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Choosing the right breeder for Labradoodles and Goldendoodles.

Don’t rush! Once you’ve decided on a breed, take your time finding a breeder that produces dogs with the desired traits. This is a big decision, you are adding a member to your family!

Here are our “top five” for selecting a breeder:

Genetic Testing
Ask if the breeder does genetic testing of their stock (the moms and the dads). Specific breeds come with higher risks of genetic disorders. For example, vonWillebrand’s in Poodles, dysplasia in Labradors or cataracts in Golden Retrievers. While knowing the parents are clear of genetic issues does not ensure that their o spring will be clear, it does drastically lower the chances. Research disorders commonly associated with the breed you are looking to purchase. Ask a veterinarian if there are tests for that specific disorder, then ask the breeder if they have run the tests or if any of their dogs have shown evidence of that disorder.

Vaccinations and De-worming
Very important. Ask the breeder for specifics on which vaccines they give their dogs. They should supply you with those records during the purchase transaction. Make sure they have de-wormed the puppies AND the mother, or at least started the process (and what you will need to do in order to complete the de-worming). Get your puppy to the vet ASAP for a check up. Most breeders will give you a health guarantee.

Will the Breeder Help You with the Selection Process?
You are adding a member to your family and your breeder should understand that. They should help you select the very best puppy possible for your household: are children present, are there other animals in the house, do you plan on sporting or competing with your dog , etc.

Are they Home Raised?
Does the breeder have the pups in their house? This may seem silly, but a lot of important imprinting happens in those first few weeks. They begin to learn house manners, they begin socializing with other dogs as well as other people and they may even begin to understand that “potty” happens outside. This will help you, the owner, immensely during the house training process.

Are the Parents Available to See?
You can get a pretty good idea of what a puppy’s temperament and physical stature are going to be like as an adult by meeting the parents. Puppies are statistically more apt to gain behavioral attributes from mom and physical attributes from dad. While the training you give them has a lot to do with the type of dog they will turn out to be, genetics also play a role. Seeing mom with her pups will give you a lot of insight.

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"I was fortunate enough to know Luah's mom Kaboodles, and her dad Choctaw because they came out to the barn where I boarded my horse."

"I just want to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful puppy. Teddy is amazing, sweet, and well socialized. He is playful and adores kids. Even my son is in love with Teddy. It's interesting how Teddy plays differently with both kids. He is more active with my daughter and more reserved with my son, who is a bit shy.

"Thanks Amy and Matt for making our fabulous "curly girly" who hunts and keeps us laughing!"

"A breeder that holds the animal in high esteem and not as a puppy mill piece of property is hard to find any more and Amy is one of them. Amy is the only breeder that I would ever buy my next dog from ever."

"We really appreciate everything and have had so much fun being proud parents. We couldn’t ask for a better dog. He is just the most adorable thing! He is getting soooo big!

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