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Should I stick to the ALAA Breeder list for California and Oregon breeders?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendy and Myla Jan 6, 2016. 14 Replies

I've had some great replies to another post I made about the wisdom getting a doodle puppy for my family with young kids, but they left me with more questions about breeders. I have been exclusively…Continue

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Puppy or retired breeder with kids at home: Looking for experience stories and breeder referrals

Started this discussion. Last reply by ann marie smith Feb 7, 2016. 21 Replies

Hi Everyone,Hello from SoCal. I'm new to the group and have spent already hours reading through the wonderful posts and discussions. I love this group!So, I am a stay-at-home mom with two boys, 15…Continue

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Stay-at-home mom of two wonderful boys. I have always loved dogs (and all animals) and owned a few different breeds growing up and in my 20's.
What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
Looking to adopt a doodle in late 2016. Concerned about getting a puppy with two young children, so may chose to adopt a retired breeder from a reputable breeder. My older son is 5.5 yrs old and suffers from anxiety and has difficulty with emotional regulation. Our family therapist suggests that a family dog may be a wonderful addition to our little pack.
Why did you choose a doodle rather than another breed or mix?
Husband and son have mild allergies, so I wanted to find a breed that sheds less, makes a good family dog, and that I can train as a therapy dog.
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At 4:39pm on January 5, 2016, Lynda Kamrath said…

Thanks for the request.  Yes, I would be glad to share my breeder with you.  She is Sharon Merriman in Deer Park, Washington.  You can see her operation at if the website is up.  I don't know because she is getting ready to retire.  Anyway, she is great and very thorough in her testing and training.  I love her phantom poodles and you can see Groucho on the photos on my page.  Good look on finding the perfect dog for you and your boys.  You are in California so we may be able to work something out for a visit or selecting a puppy.  You might even be interested in the sheepadoodles, like I am getting sometime this summer.  I am very excited about the breed.  He is a photo of one our Groucho a couple of years ago.

At 6:09am on January 4, 2016, Julie & Bear said…

Hi Julie- I just accepted your friend request.  My boy Bear from Spring Creek is absolutely wonderful.  He has an awesome disposition and he has beautiful soft and it flows.  He has been very healthy and I've never had any issues with anything with him.  He has never needed the vet outside of regular vaccinations.   He is very playful and sweet.....loves to snuggle.  I would get another Labradoodle from Spring Creek anytime.  The owner of Spring Creek is very nice and she is readily available to communicate with you on any questions you might have.  I think that I would get one that doesn't have the super smooth fleece like coat, because it gets matted rather quickly and he has to be groomed often.  His hair is about 6-8 inches long and very pretty, but if he had the type of fur that was a little more curly, I would keep a puppy cut on him and avoid the groomer a little more than I now.  Either way, he is a great wonderful addition to our family and I'm so happy with him. Good luck with your choice.  

At 3:07pm on January 3, 2016, Wendy and Myla said…

Myla has been so easy to train - we have often said that our previous doodle Zak must be guiding her but she has also had our undivided attention as I am retired and DH is semi-retired and she goes everywhere with us. She definitely catches on easily and always wants to please us!  We have three grandchildren, ages four to twelve and we have had Myla for just about four years (wow, time flies!).  The only time we really had to watch her was during the nipping stage which lasted until she was around five months old - those teeth were sharp!  Now she follows them everywhere (they are here once a week minimum)  I have my youngest granddaughter every Friday and at 8:30 am Myla is sitting in front of the window facing the driveway waiting for her to come - it's awful on the days she doesn't come - Myla paces!  What we have found is that we have worked hard on training Myla to stop barking on command whenever there are people walking past our house and we have been successful except when the grandkids are here.  Then she won't stop until the strangers are gone - we figure it's her protectiveness and have let it go :).  Sharon, from Daeshars, breeds for health and temperament and I would definitely recommend her.  She will definitely give you honest advice as to how the dog will fit into your family and if it's the right time - she definitely does not mince words - she wants her puppies to be in their forever home when they leave her, that's for sure! 

At 12:51pm on January 3, 2016, Wendy and Myla said…

Hi Julie - we got our Myla from Daeshars Designer Doodles in Spokane, Wa.  She is very passionate about health testing (which was very important to us as we lost a doodle at the age of five because of health reasons).  She loves to educate and help anyone interested in doodles and if you go on her facebook page Daeshars Designer Doodles you can see that she is currently also breeding poodles with a Newfoundland mostly as therapy dogs (because of their size) - there are quite a few clips that are interesting. She has been breeding standard F1's and F1B's for years. She prefers emails or phone calls as she's not hugely computer literate but if you contact her, she will help you with any questions you have.  Good luck.

At 1:41am on January 3, 2016, Wynnie & Jim said…
Hi Julie,

While I have read the other responses to your request for information regarding a doodle for your children, I believed that some missed the point. I adopted Wynnie from Springview mini goldendoodles. (Facebook that name and Google for the website.) She raises her puppies in her house with children around, rubs their paws and teaches "no biting." When Wynnie was 10 weeks old our grandchildren came to visit (ages 6 and 8 years), Wynnie was held, snuggled and played with. Today, she loves children and the kids on the neighborhood run from their houses to play with Wynnie.

After the grandchildren's visit, I started Wynnie's training : puppy socialization, family manners, and a whole series of behavioral course. (See my recent comments on DKs).
She is my therapy dog and a great companion.

She is a mini goldendoodle, weighs 23lbs, does not shed and is gentle with everyone. Wynnie's breeder (Lisa) is terrific and the demand for her pups is great, typically 6 to 7 months. This would fit nicely with your timetable. The only disadvantage is that she lives in Florida. She does ship. I, however, chose to fly from central New York to Fla to pick Wynnie up. This would be perfect for your time frame.

Now for the downsides....puppies go through phases: nipping, pulling on their leases and throwing puppy tantrums. Patience is the key along with rewards for good behavior (treats). Some goldendoodles shed but Wynnie does not because she is an F1b ...75% poodle and 25% golden. I would recommend an F1b for your family.

I know one of the first commenters suggested that she has a California breeder. I also would check her or him out to see if they have minis.

As you can tell, I am a big fan of the doodle breed. I am in my early 70s and might have to adopt another of Springview's puppies in a couple of years.

Good luck in your search. Let me know if you have any questions.

Jim Fralick
At 5:40pm on December 31, 2015, Maryann,Roo and Tigger said…

Hi Julie

Andrea and Eric Most (sp?) own Canyon Court Labradoodles in San Diego.  They are very small educated and honest breeders.  I got Roo and Tigger from them.  Roo is from their first litter about 8 1/2 years ago.  They will know other breeders in Southern CA and will be happy to help you decide what would be best for your special dog.  Google Canyon Court Labradoodles and follow the trail to the place where you can email them.  They have several sights for Canyon Court I no longer know which is the best to get directly to them.   If you have trouble message me back and I will track them down.  They are sensible quality people and will do what they can to help you find the right dog.

I think a great dog could make a big difference to your lives.  But that's just me and dog owner and lover for many many years.



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