated pool, or transition from
puppy to adult coat. Additional factors that could affect the coat negatively
are low-quality nutrition, or advanced age.
- Even so, this temporary shedding is short-lived and significantly less than that of other
shedding breeds. Keep in mind that while many first generation Goldendoodles
are hypo-allergenic, there is no such thing as allergen free. Some people with severe allergies will still react to a full Poodle.
I'm looking for an adult Goldendoodle. Do you ever have any available?
- It's highly unusual for us to have a an older puppy left over, or to have a puppy need a new home once it's gone home with a family, so it is highly unusual for us to have older puppies or adults available. We do get many requests for adults, and we're happy to receive requests, but please understand that we are not likely to be able to fill these requests. You may want to check with The International Doodle Owners Group (www.IDOG.biz) for doodle rescue opportunities or your local rescue for an adult dog that might meet your needs.
Does it make a difference which parent is the Golden Retriever and which is the Poodle?
- Over the last few years we've had a variety sires and
dams from the same Poodle lineage, as well as sires and dams from the same Golden
Retreiver lineage. We've noticed the the look of the puppies follows the
lineage (not the gender) of the parent.
- Concerning personality, we find that
our Goldendoodles are very consistently calm and good natured. We credit this
to the calm nature of our
parent dogs, the hours of hands-on care the puppies receive, and the home
environment in which each litter is raised.
Do you breed
- No, we do not.
Mini-Goldendoodles are created using miniature or toy poodles. We are
limiting our expertise to one
variety of Goldendoodle and the two pure breeds involved. Unfortunately, we are
familiar with a mini-Goldendoodles. We recommend that you contact www.Goldendoodles.com for
referrals in your area.
Do you sell puppies for
- Breeding Goldendoodles is a complicated and
expensive process to do correctly.
elaborate tests and research back several generations. Without
an informed pairing, there is some risk that undesirable traits
(such as his dysplasia or a vulnerability to cancer) could reappear.
So no, we will not consider releasing
our dogs for breeding stock without an establishing a relationship with
your breeding program, reviewing your breeding practices and your past
Will you ship puppies?
- We do not have the facilities and man-power available
to transport puppies to you by air. If flight is necessary, we prefer that the
puppy travels home
with you aboard the passenger compartment where he/she can be
attended to if needed. We understand
that this is an added expense, but it will keep your
beloved puppy from potentially having a physically or emotionally traumatic
experience that could result in a lifetime of
- Besides, we prefer to match puppies with their
families in person. This gives you
a chance to experience the "chemistry" between you and each of the puppies you are
considering (including your future puppy!).