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Frequently Asked Questions

Will this breed be AKC recognized?

Labradoodle

There is discussion within the Doodle breeder community as to whether this is the best route for the health of the developing breed. Some believe it will cause breeders to focus more on aesthetic conformation than on breeding incredibly trainable, loving companion dogs. An unbalanced emphasis on aesthetic conformation neglects temperament. However, the recognition of AKC is important to many and is sought after by many in the Doodle community. There are currently several Labradoodle organizations in Australia and the U.S. which provide leadership to the developing breed.

Why are Labradoodles so expensive?

When you buy a Labradoodle puppy, you will find they are more than other popular breeds. Breeders purchasing breeder stock pay great sums for their dams and sires. Multi-Gen breeders testing for genetic problems stack up large bills to ensure the integrity of their breeding stock. For instance, a breeder testing for hip dysplasia may have invested at least $800 in testing for preliminary results and one-year results before a dam is bred for the first time. These tests further the genetic health of the breed, but the costs are passed on to the purchaser. Perhaps never before has technology offered such extensive screening for the genetic soundness of a developing breed, but it is not free.

Why do Multi-Generational Labradoodle Puppies cost more than F1s and F1Bs?

The F1 is a delightful companion. It is however questionable in its non-shedding quality. The F1 may have a wispy-hair coat, which can be coarse to the touch. The Multi-Gen and F1B have shown higher reliability with the desired low- or non-shedding coat. They are also known to have a more desirable feel, particularly the soft fleece coat. The Multi-Gen Labradoodle is the coat which breeders purposefully breed toward for a pure Labradoodle. This is the dog which will be recognized by the AKC if that event should come to pass. The public has placed a great value and a high price tag on this quality. The Multi-Gen breeder has invested significantly more money and generations (time) in breeding stock than the breeder of an F1. Time being money, the investment is passed to the purchaser.

Can we visit your kennel?

Absolutely. We actually are not a kennel—just a family who has developed a passion for Labradoodles. Our dogs live in our home, and our upcoming breeding dogs live with friends in a guardian home setting. We are an active family with four children in our home, which makes scheduling frequent visitors or drop-ins tricky. Additionally, constant visitors to our dogs can put them at risk of contagious diseases picked up from other kennels. We do invite new owners to visit our home when they put down a deposit or when they pick up their new friend. If you have further questions, please let us know. We hope that by viewing the photos on our site, you will get a comfortable feeling about the home in which our dogs are raised. We thank you for your understanding and will provide you with as many references as you request.

How long have you bred Labradoodles?

Our first two litters were delivered in December 2005. We were initially intimidated by the depth of knowledge in the breeding community. We soon discovered that even the most experienced of the U.S. breeders have only been practicing for a few years. The breeding community has been very open and supportive, mentoring one another via forums. Using the internet, we are all a click away from others as well as the vast resources of veterinary reproductive science.

When can my puppy start jogging with me?

When runners buy a Labradoodle puppy, once of the first questions is, when can my puppy start jogging with me? Between 8 and 12 weeks of age, your little Dood is not yet physiologically ready to jog or walk on leash. He is ready to begin preliminary leash training, however. Begin leash training by attaching the leash to his collar, allowing him to drag the leash around freely. At first this will feel awkward to him. When he is comfortable with dragging a leash, you will begin to pick up the leash, move a few feet away, call him to you, and give him a treat. Repeat several times and practice daily. You can sabotage leash training by pulling on the leash or letting your children pull on the leash.

Do Labradoodle puppies chew?

Another reason he cannot jog and walk at 8 weeks of age is that it would put stress on his flexible joints (hips and elbows) at a time when he is growing rapidly. Repetitive exercise stresses joints before the age of one year.

The third reason to wait on jogging and leash walking is that your little Dood is not yet fully vaccinated. Allowing him to walk on the street puts him at risk of parvo (a deadly disease to puppies whose germs are carried on car tires, etc.).

At 16 weeks of age, little Dood may go to leash walking boot camp. Training should be done by adults only. Children can join in only after little Dood is comfortable with leash walking. See more on leash walking at training tips (HYPERLINK) and at our Gentle Leader recommendation.

Which vaccines do you recommend?

Shedless in Seattle Labradoodles suggests this protocol for vaccinations. This is a safer, gentler approach than what has been normal for the last few decades in the U.S. Check HemoPet.com for more information on vaccines.

Another reason he cannot jog and walk at 8 weeks of age is that it would put stress on his flexible joints (hips and elbows) at a time when he is growing rapidly. Repetitive exercise stresses joints before the age of one year.

  • Never do Leptospirosis shot unless there is an outbreak in your region. The side effects can be dangerous.
  • Rabies shot every three years, required by law. This can be done by a licensed vet.
  • DHPP every three years to eight years. To be exact, have the vet run a blood titer three years after last DHPP, which will tell you exactly how much immunity your dog has.

Why not give your dog booster shots every year? Do you want to put more junk in your bloodstream than is beneficial and necessary? Call me paranoid, but over-vaccinating has been known to lead to cancer, autoimmune weakness and autoimmune disease.

What about grooming?

Okay, the truth about Australian Labradoodle coats is that they vary in texture from dog to dog, even one non-shedding dog to another.

Here is the deal: In the beginning of the breed, the goal was a non-shedding, allergy-friendly dog. That was achieved, way back when, by the Australian breeders who pioneered the breed. As the breed develops, owners and breeders alike, have also valued the softer, silkier coat. With the silkier coat, comes the need for more frequent professional grooming. I think most groomers prefer their owners to come every six weeks or so. However, some owners like to have a more mop-like look. I know I do. I prefer the look of six months of grow out! But waiting six months between grooms would make me and my Labradoodle the enemy of the groomer. I do not want that! So, there is a nice balance somewhere. But I will say that an owner should never never never take a Doodle to the groomer matted. Cut those mats out gently at home with no pain to the dog. That is only fair to the dog and the groomer. That is humane, kind and responsible. I can show you how to do this. If you take your dog in matted, expect a short shot short shaved dog to come home from the groomer.

My favorite de-matting spray is Vellus brand, Tangle Out. If you have one you love, I would enjoy hearing from you. I pour it into a shallow bowl and dip my universal brush in it. I soak the mat with it, and wait five minutes. Then I work it out gently, only working on 1/8 of an inch or less area at one time. I prefer using a narrow pie- slice shaped universal brush for this purpose. If you get impatient trying to work it out, just cut it out. The Australian Labradoodle coat or Multi-Generational Labradoodle coat is forgiving, and your cut out area will not show much. The Vellus Tangle out product needs to be shampooed out after use.

To prevent mats, brush daily for five minutes. You can teach your dog to accept this by starting with only thirty seconds of brushing at a time. Use high value treats! A high value treat is what you use when your dog really needs motivation! All beef franks cut into 32 pieces (by length and then by width) will do the trick. Store bought favorites are Zukes mini naturals Salmon. Another favorite is Ziwi Peak food, which I use as treats. Do brushing when you are relaxing, and your dog will more likely relax. Watch a show together. If your dog is new to this, begin with thirty seconds and work up to five minutes a day.

Even with daily brushing, Doodles will still mat between the eight month and two year old period. They are loosing puppy coat and growing an adult coat at this time. This is a good period to keep your Doodle cut short to prevent frustration with mats.

What about raising puppies with kids?

Raising puppies and kids together is a challenge that not every person is up for. I prefer to be blunt and cautious about this. What is the issue? The energy, the immaturity, the impulse control, the chaos are a good start. Go into this decision thoughtfully and read several books and websites about it before applying for a puppy. Just because a breeder approves your application does not mean that it is a wise choice for your family at this particular time. You know your tolerance for chaos, and your ability to “stay calm and carry on” better than anyone else.


Recommended Breeders

These Labradoodle and Goldendoodle breeders have been a pleasure to work with, whether sharing knowledge or swapping stud dogs. We're grateful for their contributions to the breeding community.

West

Sundance Labradoodles
Arizona

Tails of the West Labradoodles
Arizona

California Labradoodles
California

Sutter Buttes Labradoodles
California

Gorgeousdoodles
Colorado

Alpen Ridge Labradoodles
Oregon

Bedrock Labradoodles
Oregon

Daisy Hill Labradoodles
Oregon

Evergreen Manor Labradoodles
Oregon

Ladd Hill Labradoodles
Oregon

Mountain Park Labradoodles
Oregon

Mountain View Labradoodles
Oregon

Pacific Rim Labradoodles
Oregon

Spring Creek Labradoodles
Oregon

Springville Labradoodles
Oregon

Starlight Ridge Australian Labradoodles
Oregon

Tualatin River Labradoodles
Oregon

Dixie's Doodles
Texas

Legendary Labradoodles
Texas

Annie's Doodles (Goldendoodles)
Washington

Aspen Grove Labradoodles
Washington

BFF Labradoodles
Washington

Hills West Labradoodles
Washington

Michelle's Doodles
Washington

Northwest Australian Labradoodles
Washington

Olympic Labradoodles
Washington

Orchard View Labradoodles
Washington

Ridgeline Labradoodles
Washington

Sound Labradoodles
Washington

Mid-Atlantic / Washington, DC Area

Delaware Valley Labradoodles
Delaware

Southern Maine Labradoodles
Maine

Australian Labradoodles of Eden Valley Manor
Maryland

Waltzing Matilda's Labradoodles
Maryland

Tango Wool Labradoodles
Massachusetts


South

Heartsong Labradoodles
Kentucky

Tuscan Ridge Labradoodles
North Carolina


Midwest

Aussie Labradoodle
Ohio

Westwood Labradoodles
Ohio


Canada

Morning Smile Labradoodles
British Columbia

Over the Moon Labradoodles
British Columbia



Helpful Products

Gentle Leader Headcollar

Gentle Leader can keep a dog calm and submissive in multiple situations aside from leash walking. I used it for a dog who went bizerk each time she saw a dog walking while she was riding in the car. The Gentle Leader is like Xanax for dogs! Link provided is a small collar for puppies.





Chuckit Ball-Thrower

This ball-throwing device acts as an extension of your normal throwing distance, making you feel like a major-league pitcher. It will maximize the amount of exercise your dog gets during fetching sessions.




Dematting Comb

The dematting comb is necessary during the first year after buying your Labradoodle puppy since the coat may matt between puppy and adult coats.





Nature's Miracle Cleaner & Deodorizer

This concoction is expensive, but will pay for itself many times over as it reclaims your carpets and rugs from smelling like a litter box. Even with the best of training, accidents are bound to happen. By dousing the piddle spots with Nature's Miracle and allowing it to dry, you won't smell the urine at all. This has been a success with all of my carpets except for one.






Citronella Anti-Bark Collar

This is a device that your dog wears around its neck, attached to a collar. It sprays a tiny amount of citronella each time a dog barks, triggered by the vibration of the vocal cords. This was very successful with our Lab. It does not harm the dog, but startles it with the spray. This was recommended by a Humane Society trainer as a means of behavioral modification. The only drawback of this device is that it cannot be worn with any other collar, such as a choke chain or I.D. collar.






Flexible-Sized Crate

Your puppy will be crate trained in a crate which it will quickly outgrow. You may need as many as three crates before he is full-grown. This option allows you to buy one crate and move a dividing wall, which will last throughout your pet's life. (I have not yet used this, but wish I had!)







Puppy Exercise Pen

Before our puppies were potty-trained, this pen was large enough for our puppies and kids to play together in an area of our kitchen which could not be gated because of wide doorways.

The above supplies are much of what you will need after you buy your Labradoodle puppy.






Care & Training Resources

Recommended Books

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend - The Monks of New Skete

The Monks have high hopes for you and your new friend. Training is serious business for them. They use stories of real clients to make their points. I must confess...a few times I had sinful thoughts while reading this book, such as "anyone can train a dog if it's the only one in your family...no kids and no spouse." I think they will forgive me.







Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog - Carol Lea Benjamin

This author uses the dynamics of the mother dog / puppy relationship to allow you, the owner, to take over. Very practical.







Destructive Chewing - Whole Dog Journal

I always get tickled when future Labradoodle Owners are visiting, and ask "Do Labradoodles chew much?" "Much, I ponder, what is much"? I reminisce about my pair of "Think" brand shoes; my pride and joy, when my youthful feet began to fail. They were quirky cork-souled shoes, with crazyquilt velvet patchwork tops. I bought them in trendy Bend OR, while on a weekend trip to breed a dog. And then.....a few nibbles on those quirky cork souls, that were so personally scented by my feet, and my hopes for a chew-free dog were dashed. I did not keep those beautiful shoes as proof, but be sure to see the photo on this site of my leather sofa personalization, complements of Seattle's Blue Blazes, and Seattle's My Girl. Teamwork!!!

The short answer: They chew. It is the upright, two-legged creature's responsibility to set the puppys boundaries when not supervising the adolescent dog. It is the upright creature's responsibility to provide the beef bully sticks, the pizzles, the knuckle bones and the knee-cap bones. (Not from China, yes from Canada, U.S., Brazil and Argentina) They chew. The owner may choose what they chew on!"





Recommended Web Sites

Labradoodles often have an excellent temperament to be used as visiting dogs. You may be interested in Therapy Dogs International, a volunteer organization dedicated to training dogs and their handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions.

Our very own Ella earned recognition from Therapy Dog International in 2008. She is at work in the naturopathic medicine practice of Dr. Cynthia Buxton, ND, LAc, with her owners Cynthia and Rick.

GoldenDoodles.com - We are a member of this organization, which works to direct the future of this developing breed. Their website has valuable information for those considering a Doodle.

Uncle Matty's Dog Training Center - Fun, zany, helpful. Not for the more serious types!

Veterinary Medical Resources - Diagnose your dog before going to the vet, or prevent some of those health concerns by visiting this Q&A-style site. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Doodle Discussion Forum and Labradoodle Open Forum - Find out what other Doodle lovers have to say about their pets.

Toxins That Affect Dogs - Find out what foods and household products are toxic to dogs

Should I Induce Vomiting After My Dog Ingests a Toxin? - Find out what foods and household products are toxic to dogs

Commercial Pet Foods: Some of the Better Brands - The answer? Sometimes, but not always.

International Doodle Owners Group - The International Doodle Owners Group is an incredibly dedicated team of volunteers whose goal is to match doodles who have lost their home with people desiring an adult doodle. These dogs are carefully evaluated for temperament, and placed accordingly. These may be Goldendoodles or Labradoodles, and they service all of North America. Please consider adopting an idog.biz doodle, and give a home to a waiting friend.

The Whole Dog Journal - The Whole Dog Journal is known for its expertise in training and in food quality ratings. I receive their journal bi-monthly, and highly recommend it. It accepts no advertising, so you can totally trust the opinions written there. They have come out with this series that I would like to recommend as well.

Dog Star Daily - Free videos from Dr. Ian Dunbar, a premier dog trainer, about raising a puppy and teaching bite inhibition.

ASPCA: Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants - See a list of plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract.





Recommended Veterinarians

Evergreen Veterinary Hospital, Kirkland, WA – For eight years we have used Evergreen Vet Hospital in Kirkland. All thumbs and paws up on this one! We know families whose pets saw Dr. Douglas B. Iverson, Principal Vet at Evergreen, as a child, and now take their Australian Labradoodles to Evergreen now. I have liked every Vet there! The Vets at this practice rarely leave! Wait times are miniscule. They collaborate on difficult diagnoses, and I can tell that they actually loose sleep over those. Evergreen has never suggested not-so-necessary tests or treatments. They are no-nonsense and common sense Veterinarians. I love that. Other Vets on the East side of Seattle charge double or triple what Evergreen charges. I happily drive to them from Sammamish, and probably 50 of my Shedless in Seattle Labradoodle owners see them from Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Woodinville and Redmond. Some of their staff I have known for years from other clinics, and they love working at Evergreen. Evergreen Vet Hosp. is three minutes to access from the 160th St. exit off I-405.

425.821.9040
14423 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA





Vaccines and Preventatives

In the past we all remember the annual visit to the vet for vaccine boosters. As a kid, I remember these visits with wonder and fascination, knowing we were protecting our pet against bad diseases. Vaccines are quite the wonder in our world. Thanks to ongoing research we can determine the frequency of vaccines that strikes the balance between responsible prevention and simple overkill. Now that I am the adult in charge of my dogs, I still look forward to those annual check-ups (I have never met a vet I did not like) but am grateful we do not need to vaccinate annually. I also suggest you do research before vaccinating your dog against the" not-necessary “vaccines and the CORE vaccines, which every dog owner should have. CORE vaccines are DHP or Distemper, Parvovirus, and which need to be done no more often than every three years. Please read this link for more detail. The optional vaccines are leptospirosis, lymes disease, etc. Some are needed regionally, and some are just not needed and may even prove to have long term serious health implications. Please do research! The same goes with giving monthly preventatives for fleas, ticks, heartworms. The Northwest does not experience a high incidence of leptospirosis, fleas and ticks, and heart worms are nearly non existent other than dogs who travel east of the cascades.” Find out which vaccines are recommended for your dog by the American Animal Hospital Association through their Canine Vaccination Guidelines.





Rescue Organizations

My entire life, I have owned rescue dogs. Until I met a Doodle, I never understood why someone would buy a purebred when there were such incredible friends available in shelters. The first dog I had in marriage, Chelsea (pictured on the left), was a jewel. I'll never forget my husband's first response when I pointed Chelsea out to him in the shelter: "Jan, you picked the ugliest dog in this shelter." Yet when in public with her over her twelve-year lifespan, I'm sure we received no less than 50 requests as to her origins! We still have a rescue dog, Cheddar, who came to us with a broken leg from the Humane Society, who so generously operated on him even without an owner lined up.

I write this to say, if you are not set on buying a Labradoodle puppy, consider a rescue dog at a local shelter or a national Web site. Or perhaps a rescue dog would make a perfect playmate for your new Doodle. It is the privilege of every dog lover to support dog rescue efforts in one way or another. I have found Labradoodle lovers to be very philanthropic.

To find a rescue dog, first check out Adopt a Pet, Petfinder, or Poodle-Mix Rescue Dogs. You might find a Doodle in need of a new family at Doods Needing Homes.

 




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