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    Default Has anyone purchased from Gro odl es A ust ralia?

    Hi Everyone,

    Hope anyone can help. Husband and I are looking at purchasing a Groodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle). I am aware there are plenty of people out there who don't support cross breeding especially 'designer' pups. However, I am highly allergic to all things cute and both H and I love Golden Retrievers so hoping to get a Groodle that has a wool coat which has not so tight curly.

    At the moment I have searched a reviewed plenty of websites who sell Groodles and have come to the conclusion that they all are unfortunately puppy mills especially Che vro mist Kenn els and Riv erg um De sig ner P uppies. I have however had a look at Gr oodles Australia. They seem alright and only specialise in Gro odles. They also have plenty of information on the Mums and Dads as well as a facebook page where buyers are sending updated photos of their puppies. Has anyone purchased from them?? Or does anyone know of any breeders here in SA?

    Thanks
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    What happens if you get a Groodle that ends up with Golden Retriever coat?

    It is a bit risky IMO to get a cross breed hoping to get a hypoallergenic coat when there are no guarantees what parents gene's the pups will inherit.

    Owners with allergies are advised to request a puppy less likely to shed, however individuals with serious allergies may be best to buy a pure bred poodle.
    That is quoted from their website and honestly if you are highly allergic I would go a poodle as well or look at other breeds with similar coats. Looking at their prices (2k for a mixed bred puppy ) you would probably get a well breed poodle registered with the ANKC for half that.

    Other than that they do hip scores which is good and they don't have any puppies available at the moment which could be an indication that they aren't churning out litter after litter.... still the price is ridiculous.

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

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    Yes their coats can be a mixed feast. My mum has a retriever, poodle mix from a friends oops litter, and she has the weirdist coat and it tangles very easily and needs constant attention and clipping or it becomes very matted, it is horrible. Other puppies in the litter had retriever type coats. Hip and elbow dysplasia are common in retrievers so they are important scans that the breeder should do. $2000? OMG.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 09-22-2013 at 05:19 PM.

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    'Eugie' - I really don’t believe that there are any truly hypoallergenic dog breeds – so have a look at these links:

    Dr. Karen Becker: The Allergy-Free Dog: Real, or a Myth?

    Pet allergy: Are there hypoallergenic dog breeds? - MayoClinic.com

    Have a look at breed specific rescues or just general rescues through this link:

    Australia-wide Rescue Directory - PetRescue

    The money stated in this thread is a lot of money to waste on just a maybe !

    So continue to do your homework, talk to and ask heaps of questions of breeders, rescue people and go and see heaps of different breeds and dogs – via shows, obedience trials and other events happening around your specific area and even the pound.
    Who knows a rescue may be what you are really looking for ? smiley-eatdrink004.gif

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    When the general public is prepared to cough up $2000 freaking dollars for one of these
    its' no wonder that breeders continue to churn out these lucky dip DD Pups.
    Ten puppies = $20,000.
    Why work.

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    Thanks everyone for your help and advice.

    In regards to myself being allergic - I'm all good with wool coats and apparently you can tell what kind of coat they will have prior to sending them away at 8 weeks. We are willing to take the chance but if it doesn't work out we will love the pup no matter what (I will just have to consume lots of antihistamines).

    They are a little pricey about $1750 for a standard and $2000 for a mini (plus Vet fees and transport to another state) however after costs they donate to the Timor Childrens Foundation and we are fortunate enough to be willing to pay that. I have looked at a couple of others and they are cheaper but found out they are definitely puppy mills so we are not interested.

    Gro odl es Au stra lia do seem like a reputable organisation and do not churn out multiple litters. At the moment there won't be any available till 2014. I just wanted to see if anyone has had any experience with them.

    I will keep researching and thanks for all your help.
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    You know you could probably pick up a rescue Groodle cheap as chips. I am sure there are plenty due to people being promised the earth and not receiving it when the dog has grown up. I honestly just can not believe someone would be willing to pay that much for what is just a bitsa?!

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

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    My brother has a groodle that a friend of his couldn't cope with...

    It's huge. And really really clutzy. And the coat is erk. Never mind the shedding, look out mud paws here we come. It was unwanted in its previous family because it scared the children.

    And a friend of mine has one and it was stinky, the coat was matted and didn't feel nice, and its face was wet like a wet mop and it was very affectionate - yukky. Imagine a drooly dog crossed with a mop drool dispensing face. This dog was also huge - bigger than a Standard Poodle and a Golden Retriever.

    Maybe a Lagotto Romagnolo would be better?
    http://pantonepoodles.com/doodles.htm

    Or a Portuguese water dog (President Obama's dogs)

    At least you know you're getting the coat you want with them.
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    And here I was thinking that allergies to dogs are caused by dander and not coat...how silly of me.

    Seriously - all dogs produce dander, all dogs shed hair (so if it really is the coat causing the allergy the curliest of coats is still going to shed somewhat), and if you have allergies you may have to live without a dog OR be on constant medication if you obtain a dog of any type.

    What size dog can you manage to fit into your lifestyle and what can you afford in terms of on-going care? This should help you rule out specific types of dog. And don't be offended but paying that sort of money for a cross-breed animal is just plain silly. Go to the local pound or rescue group - they've got everything and more just begging for a responsible and loving home. The alternative for many of these unwanted dogs is a lonely end.

    If you are after a truly "low allergenic" breed, the Poodle comes in three sizes: mini, toy and standard. And also lots of pretty colours. And generally speaking, a Registered Breeder will take back a pup they've bred if you encounter a serious problem, such as developing a severe allergic reaction. I understand this is a regularly-used excuse when people dump their pets, "Oh the kids are allergic to the dog/cat so we have to get rid of it,". Sad...it's not the animal's fault.

    Good luck. I think you're on the right track but you only need to refine what it is you truly want and can offer a dog.

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    I remember reading somewhere that allergies to dogs can be specific to certain types of coat. So some people could still have a reaction to poodles but maybe be fine with a border collie. That's just a made up example. Some people are allergic to dog saliva and not dander too. But if you are severely allergic, I would definitely not risk getting any type of dog until you are very sure it won't make you feel miserable. The only way to really know is to get into contact with lots of different dogs until you find one that you don't react badly too. And the others here are right. Any kind of crossbreed will offer no guarantee that you will get the criteria you were after. You will need to get a purebred to make sure you get what you bargained for.

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