Information & FAQ's
All you need to know!
Australian Labradoodle or English Labradoodle?
What is an English Labradoodle?
An English labradoodle or labradoodle origin (LO) as it is often called is a cross between a labrador retriever and poodle. This is a first generation cross and is known as a F1.
Their size, look, coat varies considerable and they may or may not shed. They are usually taller and slighter in build than the Australian Labradoodle (ALD).
It is difficult to predict the results of a first generation cross which is why we see so many different types of Labradoodle. Appearance, coat and size vary considerably.
What is an Australian Labradoodle?
An Australian labradoodle is not a crossbreed, it is a multi-generational dog that is predictable in look, coat, size and temperament. In addition to poodle and labrador there are other carefully selected breeds infused into the lines including soft coated wheaten terrier, cocker spaniel and irish water spaniel. These infusions have resulted in producing the ALD that we know and love today.
Their coats can be wool or fleece or a mixture of the two and come in a variety of different colours. The Australian Labradoodle is considered to be low allergen. They are low shed and low odour.
In temperament they are bright, friendly, funny and just want to please. They are calm dogs that make loyal and loving companions and the fact that they are bright and willing to please makes them easy to train.
Unlike the LO prices of Australian Labradoodles remain constant and do not vary much at all. With a few exceptions you really do get what you pay for in the world of Australian Labradoodles so please do you homework before purchasing your puppy. It is important to understand that good breeders spend time and money on their dogs by choosing the best and healthiest dogs to breed from. A good breeder will give as much support and guidance as you need in rearing and owning your ALD.
1When can we view the puppies? [click]
We typically invite families over to see the pups at around five weeks as we feel this is the optimum time for both you and the pups. At five weeks the puppies are becoming quite active and one can get a feel for each pup’s character. We also like to limit contact before this time to reduce the risk of infection to the pups.
2At what age can we adopt our puppy? [click]
At 8 weeks. Your puppy will have been wormed with puppy Drontol from the age of 3 weeks and will be microchipped. He or she will have had a comprehensive health assessment performed by our veterinary surgeon whom you are welcome to speak with at any time. Your puppy will leave us fully insured with four weeks free insurance cover with PetPlan. After the initial four weeks PetPlan will invite you to continue cover after this initial period. We highly recommend continuing this valuable insurance. Puppy care instructions, diet information, food that your puppy has been weaned on to, comfort toy/blanket that has been with the rest of the litter and mum, 100 percent organic shampoo. And, of course, we will always be here for support should you need us. Your sales invoice with a breakdown of your items and the amount paid to date for deposits etc. and your copy of the signed puppy sales contract for your records.
3Do you hold a waiting list? [click]
Yes. We take reservations before the puppies are born.
4What do you feed your puppies? [click]
Our puppies are weaned on a raw diet which we feel is the best possible nutrition for our canine companions. He or she will also be fed tasty treats of scrambled eggs, salmon and tinned fish and the occasional treat of cheese or home made liver cake.
5Where are you based? [click]
West Surrey between junction 9 and 10 of the M25.
6How are your puppies socialised? [click]
Our puppies are raised in our home with all the hustle and bustle that goes with having a large family and a house full of visitors and children.
7Should I choose a boy or girl? [click]
Both males and females make excellent pets. There is no difference in temperament and is purely a matter of personal preference.
8How much exercise will my puppy need? [click]
Exercise should be restricted for all puppies under 12 months old in order to avoid hip and joint problems. 15-20 minutes walking on the lead gradually increasing as your puppy matures will be ample. As an adult your dog will enjoy joining you for longer walks or your cycle or jog. They love playing fetch and frisbee and make fantastic agility dogs.
9How much grooming will my puppy need? [click]
Our answer to this is probably more than you think. Wool coats are higher maintenance than fleece coats but your dog will need regular grooming to avoid the discomfort of matting. He or she will also need regular visits to a professional groomer. The shorter you keep your dog’s coat the easier it will be to manage. Work with your groomer to achieve a look you like that is manageable at home.