Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
I'm in Southern Utah and I've been looking for a mini labradoodle for a while now. The only breeders I can find charge more than two-thousand dollars a puppy and those are not in my area. That much money just seems like a lot to ask. I've visited shelters on the off chance that I might be able to adopt a labradoodle, but haven't had any luck yet. Does anyone know of a more affordable breeder anywhere in the state of Utah or Nevada?
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However, you will not find many doodles from reputable breeders who do health testing on the parents for less than $1500, and most are $2000 and more. That's the going rate for healthy, well-socialized doodle puppies from healthy, well-socialized parents, and the purchase price is just the tip of the iceberg. These are expensive dogs to own. Often, whatever you may save by buying from a questionable breeder will be made up in vet bills for the life of the dog.
It's very important to read What to Look for in a Breeder before you buy a puppy. There are also links in the article to the Owner recommended Breeders group.
Good luck in your search.
Whether they should cost less or more is definitely debatable. But the fact is that that's the going price for doodle pups and breeders who charge far less tend to be ones you should not buy from. Not because they are necessarily evil people...some very nice, kind, friendly people breed their pet poodle to their friend's pet labrador...but they know nothing about breeding and very possibly have dogs that shouldn't be bred even though they seem nice. Read the link Karen posted..it is an important one.
I don't think there is such a thing as a less expensive breeder of doodles whose parents have been tested for hips, knees, eyes, thyroid, heart murmurs and bleeding disorders. What you are paying for with a reputable breeder are the genetics of the lines over generations, the socialization of the puppies, and the expertise of the breeder. Reputable breeders retire dogs that have produced pups with problems and they know the history of the dogs they are pairing. Like Karen and Adina mentioned, what to look for in a breeder is an important link to read. Good luck with your search.
Just found this on a breeder website and thought it was interesting and relevant to the issue at hand.
But basically your choices are:
Shop around for a cheaper doodle pup (but you might end up with one with serious health issues). Sometimes reputable breeders have older puppies that sell for a bit less - you need to look and ask. F1 generations seem to be a bit less than multigenerational ones.
Look for one of the reputable doodle rescue organization like DRC or IDOG. These organizations have rules and guidelines of who they adopt out to - they are picky because they are the dog's advocate rather than yours.
Go to your local shelter and find a wonderful dog who badly needs a home - may or may not be a poodle mix. One of our members who lives in Utah, takes pictures of the dogs needing homes at her local shelter and she just posted a picture of the cutest dog - not a doodle, but just darling.
IDOG and DRC will not adopt to families with kids under 10, and many other private rescues have similar policies.
I echo everyone's response - read the What to Look for link....
I know that many of the reputable breeders are very, very expensive, but I can tell you that an unhealthy doodle will cost you much more in the long run (more than likely) than a healthy one. And even though the best breeders cannot guarantee 100% that your dog will be healthy (who can do that??), they do the appropriate testing and breed parents that have much less of a chance to pass down the bad genetics (like hip problems, etc..)
My Peri is only 3, so of course she could run into issues in the future. However, I would be willing to bet that her upfront cost + cost to keep her healthy throughout her life will be far less than what I might spend by buying a doodle from a backyard breeder for $500....the health costs can skyrocket when you purchase from a bad breeder.
Good luck and welcome to DK!!!!
My Springer Spaniel was from a back yard breeder (I didn't know any better then) and at 8 1/2 he has cost us more than $9,000 - that is for the big stuff not the little stuff! And he continues to develop health problems. We love him dearly and will continue to pay for whatever he needs, but it is more of a strain on our pocketbook than if we had saved up and bought a show dog.
This is one game of one-upsmanship I really wish I couldn't play, but if it makes you feel any better (and I know it won't), my adopted, originally- from- a- pet-store doodle's expenses for 2012 alone are going to top $9000.
Besides health probelms, there are other issues you can have with a puppy from a less-then-reputable breeder. Temperament issues, biting issues caused by puppies being taken from their litters too young or being isolated from their siblings and mothers, fear issues with puppies who are not socialized or exposed to anything, etc.
If I'd known all these things when we got Luna, I would definitely have looked harder for a breeder. I don't think ours was that bad (somewhere between backyard breeder and reputable), but definitely not the "best" available. So far we seem to have lucked out with Luna, but I will echo this sentiment of being careful about choosing your breeder!