Responsibilities of Breeding

October 23rd marked Ruby’s first birthday so only one more year until we can breed her. (Don’t worry we spoiled Ruby with homemade pupcakes and a squeaky stuffed animal.)

Happy First Birthday Ruby! 20131023_193100

Breeding a dog is a decision that should not be taken lightly by any pet owner and there are many things to consider especially with crossbred dogs.

For example:

  • Crossbred dogs can have a unique look. With goldendoodles you cannot predict their coat, color, or size exactly, but they are all very pretty dogs.
  • Careful crossbreeding can lower the chance of congenital issues if the breeder picks the dam and stud wisely.
  • It is hard to judge what size the dog will be. This can be an issue with some new owners if they have smaller living quarters or wanted a certain sized dog. Goldendoodles will range in size and are dependent on their mothers’ and fathers’ traits.
  • Temperaments can be difficult to predict. Although Goldendoodles are known for their docile temperament, that doesn’t mean that crossbreeding other types of dogs is a win-win situation.
  • There can be a potential for higher risk deliveries, mostly because the dogs are of different sizes. Sometimes the dam will have to have a c-section so her and her puppies survive.

Puppies

Some more serious things to consider with breeding are:

  • A Dam’s health is very important every step of the way. With the dam getting pregnant, there is a chance she might not make it through or there could be complications with the delivery. The dam should have a vet exam to make sure they are in a healthy condition to get pregnant, they will need pre and post-natal vitamins and care.
  • A breeder will need to dedicate at least 130 hours to raise an average litter. The mother  should not be left alone during whelping and a few days after. The breeder will also need time for paperwork, caring for the dam, puppies, socialization, and interviewing prospective families for the puppies.
  • The breeder should not be in if for the money, or lack there of. I found a great website that breaks down the cost of the breeding process, take a look here.

To become a reputable breeder I will need to look into each perspective owner that wants a puppy. They will need to fill out a puppy application and sign a puppy agreement form. If for some reason the new owner does not think the puppy fits with their family anymore or they want to sell their puppy, I will be the first person they contact and take the puppy back. I am responsible for these puppies and making sure they have good homes and a incredible life to live.

Would any of you think about breeding, why or why not?

What is a Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodles are a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, and have only been around since the late 1990’s. Part of the reason for the crossbreed was to make a bigger dog that was hypoallergenic for humans. Also, the Golden Retriever and Poodle have amazing traits and make for highly intelligent companions.

Some traits of Goldendoodles are:

  • Non to light shedders, good for people with allergies
  • Excellent family dog
  • Gentle and affectionate
  • Easy to train
  • Great therapy and guide dogs
  • Highly social and gets along with everyone
  • Regular grooming and brushing
  • Goldendoodles are not watch or guard dogs
  • A medium to high energy level, minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily indoors or outdoors
  • Goldendoodles can get separation anxiety If left alone for too long or they do not get enough human contact

Goldendoodles range in size, color, coat type and generation. The sizes of Goldendoodles are miniature (up to 35lbs), Standard (40 to 55 lbs), and Large Standard (60+ lbs). The colors of Goldendoodles are not an exact science and can be just about any color, but usually depends on the dame and stud. Coat types are different with each Goldendoodle, the curlier or more wavy the coat the more hypoallergenic the dog will be. Since Goldendoodles are crossbred there are many different generations of dogs.

These generations include:

  • 1st Generation Goldendoodle (F1) – The product of a Golden Retriever and Poodle.
  • 1st Generation Backcross Goldendoodle (F1b) – product of a F1 Goldendoodle bred with either a pure bred Poodle or Golden Retriever. Most popular F1b is a F1 mixed with a Poodle.
  • 2nd Generation Goldendoodle (F2) – A goldendoodle bred with another Goldendoodle.
  • 2nd Generation Backcross Goldendoodle (F2b) – The product of a F1 bred with a F1b.

Ms. Ruby is a First Generation Goldendoodle (F1). Her Dad was a red colored standard Poodle and her Mom was a red Golden Retriever. Ruby is about 45 to 50 pounds and is almost a year old. Her coat is wavy to curly in some spots and we groom her every couple months. We plan on breeding Ruby with a red colored standard Poodle to make red F1b Goldendoodle puppies. Red Goldendoodles are rare in Wisconsin and that is why we want to breed Ruby with a red colored Poodle.

Look below at a couple different doodles, what do you think? Anything specific you like better about the colors and textures of one or the other better?

Here are Ruby’s Goldendoodle Friends.

Whiskey is a red male F1b, he is about 60lbs and has a very curly coat, almost like Jheri curls.

Has a very curly coat.

Has a very curly coat.

Bella is a female F1, she has a straighter apricot colored coat and is 60lbs.

Bella

Bella with a straighter coat

Ms. Ruby, with the wavy coat!

Ruby's coat is more wavy like.

Ruby’s coat is more wavy like.