Frequently Asked Questions
What is your puppy schedule for this year?
Dogs do not have a monthly heat cycle/period. Every girl is different and every one of her cycles is different. When a girl cycles and I get the progesterone level that I’m looking for and we do a successful breeding I will update the waitlist with an expected due date, assuming that breeding results in a pregnancy.
What is a Double Doodle?
Our Double Doodles are a cross between a mini Australian Labradoodle and a mini Goldendoodle. 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 19″ or less in height. I expect our minis to range from 18-25 pounds but mostly 20 pounds on average. Our puppies are tiny at birth and go home at only 4-5 pounds. If you have strict requirements about size then I would suggest getting a toy poodle. Keep in mind these dogs are part retriever and although we have a pretty small size since these are multigen (it is not the first generation of breeding the poodle and retriever) it is rare to get much smaller than 18 pounds for this breed unless you have a dog that is 75%+ poodle and if that is what you want then just buy a poodle and save at least $1,000.
Are doodles good with children?
Yes! Doodles are affectionate, gentle dogs that get along with everyone – even cats. You need to make sure the puppy is getting enough exercise and children understand how to behave with dogs. You are getting an 8 week old puppy which is full of energy and eager to learn from your training but it is tempting for kids to tease as a part of play which can result in resource guarding so do some research and supervise puppy play.
Can we come visit the puppies?
Yes and no. Our visitation policy is explained here. 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. My girls get a full groom every 6 weeks and I do not have to give them baths in between that time. In the Seattle area a full groom for a mini doodle is about $100 (as of August 2021)
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.
What is your return policy?
I understand that life can throw some curveballs at us and we can’t anticipate everything however you are taking responsibility for a new family member for the rest of their life. Your perspective should be that that all sales are final, not ‘let’s try and Taylor will always take the dog back if it doesn’t work out’ which is literally what I’ve heard people say in front of me and why I’ve updated my policy. While I have a strong following on social media, that does not mean that I can easily help you rehome your dog, especially if you have not trained them and there are behavior issues. I will do my best to share any pictures but I will direct those families to reach out to you. Please go in to this with the same level of commitment of having a child. If you aren’t ready for that commitment and enjoy dogs please look in to fostering or dog sitting until you are ready. This is a HUGE COMMITMENT.