- Where are you located?
- Do I need to fill out an application to be considered for a puppy?
- How do I reserve a puppy?
- Is the deposit refundable?
- How does the waiting list work?
- What will my puppy come to me with?
- Can I visit your facility?
- When will I be able to choose a puppy?
- What do I need to do to get ready for my new puppy?
- Do you guarantee the health of your puppies
- Are they all allergy friendly?
- What is the difference between F1, F2, F1B, and Multigenerational labradoodles?
- Do you do any health testing of the parents?
- Are the parents of the puppies purebred or registered?
- Are the puppies registered?
- Will my puppy be vaccinated and dewormed?
- What is hybrid vigor?
- Do you spay/neuter the puppies before they leave your facility?
- How much grooming does a labradoodle require?
- Are you a puppy mill?
- Do you dock the tails of the puppies?
- Does a male or female make a better pet?
- Do you begin potty training the puppies before they are placed?
- How do you recommend potty/crate training?
- Crate Training
- What will the size of my labradoodle be as an adult?
- What is the lifespan of a labradoodle?
- What kind of training do labradoodles need?
- Do you sell labradoodles with breeding rights?
- What will happen if I cannot keep my dog?
Where are you located? back to top
We are located in Harrisonville, Missouri about 40 minutes south of Kansas City and an hour and fifteen minutes from Kansas City International Airport.
The answers to these questions will help us get to know you and help us to help you choose the best puppy for you and your family. We do require you promise to love your new puppy as much it loves you!
How do I reserve a puppy? back to top
You can reserve a puppy by filling out the application indicating what breed, color, sex, and size you’ll consider. Once we review your application we’ll get back to you with our availability or info on our upcoming litters. If the litter has been bred or has already born you’ll be asked to place a $500 deposit to reserve a puppy in the litter.
Is the deposit refundable? back to top
No, the $500 deposit is NOT refundable. We do this because some people will put their names on several breeder’s lists and take the first available puppy. From very early on we begin looking for the characteristics and personality traits in our puppies that are best for each family that has placed a deposit. When there is a non-refundable deposit involved the chances are a lot higher that the party will be dedicated to picking a puppy from us and aren’t making an impulsive decision like many do when they want the first available or simply see a puppy.
How does the waiting list work? back to top
The waiting list works such that once you have placed a deposit you will choose 4 puppies from the litter that you’re interested in. Through the temperament assessment and your answers to a questionnaire regarding the kind of temperament you are looking for, the puppies will be allocated at 8 weeks of age. We do consider your preferences and will keep them in mind but we would not allow a timid or shy puppy to be placed in a home with several young children simply because it’s the color and sex you’ve been wanting, or an active, very outgoing puppy, and assertive puppy to be placed in a home with a less active, retired couple.
What will my puppy come to me with? back to top
Your puppy will come to you with age appropriate vaccinations and dewormings, 5 day general health guarantee, vaccination record, 26 month health guarantee against genetic hip and eye defects, sample baggy of puppy food, a basic training and puppy training book, puppy toy, blanket/towel with mom and litter mates’ scent, NuVet pamphlet and vitamin sample, 30 days of free pet insurance from Trupanion, puppy sized collar and pedigree. We also have a trainer that does a training session at pick up. We have group pick up sessions.
Can I visit your facility? back to top
We do not allow visitors that have not put a deposit on a puppy. We have heard of several breeders who have lost entire litters due to parvo virus. Many people go kennel hopping to shop for a puppy. If someone holds a puppy at X kennel that is infected with Parvo and then comes here and holds our puppies they can be infected with Parvo as well. It would also be irresponsible of us as breeders to allow visitors here who could infect puppies that have already been sold to those on the waiting list. We are not willing to risk the health and lives of our puppies. Please read more about our visitor’s policy and other alternatives on our Policies page.
When will I be able to choose a puppy? back to top
Puppy allocation is done at 8 weeks old and is done once temperament testing and puppy personality has emerged. We consider it as well as the physical appearance of the dog you desire. You will choose four puppies you’re willing to accept and through that, the temperament assessment results and your completed personality questionnaire we allocate a puppy to you. Obviously we won’t make you take a puppy you don’t want but we also won’t place a puppy with you that we don’t feel is a good fit.
What do I need to do to get ready for my new puppy? back to top
- Have a puppy is much like having a toddler! You need to puppy proof your home just as you would toddler proof it. Make sure there are no chemicals, poisons, electrical wires, cleaning detergents, etc laying around that the puppy can get into.
- Set up a crate area with a towel in one half of the area and newspaper in the other so the puppy can distinguish a sleep area and a potty area. Toys and treats are always good too! If you don’t want to use a crate you can gate off a small area in a laundry room or hallway as long as it has non-absorbent surface!
- Find an area where you can take the puppy for frequent potty breaks. Take it back to the same spot each time – it will smell it’s potty from before and go there again. Take the puppy potty quite frequently, at least every hour and after it has ate or drank a significant amount. Potty breaks prevent accidents and help to build the habit of going outside to potty.
Do you guarantee the health of your puppies? back to top
Yes we offer a 5 day general health guarantee against canine parvovirus, canine distemper, and hepatitis as well as a 26 month guarantee against any hip and eye defects (which can only be diagnosed by the Orthopedic Foundation of America and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation).
Are they all allergy friendly? back to top
No – no breed of dog is allergy friendly to everyone. Those who have previously purchased puppies from us and have an allergy to dander have found a higher tolerance to the labradoodle breed because it is low to non-shedding and dander free.
We do not sell puppies on a trial basis so you must consider what you/your family will do if an allergy issue arises after the purchase of the puppy. We might be able to take the puppy back pending available space but no refund will be offered. If we are not able to take the puppy back we will help you to rehome it and you are required to provide us with the name of the new owner for our records (it’s stated in our contract/guarantee). Remember, our puppies are never to be placed in shelter or rescue organization!!! (You will sign your name to it before puppy pick up/delivery.) Please consider all of this prior to purchasing a puppy – it is a lifetime commitment! We are more than happy to provide you with references of our doodles near you who’s owners would be willing to let you meet them to see how your allergies do around them.
What is the difference between F1, F2, F1B, and Multigenerational labradoodles? back to top
F1 labradoodles are 50% lab and 50% poodle. They tend to have more of the lab features with wispy-wavy hair. Their coat is maintenance free other than an occasionally brushing. They have low to moderate shedding which varies from puppy to puppy.
F2 labradoodles are the puppies of an F1 labradoodle bred to an F1 labradoodle. Their coats are less predicable than the F1’s because and F1 is 50% lab and 50% poodle, some F2 puppies in a litter will receive more lab genes than poodle genes from their parents, others more poodle genes than labs genes, and some with equal lab and poodle genes like their parents. Thus you have only a few puppies that resemble their parents and most that resemble a lab or a poodle.
F1B labradoodles are 75% poodle and 25% lab. They are non shedding and more hypoallergenic than the F1. Their coat is very wavy to curly like that of a poodle. They do require more brushing and grooming to maintenance their curlier coat.
Australian Multigen labradoodles are the puppies of an F1B, or greater, bred to an Australian labradoodle. They are non-shedding like the F1B and do require more frequent brushing and grooming depending no how long you prefer to keep their coat.
Do you do any health testing of the parents? back to top
All of our breeding dogs have been OFA/Evet hip certified, OFA/Evet elbow certified Normal, OFA patella, OFA cardiac and OFA eye certified Clear and Normal and prc-d/DNA certified normal.
Are the parents of the puppies purebred or registered? back to top
Some of our parents are registered and some are not. We have chosen not to be long to the breed specific doodle associations and would be happy to visit with you about this if it is a concern for you. We do provide you a pedigree at pick up.
Are the puppies registered? back to top
No. We do not register our puppies. You can register your puppy with CKC by taking pics from specific angles and mailing them to CKC for evaluation and acceptance of the registration application.
Will my puppy be vaccinated and dewormed? back to top
Yes your puppy will receive a Vanguard 5 (5 in 1) vaccination that covers parvovirus, adenovirus 1 & 2, distemper, and parainfluenza prior to leaving our home.
What is hybrid vigor? back to top
Hybrid vigor, also known as heterosis, refers to the possibility that a healthier offspring (puppy) may be produced from two parties (in this case, dogs). As we all know, it’s generally healthier to have a broad genetic pool rather than a narrow genetic pool. That is why there are laws against inbreeding! When genetics are too close there can be problems and when a breed is bred again and again they begin to develop issues that are very common to their breed. Cross-breeding is done to reproduce desirable traits in two breeds and eliminate undesirable breed-specific traits. An eye defect called Retinal Atrophy can be found in Labs but is extremely rare in Standard Poodles. A purebred Lab would be more likely to have or carry the Retinal Atrophy defective gene than a Labradoodle because the Lab is being bred with a Poodle, a breed that does not tend to have the defect. The idea that the hybrid puppy is less likely to have such a defect is known as hybrid vigor. You can see the benefit of cross breeding a dog that has genetic/breed specific defects with a breed that does not have that same defect, therefore greatly reducing any chance of that defect being passed on.
Do you spay/neuter the puppies before they leave your facility? back to top
Yes, we do have our vet spay/neuter puppies prior to placing them in their homes. Puppies recover much quicker at such a young age and don’t bother the incision like an older dog does. They rarely act like anything has been done and they bounce right back, whereas an older dog done even at 6 mos tend to lick and bother the incision and end up having to wear the cone and look so pitiful! We don’t have to mess with it when it’s performed so early. Spay/Neuter prevents breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer in females and testicular and prostate cancers in males. A neutered male does not have the sexual tendencies of a non-neutered male such as running off for females in heat, humping, frequent marking of his territory, etc. Spay/Neuter is also the only way to guarantee the prevention of unwanted litters. Males are the equivalent of females when neutered (and to be honest have a much sweeter personality in general) and don’t hump, hike, etc when desexed.
How much grooming does a doodle require? back to top
Doodles vary in their grooming requirements because of the many coat types.
F1 doodles require very little to no grooming at all. Their coat is very manageable and low maintenance. We recommend and occasional face trim (maybe twice a year) and an occasional brushing always gives the coat a fresh, clean, look and is enjoyed by most puppies!
F1B doodles require more grooming than F1’s. They have a lot more hair and more waves to curl which requires more frequent brushing to prevent matting and occasional trimming to keep the hair out of their eyes. They have a beautiful curly-wavy coat when well managed.
Australian Labradoodles and multigen goldendoodles can vary greatly depending on the look you like. Some owners like the long and shaggy look… others the clean, groomed look. We groom our doodles about ever 3 months, so quarterly.
Are you a puppy mill? back to top
No – Not even close! A puppy mill is horrible place where the people do not consider the happiness and health of the dogs. They do not consider the care and comfort of the dogs. The dogs are kept in small doggy runs rarely to be touched by humans. The dogs there are very skittish and timid because they have never been loved or show affection by a human. Puppy mills are dirty horrible places where dogs are there for the sole purpose of producing puppies. Their puppies are weaned off of them at a very early age to be sold to brokers, pet stores, and possibly animal research facilities, none of which we sell to.
Our dogs are first and foremost our pets. We play with them each and every day. They play together, chase and romp with one another in the yard, and enjoying lounging on our couch and chewing on bully sticks. They are our other children! They even get Christmas presents! They are extremely gentle and wouldn’t hurt a fly. They are friendly and sociable with strangers. They aren’t the lease bit aggressive even when they have puppies. We are involved with each puppy from the time it is born – literally, we cut the cord, bring the puppy to the teat, and help it to begin nursing. Breeding and raising dogs is an awesome responsibility and we take it very seriously.
Do you dock the tails of the puppies? back to top
No, we do not dock the tails of our puppies because we feel their tail is a major gauge of their thoughts and feelings and is too important to remove.
Does a male or female make a better pet? back to top
The wonderful personality of a labradoodle is in the breed, it is not sex specific. Males and females are equally great pets. Many people have various reasons for preferring one sex over the other, most of which are stereotypical. Both males and females are affectionate, playful, intelligent, trainable, and loyal. A neutered male is likely to squat to pee instead of hiking his leg, and if he does hike his leg he’ll pee all in one spot instead of in several different places to mark his territory. A neutered male does not have the tendencies of a non-neutered male such as running off to look for females in heat, humping, aggressive toward other male dogs, etc. Spayed females do not have a heat cycle so you do not have to deal with bothersome bleeding during their cycle. Spaying and neutering prevents breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers in females and testicular and prostate related cancers in males.
Do you begin potty training the puppies before they are placed? back to top
We do allow the puppies access to grass but we do not begin potty/house training the puppies before they come to you. It would be impossible for us to potty train a litter of 5-10 puppies! Our puppies do begin going potty in the grass at 6 weeks of age and quickly make it a habit. From 3 weeks of age they have 24 -7 access to a puppy litter box and you’d be amazed at how clean their sleeping pin is. They do not like to potty in their sleep area.
How do you recommend potty/crate training? back to top
When beginning potty training you need to choose an area for your puppy to potty. Take the puppy to this same spot each time you take it out to potty and it will smell it’s potty from the times before and go there. Right after the puppy has finished pottying praise it so it knows that what is has done is good. Small treats are always good too!
You must be consistent with the puppy and take it directly out to potty after letting it out of it’s crate, as well as every hour and after it has ate or drank any significant amount. Frequent potty breaks prevent accidents and build the habit of going outside to potty. Never leave the puppy unsupervised during a potty break! Never leave a puppy unsupervised to roam around your home, this is just asking for accidents! Be patient and be consistent!
Click below to find additional information about Potty Training/Housebreaking from the American Dog Trainers Network. http://www.inch.com/~dogs/housebreaking.html
Crate Training back to top
First, you must set up small gated area or crate for your puppy to be in. This must be a safe and welcoming place for the puppy with a blanket or towel for sleeping, newspaper for pottying, toys, and a little food and water if you’re going to be gone for a while. Puppies learn quickly to not potty in their sleep area and will hold it as long as possible to avoid dirtying their area. You can expect your puppy to hold it’s potty 1 hr for ever month old it is (so an 8 week old puppy should be able to hold their potty for 2 hours) around 4-6 months when the puppy bladder has expanded it will be able to hold it’s potty significantly longer.
Never use the crate for punishment! The puppy should never fear going to it’s crate – it should be a happy, relaxing, comforting place. All dogs like a little downtime and their crate can be a great place for them to sleep and have some personal space.
Click below to find additional information about Crate Training by the American Dog Trainer’s Network. http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html
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What will the size of my labradoodle/goldendoodle be as an adult? back to top
We raise miniature and medium Australian labradoodles, miniature goldendoodles, and standard labradoodles.
Our Australian Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are miniature and medium size puppies. The following weight and height limits have been set for each size: Miniature Australian Labradoodles and Goldendoodles – 15-25 lbs and 14-16″ tall, Medium Australian Labradoodles and Goldendoodles- 30-50 lbs and 17-20 inches tall.
What is the lifespan of a doodle? back to top
Doodles that live a healthy lifestyle (quality diet, appropriate exercise, etc) will live to be 12-15 years old. Please consider this when committing to the labradoodle breed! Buying a puppy is a 12+ years commitment!
What kind of training do labradoodles need? back to top
A trained dog is a lot easier to live with than an untrained dog. Labradoodles are highly intelligent and easily trainable, especially at an early age. Simple commands like sit, stay, come, down, speak, etc are commands you can begin teaching your puppy at 8-10 weeks of age. There are basic training classes available that provide helpful tips for new owners and successful training methods for training your puppy. It is important for you, the trainer, to be patient with your puppy so it will trust you. Do not punish the puppy for not reacting correctly to a command – this will negatively affect the training process and breakdown the bond between puppy and master. It is also important to remember puppies are very curious and have short attention spans so keep the lesson relatively short. Remember, a good behaved, well socialized dog is a reflection of its responsible owner, an out of control, obnoxious dog is a reflection of it’s irresponsible owner.
Do you sell labradoodles with breeding rights? back to top
We will consider selling an Australian Labradoodle or Goldendoodle with breeding rights but not to a kennel type breeding facility. Our dogs are part of our family and raised in our home and we would expect the same from another breeder that chose to breed one of our puppies. Breeding pups are sold under a breeder contract and are priced accordingly.
What will happen if I cannot keep my dog? back to top
Our love for our puppies goes beyond our home and we want them to be loved and happy. If for some reason and issue arises and you are no longer able to keep your puppy we will help you to rehome (find it a suitable, new home) it . It’s possible that we will be able to take the puppy back here at our home but no refund will be provided. We will still place an ad on our website so prospective lookers will see it. If you find a home for your puppy we require you provide us with the new owner’s information (you agree in the contract/guarantee to provide this information if such an instance arises). We do this because we like to keep in contact with our puppies and their owners to hear about their silly puppy antics and the joy they bring to their lives as well as providing lifetime support. Make sure you carefully screen the family and know that they will love and care for the puppy as much as you! We never want one of our puppies to end up in a shelter!