Hi Barb, As Karen said pure breed dogs from the most reputable breeder is your best bet for a genetically healthy dog. However many of us prefer to take a chance and rescue a dog that needs us. One of my rescues has been extremely healthy and he is almost 13. Another of my rescues has had a total hip replacement. He was likely from a puppy mill type breeder. Even though he's been an expensive dog, he has brought us the most joy and love one could ask to have in a beloved pet. That being said, since doodles are a mixed breed dog some are allergy-friendly and some are not. We would have to make sure you were not allergic to any potential dog you would adopt from us.
Here is more information for you.
Welcome to the DRC website.
Here is a ‘must read’ article with information you should know before you apply to adopt a doodle: http://doodlerescue.org/forum/topics/information-for-anyone-interested-in-adopting-a-doodle. Here is a link to our adoption guidelines which include that you must have owned a dog before and also supply a vet reference. Please read the guidelines before filling out an application to make sure that you meet them. http://doodlerescueinc.ning.com/notes/DRC_ADOPTION_POLICIES_AND_PROCEDURES. The application itself is at the top of any page, but here is a link: http://doodlerescue.org/page/adoption-application-2. The application doesn’t obligate you in any way but it opens the lines of communication with the adoption coordinator. Quite often, a new dog who comes into the program is adopted before he/she is ever listed, because our adoption coordinator is aware of a good approved applicant who would be a good match for that dog. However once you have an approved application on file, if you see a dog under the DRC’s care (either on the DRC Facebook page, doodlekisses.com home page or on our home page) that you feel would be a good fit for your family, an e-mail can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org stating that there is an application on file and you would like to be considered for (name of dog).
When looking at the adoptable dogs here, Petfinder, or our FaceBook page, notice the two letters in front of the dog’s name mean the state they are being fostered in. While the DRC allows out of state applicants, they cannot transport the rescues and will not let them fly, so adopters need to be within driving distance to pick the dog up. We also have a FaceBook page where our fosters often post before the doodles are listed on PetFinder.
I highly recommend gastropexy for any large dog and especially for Standard Poodles and Poodle mixes. All of my friends do it. My vet is a proponent, and I have been with my vet for 20 years and trust him completely. Here's the problem with your belief that mixed genetic backgrounds result in healthier dogs. You must take the breeds and the genetic conditions that are common in those breeds into consideration. Goldens and Labs have many of the same genetic diseases as Standard Poodles. 66% of all Golden retrievers will develop cancer in their lifetime. That's a fact, and mixing it with Poodle doesn't change it. I personally know at least two dozen doodles who have died of hemangiosarcoma & other cancers. There are many other genetic diseases that the Retrievers have in common with Poodles. Dogs (and people for that matter) don't have to be related to each other or even of the same breed to pass on the same genetic diseases. That's just a scientific fact. As a co-founder of this rescue for the past 12 years, I have seen a lot more doodles than you have, lol, and a LOT of genetic disease, so please take my experience of knowing a whole lot more than you do about health issues in doodles into consideration. My own labradoodle had Atopic Dermatitis, which is an immune disease, horribly allergic, and was under the care of 7 different veterinary specialists. He had a second immune-mediated disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which is like Crohn's in humans, which cost $4000 just to diagnose.His health related costs ran me $600/month on average, and seriously depeleted my retirement fund. He also had degenerative disc disease, multiple benign fatty tumors, and structural foot problems. After he died, I swore off mixes and mutts and went back to purebred Poodles. My last Poodle lived to be 16 years old with not a single health issue other than an occasional ear infection, and my current three year old Poodle is the same so far. The difference is, I buy from top of the line show breeders who do thorough health testing on their breeding dogs and never breed a dog until he/she is at least 2 years old and has been "proven" in the performance or show arena. These kinds of breeders are not breeding dogs to sell puppies, and in fact they produce maybe two litters a year at most. Their reputations and respect in the show dog world depend on not breeding dogs with genetic health issues. Buying from this type of breeder is as close to foolproof as it gets as far as the health of a dog gets. Just something to consider.
Hi Barb, welcome to the DRC website. I lost my standard labradoodle to bloat a few years ago, so I know what you are feeling. Unfortunately, mixed breed dogs are not healthier than purebreds, and the bigger doodles are just as likely to bloat as purebred Poodles are. Doodles are also just as likely to suffer from the same genetic illnesses that are found in the parent breeds. Just want you to have the correct information before welcoming a new companion into your heart. I myself have gone back to purebred Poodles, as I have found that purebreds from top-notch show and performance breeders are much healthier and have better temperaments than mixed breeds from questionable parentage.