Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions or comments I get asked or told frequently. Some comments are from people that have felt compelled to voice their thoughts or concerns. Most of these questions are real situations that I have encountered. Please note that the answers posted here based on my own experiences and my own research.
1. How long have you been a Breeder?
I have been a breeder for 10 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 and always by appointment only. 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 and by appointment.
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.
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 romp in our dog friendly backyard when they are old enough. Any puppies before 8 weeks of age usually never set their paws outside until the day they go home. 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, lizards, 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.
LOL!!!! 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 for protection from a dog, it would be best to find a breed that is genetically bred for that type of work such as a German Shepards, Pit Bulls, Rotweilers, Dobermans, Bullmastiffs, etc. Also, installing an alarm system and or surveillance cameras might be a good idea.
9. Should we get a puppy?
Are you ready to be sleep deprived for at least 2 weeks? Getting a puppy is just like bringing home a newborn puppy. 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 breeders with pedigrees that can be traced back several generations. I also have to pay for 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 that's great. But my price is very comparable with many other breeders throughout CA and other states.
12. Why won't you answer my calls?! What are your business hours? Where are you located so that I can come over whenever I want to see what you have available?
I am a working woman with several children, husband and household with dogs and puppies. I also do not have any staff or assistants to help me. There are times that it can take me several days to respond to your email or phone call. You cannot come to my house, this is not a storefront or kennel with business hours. I will only allow people to come to my home after careful screening and by appointment only. I will not post my address online.
13. My dog has been getting ticks and I found a tick on my child's scalp. I am worried about Lyme disease. What can I do?
Please check your environment before getting a dog. Ticks, fleas are not things that you can control in your outside environment, especially if you live in a wooded or forest area where there is wildlife. You will have ticks and fleas. Ticks carry Lyme disease. If you are worried that ticks are going to ending up on your family, save yourself the worry and please don't get a dog. There are plenty of great flea and tick medications available, but sometimes, these just don't work.
More questions coming!