Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Australian Goldendoodle?
First, an Australian Goldendoodle is NOT an Aussie Doodle – they are completely different dogs. When Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are referred to as “Australian” it usually means there is some Cocker Spaniel in their lineage, usually to reduce the size of the dog. Beyonce, our Australian Goldendoodle, is from two Goldendoodle parents; her father is a Golden Retriever bred with a Cockapoo instead of just a Poodle and her mother’s parents were a Golden Retriever and a mini Poodle.
What is a Double Doodle?
Our Double Doodles are a cross between our mini F1b Labradoodle female and a mini Goldendoodle male. Double doodles are also called North American Retrievers. Although qualities of Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are similar, there are some differences between them in temperament. Labradoodles, retaining a personality quality common in Labradors, tend to have a somewhat higher drive. Goldendoodles, retaining a quality often found in Golden Retrievers, are often gregarious. For years service organizations have intentionally crossed Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers in order to produce friendly, gregarious dogs that have enough drive for service work, so it is logical that we would do the same. The same combination of traits that results in a tractable, friendly, trainable dog for service also results in a personality perfect for a family companion.
Is this breed recognized by the AKC?
Established breed associations such as the AKC the UKC, and the CKC, do not recognize this hybrid, or any other designer cross, as a breed. However, some major kennel clubs do accept registration of crossbreed and mixed-breed dogs for performance events such as agility and obedience.
How much will my puppy weigh as an adult?
Since these dogs are a mixed breed and not recognized by an association such as the AKC, there is no standard requirement to meet to use the term “mini”. I’m surprised when I meet people with a 50+ pound dog that said they purchased a mini. I believe that a mini is a dog that is 30 pounds or less when they are full size, at their ideal weight. I would also classify a mini at a dog that is 18″ or less in height. I expect our dogs to be under 20 pounds on average. Our puppies are tiny at birth and go home at only 4-5 pounds. If it is important that you have small dog, maybe you live in an apartment or a condo, make sure you have a small puppy.
Are doodles good with children?
Yes! Doodles are affectionate, gentle dogs that get along with everyone – even cats. We have an 11 year old in our home and welcome friends with children to come over and play with our puppies so they are well socialized.
Can we come visit the puppies?
Yes and no. Our visitation policy is explained here. Basically, our families of the current litter can start visiting when puppies are about 4 weeks old. We have our hands full with work, family, raising those puppies and scheduling time for those families to visit so I ask you to please be patient and wait until I contact you for your litter. I do not allow visitors that are not on the waitlist. For our visiting families, we understand you may have concerns over introducing an existing dog to a new puppy and we can discuss. I ask that you do not bring dogs to our house during your visit since puppies have not been fully vaccinated and our home is my girls’ “den” or safe place and my mommy dog will be very protective of her pups if a new dog comes in to the house.
What are the grooming needs?
Depending on your puppy’s coat you may need to brush daily or weekly. A tighter curl means the hair that the dogs eventually shed will get caught in the curl and mat if not combed out.
When can I run with my dog?
Do you remove the puppy’s dew claws?
No, I do not remove dew claws. I discussed with my mentor and my vet and my girls all still have their dew claws, which have not been a problem for us. Our minis are only about 6 ounces when they are born and fit in my hand and they are so small it feels cruel (to me) to remove their nails and that makes me feel uncomfortable. I found this video on keeping dew claws however I’m sure you can search around online and find arguments for both sides. Keep in mind that minis are probably not going to be hunting dogs or hiking in heavy brush so the risk that the dew claw will snag on something is minimal. If you want the dew claws removed your vet can do it during the spay/neuter appointment when the dog is already sedated.