All About Doodles
Aussidoodles and Goldendoodles are wonderful hybrids that are athletic, intelligent, and affectionate. They are both highly trainable with an even temperament, which makes them terrific family dogs. My doodles are raised around children (which they are great with!) and are bred with public service and therapy work in mind.
Loyal and friendly, they are very adaptable to most living situations. Doodles require a moderate amount of exercise, so a fenced in yard or daily playtime is important for their physical and mental growth. These dogs with just about break their heart to please you!
The first deliberately bred Doodle was a Labradoodle. In 1989, the Royal Guide Dog Association (in Kew, Australia) was asked for a guide dog that would not aggravate allergies. The association mulled it over and decided to try breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle.
Why a Labrador? Because they are intelligent, loyal, strong, friendly, and eager to please. Labradors are the most common guide dog for the blind.
Why a Poodle? Because in addition to having human-like hair that does not shed and being low-dander dogs, they are also intelligent and highly trainable.
The initial breeding in Australia produced a pup named Sultan. The blind woman who requested him brought him home to see if his hair and dander would enflame her husband's allergies. They didn't! Since Sultan, breeders have continued to develop the Labradoodle to create great dogs,
The offspring of a Poodle and a Labrador (or other pure breed) is referred to as the First Generation (F1), some breeders also breed a Doodle and a Poodle in what is know as a First Generation Back-Cross Generation (F1B). Back-cross generations are often referred to as multi-generation doodles. There are also breeders who cross Doodles with Doodles, striving to make them a breed in their own right.
There is no right or wrong way to breeding doodles in any of these pairings, but each mating will reflect the individual breeder's vision for the Doodle. This is why it is important for you to find a breeder who you feel can create the Doodle of your dreams.
Doodles and Allergies
First, if you or a family member have serious allergy issues with dogs, you may want to consider getting tested to determine if you are allergic to dander or saliva or both. Allergy testing will help you determine exactly how severe the allergy is, if it is life-threatening, and how best to cope.
We want to make sure all of our puppies go to their forever home, no matter what. So if you have a life-threatening allergy to dogs, please do not choose a doodle. Doodles are hybrids. While their coats are generally low- to no-shed and require minimal maintenance, no breeder can guarantee you that the puppy you recieve will grow-up to be a low dander, non shedding allergy friendly Doodle.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to test your allergic response to our puppies or breeding dogs because dander is everywhere. We share our home with our dogs. If you still think you are interested, we suggest that you meet as many Doodles (that live in doodle-only homes) as possible to help you determine the risk.
We can certainly direct you to some of our adoptive families that would just love a chance to show off their dogs, but please remember that each and every doodle is different. There is no way for us to send hair and saliva samples to you, because the adult coat will be different from the puppy coat. While owners often build up an allergy tolerance to their pets, there is still no guarantee. If you are allergic to saliva, we recommend a female.
Doodle Hair & Maintenance
Doodles can have a wide variety of coat types. There is even a difference between the puppy coat and the adult coat! The transition from puppy coat to adult coat typically occurs between 8 and 12 months of age. During this transition period, your Doodle may require daily grooming to combat matting.
The coats of Aussiedoodles and Goldendoodles are fairly consistent, typically very shaggy and low- to no-shed. However, there are some differences.
Grooming: Some coats may need very little brushing and grooming, while others may need almost daily care. This grooming can become a great bonding time for you and your Doodle, dogs often show affection for on another by grooming eachother.
Hair-cuts: Some coats may be more like a Poodle's coat with continuous hair growth, so they will need to be trimmed every 2-3 months. We recommend a teddy-bear cut (1-3 inches all over) or shaving down the body with a 3 or 4 blade and then scissoring the head and tail.
In our observations F1 Goldendoodles and F1 Aussiedoodles produce low- to no-shed and low dander without having to cross back to Poodles.