Cleo and Squid had 3 sweet girls on July 15th. Cleo is a 27 pound F1 Goldendoodle and Squid is a 28 pound poodle.
What should you do now?
You’ve been reading and studying about Doodles and now you are ready to make the leap to bring one into your home. What should you do next?
- Decided what type of Doodle you want.
- Labradoodles, Goldendoodles and Double Doodles are all very similar. Most people can’t tell the difference between the three. First generation Goldendoodles tend to shed less than first generation Labradoodles, but multigen Labradoodles and multigen Goldendoodles are both often non-shedding. Some people believe that one breed is more high strung over the other, but honestly, it has to do more with the parents’ temperaments than the type of Doodle.
- Decide what size you want.
- Doodles come in virtually every size. Most litters produce puppies in a range of sizes. For example, a litter might produce puppies that range from 20-40 pounds, or a different litter might range from 30-45 pounds. The size range is an estimate derived from the size of the parents and the grandparents of the litter. A Doodle is not the dog for you if you need or want one that is exactly a certain size. There is absolutely no way to know for sure what size a puppy will end up being. But if we think that a litter will average 20-30 pounds and you are happier with something closer to 30, then we can certainly help you to choose a larger puppy from the litter.
- Decide what color and coat type you want.
- Doodles come in a variety of coats from straight, Retriever coats, to curly, Poodle coats, and everything in between. If allergies are a factor then you must choose a non-shedding coat but otherwise, coat is just a personal preference. Color should probably be the last concern on your list since it will not affect how wonderful of a pet your Doodle will be for you. But if you have any color you really don’t like, then it is good to know ahead of time! Keep in mind one important thing… All Doodles change appearances from puppy to adulthood. The puppy you bought that was straight coated and apricot could end up being curly and cream. Some change more drastically than others. But don’t pick a puppy simply based on looks because they rarely look the same later!
- Don’t decide on a sex.
- There are very few instances where I think deciding on the sex of the puppy before meeting the puppies is a wise decision. Sex really doesn’t matter. Since this new family member will be spayed or neutered it simply does not make any difference if you choose a male or a female. The most important trait is the puppy’s personality. If you limit yourself to one particular sex then you may just be looking over the puppy that would have suited your family the best. I really can’t stress this point enough!
- Decide on your breeder.
- Picking a breeder is a big decision. This is the person you will be working with to bring a new family member into your home. You have to have trust in them, and you have to have a relationship with them. Your days of talking with your breeder won’t end as soon as you pick up your new baby. That is just the beginning. You will have lots of questions that first year and maybe even beyond. Pick a breeder that you know will always be there to support you and the puppy.
- Of course, you also want to make sure that the breeder has health tested the parent dogs, properly cared for and socialized the puppies, and offers a health guarantee that extends at least 2 years.
- Talk to several breeders!
- And Finally!
- Contact the breeder you have decided on. You will probably need to place a deposit with them to hold your spot for one of their babies. It is rare for puppies to just be sitting around unsold when they are ready to go home.
- Wait for your baby to be born! Watch the puppies grow and somewhere around 8 weeks pick out your new best friend.