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Thread: A purebred alternative to a spoodle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulg View Post
    Thank you again, everyone for all of your advice.

    The thread has been informative, and very helpful. I hope it helps others in a similar situation.

    We have found some spoodles, and I have taken the advice to check genetic testing, ensuring non-cage breeders/puppy farms and are hopeful to have a good puppy experience. I appreciate that this is taking a risk, but we are doing it with our eyes open. I fully respect those who believe one should never buy a spoodle, but hope you will forgive us for giving in to what seems like an ideal dog for what we are wanting.

    Thank you again so very much,

    Paul
    Good luck and glad you are going to do some checks. I certainly would emphasise the genetic testing. I myself have a dog that has a genetic condition when I purchased from untested parents. She has cost me upward of $6000 so far.

    I am very particular when purchasing puppies these days and I think it is worth being particular. Things can still go wrong but the chances are reduced and in some cases eliminated. Temperament is also important and I think it is essential to meet the parents and observe their temperaments. Again not always fail safe but it does help.

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    The trouble with cross breeds - is you can't be sure of the genetic mix you end up with in the puppies. I think with a spaniel x poodle - you can be reasonably sure of 5 and 6 on your list - because how good a dog is with children and how much exercise it can handle depends almost as much on what the owner does - as it does on what it's born with. But options 1 thru 4 you could easily get the opposite of what you want.

    size wise - you can end up with something the height of a standard poodle - I know someone who got a "groodle" golden retriever x poodle and it was as big as a lab at 4 months and looked like it was going to end up bigger than a standard poodle and a golden retriever. She said the breeder swore that it was small poodle... but the puppy wasn't small.
    Spaniels can shed a lot
    if you get a non-shedding coat - you will need to clip - ie the coat is as long as you let it grow.
    spaniels are not particularily bright - but poodles are often smarter than their owners... you will likely get one or the other and not something in between.

    Any promise your chosen breeder makes that is important to you - like the non-shedding - get it in writing - if they won't put it in writing, they're not sure they can keep their promise.

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    I think it is great that you are making sure the parents are health checked and well cared for. I personally have nothing against purposely breeding crosses as long as it is done ethically. And the more people like you there are out there to pass on this message, the less business puppy farms and bad breeders will get.

    Good luck with your pup!

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    I do know one spoodle. I thought at first when I met it that it was a poodle. It is a nice dog but after training with it for awhile it does have some charateristics that I dont like as much as a pure poodle.

    My family owned a owned a poodle once and the poodle was definitely a smarter and more focussed dog. The spoodle is more inclined to become distracted and wander off on some unfathomable mission. As the current owner of working sheep dogs I like smart focussed dogs and our poodle was definitely that. The spoodle would be less my cup of tea in that department. However the one I know is a very lovable dog, just not as biddable and focussed as I would personally like.

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    I know a couple and they're not very bright either and don't seem to have an interesting personality. Fluffy and loveable but boring.

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    This is the opening poster's follow up thread. He's determined.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...ght-puppy.html

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