Things to Consider When Looking to Purchase a Toy Goldendoodle
You’re considering welcoming a toy Goldendoodle into your home, and are wondering what you should know when making your decision. There are several reasons Goldendoodles have great reputations. Below is a very brief description of the breed and questions you absolutely must ask breeders along with the correct answers they need to give in order to even consider while purchase a toy Goldendoodle from them.
Purchase a Toy Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are a crossbreed of Golden Retrievers and Poodles that have been bred since the 1990s. Since Goldendoodles are crossbreeds, they aren’t a true breed of their own. Goldendoodles have become immensely popular and sought after because they are a Poodle mix, which means minimal shedding and dander, making them ideal for people with allergies. They are highly sociable, trainable, friendly, loyal, and affectionate. Goldendoodles gain the intelligence and sensitive nature of Poodles, as well as the friendliness, energy, and desire to please of Golden Retrievers. Their sociability means they should spend most of their time with people so they won’t become destructive or mischievous.
Standard and Medium-Size Goldendoodles
While standard and medium-size Goldendoodles require a good amount of exercise and space, toy Goldendoodles can easily live in apartments and condos. Remember that toy Goldendoodles are still Goldendoodles. If you’re interested in buying a toy Goldendoodle because they’re small and adorable, but you live alone and work full-time, you might want to consider a more independent breed. Or a cat. These are companion dogs and need just as much time with you as the larger sizes.
Speaking of size, the weight of toy Goldendoodles vary widely. The size depends on the parents. A good breeder will be able to tell you the approximate weight their toy Goldendoodles will reach at adulthood. They can range from 6 lbs. all the way up to 45 lbs. This large range can be due to a discrepancy in size categories. Depending on where you look, toy Goldendoodles will be synonymous with miniatures, but other sources differentiate the two sizes by stating minis are larger than toys. If you don’t do your research, you may end up with a “toy” Goldendoodle that stands at knee-height.
But definitely, do your research. Some of the questions you need to ask prospective breeders are related to the health of the puppies and their parents. The assumed advantage of crossbreeds is that the best of both breeds will be combined and that the genetic health problems of the individual breeds won’t be expressed. This isn’t necessarily true and largely out of the breeder’s control. What they can control is keeping the dogs they breed and their environment in the best condition possible.
Questions to Ask Prospective Breeders
How healthy are the parents?
Like all dogs, Golden Retrievers and Poodles have health problems common to their breeds. Some of these are specific to larger dogs and are less likely to be expressed in toy Goldendoodles. Breeders should be able to present you with the following documentation on BOTH of the puppy’s parents: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) hip certifications, OFA heart clearance, and certification from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF). These documents are a bare minimum. If a breeder can’t produce these, you should look elsewhere. Other documents that can be even more meaningful for toy Goldendoodles are an OFA knee clearance, and an OFA elbow clearance if the mother is a standard Goldendoodle.
Where do you keep the puppy litters?
The correct answer is in their home or in a nursery that is parasite-free.
How are you socializing the puppies?
The puppies need daily socialization. This is very important to the development of the puppies’ temperament.
May I see the shots and worming documentation for the puppies?
There should, obviously, be documentation to show. Also ask what the puppies have already received, and what they still need, if anything, by the time they can be released. The breeder should be able to give you specific instructions on what the puppy will need once you take him home.
May I meet the parents of the puppies?
The mother should be there, as she should be available to tend to the litter. The father doesn’t always belong to the breeders.
I’m looking for a puppy with X temperament. Can you match a puppy to me?
The breeder should know the character of each puppy. If they don’t have a recommendation, this is a red flag they aren’t interacting with the puppies enough.
When can I get my puppy?
A puppy shouldn’t be weaned from the mother earlier than 8 weeks. If a breeder is willing to let you purchase a puppy earlier than 8 weeks, it’s a bad sign they’re more interested in profit than the health and well-being of their dogs.
May I have my own veterinarian examine my puppy prior to making a commitment?
A good breeder will be fine with this if you get your puppy checked out no more than a couple days after purchase.
These are the basics when thinking about adopting a toy Goldendoodle. They are beautiful and lovable dogs that will undoubtedly bring joy into your life. Do your homework, and make sure you have the necessary time to give a Goldendoodle the attention he’ll require.