I'm looking at buying my first dog but am a bit confused and unsure, so I thought I would seek advice here.Its a bit long winded but I would appreciate your input.
I'm looking at purchasing a puppy later this year. While my family has always had a terrier growing up, this dog is my first real dog. I have thought long and hard about what I want from a dog. Not too big, around 40cm maybe, 10-13kg, intelligent, active enough for long walks or paddock rhomps, but devoted and loving at home, a dog that likes attention and maybe sitting on my lap, curling up at the end of my bed. Laid back enough to travel and visit friends with, and preferably solidish looking and a bit furry. Not too much sheding.
I came across the Labradoodle which seemed like a great mix with good reviews. But I have been reading around about them and how their breeding can be unpredictable, which for their price is not so good. They seem to cost a fair bit, upwards of 1200,which I feel is a lot for a sort of crossbreed. Its not so much the money, but if that is an accurate value. Additionally, most breeders seem to have an allocation scheme where you can not choose your own dog. I am not sure how comfortable I am with this, as I would rather meet and choose my own puppy. There has been mentions of unregistered breeders, hip displasia, DNA testing but many of the breeders I have seen offer some sort of genetic medical guarantee along with parental testing.
So can I have some advice? Experiences with Labradoodles, recommendations, breeders,warnings? Or is there another dog breed that might suit me that I don't know of? I must admit I do like the soft and loveable Labradoodle look but I am open to other things. I have looked at.the RSPCA but the puppy and dog breeds they seem to have aee often cattle type dogs or ones that I don't think suit me.I am a single female so while a friendly dog would be best it won't be around heaps of children.
Thank you for your time. Andi