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In the last few years, the popularity of hybrid dogs has grown immensely. People are looking for more unusual and special dogs that can bring them joy and not just be regular pet that needs an hour of walking outside every day. Because of this, more hybrid breeds have been created. One hybrid dog that has gained a lot of popularity is the Labradoodle.
These crossbreed dogs combine the best qualities from both parent breeds to create a lovable dog with low-shedding, friendly temperament, and excellent trainability. If you’ve been thinking about getting a Labradoodle of your own, read on to learn how you can find and choose a Labradoodle breeder in your area!
Ask About the Labs and Poodles Used for Breeding
The Labradoodle is a cross between two different purebred dogs. The Labradors are the sire and the Poodles are the dam. Poodles are non-shedding and low maintenance but they are also heavy on grooming and a bit fragile. If you have a Labradoodle that is a mix of Poodle and Labrador, it will shed and be a lot more robust. The first thing that you want to ask a potential breeder is which dogs were used to produce your puppy. Ideally, you want both parents to be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) or a reputable kennel club in their home country. A good breeder will have no problem letting you know what dogs produced your puppy, along with their bloodlines.
What health tests have been performed
There are several health tests that can be done on your puppy’s parents to determine their overall health. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, eye and heart health, thyroid tests and knee and joint screenings. If a breeder has done health tests on their dogs, they will be able to provide documentation. A responsible breeder will be upfront about any health concerns that may run in the line and how they are managing the condition in their dogs to keep the spread of the disease to a minimum.
What Is the Puppy’s Diet?
Puppies are growing and changing every day and their diets should reflect this. You want to make sure that the breeder you are talking to is feeding your new puppy a high-quality diet formulated for puppies. Ideally, this diet should be high in protein and low in carbohydrates. You want to ask the breeder what they are feeding the puppies and what you should feed your puppy once you bring him home. At the very least, the breeder should be recommending a high-quality puppy food.
What is the price and where does it go?
While price is not always a reliable indicator of quality, it can tell you a lot about a breeder. As with any other purchase, you want to make sure that you are getting what you pay for. A healthy puppy from a reputable labradoodle breeder will run you anywhere from $750 to $1500. The price of the puppy alone should tell you a lot about how the breeder is raising and caring for their animals.