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?