Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We live in Twin Falls in the beautiful Magic Valley of southern Idaho just a few minutes from the Snake River. When you come to pick up your puppy from our home you should plan some time to go visit Shoshone Falls which is higher than Niagra Falls! Our valley is made up of small towns that are rooted primarily in agriculture.
The closest airport to us is Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls. It's usually easiest to get flights to the Boise, Idaho airport which is about 1 hour 45 minutes from our houses.
Do you offer a health guarantee?
Your puppy will have a two year health guarantee for hip dysplasia and all of the (more than 160) genetic diseases that we have tested for. If your puppy has OFA or PennHip certified hip dysplasia we will reimburse your vet bills for up to the purchase price of your puppy. Not all health problems are genetic or can be prevented but we do our very best to give all of our puppies the best start in life.
How big is a Petite/Miniature/medium/standard dog?
Petite range: height between 12-16 inches typically between 10-25 lbs.
Miniature range: Height: 15-18 inches at wither, typically 20-35 lbs.
Medium range: Height: over 18 but under 22 inches at wither, typically 30-50 lbs.
Standard range: Height: over 22 inches at wither, typically 45 or more lbs.
(height is measured from the floor to the top of the shoulder (wither)
How do you know what size a puppy will be when he grows up?
To get an estimated adult weight we add the weight of both parents and divide by 2. Many puppies generally end up within ten pounds of that calculation. For example: If mom weighs 40 and Dad weighs 60, 40+60=100 pounds. 100/2=50 so the dogs from this litter would weigh 45-55 pounds. The biggest pups of the litter will tend toward the high end and the smallest toward the small end of the range. Because we have lots of data from our past litters we can usually tell which puppies will end up bigger or smaller.
Because we are breeding mixed breeds and we use different size parents, puppies can sometimes end up the size of a grandparent. We can not guarantee a puppy's adult size. We will tell you our best estimated size guess but please be aware that a puppy from any given litter can be larger or smaller than one of their parents if the grandparents' genetics creep in. We typically have a good idea if this is the case by the time the puppies are chosen around 6 weeks of age but we do not guarantee size.
What size crate should I buy, what food should I feed and what kind of leash do you like?
We have a list of all our favorites on our website, here.
How much do these puppies cost?
Our puppies cost $2500 (Mini, medium, standard goldendoodles), $3000 (Petite Goldendoodles) , or $3500 (Bernadoodle, or Bernadoodle mix). When you buy our recommended Paw Tree food pack with auto ship we will give you a $100 discount. When you purchase and do the first two training modules on BaxterandBella.com using our discount code we will offer a $100 discount.
Our price includes a two year health guarantee for hips, elbows, eyes and genetic disease for which we can test. We follow an early neuro-stimulation program and we facilitate socialization with kids of all ages, other pets, and adults from the moment of birth. They are born and raised in our family room with our constant supervision using methods inspired by the Puppy Culture method of training. All of these experiences help your puppy develop a strong, resilient nervous and immune system that will help make for a smooth transition to a new home.
Do you remove dew claws?
At the recommendation of our team of veterinarians, we no longer remove dew claws unless they are floating and attached only to the skin (this occasionally happens with rear dewclaws). The dewclaw is attached to two separate tendons and leg muscles and all work together to stabilize the foreleg. Dewclaw injury is rare and removal can cause arthritis and leg pain. As long as the nail is kept trimmed (don't forget it!) dewclaws should always be left intact. Contact us if you want more information about dew claw removal. Here are a few articles you can check out as well.
The Dewclaw Debate
What does my puppy come home with?
We will send you home with a blanket and or toy scented with mom and litter-mates' smell.
Lifes abundance "Buffalo Bully Stick"
2 year health guarantee
Can we visit puppies?
No, but we are happy to send photos and videos or to do a FaceTime call! You can read more regarding our visitor policy here...
What does F1, F1b, F2b, F3, F2 etc mean?
These numbers refer to the generation of a goldendoodle.
F1--Golden Retriever+Poodle (any size), 50% golden, 50% Poodle.
An F1b is a F1 bred back to a foundational breed (Poodle or Golden retriever). Most F1b pups are bred back to the poodle (25% golden retriever and 75% poodle)
There is some variation with how different breeders classify their generation of dogs. It really varies widely even among reputable experienced breeders.
For our purposes any time we breed a goldendoodle to another goldendoodle of any generation we call that a multi-generation goldendoodle. We have found that multi-gen goldendoodles have the most predictable size and coat qualities.
Many people are under the misconception that an F1b goldendoodle is the only type of doodle that will be non-shedding and hypoallergenic for people with allergies. All three of the dogs below are F1b goldendoodles.
The coats and shedding of these three dogs vary widely. The generation of the dog is not nearly as informative as the actual genetics of the coat. We don't like to use the generation expressions to describe our doodles. We have to look at the specific genetics of the coat curl, furnishings and color and texture of both the parents and grandparents to get a good idea of what puppies' coats and size will look like as adults.
A curly coat has the lowest occurrence of shedding so it can be better for some people allergic to a dog's hair-- but not all F1b dogs are curly as demonstrated by the pictures above. We have lots of dogs in our program that have straight or wavy coats that have a low or no-shed gene and many of these dogs don't shed at all. When we have several generations of similar size and coat qualities we can better predict the traits of the puppies' coats. That's one of the reasons we love to breed multigenerational Goldendoodles. Let us know what you are looking for in a dog and trust us to help you get the very best match.
Why would I want a mixed breed dog instead of a pure bred?
Goldendoodles are not pure bred dogs. Pure bred dogs have gone through generations of breeding to ensure that personality, coat, health and temperament are consistent and predictable. With that predictability come some health problems that are specific to the breeds (large breeds can have genetic hip problems, some breeds are known for eye disorders, some have high incidence of cancer...). The benefit of a cross bred or mixed breed dog is that some of those genetic health risks are eliminated by diversifying the gene pool. We can trace our lines (with a couple of exceptions) back to their pure bred, health tested parents to ensure good health and great genetics as much as possible.
I don't live in your area, can I still get one of your puppies?
Yes! We have transported many puppies--everywhere from New York to Seattle to Texas. We have fantastic flight nannies that can hand deliver your puppy to you at the airport. Depending on your location ground transportation is 400 and flight nanny transport is $500-$750. When using a flight nanny we will need to transport your puppy to the Boise airport. Our transportation fee to the Boise air port is $125 in addition to the flight nanny fee. If you want to fly here we can transport to the airport for you for $125. The nearest airport is Boise, ID about 2 hours away. We generally like to have puppies go home at about 8 weeks.
When is your next litter of puppies?
See our upcoming litters at the bottom of our home page. We will post what dog we have expected to go into heat and when they are expected to cycle as well as with whom we would like to breed them. Mother Nature is in charge and can sometimes be unpredictable. If we have not posted an "Upcoming litter" on our home page than we don't know if our girl is pregnant. Please see our home page for news of litters that are on their way.
What is an English Golden Retriever?
The basic difference between an American Golden Retriever and an English Golden Retriever is the official breed standard that all reputable breeders strive to achieve. There are two main standards for pure bred dogs. The United States and Canada use the AKC (American Kennel Club) standards while the rest of the world uses the KC (The Kennel Club) standards.
There are a few notable differences between the AKC and the KC requirements for Golden Retrievers. Here are a few of the basics: the AKC considers "extremely pale" to be a fault while the KC does not. A dog bred to the AKC standards will almost never have a white/cream coat. On the opposite end of the color spectrum, the KC considers red or mahogany colored coats to be a fault while the AKC does not. The AKC standard desires a sloping top line while the KC prefers a straight/level line. The AKC prefers ears to be above and behind the level of the eyes with the eyes wide set while the KC prefers the ears to be set at approximate level with the eyes. In general, the English retrievers have a slightly shorter muzzle and a squared/blocky-looking head.
Aside from the beautiful look of the English Goldens, we love their mild, easy going temperament!
Even more importantly, the health and longevity of the English Goldens can be better than their American counterparts. American Goldens are known to have a high incidence of cancer and hip displasia while the English Goldens have significantly less occurrence of both disorders. We do use some American retriever lines but we are careful to only use retriever lines that have been thoroughly health and temperament tested. To see pictures and a more in-depth discussion of the differences of the breeds go to RechercheGoldens.com or summerbrookgoldens.com.