with in increase of hypo allergenic dog popularity I’m seeing more and more mixes. The 2 most recent are Irish doodles. An Irish setter and poodle. When I met my husband 25 years ago he had an Irish setter. I fell in love with flame. He was a retired show dog. Very obedient and just a great dog. He could open doors and do tricks. Just a very smart beautiful dog. My in-laws moved to the country with no more fenced yard. The second week they let him out and he took off after a rabbit and was never found. An Irish setter is an extremely smart dog with high prey drive. If you google dogs to own they are not for a novice dog owner. They require lots of exercise and are highly driven. Let’s look at the second cross I’m seeing. The Aussie doodle. This is an Australian Shepherd crosses with a poodle. The 2 smartest dogs. Aussies are fun. They love to work. So teaching them tricks comes easy. Our neighbors had 2 growing up. I spent many a day on their farm watching them herd animals and kill ground hogs. The word work is very important. They get bored and can be destructive. They require lots and lots of exercise and a job to do. I’m not bashing either cross. Each breed has a popularity because they serve a purpose. I love the above breeds and have lots of fond memeries from both. I want to educate newbies who are new to the doodle world and poodle cross. Make sure you understand the mix. The personality both bring to the table. Does it fit your lifestyle and expectations in a dog? Being cute just doesn’t cut it. All puppies are cute. When a pup fits in your family it makes for a wonderful life long companion. If you are beating your head into the wall everyday that’s not enjoyable for you or the pup. I personally love the Goldendoodle. The snuggles and being close. The low key companion that want to please. Like Velcro. They are with me 24/7. We take walks but they are content on a Sunday afternoon to sack and watch a movie.
willow is in heat. And we all know what that means. Yep you guessed it. Curly Dolly and Maggie will be right behind her. We will be breeding Dolly and curly. We are going to wait for spring to breed willow again and Maggie. 2 litters at a time is more than overwhelming. We love that the girls cycle together but I can only handle so many pups at one time. We give each pup as much training as possible befor they leave so too many would just be unfair to them. And to the mommas. We believe in being hands on from the time they arrive till they leave. If I ever get up the courage to trust another person with my babies, I will hire some part time help and attempt 3 at one time. But for now I have limited help with my tennage son and my husband. I trust them and they know how I like things done. So much can go wrong so quick.
On another positive note we sending out our new stud Tate’s health testing next week. Excited to have our own studs to use next year. I will have some guardian opportunities next year for some females if anyone is interested and lives with in 30 mins of taneytown.
well all the pups have left and we are back to normal. Sort of. When the last litter left I purchased another stud to add to our breeding program. He was born the same day as litter 7. So he came to me right as the pups were leaving. He will be living in a guardian home. I will be health testing him very soon and as long as he clears we plan to use him next year. We are getting everything ready for fall litters. Since we will have 2 litters at the same time I’ve started ordering supplies that I will need duplicates of. Which leads me to why I’m posting. I’ve always promised to be transparent and open and honest. The reason we have added 2 studs in the last year is because stud fees have gone through the roof. The last 2 studs we used costed $3000 each. And our last 2 litters only resulted in 6 pups each. Ouch. My go home bags with supplies now cost $300 for each pup. So to be blunt we have lost a crazy amount of money on the last 2 litters. Unfortunately I can’t continue to be breed and loose money. So I did a small increase on the fall litters. Anyone on the waiting list remains at same price. Any new applications will be charged the new price. I will do another small increase before spring litter. I don’t like raising my price. But to continue to offer you the best possible pet I’ve been forced to do this. I still feel I’m priced well below my competition. In addition I do puppy culture training. I’ve purchased 3 puppies from other breeders in the 2 years. All of them charging more than I do for a pup. By bringing in new lines I keep my inbreeding coefficientcy as low as possible. So I wanted to blog and let you guys know why the price increase. As I said before I’ve promised to be open and honest. And I will continue to breed the healthiest pets possible. If you have any questions please contact me. I will be glad to answer your questions.