Choosing a Goldendoodle

So, you’ve decided to get a Goldendoodle because you’ve heard that they are a healthy, friendly and good natured breed. But did you know that all of these qualities will also depend on the type of breeder and puppy you choose? Unfortunately, not all Goldendoodles are created equal so you will need to choose wisely to ensure that you get a healthy, happy pup. Here are some useful tips.

How to find a Goldendoodle breeder

If you want a healthy Goldendoodle the best place to start is with recommended, registered breeders. If you know of someone with a Goldendoodle you could ask for their recommendations. Otherwise, ask your local Goldendoodle breed club. Your ideal breeder will:

  • Keep all their dogs and puppies indoors, in the family home
  • Know plenty about the breed in general, and the health conditions that can be inherited
  • Screen against the commonly inherited diseases before choosing to breed from any dog
  • Ask questions about you to make sure you are a suitable owner
  • Breed not for profit, but for the love of the Goldendoodle breed
  • Allow you to meet and examine the mother of the pups and to observe her with the litter
  • Offer to keep in touch and answer any questions you might have after taking home your puppy
  • Give you a small bit of the food your puppy has been eating to take home so that you can wean him off it slowly
  • Pass a quick background check (no bad reviews online, plus a few testimonials to prove their worth)

Goldendoodle health checks

Once you’ve found a breeder you like, you should be prepared to ask all the necessary health related questions and to examine the puppies yourself for signs of illness. Here are the main hereditary conditions in Goldendoodles:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Elbow laxity
  • Eye sight and eye conditions
  • von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Thyroid issues
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease

Choose a healthy Goldendoodle pup

When you visit the breeder, you will need to be aware of the warning signs of ill health, or behavioural problems in the puppies. Make sure the pup you choose is:

  • At least 8 weeks old, so that he is ready to be taken away from his mother
  • Interacting well with the other pups in the litter, rather than shying away from them
  • Playful and energetic
  • Happy and confident enough to approach you and shows signs of being naturally inquisitive
  • Responding well to being handled (will probably struggle for a short while and then relax)
  • In possession of a shiny, well-maintained coat
  • Healthy looking, with bright, clear and well focused eyes, clean ears, and no discharge from the nose or eyes
  • Walking well, with no signs of wobbling or limping
  • Responsive to loud noises and movements without being timid or aggressive

Once you’ve chosen a puppy you like, it’s a good idea to take him to your vet within about two days of bringing him home. That way, if the breeder has sold you a pup with heath issues you can take the pup back to them if necessary.

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