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 meet or take your puppy 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.
How big is a Miniature/medium/standard dog?
Miniature range: Height: under 18 inches at wither, typically 15-35 lbs. Medium range: Height: over 18 but under 22 inches at wither, typically 35-45 lbs. Standard range: Height: over 22 inches at wither, typically 50 or more lbs. (height is measured from the floor to the top of the shoulder)
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 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 tell you our best estimated size guess but please be aware that a puppy from any given liter 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.
How much do these puppies cost? Most of our puppies cost $2000. We may on occasion have a special litter that will be priced higher. This price includes a two year health guarantee for hips, elbows, eyes. 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 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.
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" Training Clicker 2 year health guarantee Veterinarian Health check exam
Can we visit puppies We don't have any litter visits before five weeks. It is too stressful for our mamas to have strangers in their 'nest' area before that time and we need to limit exposure to devastating and rampant dog diseases. We are happy to send photos and videos! You may meet your puppy if you are on that specific litter reservation list on Family Match Day (usually between 5 and 6 weeks of age).
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 generally an F1 bred back to a poodle (25% golden retriever and 75% poodle). F2 is two F1's bred together, F2b is an F1 bred with an F1b and and further pairings are generally referred to as F3. We don't like to use these expressions to describe our doodles. The percentage of golden retriever vs poodle in the parents doesn't necessarily translate down to their puppies in a predictable manner. We have to look at the specific genetics of the coat curl, furnishings and color of both the parents and grandparents to get a good idea of what puppies' coats and size will look like as adults.
Many people are under the misconception that an f1b is the best or only fit for someone looking for a more hypo-allergenic coat. A curly coat can be better for some people allergic to a dog's hair but not all F1b dogs are curly! All three of the dogs below are F1b doodles.
Doodle puppies don't always follow the genetic formulas of their parents--sometimes the genes of the grandparents come through and sometimes the parents' genes divide unequally among a litter of puppies. We have to look back at thorough genetic panels to see the probability of a doodle puppy's adult coat characteristics. Any generation past an F1 can have a variable look to their coat and size and sometimes pups within a litter will all have different genetic makeups from one another as well. We do a lot of coat genetic testing to help us create more consistent coats and colors. We can give you a good idea if a specific litter will have potentially "less shedding or more hypo-allergenic" puppies but no goldendoodle can or should be guaranteed to be completely hypo-allergenic. Why would I want a mixed breed dog instead of a pure bred? The benefit of a mixed breed dog 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. Our parents all come from pure bred, health tested dogs 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 shipped many puppies--everywhere from New York to Seattle to Texas. We no longer offer shipping by cargo but we have a fantastic flight nanny that can usually hand deliver your puppy to you at the airport. Depending on your location that price is usually about $450. We generally like to ship at around 8 weeks.
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. Click HERE to read more about the research.