“Wooo Woooooo Woooooooo!”

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The pups are 17 days old today. Their eyes are open, they’re hearing the world around them, and they’re eager to respond! The shelter of their home up till now has been dark and quiet. A great place to be safe in, but once they’ve become aware; once they’ve heard life moving by; their curiosity is peaked. They feel compelled to check it out!
Now that they see the sunlight shining, they want to go toward the light!

Yesterday and today I’ve heard the pups outside for the first time. They’ve discovered their voices, and must try them out. They crawl toward the light, out of the house, across the grass, and only when they get tired from dragging their fine round bellies through the soft green grass and need to nap do they realize they’re alone. They want to cuddle in the puppy pile, but it’s not out there! So they go in circles… rooting in the cool grass for another warm body to sprawl across.

When they can’t find it, they begin to sing. “Wooo Woooooo Woooooooo!” they cry. Noses to the light, mouths in perfect little circles the “Wooo Woooooo Woooooooo!” sounds so sad I can’t resist.

I put my shoes on, trudge outside, and lovingly carry them back to their nest. On the way they roughly nudge at my neck hoping for milk. I can’t begrudge them needing a little help. While out there, I see several others wearing themselves out in the grass and decide to put them back as well.

I go back to the house; take my shoes off again; still smiling at how cute they are. Just as I start to get deep in concentration on my current project, the serenade begins again.

“Wooo Woooooo Woooooooo!” is the mournful cry. I drop what I’m doing and grab my shoes. I might as well take a soda along and take a break with them. As long as the sun is shining some one of them is going to want to go toward the light.

Why choose a Labradoodle?

Labradoodles are bred to meet a specific need. Our goal in breeding them is to blend the best qualities of the Poodle with those of the Labrador Retriever to develop a better all-around pet.

The ideal is to create non-shedding, non-aggressive, highly intelligent dogs with fewer genetic health issues and a longer life span than either of the breeds have individually.

These 2 breeds compliment each other very nicely. Of course no one can guarantee that every pup will have every quality you’re trying to get in them, but then neither do purebreds. Genetics simply don’t work that way. Yet with carefully choosing dams and studs that are strong in the areas you’re focussing on, the odds are improved greatly. The parents must be purebreds that meet their breed standards plus have the very best temperaments and strengths in specific areas that we’re looking to reproduce.

Labs are a very poplular pet breed because they’re loyal, affectionate, intelligent, easy going and friendly. Most are excellent with children, and love to play.

Poodles are non-shedding, even more intelligent, gentle, laid back, and form strong bonds with their entire family rather than singling out one person as many breeds tend to do.

On the downside, labs can be hyper, pushy, rough, roamers, and shed like there’s no end to it. Poodles can be aloof and have high maintenance coats that require a lot of grooming and since their hair grows like a persons does, it has to be cut or will become a matted mess.

By combining the 2 breeds, we aim for a low to non-shedding coat that’s much lower maintenance. We see a mellow, highly intelligent dog that devotes itself to the family and craves human interaction above all. They are easily trained and eager to please. We eliminate genetic diseases that take both parents to pass on disease. We see the friendly playfullness of the lab, and the mellow, gentle spirit of the poodle.

For many, this is the ideal pet.

Why do pups cost so much?

Breeding dogs sounds simple.
You put a male with a female when the time is right, let them do their thing and then rake in the cash when the pups come. Simple, right?

WRONG
First of all, you don’t breed “just any” male or female. They have to be good quality dogs that fit the standards of their breed(s). They have to be healthy, fit, and able to reproduce.
They have to have the right kind of temperament and personality because in breeding them, you’re hopefully making more like them. If they’re shy, aggressive, fearful, or psycho, there’s a good chance at least some of their offspring will be too.
So you spend time learning what to look for.
Then you spend time (and money) looking, researching, and finally buying dogs that fit the criteria.
Naturally the best dogs don’t come cheap, but are the ones you need to do it right.$$
So you buy pups and you raise them for a year or 2 hoping you’ve got the ones you need and others will want.
In the meantime you have to feed them, groom them, give them shots, heartworm preventative, worming, and regular vet care.$$
If something goes wrong, you have to afford emergency vet care. $$
You have to train them to be obedient, gentle, loving and well mannered dogs.
They must not only become part of your family and accept all your friends and family, they must trust you to be with them when they whelp. They must allow you to hold their pups, and carry away any sick pup that needs special care without wanting to take your face off. In order to accomplish this, you must spend countless hours with them.

Once they are expecting, you must be even more vigilant of them.
Their food needs increase. $$
They need a safe, warm, dry place to give birth, so you must buy, build or have one built for you. Again with the $$
They need a pen to keep the pups in and other animals out. More $$

When the pups finally arrive, you have to take them to your vet for a checkup and to have their dew claws removed on the 3rd day. $$
Mom is likely eating twice her usual amount of food right now to keep up with nursing the litter and gets beef liver to keep her own strength up. $$
The pups need to be wormed every other week and to have their 1st round of shots before they ever sell. $$
The pups need to be handled, socialized, and fed well once they start to be weaned from their mom. You spend hours and many dollars just doing what needs to be done.

You’ve spent a couple of years preparing the parents.
By the time the first one is able to be sold, you’ve invested 4 months in just this one litter.
If you got even $1 an hr, no one would be able to afford your pups.
If you break even you feel it was a success!

What was the question again?