Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
From the Labradoodle Trust: Very important information for those considering adding a labradoodle or goldendoodle to their families.
Things To Consider BEFORE You Get a Doodle
Doodles have received so much positive press and many people believe they are the perfect dogs. While they make wonderful companions, they are not for everyone.
These are some important considerations before you add a doodle to your family:
If you are still interested in a doodle, that's great! But keep in mind that some of the re-conceived notions touted by the media that have made doodles so popular are also reasons why so many of these dogs are abandoned by their owners. A doodle can be a wonderful dog and will provide you with unconditional love but you must consider if this is the right type of dog for you.
Karen - So very true - Every point! Anyone interested in a Doodle should read, and then read again, then sign!
I read this to my DH last night and we laughed as we could point to either one or both of our doods as we went through each item on the list.
I just wish I could get it posted on the main page, so all the people who are seeking doodles because they have allergies or for their kids could read it.
Thanks for posting this. Doodles can be the perfect dog for you, but they don't come that way. I know that we were really blindsided by Ned's grooming needs. Our breeder didn't lie to us when she said he needed brushing a few times a week, we misinterpreted how much time each grooming took and that Ned's coat would mat. And though we were experienced dog owners (of other breeds), we thought brushing was a few minutes of lightly going over the surface of the coat or thorough brushing seasonally!
We also had not done our homework on activity levels for doodles. Luckily for us, our doodles - compared to our Springer Spaniel - are low energy. This could have been a disaster because the whole reason we weren't getting another Springer was the energy misfit for our more senior lifestyle.
You bring up a good point, Nancy. Springers are also part of the Sporting Group of dogs, as are Goldens and Labs, (and Poodles used to be, lol), and the Sporting breeds have the highest exercise requirements of any of the 7 groups, including the Working Group. Many people believe that the size of the dog dictates the energy level, but this is simply not true.A 40 lb spaniel needs way more vigorous exercise than a 180 lb Newfoundland.
So for people who have lived with Sporting dogs, doodles' exercise requirements may seem relatively easy to accomodate, but for a first-time dog owner, or someone who has lived with other kinds of dogs, it might be overwhelming.
Or for people like us who are slowing down. Now that I know how high energy most doodles are, I realize that we were very lucky that ours match our lifestyle.
Very true. I got lucky with JD as well. The level of exercise a large retriever needs was one of the main reasons I hesitated before adopting him. Our saving grace is that he loves to retrieve and will do it forever. It doesn't take much effort to sit in a chair and throw a ball, lol, especially when the dog not only brings it back to you every time, but also places it in your lap. I can't even think of how I would have been able to run him on a daily basis if it wasn't for that, or if I didn't have a fenced yard.