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Thread: Advice on buying a dog - Labradoodle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi View Post
    Wow thanks for all the replies!

    Actually my sort of favourite dog would be a golden retreiver who I think are lovely but I thought about it and as much as I like it the a smaller one is best for me. I have a tiny car and would like to bring my dog lots of places - and in my experience smaller dogs are less threatening and more readily accepted. In this way the labrador, PWDs, etc would be too large. I looked up the breeds mentioned though.

    Bare minimum exercise would be half hour walk a day, but likely long walks on the weekends, and I ride horses so he'd probably come out to the paddock and play with the other dogs there, perhaps come on slower rides once trained.

    For weight to size ratio I was going off what the Australian Labradoodle Association has on their webpae. They have three size catagories with the minatures ranging from 30-40cm and weighing i think they said about 6 - 12kg. Apparently after a few generations they can breed in fleece coats and they do seem to all fit the type. Adorable but surprisingly pricey.

    I'm a little nervous as I will have this dog for 10+ years and really want one that suits me. As much as I want to play and have fun I really want the type who will want to curl up on my lap in the evening. Although that likely depends on the individual as well as breed.

    I wouldn't rule out a slightly older dog, but I do really want a puppy. You only get a puppy once every 15 years or so, if you only have one dog, and i did want to take advantage of it. But I will checkout the RSPCA when I am ready to buy, I have heard that there are a fair few abandoned pups in the new year - unwanted gifts or something, perhaps I can come across one that suits me.

    Poodles - they seem lovely but I just can't get over thinkg they look strange! All angular and sharp where all I want is soft and cuddly. I just don't think I am a poodle person.

    I saw some pictures of Spoodles today, and they are so adorable. Although much the same problems I think of the L-doodle. Except many breeding places seem to have a more "you choose puppy" arrangement.

    Anyway keep any suggestions coming. I know I come off as a little fussy but I just want to make the right choice rather than rushing into something.
    I personally am not a fan of any of these designer dogs purely because of the breeding practices of most breeders. If you are set on one though I would go for a rescue.

    The only small cuddly lap dogs that I know (and would recommend because I want one too) are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They are cute and love to cuddle lol golden retrievers are also beautiful! There is one up the street from me and he gets so excited when we walk past!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Yes cavaliers are nice dogs too, very cute. A friend of mine has one and he is also a good agility dog, very cuddly, very portable and a nice temperament.

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    I think a lagotto souds perfect for you - but no idea on the price. I met one recently at the beach and he was just lovely. Poodle like but less nervy (as some are) and quite atlethic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    Our poodle was a beautiful dog, defintiely not all angles and also very cuddly. We had her clipped in a puppy clip which softened any angles. Given the wrong cut my mums labradoodle can also look very sharp and angular.

    You also need to be able to choose your puppy. If a breeder told me that they would allocate me a dog sight unseen I would run. I am happy for a breeder to suggest the most suitable dog in a litter etc. after getting to know me and what I want etc but not otherwise.

    I also dont get the absudly high prices they charge for some of those crosses. I dont understand how a cross between a poodle and a labrador costs more than a purebred of each dog. Money making machines and demand I guess. All my purebred dogs have come between $400 and $700 with all the genetic testing in place.

    Really there is very little difenrence between our poodle and labradoodle except our poodles coat was easier to maintain and she didnt suffer from allergies.
    That's how I got my current best in show winning dog... just sayin' Breeders know their own pups and allocating the pup that best suits the family is sometimes better than letting a buyer pick their own... I get what everyone is saying but it's not necessarily a reason to run.

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    Poodles don't have to be kept in froo-froo trims, you can let their face grow to soften the lines:

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    But still, they aren't a breed for everyone. I have had Shih Tzus before, bit smaller than what you are looking for but very hardy dogs and love cuddles. They have plenty of bone, ours was nearly indestructable

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    I guess I got caught a couple of times, relied on the breeder to pick a dog for me as I live long distance. I realised I ended up with the pup no one wanted. She had the worst temperament ever. I had my doubts when I picked her up. I also got sent a BC from interstate and told the breeder I was wanting to do agility, she was 16 weeks old. I ended up with the most mellow BC ever, totally unsuitable for agility( found out later she was a return from someone also wanting an agility dog who realised very quickly she was going to be unsuitable)

    Unless you really know and trust the breeder I will never again go down that track - I was done like a dinner. My best dogs have been the ones I picked myself, but then I know what I am looking for and I only get my dogs from certain breeders nowadays.

    I have a couple of rescues but I knew full well what I was getting and the rescue people knew their dogs as well and were brutally honest.
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    Yep, I agree it is a gamble unless you really trust the breeder. That's why it's so imporatant to have lots of contact with the breeder before you buy, I spent months chatting on the phone and sending e-mails to my breeder before I got a pup. Connections do help as well, if you can get along to a few dog shows and chat to people you will usually find a few recommending the same breeder.

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    Yes contact with the breeder and contact with people who know the breeder and their dogs.

    I am only against breeders who tell you they will pick a pup for you without much contact or treat you like they know best and you know nothing. I like to check everything out. I like to investigate the philosophy of the breeder and what their goals are. But this has come with experience of some very bad experiences LOL. I never buy a pup without major homework now.

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    I have a rescue dog from the local pound which I think is a labradoodle with perhaps some soft coated wheaten terrier thrown in. I have never owned a lapdog before. I have mostly owned boxers and border collies, but this new dog is something special - really calm and affectionate. He doesn't really shed but his coat does need a lot of grooming. I am of course guessing at his breeding (the dog groomer said he was a spoodle) but there are lots of oodle dogs about at the moment and some find themselves in rescue. I would explore them first. It's good to save a life.
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    I looked at the Logottos and, besides the digging, they seem near perfect and I am definately going to look at then. Although they seem to have the whole breeder designation thing - and high prices. Thank you for sharing your opinion on that. I thought my reluctance might just be a me thing, that I was naive of the dog world - i definately will only buy one I can choose.

    And I am going to take a good look at the RSPCAs around my area. Do all poodles have the visible lower teeth?

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