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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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hi, I'm SO SORRY for your loss!
I know that it's terrible coming home to an empty house, but as much as you can read of various posts on this forum the better!

Don't be hasty to buy your puppy!

First of all MOST f1's will shed! And the labby texture is a key to consider because there seems to be a connection between that texture and shedding. CURL is not relevant to predicting shedding. The puppies you pictured are adorable. The brown one is starting to lighten to a cafe aulait color! He/she will be lighter by the time they are mature. Too soon to tell if that black little cutie will be staying black or going gray or silver.

I have to say I don't microchip our puppies....I could, but my prices are the lowest in the Denver area, and the needle is REALLY big...and now there's a scare about cancer around the chip so I will talk to each puppy family about the pro's and con's and always have. I hope that doesn't make me sound like a less-desirable breeder....and I wouldn't grade any other breeders on that criterion.

The more you know, and trust about your breeder the more you can be really secure and thrilled with your puppy. So it's a good thing to consider your breeders.

Read the posts about Puppy Mills!

also, go to to find breeders who really test their dogs with specific care and testing. It doesn't mean you have to be on that list to be a good breeder but it makes sense to me as a logical launching point.

I grew up in MI so if you have found a good breeder that's really great! I'd like to know where/who!

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oh, I meant to say that the chocolate pup seems to have a flatter, coarser coat, and the black one does seem to have a more fluffy look.

Cant' say from here, of course, but that could be a hint on shedding, but I'm not sure. I would be fairly certain the chocolate puppy will shed tho. But that's what happens with the Labby f1's, ya know?
dittos all the way around!

If I ruled the world I would require EVERYONE who registers on this site to read Jacque's post about Puppy Mills and choosing their puppy according to the transparency and trust fostered by the breeder FIRST! :wink:

Also....meeting Mickey -- or any of us who post here regularly - and seeing our dogs would be a SMART opportunity to jump on!
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