Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
Please read our adoption policies.
Please ESPECIALLY note:
We do not adopt to homes with children under the age of 10, and if they have not lived with a dog in the home before, the minimum age is 16.
We do not adopt to first time dog owners. You must have owned a dog AS AN ADULT and have vet records in your own name.
Please also note the following:
It is not true that labradoodles and goldendoodles are hypo-allergenic, allergy-friendly, or non-shedding. The poodle's coat does not automatically cancel out the heavily shedding coats of the retrievers. There are many doodles who do shed and are not allergy friendly. In fact, 70% of all first cross doodles (50/50 retriever-poodle mix) do shed, some quite heavily. This is one reason doodles lose their homes in the first place. The fact that your friend's goldendoodle doesn't affect your allergies doesn't mean that another goldendoodle won't. They are all different, and there is huge variation from one to another, even within the same litter. The genetic makeup of each individual doodle is unique to that particular dog. These are mixes, and they do not breed "true" as purebreds do.
Also, puppies experience a coat change around a year old, so a puppy who does not shed or affect your allergies very well might do both as an adult. If you have dog allergies, please adopt a purebred that is known to be consistently non-shedding such as a Poodle, Wheaten Terrier, Bouvier, Schnauzer, Bichon, Havanese, etc., or a poodle mix in which all breeds involved are non-shedding, i.e. yorkie-poo, westie-poo, schnoodles, bichon-poo, etc.
A goldendoodle does not necessarily have the temperament of a Golden Retriever with the coat and/or intelligence of a Poodle. Genetics don't work that way. It is just as likely that a goldendoodle will have the temperament of a Poodle with the coat and/or intelligence of a Golden Retriever, or any combination thereof. The same is true of labradoodles. These are mixed breeds, and no two are alike, in personality, temperament, or appearance.
No dog is born "good with children". Temperament depends on many factors. Many doodles are given up by their owners because of issues with children. All dogs need training, and all children need supervision and guidance on how to interact with dogs. These are living, feeling, thinking beings, not stuffed toys. No matter how old your children are, how responsible they are, or how much they want a dog, the dog will be your responsibility and will belong to you. Would you want a dog if you didn't have kids?
Many goldendoodles and labradoodles are extremely high energy, high maintenance dogs. They are a mix of two sporting breeds, and sporting dogs have the highest exercise requirement of any of the breed groups. They are runners, jumpers and leapers. Doodles require a lot of grooming, a lot of exercise, (including off-leash exercise in a secure area), and a lot of training, and all of that adds up to several hours a week. Many of these dogs end up in rescue because their owners did not realize how much time owning a doodle requires.
It is not true that doodles are healthier than purebred Poodles or Retrievers.
Many of the same genetic diseases run in both Poodles and in Labs or Goldens. Parents do not have to be related or of the same breed to pass on the same genetic illness or condition. Every disease or illness that is found in Poodles or retrievers is also seen in Goldendoodles and Labradoodles, at about the same frequency.
Please do not do your research on breeders' websites. You wouldn't choose a make of car based on the manufacturer's advertising or sales pitch, please don't choose a dog that way, either. If all of the information on the internet about these dogs was true, "Great with kids", "perfect family dog", non-shedding", "low maintenance", etc, there would not be any doodles being rehomed and none of them would be homeless.
Also, if you are looking for a "mini" doodle, you should also consider other breeds and mixes. There are dozens of non-shedding, allergy-friendly small breeds in rescue. Not much of the laid back, "good old boy" personality of the retrievers is left in the mini-doodles, anyway, and they are relatively rare in rescue.
Karen, thanks for posting this. It makes me sad to welcome people who have NOT read the DRC adoption policies before applying and never understand that they do not qualify to adopt a dog from this organization and that they need to look elsewhere.
As to mini's, there are tons of little poodle mix dogs in kill shelters who would be so grateful to be saved. If an applicant truly wants to rescue a mini, they can go to the nearest shelter and choose one of many - often from two non-shedding small breeds.
I am happy to enlighten people who have only heard that doodles are always non-shedding and hypoallergenic. I know that when we bought Ned, we had that same misunderstanding - not from our breeder, but from the general hype about doodles. Neither of these would have been deal breakers for us, but they are for many allergy sufferers. Neither of our doodles is high energy either, but if they had been we would have dealt with that. Our "gotcha" moment was the high maintenance of our non-shedding doodle's coat. We had NO idea what the breeder was trying to tell us when she said he needed brushing several times a week. We thought it meant 5 minutes several times a week, not 40 minutes several times a week!
I think most doodles do make wonderful family pets, but they MUST be taught how to behave. Ours are great with our granddaughter, but when she comes to the door, they still get so excited they often knock her down and they are still eager to steal a cookie from her if we aren't watching. In other words they are a work in progress and they are 5!
thank you for posting this Karen. It breaks my heart when I see how many smaller poodle mixes are sitting in shelters. People get caught up on labels and if it isn't a "doodle" they often don't seem interested. So sad.
When we have been at the shelters, we have seen sooooo many little poodle mixes, usually white, looking at us with their pleading eyes. All of the people who want to rescue a mini should really take a look at these little guys first.
People just can't seem to get past the false idea that a goldendoodle has the personality of a Golden Retriever, even if it's a mini that weighs 20 lbs. But I have yet to meet a mini doodle that had a retriever personality. If you didn;t know what the breed mix was, the temperaments are indistinguishable between almost all small poodle mixes. The exceptions might be some of the terrier-poodle mixes. Schnoodles are usually very mellow, wonderful dogs, and the cockapoos are very similar to the mini-doodles in temperament, which makes sense, since you have another sporting breed mixed with poodle. Plus, there is a lot of cockapoo in some of the Australian labradoodles.
Yup. Ned is small. I am not sure what his personality resembles in his heritage because he is multigenerational Australian, except we are sure he has cat in him somewhere! :-} He is extremely independent, cat-like, obviously thinks he is descended from royalty, and when push comes to shove, he is definitely a sissy. This is NOT retriever, yet he does not seem to have the personality I see in many small dogs. Ned could learn tricks easily, but would only perform them IF HE chose to.
Clancy, on the other hand, does have that sweet, eager-to-please retriever personality. He would learn tricks if we taught them, and for a treat, do anything.
My daughter's Lhasa-poodle rescue, has that small dog personality. He is very sweet, very snuggly, and like many, not as easily trainable in manners and doesn't have enough self-preservation to be afraid of anything. He couldn't learn tricks, but he wouldn't care because he would be busy getting on the table to get his own treats.
Nancy, your description of Ned fits my miniature poodle to a "T". She definitely thought that the world revolved around her, was extremely independent, and when it came to obedience, it was always "what's in it for me?", lol.
There you go - Australian labradoodles and miniature poodles have cat in them as evidenced by Cubbie, Ned and Karen's poodle. Then there is the less bright but eager to please doodles, specifically Clancy and Ollie, which shows that some doodle lines are without cat genes.
Add JD to the latter group...no cat, no attitude, not the smartest dog in the world, but he tries hard. :)
so it sounds like doodle attitude goes hand in hand with intelligence :)
Great post thanks Karen!
Oh the breeders love to trot out the "hypoallergenic" word to unsuspecting customers! We are constantly asked about it and respond "it is a cosmetics industry marketing term. It is not a scientific or medical term."
Like any marketing term it means exactly what the marketer wants you to think it means in order to close the sale.
Not sure I completely agree with the mini doodle's not having a big dog personality tho. We had two mini fosters (Enzo FKA Buddy & Finnian FKA Burgess) this summer that and Burgess thought he was the alpha! He weighed maybe 14 lbs. and was just one of the pack with our 65, 55, 45lb. doods. Definitely had a big dog personality in a tiny package!