Top 10 Tips for Selecting a Good Breeder

  1. They keep the dogs in the home and as part of the family – not outside in kennel runs. You should also make sure the area where the puppies are kept is clean.
  2. They have Labradoodles which appear happy and healthy. The dogs are excited to meet new people, and don’t shy away from visitors.
  3. A good dog breeder will encourage you to spend time with the puppy's parents – or at least the pup's mother when you visit. They want your entire family to meet the puppy and are happy for you to make more than one visit.
  4. They breed only one or maximum two types of dogs and they are very familiar with the 'breed standards,' even though the Labradoodle is a crossbreed.
  5. Like purebreds, Labradoodles can have potential genetic weaknesses. A good breeder should explain these and may have documents to prove that both parents are free from any genetic defects such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and eye problems like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and hereditary cataracts.
  6. Responsible breeders should provide you with a contract and health guarantee and allow you plenty of time to read them. They will also show you records of the puppy's veterinary visits and explain what vaccinations the puppy will need.
  7. They give you guidance on caring and training for your puppy and are available for your assistance after you take your puppy home.
  8. They feed their dogs high quality dog food.
  9. They don’t always have puppies available, but will keep a list of interested people for the next available litter.
  10. And finally… good Labradoodle breeders will provide references of other families who have bought their puppies. Make sure you call at least one, or have access to read references or reviews left by some.

A good breeder will also agree to take a puppy back within a certain time frame if it does not work out for you, or if there is a health problem. Happy healthy puppies are what everyone wants. Taking the time now to find a responsible breeder is time well spent. It could save you a lot of time, money and worry in the future and help to ensure that you and your chosen puppy are happy together for many years!

- excerpt from The Labradoodle Handbook by Linda Whitwam