Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is the difference between a "mulit-gen AUSTRALIAN labradoodle" and a "standard Labradoodle"?
A standard Labradoodle is a Labrador crossed with a poodle and not any other breeds. Consistency can be an issue with early generation Labradoodles. If you cross a Labrador and a Poodle, the resulting puppies vary considerably in size, coat type, and temperaments. When you get to the second or third generations things can get more complicated. As litters head toward second and third generations, genetic variance continues and can amplify negative, undesirable behaviors in the puppies. Another issue with early-generation Labradoodles is their temperament. Labradoodles tend to be hyperactive and this can be too much for some families.
The Multi Generational Australian Labradoodle is the product of over 25 years of careful and vigilant breeding practices starting in Australia. Their lineage, is more complex which makes these dogs totally different. Australian Labradoodles are a cross between 6 different parent breeds, Labradoodles, Poodles, English & American Cocker Spaniels, Wheaten Terriers, and Irish Water Spaniels. These dogs are much calmer than a Labradoodle. They make a wonderful running buddy, easy to train, highly intelligent and overall a loveable companion. Don't forget they do not shed and are wonderful for dog-lovers who have allergies. The Australian Labradoodle was bred to be the worlds first hypoallergenic guide dog, for visually impaired families who were allergic to dogs, by the Australian Guide Dog Services. These dogs have inherited the intelligence and trainability from their Poodle and Spaniel ancestors and their eagerness to please and sociability from their Labrador ancestors.
Recap: *Coat Quality will be allergy friendly, non-shedding, and low to no odor.
*Temperament will be calm and mellow, they have a need to serve and obey. Very easy to train...and should do so.
*The are very agile and built strong and steady, with heavier boning than a poodle. They also have a beautiful strut and
spring to their step.
When dogs are breed through the ALAA/ALCA, you are assured that dog has been through compulsory health testing. As the breed developed, the Breed Associations introduced a new of level compulsory health testing (hips, elbows, PRA eye, DNA parentage verification, DNA essential panel testing) requirements, previously unheard of in the pure-bred dog world. The Internet created access to a new level of information, which has led to more knowledgeable pet buyers. Testing was expensive and further increased the price of Labradoodles, but the newly educated public, via the internet, embraced, expected and encouraged this new level of responsible breeding via health testing.
What Testing has been done to ensure healthy puppies?
Before any breeding is done the male and female have had extensive testing. Hips and elbows x-rays are carried out to identify any abnormality in the hips/elbows, along with PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), DNA parentage verification and DNA essential panel testing.
**We provide a 2 year Health/Genetic Guarantee and Lifetime Re-homing for our Labradoodles.
Do Labradoodles come in different sizes? Yes, THey do but at this time we only breed standard.
Labradoodles come in three different sizes:
Miniature 14"-16" tall and weigh 15-30 lbs.
Medium 17"-20" tall and weigh 30-45 lbs.
Standard 21"-24" tall and weigh 45-65 lbs.
Different types of coats:
A fleece coat is soft, silky and has a wavy coat texture ranging from:
Open Fleece ~ The hair is almost straight.
Wavy Fleece~Hair has just a few waves.
Curly Fleece~ Hair resembles a spiraled perm.
**An added benefit is little to no shedding and no doggie odor.
A wool coat is a dense curly coat texture that resembles lambs wool, ideally is should hang loose in hollow spirals.
It's extremely rare for the wool coat to shed.
Best coat type for those with severe allergies.
An added benefits is non-shedding and little or no doggie odor.
What are the fees?
$500 Deposit ~ goes toward the total cost of the pup and is non-refundable~ Deposits can always be transferred to another litter. The deposit is for me to hold a puppy for you. When the puppy is six weeks old the full amount of $2,300 will be due. We do take checks, cash, and credit cards, total amount is $2800...the $500 deposit will go toward the fee.
Curious~ Why are australian mulit-gen puppies so expensive?
Great question and one I asked with my first Labradoodle male puppy...
To be a quality breeder it is quite and investment, an average Mulit-Gen female puppy that will be bred will cost an average $10,000-$12,000 (More if coming directly from Australia). The puppy is tested early and then retested by a specialized vet. We check hips, elbows, PRA, DNA, & then the tests are sent to be evaluated. The breeder has to wait to know if the pups will be of breeding quality. Once the pup is old enough we start training, which is very important for any owner. A responsible and experienced breeder has health as a top priority and incurs high costs in testing their breeding pups to try to decrease the incidence of genetic health issues. These tests further the genetic health of the breed, but add to the costs from the purchaser. We also incur fees when deciding on the appropriate male stud. When you consider the quality of our parent dogs, the health tests performed, time invested in the breed, our lifetime of support, we feel our puppies are reasonably priced.
**We also cover a healthy puppy vet exam and first round puppy vaccines, de-worming, microchip ID, & two year long genetic & health guarantee.
If you want to look around, I encourage you to do so. Check with the ALAA, WALA, and ALCA all of these registered breeders are responsible and respectable. It is not easy to become a member of these organizations. Your fury family member will be with you 12-15 years so take the time and do your homework.
Can we visit the litter before our puppy is old enough to come home?
Definitely! We would love you to meet the puppies, we only ask that you plan your visit for a weekend when the puppies are six weeks old & had their first round of shots. At this age, the puppies unique personality and looks will be more apparent then when they are younger. We also want the puppies immune systems to be mature before exposing them to outside influences.
How do I get on the list to reserve a puppy?
The details you share in the Puppy Application/questionnaire, phone conversations, texts, emails or other communication aid us in getting to know you better, so that we can help to pair you with the puppy you are looking for.
Depending on the individual pups, and the needs of our breeding program, we select our keeper pup/breeder prospects. In most cases, we chose a single puppy as a breeding prospect. On rare occasions, we may chose up to three, but that is the exception and not the rule.
Reserve waiting list:
Once the primary list is full, a small reserve waiting list is set up. One or two potential adopters, willing to accept placement on the secondary list, is an option. Should someone drop off the primary waiting list, or if the litter is larger than expected, we draw from the reserved waiting list of pre-approved puppy adopters.
Matching pups to families:
From the moment we first meet with potential adopters we focus on their needs, lifestyle, goals and expectations, as well as living situations for their new puppy. Our priority is to match each pup with their ideal family. We work very closely with the families and take into consideration the desires for their new puppy, like gender & color. However, we match temperament first, then sex, size, color etc. We will do our best to accommodate your desires, however, please understand, personality matches are much more important than color matching. Please keep in mind, we are spending day and night interacting, working with and raising the puppies and know them very well. We want to set your family and our puppy up for success. We will take into consideration desires like color and markings if possible. If you are not in agreement for what options we have given your family, you may choose to move to another available litter.
The AL AA or ALCA recognizes that not all dogs identified as Australian Labradoodles are the real deal. The certification is an effort to make clear the identification process available to those interested in purchasing a true Australian Labradoodle.
Dogs that are awarded the ALAA/ALCA Certified Australian Labradoodle logo have lineage that is traced back to the Australian lines produced by the breed developers (Tegan Park and/or Rutland Manor).