Although it seems rather easy to choose a Goldendoodle, there are a few things you need to consider first.
In fact, many of the things you’re about to read are not discussed often enough. Before you bring home your new Goldendoodle, consider this. . .
I want to stress the importance of not choosing a Goldendoodle puppy based on price. You want to buy your puppy from a credible and experienced breeder, and that usually comes with a heftier cost.
However, if you’re looking for an allergy-friendly, top-quality Goldendoodle, the price should be at the bottom of your priority list.
You know you’ve found a good breeder if their mission is to better the breed with healthy, well-tempered dogs. The best way you can do this is – research, research, and more research.
The Right Breeder Is Critical
It’s a long and tedious process, but it’s worth every minute when you find the breeder who can provide you with the right Labradoodle.
It sure is with Goldendoodles, because there are so many backyard breeders claiming to be Doodle breeders. They’re obviously in the business solely to make money and aren’t concerned with the betterment of the breed.
Don’t settle for this type of “breeder!” Also, steer far away from buying a puppy from a pet store. Yes, I know they look cute and needy in the window, and in your heart you may want to buy it, but a majority of these puppies were raised in puppy mills and they’re most likely not allergy-friendly and very probably ill and/or genetically flawed.
Puppy mills typically consist of dozens of pups confined in crates contaminated with pests and feces. These dogs receive little if any veterinary care.
They don’t get any exercise, playtime, or companionship. They often endure mistreatment and malnutrition. Then, these dogs reproduce with each other, resulting in severe genetic defects and health problems.
If you purchase a puppy from a pet store, you’re supporting this horrific practice.
Why Use A Reputable Breeder?
The reputable Goldendoodle breeder strives to advance the quality of the breed with each new litter. This breeder matches parents based on certain criteria to produce a healthy litter.
These criteria include desirable physical and behavioral characteristics and with each litter, the quality of the breeding stock improves.
I recommend you visit as many breeders as possible before selecting a puppy. Don’t be tempted to buy a Goldendoodle puppy on your first visit – it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of seeing all the precious pups!
Visiting the Goldendoodle breeders gives you an opportunity to meet the puppy’s siblings and the parents-giving you an idea of the physical and behavioral characteristics.
Pay close attention to the parents to see if they’re healthy and well behaved. Also, ask what kind of temperament they have and what types of health issues they’ve had as well.
Take notice of how the puppies interact with the breeder. It’s a good sign if they’re playful and outgoing. If they’re shy are fearful, there is a reason why!
If you use these tips it will make choosing your Goldendoodle much easier. And if you follow the basics you can eliminate many future problems for you and your new puppy.