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. 


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I agree

Thank you posting, I loved my two goldendoodles that have passed over the rainbow bridge and look forward to having another one. 

I have read your adoption policy and honestly it gives me more confidence as a whole that you are very careful in regards to who you adopt the animals to.  

I also filled out the application without putting a dogs name on the application so that it would be on file.  I am hoping that it went through, it did say it was submitted. 

Hi Penny, yes your application was received and our adoption director sent you an email about an hour ago. PLEASE check your email and your spam folder. Email is the main way we communicate with potential adopters so it's important to make sure you don't miss any

I've been looking hard for a mini-doodle.  I can deal with high energy and shedding.  I want a dog that loves water.  Do doodles almost universally love water?  I have resisted shelling $2500-4500 for a dog unless I know it likes water and doodles get snatched up so quickly you have no time to ask questions.

Not all doodles love water. I'd say it's 50-50, and you won't know that whether you adopt an adult or buy a puppy. If this is so important to you, why not look for a breed that is a known water dog? 
As far as "mini-doodle" goes, there are hundreds or little non-shedding breeds and Poodle mixes in rescue. Although COVID has greatly reduced the numbers of available dogs of all types. Everyone and their uncle seems to feel that since they are home anyway, might as well get a dog. 

Only dogs I know that almost universally love water is a Labrador and thats too big for us.  If someone has a suggestion for a water loving dog besides a 60-80 lb dog I'm open to ot.

Among the smaller breeds on this list are the American Water Spaniel (30-40 lbs) 
The Barbet (30-60 lbs) 

The Boykin Spaniel (25-40 lbs) 
The Lagotto (25-35 lbs) 
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (35-50 lbs) 

The Portugese water Dog (35-60 lbs)
The Spanish Water Dog (30-40 lbs) 

And the Standard Poodle, which while tall, weighs 35-55 lbs when well bred. 
When you are talking about "mini" doodles, you are talking about dogs that have Miniature or Toy Poodle in them, and those are NOT breeds known for their love of water. 

I'll also tell you that we receive dozens, often hundreds, of applications for each dog in our program, and most of them are from people just looking for a companion animal, without specific requirements for things like loving water. Since our #1 goal in placing a dog in a new home is that the dog never be homeless again, we are very, very, very leery of specific expectations and requirements; it sets the dog up for failure if he or she doesn't meet those expectations. We want owners who are just thrilled to have a nice dog. 
You really would be better off seeking out a top-notch breeder of dogs who breeds for performance in water sports, and has titled her breeding dogs in dock-diving and other water sports.

I have two doodles and one hates the water, the other likes to splash around but refuses to swim on her own.

Thank you for posting this!  I knew this information already but it is a good reminder.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I just joined the community. My Ernie was almost 14yo and passed six months ago. My wife, kids and myself were so blessed for many years with him. He filled are home with Happiness and Love giving us all a better quality of Life having the comfort of him in are home.
Responding to a comment I was reading I also refuse to pay 3500.00. I would spend my last dollar purchasing a Goldendoodle don't get me wrong. But there are way to many doodles in are world that need good Loving homes like my house and many others im sure. I know the doodle craze is strong today with every family wanting a doodle. For as many families that are buying doodle puppies for 3500.00. Such a high percentage of these doodle puppies being purchased will end up back with the breeder of brought to shelters. Today seems very hard to find just one doodle to adopt from what I am seeing. I know if I'm patient my family will be blessed having the opportunity to adopt the next doodle that needs a great home. I would adopt all of them if I could. If anyone has any recommendations or can better guide me along my journey trying to adopt a goldendoodle I greatly appreciate it. I am located in Bergen County NJ. Having my home office gave me the opportunity to be with Ernie every single day for almost 14 years straight. I can not wait to experience this opportunity with the next doodle who blesses my home again.
Thank You for everyone's time and patience reading my message.
Wanted to add:
Recently three families in my town I just found out about this weekend. They gave up one 15 week old, 2yo and 4yo doodles. Do to lack of experience, not being able to handle doodles high energy levels, not being able to give the doodles TLC they all need. Overall being selfish not being committed to the doodles.
These families did not understand and not willing to do what it takes to give doodles the Love they all deserve.
My Fav. Examples of Doodles!
High energy, Need lots lots of Love, Attention, Exercise, Praising, Rewards, Belly Rubs, Constant Reassurance,
Making Doodles Feel Special each and everyday is what my family lives for..
These are some of my favorite qualities doodles have..
Overall this is what makes Doodles extra Special. They give us back so much more then we give them in return.
I wish each home in the world was able to experience the positive impact dogs and especially doodles bring into each home.
Many will never understand untill they are willing to be 100% committed to their doodle.
Thank you!


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