OK - we have been deciding that Truffle needs a companion and are seriously contemplating bringing a 'doodle that needs "re-homing" into our home, knowing full well that there are significantly different & more serious risks than getting from a breeder whom we vetted.

We did weeks & weeks of research about Labradoodles & decided to find a breeder of Multi-generation Australian Labradoodles to pick our first 'doodle. We lucked out, found a great breeder, and Truffle is wonderful, coat, temperment, intelligence is all as expected.

I know that bringing a rescue into our home comes with so many more unknowns & variables & there is lots of risk, but I think I am up for it.

We were contacted tonight about a potential 'doodle who is a 4-month-old Goldendoodle whose family didn't realize the amount of energy that one of these pups is blessed with nor the amount of commitment/time they need.

I would know what questions I would ask about a Labradoodle rescue but I am not sure whether these questions apply to a Goldendoodle; questions are merely for frame of reference to know what we might be taking on, not for rejecting the pup.

Here are the questions I would ask about a Labradoodle ... do they apply to Goldendoodles?

  • Where did current owners get her ... breeder with experience or backyard?
  • What "generation" of 'doodle she is? ... I'm not sure Goldendoodles are "classified" the same way as Labradoodles (Truffle is an Australian Multi-Generation Labradoodle whose breeder could provide her lineage; do Goldendoodles trace lineage/ancestry in a similar way?)
  • At 4-months, a Labradoodle would not have blown her puppy coat yet, but I would know to ask about her parents; Do Goldendoodles have similar information to be able to guess as to what type of coat she might have as an adult?
  • Is there documentation that she is healthy? I believe that if I were getting a Goldendoodle from a breeder, I would ask about eyes/hips/elbows just as I did for our Labradoodle.

Are there any other issues peculiar to Goldendoodles that might be different from Labradoodles?

Any other suggestions?


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  • The questions are essentially the same as Goldendoodles (as is the health testing).  Multi-gen goldendoodles don't really seem to be a "thing", so pups are generally F1 or F1b so there isn't really much lineage to trace unless you look at the purebred parent(s).

    Other than that coat prediction is pretty similar to labradoodles, you just look at furnishings.  Goldens and Labs are double-coated and shed so you can have anything from a smooth double coat that sheds to a curly single coat that doesn't shed (or a curly double coat that DOES shed... like Riley! She isn't a goldendoodle but Bernese have a similar coat to Goldens).  

    Good luck with your decision! :)

  • The difference is not so much about goldendoodle versus labradoodle as it is about where the dog came from.

    If you were looking to buy a goldendoodle puppy from a breeder, all of your questions would apply.

    However, most dogs in rescue did not come from a great breeder who did health testing, or the owners would have returned the dog to the breeder or looked to her for help with rehoming. Quite often, the original owners have no idea what generation the dog is, who the parents were, or even who the breeder was.

    In fact, if the puppy came from a decent breeder, their purchase contract would require them to contact the breeder, so....

    I'm a co-founder of Doodle Rescue Collective and I did the placements for about two years. 

    I was astounded by how many people could not remember the name of the place where they got the dog. 

    If this is a private rehome, i.e., the owners are going to transfer the dog directly to you, and the dog is not with a rescue group, be very very careful.

    We find that 95% of rehoming owners do not give complete and honest information about the dog. 

    Be sure to see vet records. This is very easy. You get the name and contact number of the current vet and have your vet ask them to fax or email the dogs' records. Then your vet can advise you if there are any issues to be concerned about, or anything that needs doing.

    Honestly, with rescue, your requirements need to be different than they were when you chose a puppy from a breeder. I always tell people that if coat, color, adult size, lineage, etc is important to them, rescue is probably not the right option for them. 

    Adopting a rehomed 4 mo old puppy is not the same as rescue, but some of that applies. 

    I would be more concerned about health, including digestive issues, as many many doodle pups from BYBs and even decent breeders have ongoing digestive problems from giardia & its treatment. Temperament would also be a concern. 

    I would ask:

    Is she housebroken?

    Is she crate trained? 

    What type of socialization has she had?

    If they DO know the breeder and have any idea at all about how the pups were raised while still with the breeder, I would ask about that. 

    What age did they get her? (if she left the litter before 8 weeks, there can be biting issues beyond the normal puppy stuff.)

    Look at her teeth. Retained deciduous canines are going to cost you some $ and that's very common, even with well-bred dogs.

    I hope this helps.




    • I agree about being very careful about the private rehome. I got Willow from a couple who decided they couldn't keep her when she was 17 weeks old. She was a great puppy, no problems there. But afterwards the calls wanting to check on her rapidly escalated to borderline harassment. To the point where I had to block them and I made a file with all of my ownership documents in case they tried to reclaim her. I even had a mental plan of what I was going to do if they showed up at my house. If I had to do it again I wouldn't. Adopting from a reputable rescue gives you a buffer between old and new owner, and I really understand the value of doing it that way after that experience. 

      • Wow; hadn't even thought about that aspect. Glad all is OK now.

      • That is so scary and creepy. I can understand one call a couple of weeks after you give up the puppy just to see that all is well and thank you but that's it. The fact that you were actually at the point that you were worried that they would actually show up at your house is just so weird.

        • It was... not great. It was multiple calls a day, sometimes starting as early as 6am. And once she got me on the phone I couldn't get a word in edgewise to get off again. I've blocked out if I let it go on for 2 or 3 weeks, but it was definitely too long. It was when I started trying to distance myself that she got angry and said she and her husband were going to show up at my house - and we don't live that close. That was the point when I was finished. I think she really thought she could get rid of a dog but then somehow still be in charge of her life. I would have been happy to give her updates. I'm still in contact with Maggie's foster parents and regularly send them pictures, but this felt like something very different. It was really an eye opening experience for me, that you do have to be at least a little cautious about strangers on the internet. Not everyone is what they appear.

  • I thought of a couple more things I would look at before bringing any dog into my home:

    Is she current on flea preventatives? If not, treat her before bringing her home.

    Try to get a look at her stool. I know this sounds crazy, but hopefully you can meet her outside (best way for Truffle to meet her as well) and let the dogs spend some time together outdoors, and hopefully she will poop during that time. You would like to see well-formed stool.

    If that's not possible, a stool sample needs to go to your vet the very first thing after you decide to take her. 

  • Outside of health unknowns, you are fairly safe on the rest when you apply to DRC or IDOG (or a reputable non doodle rescue).  Their goal is to make a forever match.  So they aren't going to sneak behavior issues past you.  They will be up front.

  • Also there are multigen goldendoodles, but perhaps not as common. Early generation goldendoodles are far more common than early generation labradoodles.

  • Thanks, everyone! Your comments remind me of why we were leery of any rescue to begin with. We previously thought that our OWN temperments were not really conducive to the unknowns about rescues. Hubby & I will have to really talk. And maybe a 4-month old might not be the best age at this time. I do have IDOG bookmarked & now Doodle Rescue Collective. 

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