|Barked: Wed May 20, '09 2:23pm PST |
|I was recently at a large goldendoodle / labradoodle beach romp in Dewey, DE. There were over a hundred "doodles" in attendance. It was a beautiful day and all of the dogs had so much fun playing on the beach. I think if anyone who isn't sure about a doodle had been in attendance, that person would understand why they have become so popular, so quickly. Of course there are always exceptions, but in my opinion, and I have met many doodles, they all possess this goofy sensibility. I really cannot explain it. You can't predict temperament, but you are not going to find a doodle (from sound parents) with a terrier temperament. There will be different personalities within the litter, some poodle, some retriever, and some in between. Good breeders will choose the pup for a buyer, but then again, I'm not sure how much faith I place in the temperament testing of a 6 week old puppy... It would be like going into a hospital nursery and predicting which baby will be the best athlete.
Yes, there are other hypoallergenic breeds - maltese, bichon, havanese, coton, wheaten, portie, etc.... but people who want a doodle like retrievers. I like toy dogs, and I have a toy mix, but I know a lot of people would not want a toy dog. I think wheatens are great dogs, but I don't care for the terrier personality. I have only met one portie so I don't have much of an opinion on them. I can say I'm glad that the Obamas chose a portie and not a labradoodle though.
The great thing about doodles is that they come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors to suit all tastes. I knew I wanted a red, curly, medium sized male doodle. I have a friend that wanted a very large, wavy haired, cream female.
In regards to relevant health tests, yes, they test OFA / PennHIP and CERF (annually). Good breeders do ES&N and provide a lifetime of support and will take the dog back at any time. Not all breeders do this, but the good ones do.