I've started casually searching for a breeder since DH says he is "ready" for another dog next year and I know wait lists can be long.
This all started when a few goldendoodle puppies appeared in the neighborhood recently giving him a serious case of puppy fever.
I tried for a LONG time to convince DH that what he really wanted was a standard poodle for our next dog. He says he misses that "Golden" personality (because every Golden has the same personality, right?) and that poodle coats are too curly, he prefers the shaggy look. I said "why don't we just get a well-bred Golden then?"... he wants a shaggy monster he says.
I also searched for other large breed dogs that look like doodles but there aren't too many (I couldn't find any, actually, that I know DH would like and would fit our lifestyle). That also wouldn't fix DH's desire to have a "golden-like" dog.
So now I have the unenviable task of searching for good-quality breeder that breeds Standard F1 goldendoodles.
I have yet to find a single one that ticks off all my "quick review" boxes:
- Does health testing of parents
- health-guaranteed puppies for 2+ years
- Breeds standard goldendoodles (WHY are there only minis everywhere?!)
- Aren't clearly price-gouging (one of the ones that looked promising was charging $4500+tax.. so nearly $5000... what the doodle!?)
I've thought about the possibility of rescue but my kids are young and we aren't really a good fit for a rescue because of that.
Any tips on getting my stubborn DH to broaden his horizons? Hot tips on large breed (~50-70 lbs) shaggy dogs that would be good for a family with young kids? :)
So far my short-list of breeders is extemely short (AKA non-existent)!