WHAT TO KNOW WHEN BUYING A PUPPY FROM THE “DOODLE” BREEDS!
WHAT TO KNOW WHEN BUYING A PUPPY FROM THE “DOODLE” BREEDS!
How to buy an Australian Labradoodle or any breed with doodle in their name.
When shopping for a puppy it is important to find a breeder and a breed that meets the following; First you must have a mind set that you are going to calculate each and every area that determines value or worth in regard to the making of a puppy. I would like for you to step into the mind of how a breeder and wise consumer we believe should think and investigate.
- When it comes to shopping for a puppy you must find out if the breeder is licensed.. Having a license is not easy in fact it is very costly and requires a strict routine to be performed in order to qualify and maintain the license.
- If your going to buy a puppy you should buy a puppy from a registered breeder from an reputable club or association. When a breeder has a membership with a club and they register all their animals through it you can rest with the fact that the association they belong to has breeding guidelines,by-laws and code of ethics that must be followed. Ask yourself this question how do you know if the breeder is breeding correct or with professional ethics if they submit to no higher authority?
- When buying a dog you must think about what is this dog going to cost me in the long run!! Some breeds may cost 600 but shed and or have poor health history in the end costing many thousands and head aches. Therefore when you buy a puppy you must be very concerned with the health testing, results and most importantly how many generations back does that health testing and good results go. Another major area of concern is when breeders don’t breed their animals with the vision to breed the same exact kind of dog to the same exact kind of dog. If a breeder breeds a 50/50 Labrador and poodle to poodle the puppy is not a purebred rather a mix of a mix. Often times mixes are what starts a breed but the continuation of breeding mixes without the vision to produce a purebred line is insanity and wrecks havoc on the health history of the animal. Each time you mix two breeds for the first time the best and worst of both dogs genetics surface in the puppy. When positives arise within a puppy we are all happy but when issues arise it is a breeders job to health test and evaluate that dog and breed away from that. However if they continually breed mixes or counter part of the mix they have, then they are perpetuating the problem. Thus the hypothesis is this, buy a puppy that has the deepest purebred breeding pedigree you can where the blood mix is very consistent. Additionally, the more generations that are in the pedigree the more opportunities a breeder has to perfect the dog thus raising the chances of higher health qualities. However the big issue is that just because a pedigree has 5 generations doesn’t mean those breeding’s were done with correct, guided, governed, and health tested breeding’s that is why we believe in associations that govern the Australian Labradoodle.
- Always purchase a puppy where the breeder has a thorough and correct contract, giving restrictions and warranties along with presenting themselves in a quality legal manner.
- It is important that the puppy you buy is well socialized getting both indoor and outdoor time, and comes from genetics that have had quality selected breeding for temperament and are proven to exhibit great temperaments for generations. It is also a cherry on the cake if the breeder has a lot of people around especially children so the puppies are socialized to all ages otherwise you may get a puppy that doesn’t immediately like children and in some cases never develops the bond.
- One issue hardly anyone thinks about until they sign up and place their deposit is what is the process in which I actually get my puppy, what process is it selected by? Do I pick or does a breeder match? The Pick in the order of deposit system is a failed system because number one it causes competition between buyers, the need to feel like I must be in a better position than you and I need to pick first so I get my puppy I want. However if your number 2-8 depending on the size of the litter when it comes time for you to pick the puppy you want may not be there. Often time breeders want partial or full payment before coming to the open house at selection time and if their system is pick in the order of deposit you may be left with feeling pressured to take a puppy home you ideally didn’t want. I don’t know about you but this leaves many in a pressure like situation especially if you told your kids your taking home a puppy. Simply everyone wants something different and properly matching everyone up in a litter or litters is the best way to go. A breeder that allows you to choose a gender, top colors, size, personality and temperament is a breeder who wants to work and learn what their dogs are, a breeder who wants you to come and pick and leave is a breeder who doesn’t have to work as hard.
- How a breeder communicates is important, solely communicating through emails may not be the best form of communication needed to feel comfortable and get the best experience overall, so with choosing a breeder, we believe good communication is ideal including emails, texts and phone calls.
- Ongoing support and help with training and raising your puppy for success is a must when it comes to buying a puppy. Having online support, open lines of communication along with annual get together can be useful.
- Warranty, it is important to buy a puppy that has a warranty and a health guarantee before leaving the breeders location. Warranties should usually cover the animal for at least 2 years. What should a warranty cover; it should at least cover any genetic issues that result in a serious debilitating issue or short term death. Breeders may also work with the owner per their reputation with support, assistance and just over help but a bullet proof warranty usually doesn’t exist unless your paying for it.
- Receiving a puppy that is clean, micro-chipped, vaccinated with at least 1-2 rounds, de-wormed and cared for and raised to be dependent on dry food where when they go home they do well is vital. Raising puppies to be clean and healthy is a very important part of the whole process that is high on the top ten list of buying a puppy