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I may have found you guys to late?

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A very tragic thing happened to us. 2 weeks ago today, my sweet Springer Spaniel of 11 years was dx'd with lymphoma and bone marrow cancer. Long story short, he went fast. We had to put him to sleep the day before Thanksgiving.
We have been bawling our eyes out for almost 14 days! I miss him so much!
This was so unexpected that we didn't have time to prepare. Had I known he was nearing his end, we would've purchased a Labradoodle to ease the pain.

I have spent days and nights researching breeders and talking to them. I had reached a point where my head was in a spin. I NEED to get a dog yesterday. I can't deal with the loneliness in this house without one.

Tomorrow, we're going to look at two pups and possibly will come home with one.
My questions are numerous...........
Is an F1 always going to shed?.........and how much?
Would an F1b be better for allergies?

I tend to want my doodle to look more like a will I be in trouble as far as shedding goes with an F1?

The breeder I think I finally selected has had these pups of 9 weeks in her home. She has them crated and lets them out of the crate, so in essence they're crate trained and somewhat started on housebreaking.
They also respond, she says, to "leave it"..........It seems like she takes an interest in her dogs. Plus, she'll board them in her home.....not kennel for $15 a day if we vacation.
One other breeder turned me off since she couldn't really discuss since she had no knowledge of if the lab was an American Kennel or an English. This disturbed she went from having them in the house to back in the garage and they were not microchipped
I know these are a lot of's the final one........I'll possibly be choosing between one of these two & chocolate.........
What kind of coat do they look like they'll have....and how do they look to you??
Thanks in advance for ANY help I can get....Linda

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Im so very sorry for you loss, I just went thru this myself, Im so very sorry

i agree with Maureen up to the point about trusting BREEDERS Lists,,I DONT!!ALL are normally paid listings or biased listings, or BOTH
Im looseing faith in most of them,

the thing to remember is feel comfy with your breeder, get references from people that have purchased from them,

Im unsure why you feel what micro chipping or not ,has to do with the honor of a breeder

there are so many new breeders out there that are just getting into it to make a buck its scary, I have been breeding doodles for over 5yrs and have seen them come and go, several breeders that are supposedly come highly recommended and reputable come to find out arent ,In the past years i have seen this happen time and time again, once from a breeder that sent very very sick pups to another breeder, knowling
so lists ,,recommended breeder list, pheff, holds no merit

so you have to just go back to your gut instinct, ask questions if you feel uncomfortable for some reason

realize these are living beings , and breeders are just that ,,,breeders they are not god, those of us that have dedicated our life to doodles do the very best we can,,,

all the testing in the world wont guarantee no problems later, unless there is a genetic test to put them free and clear
example you can have 2 parents tested for HD certified excellent , and the can STILL produce a dysplastic pup,, why because alot of that is environmental, how they are raised, nutrition, what stress is put on bones and joints as they mature etc
Eyes,,,Cerf,,, they have to recertified every year, my question is what in the world do you do if they dont pass the next year? there is no genetic test for this either

I sure wish there was a guarantee for us all to have a illness free life ,,unfortunatly god holds the cards

sheesh now im rambling,,,,
Sorry for the Doodle Class 101 ,,Im on puppy watch tonite have to keep awake,,LOL
not gonna make it till 7am,,LOL
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LOL im with katie, take em both,,
Doodles are like tater chips no one can have just one
and with the price of gas,,LOL
On a more positive note re shedding, i have a f1 labradoodle Bella she shed like crazy the first 2 yrs of her life now she hardly sheds at all
who figure :roll: :)
IN my experience the look of the coat has nothing to do with shedding or not, a wirey look can shed or no a wavy coat can shed or no
it all depends on where the genes fall with each individual puppy
in fact that goes for whatever generation ,,,these are afterall hybrids
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