Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions or comments I get asked or told frequently. Some comments are from people that feel compelled to voice their thoughts or concerns. Please note that the answers posted here based on my own experiences and my own research.
1. How long have you been breeding?
I have been a breeder for 8 years now. Initially, most of my time was spent talking with other highly skilled breeders and studying pedigrees, and learning about health testings. I wanted to learn what I was doing and wanted to absorb as much information as I could before actually having my first litter. I delivered my first litter of puppies in 11/2010 with Maggie, our Australian Labradoodle.
2. We have never seen a labradoodle, can we come to see the puppies and your dogs?
I take great pride in ensuring that my puppies and moms are in a safe and healthy environment. They are very vulnerable to outside viruses and bacteria that can make them and their mothers very ill. These parasites and viruses can be fatal. Allowing curious and random people into my home that may have been to other breeders homes or animal shelters is not the best for my dogs and puppies. Because these puppies have been reserved by other families in advance, I cannot take that risk. Therefore, I do not allow visitors before 6 weeks of age. At that time, the only people that come are the families that have reserved a puppy. Every so often, if we do not have enough reservations, then I will allow people to visit, but again, only at or after 6 weeks of age. This is when the puppies are weaned from their mother and are developing their own immunity.
All of my breeding dogs are in guardian families, so they do not live here. If you are interested in "just looking", I would highly recommend going to a dog park and spending quality time with other dog owners. You will most likely run into a doodle. I also have a YouTube channel that you can go to and view many of my videos:
3. We have a cat and would like to introduce a puppy into our family. Do you have cats?
No, we do not have cats. The reason for this is because my husband is highly allergic to cats. However, with proper introduction, our puppies usually adapt very well to other pets, especially cats. My concern would be more about the cat. Can they tolerate a puppy that is curious and has a lot more energy?
4. We have been talking with other breeders and would like to get back with you. Is this ok?
Of course this is ok! I encourage everyone to go out and do your own research. Talk with other breeders and meet with other dog owners. The decision to get a puppy is a considerable investment of time, money, and patience. You want to make sure that you are making the right decision and working with the right breeder. There are many breeders available in California and a few out of state that I have personally worked with. Please feel free to ask for referrals.
5. Can we come and see the puppies environment and see how you live?
No. This is our home that we live in and I ask that you respect our privacy. There is no special environment the puppies and moms live in. They live with us in our home and spend time romping in our large dog friendly backyard. Any puppies before 8 weeks of age usually never go outside until the day they go home. We live in a very cozy and warm 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 1700 sq. foot home in Fremont, CA. All of our breeding dogs live with their own fabulous Guardian families so you won't find them here unless they are here for breeding purposes. We do our best to ensure that our busy home and yards are always clean and safe (even with 4 kids and dogs).
6. We would like a puppy/dog that doesn't bark. Can you ensure that?
I'm sorry, but no. Please do not get a puppy or a dog. Dogs bark, there is no way around it. You should probably look into getting a different type of pet. Fish, cats, birds, snakes, turtles, etc would probably a better option (s) for you.
7. We want a non-aggressive puppy that is sweet and gentle for our young child(ren).
I do not breed aggressive dogs. None of my breeding females or males are aggressive. My goal is to provide family friendly and healthy dogs. All puppies will nip, bite, and rough house. Puppies usually consider small children as litter mates, therefore, puppies will nip, bite, and growl at them, just as they would with their litter mates. This is normal behavior. Please do not get a puppy if you are not ready to accept the challenges that come along with getting a puppy and having small children. Young puppies are not going to be gentle with small children and small children are not going to be gentle with small puppies. I would highly recommend waiting until your children are at least 7 years of age or older. Not everyone will agree with my recommendation, but I do have extensive experience when it comes to children and puppies. I have raised 4 of my own children around puppies so I have plenty of expertise when it comes to this topic.
8. We would like to have a dog that will act as a guard dog for my kids when they come home from school.
My dogs are NOT bred to be guard dogs or to provide protection. They will bark at anyone approaching the house, as they naturally should. They will NOT protect your children or you from impending threats or strangers. If you are looking into protection from a dog, it would be best to find a breed that is genetically programmed for that type of work such as a German Shepards, Pit Bulls, Rotweilers, Dobermans, etc. Also, installing an alarm system and or surveillance is a good choice.
9. Should we get a puppy?
I don't know! Are you ready to be sleep deprived for at least 2 weeks? Getting a puppy is just like bringing home a newborn puppy. Are you ready for a fur baby? Who will take care of the puppy when you are away? Can you devote time and energy into training your puppy? Are you ready financially to deal with unexpected costs for a puppy/dog? These are just some of the basic things to consider when choosing to get a puppy.
11. Your prices are ridiculous! Why do you charge so much?
It is very expensive to breed Australian Labradoodles. My breeding involves purchasing high quality male and female Australian Labradoodles that come from trusted lineages, specialized veterinarian fees for reproductive care, DNA testing, hip/elbow testing, eye testing, blood testing, stud fees which may include shipping and handling, sperm analysis, ultrasound fees, high quality food and supplements, emergency and routine veterinarian costs. This does not include my time away from my family, the last minute disruptions in my children lives, and many many sleepless nights. My commitment to the care of my Australian Labradoodles is 100% pure and I don't skim on anything for my dogs and puppies. I don't need to breed dogs to make a living, but I do need to make sure whatever I invest, I make back. So, if you can find another breeder at a lower price, then thats great. But my price is very comparable with many other breeders throughout CA and other states.