We have 4 of my sister’s Golden Retriever puppies available now Pictures coming soon!
Raising puppies is such a wonderful job to have and I am always keeping my eyes open for ways to improve the care that I and my family give to the sweet puppies that live with us in our home. I am excited about the Puppy Culture DVDs full of information for both breeders and families who have a puppy that they want to give their best to.
As a breeder, I have the perfect opportunity and responsibility to make a dramatic impact on the personalities of the puppies. There are so many small things that can be done in the first 12 weeks of life that will greatly affect the outcome of the puppies stability and happiness in their futures. Since puppies are with us for 7-8 weeks, I want to do all I can to help them get a great start in life. The Puppy Culture program has raised my awareness of how vital it is to pay attention to each developmental stage. For example we do ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) with the puppies between days 3-16.
It is with a heart full of love that I try to incorporate as many of the ideas I've learned into my breeding program so that you get a balanced, confident puppy!
Our dogs have their eyes checked by a veterinarian trained in pet ophthalmology at OVRA in Sprinfield, Oregon.
We travel to Goldendale, Washington whenever one of our dogs need to have their OFA heart testing done as the veterinarian needs specific equipment and there is not anywhere local for us to go.
As much as we possibly can, we want to avoid parasites in our dogs so we follow the Revival Health’s guidelines from Dr. Foster and Smith including 2 different deworming medications, flea/tick, giardia and coccidia prevention.
The dogs have all had the Essential panel of tests done for their breed and most have also had the Supplemental panel of genetic tests as well.
Each dog has x-rays examined by the OFA at the 2 year mark age mark so that we an have confidence in our breeding program on many levels.
We have done OFA testing for hips/elbows, eyes (yearly) and heart on all of our dogs. Birch’s x-rays are preliminaries with the officials being done in October when he turns two.
AKC’s standard for their “Bred with heart” program completed for Liesl, Saffron, Hazel, Lila, Birch and Comfort. (In fact, more than the requirements were met because we chose to fully (PawPrint Genetics) test our dogs beyond what the AKC recommends.)
However we do not breed Standard Poodles, we breed Goldendoodles.
(This applies to our Golden Retriever puppies as well even though the article mentions Goldendoodles.)
This is our puppy yard that is separate from the rest of our backyard (we live on an acre.) The puppy yard is connected to our shop/garage by a doggie door so the puppies can always go inside if they want. There is also a covered area outside for shade.
We only put our puppies outside to play after they are 5 weeks old. (If the weather is beautiful, we at times bring 4 week puppies out for a short playtime). They are pampered and played with inside our home from birth to 4 1/2-5 weeks old.
When we start giving them outside time, they really enjoy it as they are very active and ready to explore at that point. We still bring them inside but it is limited to about 2-3 at a time for special attention separate from the rest of the litter or at bedtime.
During the last week that the puppies are with us, we sometimes let them out into the big yard to play with all of the adult dogs and to have more territory to investigate.
The puppies are close by us as we go about the day in our home. They are exposed to the sounds of a busy household. Their pen is easily accessible for cleaning and whenever we want to engage them with new toys or pick them up for a cuddle. Their puppy enclosure is enlarged as the puppies grow and they learn to use the puppy pads and later pellet boxes on the far side.
We have made a large, fun indoor play area in our shop for rainy days or just a different experience for the growing curiosity of the puppies while they are with us. Our youngest daughter named it “puppy play land” and she likes helping me set it up differently for every litter.
We use 1-2 bumper type beds for comfy puppy pile ups!
Changing out the toys regularly keeps things interesting for the puppies.
We often think of our past home child care that my husband and I ran together when our children were younger while raising the puppies- trying to give them an enriching and safe environment.
Goldendoodles can be born with a variety of types of coats. There are typically three which include:
1. straight, if the puppy takes more after the Golden Retriever side of the family,
2. wavy coat, which is a combo coat of both sides, the curly from the Poodle and the straight from the Golden Retriever and
3. curly coat, if the puppy takes after the Poodle's side of the family.
The Goldendoodle is a wonderful cross breed that is growing in popularity because of its beautiful look and keen intuitiveness that is appreciated by many families. Doodles are fun loving and very sweet!
F1 Goldendoodle= Golden Retriever x Poodle (50% Golden Retriever & 50% Poodle)=Some will shed little to none, others a bit more, but nothing like a Golden Retriever. Considered Allergy Friendly.
(If you want the most allergy friendly dog, you might research Poodle, F1B Goldendoodles-75% Poodle & 25% Golden, or other combinations. However, with more poodle in a puppy, the more chance of matting fur and time/expense of grooming.)
Weight can be anywhere between 55-70lbs.
Generally, you can add the weight of the parent dogs and then divide in half to get a guess at your puppy's final weight.
Typical for our males is between 65-70lbs.
Typical for our females is 60-65lbs.
Known to be incredibly kid friendly, affectionate with family, great with other dogs and all around an agreeable pet.
Goldendoodles tolerate both heat and cold on a 3 out of 5 ranking. They do better having a yard over apartment living unless you are committed to frequent walks and other types of exercise and plan on taking your pet on all of your adventures.
Life Span is anywhere from 10-15 years. Good food, loving care, and plenty of exercise will go a long way in the health of your dog as it ages. As a hybrid cross they grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. The only genetic diseases that they can be prone to are those shared by both the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle.
Goldens are loving, loyal, good-natured dogs. They are sweet, energetic, and have a reputation for being in top rank for most beloved family pet.
Golden Retrievers are known to be enthusiastic, intelligent and among the most trainable of the dog breeds. Taking time to work with your puppy will be quickly rewarded because your Golden wants so much to please you.
These are double-coated dogs which means that underneath the outercoat of long, sturdy guard hairs is a soft, downy coat. The undercoat protects the dog from cold and heat. Since the undercoat is constantly shedding and replenishing, you will need to regularly brush your pet and vaccum.
From floor to the top of the shoulder, an adult male should be from 23-24 inches tall and weigh between 65-75 lbs. Females should be between 21 & 1/2- 22 & 1/2 inches tall and weigh between 55-65 lbs.
Since Goldens are were bred to be hunting dogs, they have a strong need for social interaction and plenty of exercise. They should be a part of an active lifestyle and not left to themselves for long periods of time.
Our puppies are fed TLC puppy food. The serving size is 1/2-2/3 c. three times daily (7-8 weeks). For treats the puppies get full fat plain yogurt and/or plain goat milk kefir mixed into their kibble, small Greenies or treats (they vary). If goat milk is available (primarily spring/summer or thawed in winter), I give it to the puppies as well. All of our puppies leave our home having tried raw meat (that was previously frozen). Sometimes the puppies prefer their kibble moistened with warm water past 8 weeks old and they always appreciate healthy mix-ins (more on Nutrition page).
The adult dogs are fed a raw diet that I prepare twice a month in batches and freeze or that I prepare fresh as I go. This is fed once a day with kibble (TLC brand) being their second meal or a balanced home cooked dog meal when I have time. (The B.A.R.F. diet by Ian Billinghurst is where I got my inspiration in feeding the adult dogs a raw diet. On YouTube, The Canine Classroom-BARF, for videos.) Another excellent resource I have used in our raw feeding is Bone Appetit raw food. It is a pre-packaged balanced raw dog food at human grade quality. (boneappetitrawdogfood.com) New for us in 2020 was using the raw dog food co-op called WAzzuOR for Washington and Oregon families.
When this ran out, we filled the freezer with an assortment of healthy raw options from WAzzuOR (dog food co-op) including green tripe and stuffed hooves.
More information on our Nutrition page
Lots of indoor space for playing
Dr. Karen Becker has a lot to say on the important topic of early spaying/neutering of puppies and the health consequences. The link below will take you to her website. Type in “early spay” in the search box to find her interesting and informative video.
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